Car accidents can arise as a result of driver carelessness, defects in the design or maintenance of the roadway, changing road conditions due to weather and a host of other causes, including automobile defects. In all such cases, it is important to promptly retain a qualified Washington DC car accident lawyer so that the matter can be adequately investigated before the physical conditions change, evidence is destroyed, or compromised and/or witnesses have been interviewed by the adverse insurance company or otherwise become unavailable or uncooperative.
Types of DC Auto Accidents We Handle
At the law office of Trombly & Singer, PLLC, our dedicated attorneys and staff have handled numerous claims involving motor vehicle accidents. Each qualified Washington DC personal injury lawyer at our firm has the experience to know the ways that all cases are different and may require special handling. Some of the types of cases we have handled involve the types of vehicles listed below, though we are not limited by this list:
Additionally, we represent the loved ones of individuals who have been involved in a fatal auto accident or other fatal crash. This type of personal injury case is deemed a wrongful death claim. Our attorneys are committed to helping you understand your rights and how to pursue compensation for the losses you have suffered. Our firm also represents clients in vehicle accident-related product liability cases, such as defective car seats that have caused injuries when they are designed to help prevent them.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in DC
Car accidents in the District can be caused by a number of different factors and driving behaviors. Specifically, some common dangerous behaviors include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving drowsy
- Failure to yield
- Distracted driving
- Talking on the phone or other mobile device use while driving
- Traveling with excessive speed
- Running stop signs or disregarding other posted signage
There are many situations that can result in an automobile accident. If you believe that a negligent motorist was at fault in your collision, contact a seasoned Washington DC car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Washington DC Car Accident Statistics
In 2015, roughly 35,000 people were killed in car crashes nationwide, the most since 2008 and a 4.5 percent increase over 2014. Although motor vehicle fatalities are on the rise, it varies at the state level. The District saw 23 deaths in 2015 and 2014, a 15 percent increase from the 20 reported fatalities in 2013. Despite this uptick, car accident fatalities in Washington DC have historically fallen well below the national average.
Fatality Rates: National vs. DC (2006-2015)
According to data from Howard University Transportation Research Center and as shown in the chart below, the highest number of crashes occurred on Friday. Conversely, the lowest number of collisions reported in the District occurred on Sunday.
Daily Distribution of Traffic Crashes in Washington DC (2015)
What to Do After a Car Accident
If you or a family member is in a car accident involving serious physical injury or wrongful death, it is usually not advisable to talk to anyone who is or may be associated with the individual that caused the accident. This would mean that you should not permit yourself to talk about the case or the condition of an injured party with a representative of the other party’s insurance company. It is also important, in most cases, to obtain photographs of the damage to the vehicle in which you were traveling, before the vehicle is repaired. If a defect in the car in which the injured party was traveling (such as a defective seatbelt) is suspected, the vehicle should be retained in the condition in which it was left after the accident. Be sure to have a doctor document any injuries you have and then speak with an auto accident attorney to discuss your available legal options.
Trombly & Singer, PLLC | DC Car Accident Lawyers
If you or somebody you love was injured in an automobile accident in the District, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC. Our lawyers work with clients who have car accident claims in Washington, DC, Baltimore City, throughout Maryland including Prince George’s County, and, with the assistance of local counsel, in Virginia and other jurisdictions. Particularly in light of the impact of District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and federal laws in many of our cases – given the unique nature of the DC metropolitan area – we are also keenly aware of the interplay between the various laws and regulations that can affect auto accident cases and the choice of the proper forum for bringing a claim. Call our office at 202-775-8888 to set up a free case evaluation with a knowledgeable and accomplished Washington DC car accident attorney today.