Car Accidents on the Capital Beltway
The Capital Beltway can range from three lanes to five lanes, and can be a very dangerous place to drive. The unfortunate reality is that you can obey all of the traffic laws, and make no mistakes, and still be involved in a horrible motor vehicle accident. You cannot control other people's actions. But you can hold them accountable, and you can get justice!
Blaszkow Legal has been helping people involved in Capital Beltway accidents on the Inner loop and Outer Loop for over 40 years. Our team of attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and other staff members are all devoted to investigating your case, and getting you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Call us today at 703-879-5910!
Capital Beltway accidents
The Capital Beltway comprises I-495 (the Beltway proper) and I-95, or the busiest highway in the country, from Maine to Florida. Because of its importance, this road can be crowded at any time of the day, and an absolute nightmare during rush hour!
There are many causes of accidents on the Beltway. Some accidents can be single vehicle, such as when a car hits debris or ice, while other accidents can involve a large number of cars and trucks, which are some times called pileups. Some of the more common causes of accidents include:
Changing lanes without signaling
Investigating who was responsible
Asserting your claim for damages comes down to negligence. We are responsible for identifying the negligent parties in car accident case. It is not simply enough that we allege that another person or company is responsible, but we must prove that.
Who is responsible for an accident can be complicated, depending on the acts of the case. Individual drivers are responsible for their negligent operation of the vehicle - this is understood. But there may be additional negligent parties - this is vital information, because insurance coverage may be limited for one party, and substantial for another. Some other negligent parties are potentially:
Drivers' employers, through respondeat superior
Trainers, through negligent training
Owners of the vehicle, if the owner knew or should have known that the driver had a propensity for operating vehicles unsafely
Additionally, the Inner loop and the Outer Loop go through Virginia and Maryland, which are jurisdictions that practice contributory negligence. This means that you, the person seeking damages for your injuries, cannot have been in any way responsible for the accident. If the other side can prove that you are negligent, then this may act as a bar to recovery
In order to stop the insurance companies from making those allegations, the first thing that we do is begin investigating the case. The sooner we can begin our investigation, the sooner we can start fighting for you, and for the compensation that you deserve.
It is absolutely vital that we begin pulling camera footage, and interviewing witnesses as soon as we can. The longer that you wait to engage an experienced car accident lawyer, the more likely it is that camera footage is lost or overwritten, or that witnesses' memories will fade.
Damages after a Beltway Car Accident
If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, you have a right to file a claim for compensation for those injuries. The total universe of what you can claim is called your damages. Generally, damages refers to all of the ways that the accident has affected you, and impacted your life. Damages fall into two separate categories, economic damages and non-economic damages:
Future lost wages
Future medical expenses
Pain and suffering
Hiring an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Because of the very nature of the interstate system, these accidents can get very complicated. Merely because the accident happened in Virginia, does not mean it involves Virginia defendants. You yourself might not be from Virginia, but only passing through. An experienced car accident attorney is going to run down all of the specifics, and make sure that you get all of the compensation that you deserve, from the people who caused your injuries. Don't let the negligent parties get away with hurting you, and never feel helpless because they have. You have the right to fight, but you need the right lawyers to do it.
Call us today for a free consultation, and get an experienced team fighting on your side. The sooner you call, the sooner you will be protected. Get Justice with Joe Blaszkow, and call 703-879-5910 for a free, no obligation consultation!