Truck Accident Closes Part of Metro Area Highway

By Peter DePaolis

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An accident involving two trucks closed part of a highway in the Washington, D.C. Metro area over Labor Day weekend. There were minor injuries in the wreck that tangled traffic for two hours, but fortunately no one died.

Driver fatigue is listed as a possible cause of the truck accident as is the case for many crashes. Tractor-trailer rig drivers are required by federal law to keep driving logs of the hours they drive, eat and sleep. If drivers don’t get plenty of rest, their judgment becomes impaired. That’s when mistakes happen on the highway.

The accident on Route 50 on Labor Day weekend could have been avoided had the driver who caused the crash not been fatigued, according to an investigation report. The incident happened at 2am.

An experienced Washington, D.C. injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P., wants truck drivers to obtain the necessary amount of rest in order to keep the community safe. The accident could have been much worse. Had the truck accident occurred a four or five hours later, there would have been much more holiday traffic on the highway and more cars would have been held up by part of the highway being shut down.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.