Auto Accident Fatalities in 2020 Are Up From 2019 | What to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic largely put a halt on all plans for 2020, which is why there was a significant decrease in traffic nationwide, as the majority of us spent a significantly more amount of our time at home. However, despite the drop in traffic, there were still more auto accident fatalities in the year 2020 than in the year 2019. In fact, in 2020, 42,060 people died in auto accident crashes, which is up from 39,107 in 2019 This is a strange phenomenon, and though there are many contributing factors, it is almost certain that the primary cause of this spike in fatalities is a result of more drivers failing to observe the rules and regulations of the road. Whether you were injured in an auto accident or you lose your loved one in an auto accident, you most likely have a lot on your mind. Please continue reading and speak with our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you and your family. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if I was hurt in an auto accident?

If you are hurt in an auto accident, you should call the police, as they will send emergency services and report the accident. You should also ask anyone who saw the accident for their contact information and ask the other driver for his or her insurance information. You should then take pictures of the scene of the accident and receive immediate medical treatment. From here, you should retain the services of a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury lawyer. If your loved one lost his or her life in an auto accident, you may be unable to obtain much of this evidence, though our firm can work to do so on your behalf.

What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death/personal injury claims in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for standard personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years. However, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, two years, meaning that you will only have two years from the date of death to pursue compensation on behalf of your loved one who lost his or her life as a result of negligence. If you have any further questions or you are ready to get started, our compassionate attorneys are ready to help in any way we can.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.