When we think of driver negligence, there are three images that primarily come to mind: speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and texting while driving. The latter, distracted driving, is the most common cause of car accidents in the United States, in large part because so many people text while behind the wheel of their car. Of course, this is unacceptable, however, it does not stop countless individuals from doing so. That being said, if you are someone who has been injured in a car accident due to someone who was texting while driving, there is a very good chance you are now seeking financial compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about what to do after a car accident and how we can help you if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do if I am injured in a car accident in Washington D.C.?
If you are injured in a car accident, you should take the following steps to increase your chances of winning a personal injury claim:
- Call the police.
- Ask the driver for their insurance information. Do not say sorry, even out of politeness.
- Ask anyone who saw your accident for their name and phone number/email.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
- Ask your doctor for all documentation regarding your injuries.
- Hire an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather all additional evidence needed to prove your claim, such as security camera footage of your accident, or the other driver’s cell phone records to prove he or she was texting at the time of your accident.
How long will I have to sue another motorist for an injury in Washington D.C.?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place for personal injury claims. Simply put, the statute of limitations is the amount of time an individual has to take legal action against another party. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible. If you wait past the three-year mark, you will most likely be time-barred from suing. Our firm is here to help you through every step of the claims process ahead. All you have to do is ask.
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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.