Truck Driver Goes to Court for Accident That Killed a Mother of Three

By Peter DePaolis

In conclusion to a tragic story we blogged about previously, a 33-year-old commercial dump truck driver appeared in court on April 18 on charges he faces for the death of an Arlington woman. The truck driver is charged with failure to pay full time and attention in connection with the February 24 death.

Police officials say the 33 year old was driving a dump truck when it hit the sliding door of the woman’s minivan; the door struck the woman, killing her. The 39-year-old mother of three was getting her baby out of her minivan when the accident occurred.

The maximum penalty for the charges is a $100 fine and 10 days in jail; however, some say the penalty is not enough.

“That just doesn’t seem like enough; there has to be a little bit more attached to that…because he did take a life. That’s the bottom line,” stated a woman whose granddaughters attend Nottingham Elementary on Little Fall Drive, where the crash occurred.

Did Your Loved One Die in a Truck Accident? Our Attorneys Offer Compassionate and Effective Representation

According to commercial motor vehicle statistics from the Department of Transportation, close to 81,000 truck accidents result in injury and death each year. No one should have to deal with the wrongful death of a loved one due to a trucking company’s negligence.

Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Rollovers
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Brake failure
  • Tire blowouts
  • Mechanical problems
  • Speeding

You may be wondering about your rights and options for pursuing legal action against the company responsible for the truck accident that caused your loved one’s death. An experienced DC wrongful death attorney can secure compensation for your family’s pain and suffering.

Koonz’s Did You Know: The Federal Highway Administration estimates that the average five-axle truck trailer weighs close to 30 tons, some 15 times heavier than the average motor vehicle.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


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.