Hurt in an Automobile Crash in or Around Washington DC?
A Car Accident Lawyer Can Protect Your Right to Compensation
Over six million motor vehicle crashes occur in the United States each year, injuring millions and causing nearly 40,000 needless deaths, according to the National Safety Council. Many accidents on the Capital Beltway and throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area are the result of driver carelessness and recklessness, including speeding and inattention. Furthermore, the frequency of drunk driving and cell phone use, including texting while driving, has reached crisis levels. Insurance companies aggressively defend claims brought against them, making it difficult for injury victims to get the compensation they deserve. For instance, insurance adjusters often attempt to settle for far less than full value of the claim by convincing victims not to call a car accident lawyer.
The automobile accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have the necessary resources, the reputation, and the substantial experience needed to handle all types of auto accident cases. As your attorneys and counselors, we make it our mission to obtain full justice for you and your family. Through our work, our car crash attorneys hold reckless drivers responsible for the consequences of their dangerous acts. In a recent case, we obtained a $5 million verdict against a drunk driver who was speeding and crossed the center line, needlessly killing a father and his 14-year-old son.
What Are Common Car Accident Causes?
Driving safely requires constant attention, a knowledge of traffic laws, and the ability to react correctly to unexpected hazards. However, motorists often neglect safe driving practices or grow complacent behind the wheel, putting everyone on the road at risk. For example, some of the most common causes of car crashes include:
- Drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal nationwide. Nevertheless, drunk driving is a leading cause of car crashes. Victims of drunk drivers need to understand that they need their own private, civil attorney to protect their interests, even if there is a criminal proceeding against the driver.
- Distracted driving. Texting and driving is a common example of distracted driving, but anything that takes the driver’s eyes and attention from the road can cause a wreck.
- Speeding. A speeding driver has a decreased ability to stop in time to avoid a crash in an emergency situation.
- Failure to follow traffic laws and/or signs. Drivers who disregard or fail to notice stop signs, lights and other signals can cause serious rear-end and T-bone accidents.
- Tailgating. Aggressive drivers who follow too closely behind other cars may not be able to stop quickly enough to prevent a rear-end accident if the lead car suddenly brakes.
In addition to driver wrongdoing, many crashes are caused by defective auto parts and flaws in the design of vehicles. Defective steering systems, brakes, tires, air bags, seat belts, and engine parts all contribute to collisions that severely injure and kill people each year. In these cases, the car manufacturer may be liable for your injuries and damages. Additionally, if road defects, missing warning signs, or other environmental factors contribute to a wreck, then the agency responsible for the road may be at fault.
What Should I Do After a Car Crash?
Getting a fair car accident settlement often depends on what happens immediately following a wreck. To protect your right to compensation, follow these steps:
- Call for an ambulance and the police. Your most important concern after a crash should be getting emergency medical treatment for yourself and anyone else who may need it. However, even if everyone seems fine, you should still call the authorities to ensure you get a police report.
- Document the scene. If you are able, take pictures or a video of the crash scene, including your injuries, the damage to your car, and the surroundings. Crash reconstructionists can then use this information to verify how the collision happened.
- Speak to witnesses. Record names and phone numbers, as witness testimony can help verify the sequence of events.
- Exchange information with the other driver. Write down the other driver’s name and phone number as well as insurance information.
- See a doctor. Some car accident injuries are not immediately apparent; the longer you wait to get a diagnosis, the more likely it is that the insurance company will deny your claim.
- Contact a car accident lawyer. An attorney can advise you of your legal options and can act as your representative in insurance negotiations. Insurance adjusters prioritize the company profits, but a car accident attorney will prioritize your recovery.
- DO NOT speak to the other driver’s insurance adjuster. You may receive a call from the insurance company days or even hours after the crash. However, do not speak to an adjuster before you call a lawyer.
Our attorneys are well versed in the crucial insurance issues surrounding these cases, including liability insurance, collision coverage, personal injury protection, med-pay, and uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. We will represent your best interests and find all avenues for compensation.
Need Help? Contact a Car Accident Lawyer from Our Law Firm Today
If you sustained injuries or lost a loved one in an auto accident, then having an experienced car accident attorney on your side can help ensure that you get the compensation you need. Insurance companies have legal experts on their side, and you deserve the same. Our lawyers can advance your interests in an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, you can focus on your health.
We represent auto accident claims in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as other states. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency basis concerning car accident lawyer fees. Call (202) 753-4272 or contact us online today to discuss your legal options, free of charge.