Accidents and Collisions: Trucks, Buses, Motorcycles, Cars - we handle it all!
Living, working, visiting, or simply traveling through the DC Metropolitan Area can be trying - it is one of the "most traffic congested areas in the country!" In the DMV-area, drivers are 109% more likely to get involved in an accident!* Dangerous high speed collisions occur with alarming frequency. Among the many causes of those accidents in the area are:
- Drunk driving
- Drivers using cell phones and mobile devices
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe vehicles
Vehicle drivers suffer due to collisions. Medical bills pile up, cars have to be repaired, and time may be lost from work while you physically recover. You are entitled to seek legal help to get what you deserve as the direct result of the negligence of others. In Virginia, for example, the victim in an automobile collision can sue for:
- All bodily injuries and their effects on the person
- Current and future mental anguish
- Disfigurement, scarring, deformity, and the associated embarrassment and humiliation
- Past and future inconvenience
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost earnings
If you have been involved in an auto-accident, always remember the following:
1) Medical attention is very important. If you have been hurt, see a doctor! Do not wait, as some injuries you may think are minor could be indications of serious damage.
2) Do not make wild accusations! The side of the road is NEVER the time to argue with other drivers or passengers.
3) Do not make statements. Just like on TV, what you say can be used against you - even in a lawsuit. Always answer a policeman’s questions, and you are obligated to give your insurance information to the other involved driver(s), but you are NOT required to admit fault or guilt.
4) Take pictures. If you or your passengers are ok, then take as many pictures as you can of the road, the conditions, all involved cars, tire tracks, or anything that may be important. Remember: it is much better to delete a photo then to wish you had taken it.
5) Keep copies of everything. If you have had medical treatment, keep a copy of any records and bills. If you have the police report, keep that safe. Other communications from insurance companies, tow truck firms and others should be kept.
6) CONTACT AN ATTORNEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Time is always a factor. Although you have 2 years in Virginia, and 3 years in DC and Maryland to file a suit, the longer you wait, the more difficult it may become to prove your case.
The Law Office of Attorney Joseph A. Blaszkow has been helping drivers and passengers in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area for 35 years, and is ready to put that experience to work for you. Email us now or call 703-879-5910 to schedule a free consultation right away.