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Tractor-Trailer Accident Closes Inner & Outer Loop of Beltway

By: Allan M. Siegel

Anyone driving in the DC metropolitan area during rush hour on Friday, February 19, 2016 was frustrated by an overturned tractor-trailer which shut down both sides of the beltway. A man was driving a truck on the outer loop in Maryland when the truck crashed into a concrete jersey barrier and overturned. The man was thrown from the truck and later died. Portions of the concrete barrier, and debris from the load that the tractor-trailer was hauling were spread on both sides of the highway. The crash also ruptured the fuel tanks of the truck, causing gas to spill all over the highway. The cleanup extended throughout the morning. It is unknown what caused the tractor-trailer driver to lose control.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. frequently handles cases against commercial drivers. These drivers are required to meet strict federal regulations, regarding the number of hours they drive. All too often drivers do not follow the rules, which can cause driver fatigue, and even lead to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Even if drivers are compliant with regulations, they can suffer fatigue from long hours of driving.

The cause of this crash is unknown. While it is a tragedy that the truck driver died, it does not appear that there were any other injuries or fatalities. If there had been then the victim or the victim’s family may have had a right to file a personal injury lawsuit, or a wrongful death case against the truck driver, or the trucking company.

If you or a loved one were injured by a tractor-trailer, truck, bus or the negligence of any commercial driver in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia, please feel free to call the Washington, DC truck accident lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.