Washington, D.C. Car Accident Lawyers
Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic and dangerous experience causing serious or life-threatening injuries. Victims are often left in mental and physical pain and unsure about what steps to take next after a crash. If you or someone you love was injured in a car crash, it is in your best interest to meet with a qualified and knowledgeable Washington, D.C. car accident attorney who is well-versed in defending the rights of victims who have suffered injury and losses from an accident. An attorney can fight for your right to the compensation that is owed to you. At the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan, our Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers charge no upfront fees or costs of any kind, and we only receive compensation if we can help you obtain compensation. Our free, no obligation consultation is confidential, so contact us today to see how we can help you get started.
We take cases involving numerous types of crashes occurring on roads throughout Washington, D.C. Whether your accident happened on high-traffic roadways like Interstate 395 or Interstate 495, or any other roadways.
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What to Do After a Car Accident
After a car accident, there several steps that should be taken to help protect your safety and potentially improve your chances of obtaining compensation. These include:
- Moving your vehicle off the road, if possible, from the path of oncoming vehicles
- Calling 9-1-1 if you or someone involved in the accident has suffered an injury and needs immediate medical attention
- Remaining at the scene until a law enforcement officer arrives and showing your driver’s license and vehicle registration information
- Writing down the full name, contact number, insurance information (including policy number) and license plate of each car/driver involved
- Writing detailed notes of what happened and sharing that information with the responding police officer for his or her report
- Taking pictures of your own personal injuries and vehicle showing any damages
- Taking photos of the scene and other vehicles involved, including property damage
If you called 9-1-1 at the time of a car accident and a police officer arrived at the scene, you do not need to file an additional accident report with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. You may however obtain a copy of the accident report if you have a legal dispute following a collision. Our car accident lawyers can help take care of all the details of your case on your behalf, including communicating with the insurance company, so you can focus on a speedy recovery.
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Types of Car Crashes
Any type of car crash can result in injury to the victim or damage to the property involved. Whether minor or major, our experienced Washington D.C. car accident attorneys often handle cases involving a variety of different and difficult accidents. These types of cases can include:
Accidents Causing Serious Bodily Injuries
- Drowsy-driving crashes
- Elderly-related accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Highway accidents
- Icy road accidents
- Parking lot crashes
- Rear-end collisions
- Roll-over collisions
- Side-impact collisions
Accidents Caused by Dangerous Driving Behaviors
Our attorneys also take cases of accidents caused by reckless driving behaviors, such as:
- Aggressive driving/road rage
- Cellphone-related accidents
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Driving while under influence of narcotics
- Failure to merge/yield
- Following too closely
- Texting while driving
- Running stop signs or red lights
If you or a loved one has suffered any type of injury or expense due to any type of car accident, our Washington, D.C. car accident attorneys can help you explore your legal options for pursuing compensation.
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Common Injuries Caused by a Car Accident
Car accidents often cause property damage, but more importantly, they can result in personal injury from the force of collision, causing everything from whiplash to more serious, life-threatening injuries.
Common types of car accident injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries – This can include concussions, traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding, nerve damage, skull fractions, facial disfigurements or lacerations requiring surgery.
- Neck and back injuries – This can include whiplash, herniated disks, strains and sprains, or spinal cord injury.
- Chest injuries – This can include abdominal injuries, chest contusions, severe bruising and organ damage that can take time to heal or cause irreversible damage.
- Arm and leg injuries – Examples include broken bones, dislocated limbs, amputations, fractures, and other soft-tissue injuries like stretched or torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments that can cause significant, lingering pain.
Our car accident attorneys in D.C. can help you recover compensation for a variety of injuries that cause physical and mental issues. These injuries and the symptoms that come with them can be incredibly difficult to manage and make it hard to complete any work or manage day-to-day activities successfully.
Such symptoms can include:
- Blurred vision
- Memory problems
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Severe headaches
- Numbness or paralysis
- Nausea and vomiting
- Depression or irritability
- Limited mobility
We understand how difficult it can be to manage these types of injuries and the symptoms that come with being involved in a car accident.
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Statute of Limitations for Car Crashes
The statute of limitations is a state law that puts a specific time limit on the right to file a lawsuit after suffering some kind of harm or loss, such as a personal injury or vehicle damage caused by a car accident. In Washington, D.C., the statute of limitations for most car accidents requires that a lawsuit for a personal injury or damages to property be filed within three years, according to D.C. Code section 12-301. This includes any injury or property damage brought on by the driver, passenger, pedestrian, or bicyclist after a car accident. If you do not file a lawsuit within three years from the date of injury or from the date the injury was discovered, you lose the right to do so.
If someone you know died because of a car accident, the statute of limitations is even less, with only two years to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
It takes time to prepare a claim and file a lawsuit. This is why you should strongly consider contacting an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait, you could miss your chance of obtaining compensation or end up settling for less than you deserve.
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Required Car Insurance Coverage in Washington, D.C.
