Washington DC-Based Victims Advocacy Group Offers Assistance to Those Injured By Truck Drivers

By Peter DePaolis

The Semi-Truck Accident Victims Center, a part of the consumer protection organization America’s Watchdog, is launching a nationwide campaign on behalf of victims of accidents caused by semi-truck or commercial vehicle drivers. The center began the campaign because it feared that, with increased truck driver fatigue and other acts of driver negligence, there would be an increase in deadly semi-truck or commercial vehicle accidents.

Under federal regulations, commercial truck drivers may only drive up to eleven hours a day and cannot be on duty more than fourteen. According to the Center, few drivers and their companies adhere to these laws and many use stimulants, both legal and illegal, to drive extra miles. One of the improvements that the Center seeks is the installation of onboard recorders that could monitor the hours truck drivers have been on the road in addition to providing travel information to drivers.

For truck accident victims, the Center offers immediate, 24-hour access to resources. The Center reports that trucking companies have the advantage after an accident because they have their own legal teams that can respond to accidents right away. In the event that you or a family member has been involved in a semi-truck or commercial truck accident a Washington, D.C. truck accident lawyer is available for consultation and can help begin an accident investigation as soon as possible.

To learn more about the important steps to take in the aftermath of a semi-truck or commercial truck accident, contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

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.