DC Auto Accident Lawyer
Over 6 million auto accidents occur in the United States every year, causing millions of injuries and approximately 40,000 deaths. If you were injured in a car accident, or if you lost a loved one in a crash, a DC auto accident lawyer can help you get the settlement you deserve. Our experienced attorneys will examine each aspect of your automobile accident in order to build a strong case, ensuring that you'll receive the maximum allowable benefits including compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills.
Car Accident Causes that Warrant Legal Intervention
If you've been involved in a car crash, you're probably wondering whether the circumstances will legally allow you to seek repayment for your losses. Most commonly, car accidents are caused by the negligent driving of another party, which may include driving under the influence, texting while driving, speeding or other reckless acts. Our DC car accident lawyers have extensive experiencing taking on and winning these types of cases.
Auto accidents may also be caused by flawed vehicle designs and defective car parts, such as engine parts, seat belts, air bags, tires, brakes and steering systems. These types of defects result in hundreds or even thousands of deaths every year, and they legally allow you to seek proper compensation from the automobile manufacturer or other guilty parties.
Predicting the Value of an Auto Accident Settlement
As the victim of a car accident, one of your primary concerns will likely be receiving appropriate compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and any injuries that will affect your long-term quality of life, and particularly your ability to work in your field. Depending on the circumstances of the case, your settlement could easily reach into the millions of dollars.
However, it's very difficult to predict the value of a potential settlement in your case before talking to a qualified DC auto accident lawyer. In addition to insurance factors like med-pay, underinsured motorist benefits, personal injury protection, collision coverage and liability insurance, the insurance company and the trial jury will examine the specific aspects of your car accident and its resulting effects in order to assess the value of a settlement. Some of these factors include:
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether your injuries are permanent
- The condition of the vehicles before and after the crash
- Whether alcohol was involved in the crash
- Whether there were witnesses who saw the accident take place
- The credibility of the witnesses
- The amount of available insurance money
- The amount of wages you lost as a result of the accident
It's important to keep in mind that settlement values tend to dramatically appreciate between the time of your claim and the date of your trial. If an insurance company offers you a certain settlement value shortly after your accident, that value may increase twenty-fold by the time your trial date arrives. For this reason, it's important to hire an experienced DC auto accident lawyer who will work aggressively with the insurance company to maximize the value of your settlement.