Driver Negligence in Washington D.C. | What You Need to Know

Car accidents are incredibly common. As a result, it is important to know how they are caused and what behaviors to avoid to keep the roads safe. Read on to learn more.

How are car accidents caused?

Unfortunately, car accidents can occur for any number of reasons. Some accidents are caused by inclement weather, poor road conditions, or mechanical errors. That being said, the majority of car accidents are caused by driver negligence. The most common examples of driver negligence include:

  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Distracted driving, such as texting, eating, etc.
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring traffic lights, road signs, etc.
  • Failing to follow the rules of the road

What do I do if I am involved in a car accident?

If you are involved in a car accident, it is important that you take the following steps:

  • Call 911: The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more.
  • Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after an accident. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this can provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
  • Document the scene: While you wait for the ambulance, it is important to take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Ask for their name and contact information.
  • Calmly ask the other party for their insurance information: A car accident can be incredibly stressful, but it is important to remain civil. This is because the other party may be able to use what you say against you. For example, if you apologize for the accident, this can be seen as an admission of guilt.
  • Contact an attorney: When you are recovering from a serious injury, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind. That being said, it is important to reach out as soon as possible. This is because of a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident.

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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.