When trying to recover damages caused by a car crash, you will often be dealing with an insurance company. Car insurance policies cover property loss, medical expenses and lost wages.
However, you need to know that the objective of an insurance adjuster is to settle your car accident case for as little money as possible to save the insurance company money. Adjusters know accident victims are desperate for compensation and this often results in them accepting much less compensation than they deserve. Hiring a car accident lawyer can help level the playing field. The lawyer can deal directly with the adjuster on your behalf and work toward a fair settlement.
In Washington D.C., drivers must have the following car insurance coverage, at minimum:
- Bodily Injury Liability - All drivers must purchase $25,000 in coverage per person and $50,000 for each accident.
- Property Damage Liability - Drivers must have $10,000 in coverage per accident.
- Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Liability - All drivers must have a minimum of $25,000 in coverage per person and $50,000 for each accident.
- Uninsured Property Damage Liability - Drivers must have $5,000 in coverage per accident, subject to a $200 deductible
If the value of damages from your or a loved one’s injuries is greater than the other driver’s coverage, you may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain more compensation.
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Compensation After a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car crash, you should contact a Washington, D.C. car accident attorney quickly so he or she can get to work trying to recover the compensation you are entitled. With more than 20 years of experience, the lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan have successfully recovered compensation for countless car accident victims. This includes a $1.5 million settlement for someone involved in an automobile collision who suffered a serious personal injury.
Our services are all provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay if we help you reach a fair outcome for your claim. We are prepared to investigate and build a strong case to help you obtain just compensation.
There are various forms of compensation for car accident victims, including:
Our lawyers will aggressively pursue compensation for medical costs for the treatment of your injury. This includes costs for surgery, ambulance rides, medical testing and equipment used, physical therapy, doctor visits and prescription medications.
Aside from personal injury, car accidents can cause serious property damage to your vehicle. You can pursue compensation to cover any car repairs, rental vehicles used or the fair market value of your totaled car.
Victims can seek compensation for lost wages from missing work involuntarily due to severe injury and damage caused after a car accident. This can also include obtaining other compensation for financial benefits missed such as pay bonuses that would have been earned were it not for the accident.
Pain and Suffering
Determining monetary value for emotional and physiological damages can be challenging, but fair compensation can be recovered for pain and suffering after an accident due to depression, anxiety, insomnia, fear, grief and worry.
Our Washington, D.C. car accidents attorneys understand that car accident injuries can affect many different aspects of your life. Which is why we can help you pursue just compensation for all your expenses.
Receiving Compensation if Partially At-Fault
Washington, D.C. has very strict laws when it comes to contributory negligence. If the victim is involved in a car accident and is even one percent at fault for the incident, he or she is not allowed to obtain compensatory damages. The District of Columbia is one of only five states/districts that uses this standard, including Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.
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How an Attorney Can Help
Although you do not have to hire legal representation to help you pursue a claim for personal injuries or damages after a crash, hiring a car accident lawyer has significant benefits. These benefits include having an in-depth knowledge of Washington, D.C. statutes and case law, the ability to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and launching a comprehensive investigation to build a strong case.
At the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan, we have helped many clients settle their car accident claims. Our attorneys understand how to obtain the necessary documents to prove the at-fault party’s liability -before the statute of limitations expires for your claim.
Obtain Fair Compensation
After a car crash, a Washington, D.C. car accident lawyer can help victims obtain insurance settlements for any injuries or damages suffered. We know how insurance companies operate and what documentation they need to see in support of your claim. Oftentimes, insurance companies will offer low settlements following a car accident to minimize costs for their company. If this happens, an attorney can help you file a lawsuit and pursue your case to obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Protect Your Rights
Our main objective is to protect your legal rights during the insurance claim process. Reaching out to a lawyer after a car accident can help prevent you from making any statements or signing any insurance company documents that might invalidate your claim or minimize the at-fault party’s liability.
Strengthen Your Claim
Car accident attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build a strong claim regarding your injuries and the facts of the crash. The best thing you can do to strengthen your claim after a crash is documenting everything. This includes taking pictures of the accident scene, photos of your personal damage and the damage to each vehicle involved, keeping copies of medical expenses, and writing down any additional details related to the crash.
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Contact a Washington D.C. Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you have sustained physical injuries in a car accident, it is in your best interest to contact a skilled Washington, D.C. car accident attorney who understands what you are going through. We are committed to investigating and building a case for you to try to obtain all the compensation you are entitled to.
The lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan have decades of combined successful experiences handling personal injury cases for countless car accident victims. We understand the life-changing effects that a car crash can have on your health and your ability to live a normal life. While compensation cannot eliminate your injuries, or the damages suffered, our attorneys can help you or a loved one avoid financial setbacks and begin to move forward with your life.
Contact our car accident lawyers in Washington, D.C. today and schedule a free, no obligation consultation and learn the legal options of your case. There are no contingency fees or upfront costs unless we help you recover compensation through an insurance settlement or personal injury lawsuit.