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Car accidents happen each and every day across our nation’s capital, sending people to emergency rooms and local hospitals with injuries ranging from minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises, to serious and life-threatening bodily harm.

The factors that contribute to these accidents are often easy to spot: Washington D.C. is filled with out-of-town visitors who are unfamiliar with our roadways, our streets are peppered with traffic circles, and we have numerous one-way streets that can cause confusion or may be easy for a distracted driver to miss.

Regardless of the cause, a serious accident can have a devastating and life-altering effect on the lives of the individuals involved and their families. That’s why the Washington D.C. car accident lawyer of The Abelson Law Firm has committed his practice to seeking justice for injured people in D.C. and the surrounding areas with their injury cases.

At The Abelson Law Firm, our compassionate legal team knows exactly the struggles and mental anguish that injured individuals often experience after a serious car crash. Mounting medical bills, physical therapy, and the demands of recovery are paramount after an accident, but life does not slow down for injured people.

Many victims experience stress as they are forced to miss work and possibly lose necessary earnings as a result of the accident. Mental and emotional trauma can impact your mood and ability to enjoy life. All of these issues can be especially overwhelming if the accident was caused by someone else’s reckless actions, and we strongly believe that you should not have to suffer the consequences of their behavior.

How a Washington D.C. Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

After an accident, the most important thing that you need to do is focus on yourself, your recovery, and your family. The other driver’s insurance company may be pressuring you to give an official statement or accept a lowball settlement offer in the days immediately following the accident. You may be wondering about your legal options.

By hiring an experienced attorney, you can focus on what is most important: recovering from your injuries and getting back to work. Let us handle the legal issues and help you secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of the crash.

By hiring an experienced firm like The Abelson Law Firm, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. We have helped others just like you navigate the civil claims process and obtain the money needed to pay bills, replace damaged property, and move on with their lives. We have the experience you need on your side, the resources to handle your case, and we are not afraid to take on the big insurance companies to ensure that you get the fair and just compensation that you are entitled to.


Injuries Associated With Auto Accidents

In one recent year, there were 23 traffic fatalities in Washington, D.C., and there were an additional 6,215 injury collisions, according to statistics released by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Some of the most common injuries that sent people to the hospital in the district include:

The team at The Abelson Law Firm has helped individuals who have suffered injuries like those listed above and countless other types of serious harm that a car crash can inflict on the driver and passengers of the vehicle. For more than 40 years, we have successfully helped our clients recover the financial compensation they need to rebuild their lives following a car accident, and we are prepared to help you.

What To Do After A Car Crash In D.C.

Following a car crash, it is only natural for people to be confused as to what to do next. It is likely that you have never been involved in an accident, or you may have never been in a serious collision before in your life.

Here are some important steps to take if you or a loved one has been in a car accident in Washington D.C.:

  1. Try to remain calm and call 911. It is essential to contact the police immediately in the event of a car crash. Make sure not to leave the scene. The police will secure the area, will assist with emergency services, and will gather evidence and witness statements to help with any future legal proceedings.
  2. Seek medical attention right away. If the collision is serious, emergency medical services may be called to the scene to transport injured individuals to the closest hospital. Even if your injuries do not appear to be that serious at first, it is advisable to seek medical attention anyway, in order to document any late-arriving symptoms of injury. This can be key to securing compensation for injuries that can and do appear in the days and weeks following a crash.
  3. Do not admit fault or accept payments on the scene. Be wary of giving any statements to the other driver and make sure not to let them convince you to take money in exchange for not reporting the accident to the police or insurance companies. Statements you make that imply fault (or even partial fault) could weaken your claim later on if you are hurt, and money accepted at the scene can possibly ruin your chances at securing the compensation your claim truly deserves.
  4. Do not give a statement to the other party’s insurance company without an attorney. The other driver’s insurance company may contact you to get an “official statement”. Keep in mind, the insurance adjuster’s job is to minimize your claim and save their company money. Do not let them trick you into admitting fault or weakening your case. With an experienced attorney on your side, you can either structure your statement beforehand or choose to wait until legal proceedings have started to give a statement on the record.
  5. Choose the right attorney for you. Not every attorney has the experience or the resources your case deserves. Choose an attorney who has a track record of success with car accident cases in D.C. and who knows how to present the strongest case possible in the event of a trial. Choose The Abelson Law Firm to make sure your case is in the right hands.

No-Fault Insurance Laws in Washington D.C.

Every driver in Washington D.C. is required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Uninsured Motorist Coverage, according to the Compulsory / No-Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance Act of 1982. The “no-fault” rules imposed by this law requires injured motorists to first seek compensation from your PIP insurance policy to pay for medical costs and lost wages, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

No-fault insurance is a nice safety -net for some injured individuals, but it may not be enough to cover the true costs of the accident. There are, however, some exceptions to the “no-fault” rules that may allow you to sue the other party in the event of an accident, and these exceptions include:

  • The injuries sustained in the accident caused permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • The injured individual’s impairment is substantial and can be proven through medical records
  • The injury interferes with the individual’s normal daily activities (for at least 180 days) and has been medically documented
  • The injured individual’s medical bills and physical therapy costs exceed the PIP benefits available

By contacting an experienced Washington D.C. car accident lawyer, you can determine whether your injuries qualify as exceptions to the no-fault rules. If they do, you may be able to pursue broader compensation from the person or party who caused the accident.

Types of Compensation Available to Car Accident Victims

While you are recovering from the accident, you may be unsure of exactly what type of compensation you may be owed for your pain, suffering, lost wages, and other damages associated with the crash. Fortunately, you may be able to pursue compensation to offset these losses and help you move on with your life following the accident.

Compensation after suffering injuries from a car crash may include:

  • Lost wages
  • Physical therapy expenses
  • Future earnings
  • Medical equipment
  • Replacement or repair of personal property
  • Additional pain and suffering
  • Medical bills

Remember that you should not have to shoulder the financial burden of an accident that was caused through no fault of your own. With an attorney on your side who understands the process and knows the rules in Washington D.C., you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we do the heavy lifting for you.

 

Contact a Washington D.C. Car Accident Lawyer Today

For more than 40 years, attorney Michael Abelson and the team at The Abelson Law Firm have fought tirelessly and tenaciously on behalf of their clients. Their focus on seeking justice on behalf of injured individuals in D.C. has not wavered, and their track record of successful cases and happy clients speaks for itself.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident in Washington D.C., there is one firm that stands out among the rest. Contact The Abelson Law Firm by phone or online to speak with an experienced car accident attorney today.

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