DC Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer
According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 10 million motor vehicle accidents occurred each year across the country from 1990 to 2009. During that same time frame, more than 35,000 deaths were logged within one year of a motor vehicle collision. And according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes increased in 2012, following a six year national decline. If you were injured in a car accident in the District of Columbia, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto or other vehicle crash in the region, a DC motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you pursue civil justice through a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
The experienced attorneys at Price Benowitz LLP are ideally equipped to handle these kinds of claims and are ready and willing to help you during what is surely a time of great stress and turmoil. Our lawyers will examine every aspect of the incident as they build the strongest possible claim. That care and dedication is your best chance for receiving damages, either through a settlement or an award of damages by a judge or jury. Those damages can include compensation for any harms and losses you have suffered, lost wages, and sky-rocketing bills. Contact our DC law offices today for a free initial case consultation with one of our DC motor vehicle accident lawyers to learn more about your specific options. For a general review of motor vehicle accident claims, please read on.
Causes of Car Accidents
If you have been involved in a car crash, you are probably struggling to deal with a mountain of medical and car repair bills and, possibly, lost wages from being unable to work due to your injuries or inability to use your car. You are also likely wondering whether you have any legal recourse to seek compensation for these losses. Frequently, what many of us refer to as car accidents are not accidents at all, but are caused by the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another party. That may include someone driving under the influence, texting while driving, following too closely, speeding, or a number of other things. A dedicated DC motor vehicle accident lawyer will have extensive experiencing litigating these types of cases and more, and he will have numerous successful results. He will know what types of issues to explore when filing your claim, which can range from flawed vehicle designs and defective car parts — such as defective or dangerous engine components, seat belts, air bags, tires, brakes, and steering systems – to drivers who fail to keep their vehicles properly maintained and serviced. Other types of accidents include those involving large trucks, which logged nearly 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries nationwide.
Combined, these defects and careless drivers contribute to thousands upon thousands of deaths every year. These issues also demand that victims take legal action to ensure that the individual or parties responsible for causing the victim’s injuries, of the death of a loved one, will not continue unfettered. If you have been implicated in such an accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced DC motor vehicle accident lawyer.
Predicting the Value of a Settlement
As the victim of a car accident, one of your primary concerns will likely be receiving appropriate compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and any long-term injuries that can affect your quality of life — particularly your ability to work in your chosen field. Depending on the circumstances of the case, your settlement could easily increase exponentially. However, it is very difficult to predict the value of a potential settlement. By speaking with a well-qualified DC auto accident lawyer you will have a realistic expectation of the strength of your claim and the compensation that is possible. That compensation depends upon a number of factors, including the insurance, if any, the at-fault party possessed. Types of insurance include under-insured motorist benefits, personal injury protection, and collision coverage and liability insurance. Before offering a settlement, or in determining a damage award, the insurance company or the judge or jury in your case will examine several specific aspects of the traffic collision and the resulting effects. Some of these factors include but are not limited to:
- The severity of your injuries;
- Whether your injuries are permanent or long-lasting;
- The condition of the vehicles before and after the crash;
- Whether alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the crash;
- Whether there were witnesses who saw the incident;
- The credibility of those and other witnesses, such as experts;
- The amount of available insurance money;
- The amount of wages you lost as a result of the accident.
It’s important to keep in mind that settlement values tend to increase significantly from the time of your claim to the date of your trial. If an insurance company offers you a settlement shortly after your accident, this may be a tactic employed by some insurance firms to provide the lowest compensation possible. Problems arise when the amount that was so hastily offered, and accepted, turns out to be far-below the actual costs you will suffer. For this reason alone, it’s important to hire an experienced DC motor vehicle accident lawyer, one who will work aggressively with the insurance company to ensure that you receive a fair settlement or who will fight for your compensation in court if the insurance company is unwilling to provide for your harms and losses suffered. Your attorney will take over all communications, which means you will not be bullied or harassed by insurance carriers and their lawyers, and will shoulder the burden of putting together your claim, so that you can concentrate on your health and the well-being of yourself and your family.
Contact a DC Auto Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a car collision, the worst thing you can do is not talk to a dedicated legal professional. The attorneys at Price Benowitz LLP are highly skilled at holding negligent drivers and under-handed insurance companies responsible while remaining extremely sensitive to the needs of their clients and providing strong emotional support. Their passion for helping victims while pursuing justice means that you will benefit from the best of both worlds in the personal injury legal services realm.
If you happen to have been involved in a car accident in Maryland, you will find help pursuing claims in that jurisdictions here.