Car accidents can happen just about anywhere, but some of the most common locations for collisions might just surprise you. It just goes to show that you always need to be paying attention. Unfortunately, you cannot always avoid an accident if someone else is negligent or driving recklessly. If you get injured and believe that someone else is to blame, our Washington, D.C. car accident lawyers may be able to help.
What Are Some Common Locations for Car Accidents?
There are a few locations that stand out for how frequently they can host car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 54% of fatal accidents occur on rural roads. This could be attributed to a few different factors, from worse lighting to higher speed limits.
The NHTSA also reports that most fatal accidents occur within 25 miles of a victim’s home. Because we are so used to driving these roads, it’s possible that we do not always pay enough attention to our surroundings when we are close to home. This really drives home the importance of always doing the best that you can to stay safe and avoid car accidents. Other common locations for car accidents include parking lots, intersections, and the commute to and from work.
What Should Victims of Car Accidents Do?
When people get hurt in car accidents, they need to take steps to protect themselves and begin building a personal injury case. If you are hurt you should:
- Take pictures of the damage to the vehicles
- Take photos of the accident scene
- Call the cops to the scene
- Exchange info with other involved drivers and witnesses
- Get medical care as soon as possible
- Talk to a personal injury lawyer
How Long Do I Have to Sue After a Car Accident?
You must sue for compensation within three years of the date of your accident. That seems like a long time, but acting quickly is in your best interest. The first issue is that if you go more than three years without suing, your case is just going to be thrown out. The second issue is that it can be harder to build a case if a lot of time has passed. The memories of witnesses can fade and surveillance footage can easily get erased. So do not take too much time deciding whether or not to pursue compensation.
What Can an Attorney Do to Help?
An experienced personal injury attorney can guide you through this process and help you fight for the most possible compensation. They can also handle any communications on your behalf and defend you from accusations of wrongdoing. You are not required to hire a lawyer, but know that someone from our firm will do their best to advocate for you at every turn.
Talk to a Lawyer Today
If you want to learn more about your options, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC to set up a consultation. We can tell you more about the value of your case and what our law firm can do to help your family in this trying time.