How to Recover Compensation Following a Car Accident in Washington D.C.

Cars are one of the most common forms of transportation anywhere you go. However, when you are in a crowded city like Washington D.C. where there is a high concentration of traffic, there is a far greater potential for car accidents to occur. If you have been injured in a car accident, there is a good chance you will need to recover financial compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, in-home care, and more. If you are in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of car accidents?

Dangerous road conditions, such as heavy snow, ice, heavy rain and more are all significant contributors to car accidents. Additionally, poor road designs and faulty or defunct car parts are also contributing factors in some car accidents. However, you will probably not be shocked to read that the most common cause of all car accidents is nothing other than driver negligence.

What are some examples of negligent behavior on the road?

There are plenty of ways in which a driver may behave irresponsibly. Getting behind the wheel of a car is no small thing, yet so many people fail to realize it. Here are just some examples of how motorists behave in a negligent manner:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while drowsy or fatigued
  • Texting and driving
  • Eating, smoking or navigating directions while driving
  • Disciplining kids while driving, causing the driver to take his or her eyes off the road
  • Speeding
  • Failing to check for blind spots
  • Failing to comply with traffic lights, signs, and other rules of the road

How do I know if I am entitled to receive compensation after being injured in a car accident?

As long as you are able to satisfy the burden of proof by proving the other party’s negligence, you will most likely be able to recover financial compensation. The best way to prove another party’s negligence is almost always by obtaining photographic or video evidence of the incident or its aftermath. That being said, if you are unable to do so, you may also wish to ask any witnesses for their phone number and other contact information so they may validate your claim if need be. It is also imperative that you seek medical attention immediately following the accident. You may have serious injuries that need tending to, and a medical professional will provide you with the necessary medical documentation concerning your injuries, which you may also use to prove your claim.

Contact our Washington D.C. firm

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.