18-Wheeler & Big Truck Accidents

Virginia, DC, & Maryland Truck Accident Attorney

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The Rising Need for Representation

  • In 2021, there was an 18% rise in motor vehicle crashes with more than 200,000 fatalities.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has created a noticeable shift in how people behave, especially when it comes to public safety.
  • People have gotten more reckless on the roads and there is more than enough data and fatalities to support this new reality.
  • The increase in vehicle deaths has risen sharply along with alcohol sales, reported drug overdoses, and record numbers of homicides.
  • Personal safety and the safety of others is no longer prioritized the way that it was in previous years.
  • Truck accidents have reached a record high in the past year and cost billions of dollars in the United States.

Commercial trucking is an essential part of the U.S. economy and a 700-billion-dollar industry.

The need for transporting goods by road has increased exponentially because of the rise in online shopping, e-commerce, and ordering supplies from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, this also means there is a greater risk of accidents. Commercial trucks make up 14.4% of all registered vehicles, but they have a disproportionately higher rate of reported accidents, injuries, and fatalities according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The severity and frequency of truck accidents is on the rise. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that the average cost of a commercial truck accident in which one person is injured is $148, 279; however, the costs associated with a fatal trucking accident skyrocket to $7.2 million, with the numbers growing exponentially if multiple people are injured (not including pricey truck repairs and liability claims).

Common Types of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are given the responsibility of driving safely. It is also the responsibility of their company/employers to ensure they are following transportation regulations correctly. In some cases, the truck driver is not the one liable for the accident.

In situations such as these, it is important to investigate each factor that contributed to the accident to build a strong case. The Law office of Jeffrey J. Downey can retain an experienced accident reconstructionist to support liability in your case.

There is no way to predict when an accident will occur, which is why it is important to be prepared. If you or a loved one has experienced a truck accident, we recommend you seek immediate legal advice and assistance.  Navigating insurance and liability issues can be complicated, especially if you have suffered serious injuries.

We Represent Clients in Truck Accident Cases In Maryland, Virginia And Washington, D.C.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, the road to recovery can be long and expensive. You may face multiple surgeries or extensive rehabilitation. You may also face mounting medical bills and lost income due to an inability to work.

That’s why it is important to work with the right law firm after a truck accident. A skilled personal injury attorney can help fight your legal battles and obtain the full compensation that you need and deserve. Visit our website to find out how to protect your rights after an accident.


The Complexities in A Truck Accident Case

Jeffrey Downey started out defending insurance companies.  Now, with over 30 years of experience, he uses that knowledge to your advantage. See what his former clients have to say about his performance. (https://www.jeffdowney.com/client-testimonials/)

At The Law Office of Jeffrey J. Downey, P.C., we understand that truck accident cases are not the same as car accident claims. Due to the extent of the injuries involved and corresponding medical care costs, insurance companies are likely to fight much more aggressively to minimize the payout to accident victims. There may also be multiple layers of liability in a semi-truck accident case, including the driver, the truck owner, the loading company, truck parts manufacturers, and a range of additional third parties and their insurers.

What To Do After a Truck Accident


Determine whether you are injured and check others for injuries


Call 911 and remain at the scene until the police arrive


Make sure to get medical attention as soon as possible

Gather contact information and take pictures of the scene of the accident.

Do not sign anything or give statements to an insurance companies without talking to a lawyer.


Contact Our Law Firm To Discuss Your Claims

Regardless of the type of injury you face after being hit by a truck, you deserve to be compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our truck accident law firm at 703-564-7318 to learn more about your legal rights. We handle cases in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. If you cannot come to us, we can come to you.

Free Initial Consultations | We Can Come To You | No Attorney’s Fees Unless We Win Your Case.  Licensed in Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

The Law Office of Jeffrey J. Downey

8270 Greensboro Drive, Suite 810

Mclean, VA  22102

Phone 703-564-7318

Email: jdowney@jeffdowney.com

On the web at Jeffdowney.com