As we’ve mentioned in the past, there are few things more dangerous than distracted driving. In fact, distracted driving is now the number one cause of auto accidents in the United States. In 2017 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that over 3,000 people were killed by distracted driving, and the number of fatalities as a result of distracted driving continue to stay in the thousands even now. Perhaps unsurprisingly, teenagers are involved in the majority of fatal distracted driving accidents. That is why it is so crucial to teach them the dangers of distracted driving from a very young age. If you are someone who was recently injured in an accident due to a distracted driver, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do after a car accident?
After a car accident, there are several things you should do to ensure you bolster your chances of winning a future claim. They are as follows:
- First, call the police. They will document the accident upon arrival, and they will also send an ambulance.
- Ask the other driver for his/her insurance information. Be calm and polite, though never say “sorry,” even if it is just out of courtesy.
- Take pictures of the accident, as well as any damage to your car, the other driver’s car, and any property.
- Ask anyone who saw the accident for their contact information, such as business cards, phone numbers, emails, and more.
- Once you are treated at a hospital, ask your doctor for all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
- Hire an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who knows how to gather additional evidence on your behalf and satisfy the burden of proof.
How long do I have to sue after being injured in a car accident?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years, giving the wrongly injured three years from the date of their incident to take legal action against the distracted driver that caused the crash. Do not make the mistake of waiting, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing.
Contact our experienced 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.