Car accidents are common occurrences. Depending on the size of the vehicles, the speed, and the point of impact, a car accident can have tragic results. In the best situations, one’s car will take the brunt of the impact. In the worst situation, the driver or an occupant will suffer serious injury or even death. If you or someone you know was involved in a car accident, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney. Trombly & Singer, PLLC has decades of experience helping clients through the toughest of times. Our firm has been successful in numerous cases, helping clients recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. If you need the help of an effective attorney, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a consultation to discuss your matter.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in DC
Car accidents can be caused by numerous factors and driving behaviors. Specifically, some common dangerous behaviors include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving drowsy
- Failure to yield
- Distracted driving
- Talking on the phone or other mobile device use while driving
- Traveling with excessive speed
- Running stop signs or disregarding other posted signage
Washington DC Car Accident Statistics
In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in car crashes nationwide, a 5.6 percent increase from 2015. Although motor vehicle fatalities are on the rise, it varies at the state level. The District saw 27 deaths in 2016, a 15% increase from 2015. Despite this uptick, car accident fatalities in Washington D.C. have historically fallen well below the national average.
Fatality Rates: National vs. DC (2006-2016)
According to data from Howard University Transportation Research Center and as shown in the chart below, the highest number of crashes occurred on a Friday. Conversely, the lowest number of collisions reported in the District occurred on a Sunday.
Daily Distribution of Traffic Crashes in Washington DC
What to Do After a Car Accident
Directly after an accident, it is important to stay on the scene and call the authorities. If you are injured, seek medical attention. If you can, take pictures before any cars are moved. If you or a family member is in a car accident involving serious physical injury or wrongful death, contact an attorney. For many of these accidents, the police report and the evidence preserved will help you construct your case. Once you part ways after the initial incident, it is important to avoid direct contact with the negligent party or anyone affiliated with them, including their insurance company. Retaining the services of an experienced attorney can protect your rights through the process.
Negligence and the Burden of Proof
As in almost all personal injury cases, car accident victims will be subject to the burden of proof. When bringing a lawsuit against another party, it is important to prove that the accident and serious injury were caused by negligence. This is a complicated matter. In some cases, it can be another driver. In other cases, it may have been caused by road conditions. In other scenarios, it was a result of a defective automobile or part of an automobile. When these questions must be answered, the assessment of an effective attorney is a necessity.
If you are able to prevail in establishing negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. If successful, you may be able to recover damages for pain and suffering and the impact on your quality of life. In addition, you may be able to recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost income, and the damage to your property.
Trombly & Singer, PLLC | DC Car Accident Lawyers
If you or somebody you love was injured in an automobile accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC. Our lawyers work with clients who have car accident claims in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. Car accidents can end with terrible results. Our firm is ready to assess your case, guide you through your legal matter, and effectively represent your legal needs in the pursuit of maximum compensation. For a consultation with an experienced attorney, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC.