How to Sue a Negligent Motorist as an Injured Pedestrian in Washington D.C.

The Governors Highway Safety Association has recently determined that pedestrian fatalities are at a 30-year high. This is extremely disconcerting, though perhaps reflective of the rushed, fast-paced and distracted world that we live in. In 2019 alone, the United States has seen 6,590 pedestrian accident fatalities, which is up 5% from 2018. There are few things more damaging than being struck by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian, which is why if this has happened to you, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages and more. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you recover the compensation you need.

What are the most frequent causes of pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrian accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, though they are generally caused by driver negligence. Some of the most common types of driver negligence we see on the road today can include texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, and more. If you were injured in an auto accident by a motorist who was doing any of the aforementioned at the time of your accident, you will most likely have a valid personal injury claim.

How can I sue someone for a pedestrian accident injury?

To sue for an injury sustained as a pedestrian, you will have to hire an attorney who can prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. You should also take several steps after an accident, including:

  1. Call the police.
  2. Ask any witnesses of the accident for their contact information.
  3. Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
  4. Obtain medical documentation and seek treatment immediately.
  5. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. Our firm will work to recover all additional evidence on your behalf, such as security camera footage, of which we can subpoena if need be.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit in Washington D.C.?

Individuals in Washington D.C. are granted three years from the date of their accident to sue a negligent motorist for their injuries. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations, and if you do not file within three years, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We are ready to help.

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.