Car Accident Lawyers in Alexandria, VA
If You Have Been Involved in An Auto-Accident, Always Remember the Following:
- Medical attention is very important. If you have been hurt, see a doctor! Do not wait, as some pains and aches you may think are minor could be indications of serious injuries.
- Do not make wild accusations! The side of the road is NEVER the time to argue with other drivers or passengers.
- 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.
- Take pictures. If you and 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 than to wish you had taken it.
- 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.
- 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.
Walking in the Metro area is almost as dangerous as driving, sometimes because so many drivers are paying attention to GPS, smartphones, other cars, and other distractions. Pedestrians run a risk of being involved in accidents all the time.
Pedestrian accidents are very traumatic because the most severe damage happens to the pedestrian:
- Broken bones
- Bad cuts and scrapes
- Head impact/trauma
- Spinal injury
Brain and Spine Injuries
Injuries suffered as a result of accidents can be minor, such as bruises and cuts; or they can be severe, like broken bones, concussions, or severed limbs. The body tries to repair itself as it has for eons, but injuries to the spine and the brain are much harder to repair and take much, much longer. Traumatic incidents and injuries require specific, dedicated diagnoses and treatment. That treatment is more complicated and lasting than the setting of a broken bone. Ensuring that you have the right diagnosis - and the right care - is essential. One cannot make mistakes with the spine, or any part of the central nervous system: mistakes can result in the loss of feeling and sensation, crippling of arms or legs, or even paralysis.
Common signs of brain injuries are:
- slurred speech
- slowed movements or responses
Common signs of spine injury:
- pain when moving, bending, or walking
- inability to get comfortable
- numbness or tingling in arms, legs, hands, and feet
Our injury attorney, Joseph A. Blaszkow, has been helping drivers and passengers in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area for 38 years and is ready to put that experience to work for you. Email us now or call to schedule a free consultation right away.