Driving Safety in the News
Washington D.C. – In 2006, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will release a new ad campaign that will be targeted at “Buzzed Drivers,” or people who are not heavily intoxicated. In October, the D.C. Council relaxed its illegal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level, mainly due to complaints that drinks while socializing is a key part of doing business in Washington.
Maryland Car Accident Legal Representation for Serious Injuries and Fatalities
The personal injury attorneys of Lewis & Tompkins represent victims who have been injured as a result of car and motorcycle accidents. Throughout Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland, we’ve helped clients who have suffered severe injuries as a result of high-speed collisions, rear-end collisions, drunk driving accidents, reckless or aggressive driving, driver distraction, rollover accidents and pedestrian accidents obtain fair and full settlements for the injuries they’ve sustained. When a driver or passenger is killed in a car accident, Lewis & Tompkins provides legal expertise in obtaining wrongful death settlements and verdicts in the courts of Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
Car accidents are the top cause of serious personal injuries and fatalities in the Washington area. Simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, many of our clients and their families have been forced to adapt to lives forever limited by brain injury, spinal cord injury and other injuries that are often the result of car accidents. Sadly, it is these types of injuries that most often require the proven legal skills that Lewis & Tompkins provides.
Through four decades of legal representation to car accident injury victims throughout D.C., Virginia and Maryland, our car accident attorneys have learned first-hand that the costs of these terrible injuries aren’t confined simply to long-term care, rehabilitation and medical expenses. We also know the financial toll of the emotional loss, pain and suffering many families of the injured must endure. While a seriously injured car accident victim may survive an accident, dreams and expectations of a full, healthy and productive life often do not.
By learning everything we can about a client’s daily life, both before and after the accident, our attorneys build cases that compel judges and juries to empathize with a car accident injury victim, helping us obtain maximum compensation for our client’s injuries. Getting to know our clients and understanding the trust and responsibility they place in our abilities is pivotal to this effort, and is the foundation of the success our attorneys have consistently obtained for our clients.
Handling High Dollar Claims for Serious Car Accident Injuries
Because of improved safety standards in cars, SUVs and trucks, and improving road conditions, there has been a noticeable decline in car accident injuries and deaths during the past few years. When injury causing car accidents do occur, however, the cost of healthcare recovery continues to spiral.
Resistance to fair settlements for high dollar medical claims involving lengthy hospital care is common in the casualty insurance industry. Because medical care for catastrophic injuries can cost many thousands of dollars per day, these types of claims face the most scrutiny and inspection by insurance claims adjustors, underwriters and other insurance personnel involved in the claims and settlements process.
If any circumstances of either the accident or the victim’s insurance policy, however trivial, can clear or limit the insurance company of liability, then it becomes a legitimate basis for denial or reduction of an insurance claim. Even when a claim is rock solid, many insurance companies aren’t above simply inventing reasons to deny a high dollar claim.
In these situations, only attorneys who aggressively negotiate the best terms for their clients can force insurance companies to comply with their obligations to car accident injury victims. At Lewis & Tompkins, our reputation as successful trial attorneys precedes us, and ensures that insurance companies negotiate in good faith when offering settlements to our clients.
Lewis & Tompkins represents the families of those injured or killed by drunk drivers. Recent changes in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia criminal law for drinking and driving make the penalties for drunk driving severe. To obtain financial damages from a drunk driver if he or she has caused an injury or death, a civil action must be filed against the negligent party and their insurance company. Lewis & Tompkins helps families in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland file and prosecute civil actions against drunk drivers to obtain financial damages for the injury.
Rear End Collision Injuries and Deaths
Improved seatbelt and airbag technology has made walking away from frontal collisions unscathed far more likely for those involved in car accident. But the same can’t be said for surviving a rear end collision without injury. Rear end collisions are the leading cause of injury and death in car accidents. Lewis & Tompkins helps those in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia who have suffered injury in rear end collisions obtain compensation for their injuries.
Aggressive or Reckless Driving
Driving at high speeds, making swift and reckless turns, cutting off other cars on the road, driving too closely, and other hazardous driving techniques are all too common on the Beltway. When these actions lead to serious injury or death to another driver or passenger, civil action against the aggressive driver and their insurance company can be undertaken. Lewis & Tompkins helps those in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia who have suffered injury as a result of reckless driving obtain compensation for their injuries.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Cases
As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, the streets and crosswalks of Washington D.C. are often crowded with those who have come to visit our nation’s capital. When drivers ignore the safety of pedestrians or bicyclists and cause injury to someone crossing a street on foot or on a bicycle, Lewis & Tompkins helps the injured pedestrian or bicyclist obtain compensation for their injuries.
Did you know that “rubbernecking”, or slowing down to look at another car accident, is one of the top causes of rear-end collision car accidents? Other driver distractions include talking on a cell phone, eating, or other activity that has no place on busy roads and highways. More than ever, driving is a privilege and duty, and there is no room for driver distraction on our roads. When driver distraction causes injury to another driver or passenger, Lewis & Tompkins helps the injured party obtain compensation for their injuries.
Rollovers accidents are more common in accidents involving SUVs, pickups, vans, large trucks and other non-standard cars. While manufacturers have taken some steps to lower rollover propensity in these types of vehicles, the rate of rollover accidents is still unreasonably high. When injuries or death are the result of rollover accidents, Lewis & Tompkins helps these victims take effective legal action to secure the compensation they deserve.
Blog for Car Accidents
- Protecting Yourself from a Double Turn Accident
- Turn Notice: Guidelines for a Safe Turn
- Maryland Road Trip Safety Tips for Families
- Seven Signs That Your Car Has Been Damaged by DC Potholes
- Are You a Virginia Aggressive Driver?
- Can Graphic Design Provide a Barrier to Distracted Driving?
- Dump Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Arlington Accident
- Shocking Statistics: Car Crashes Due to Cell Phone Use
- Why a Washington, DC Car Crash Causes Whiplash
- Why It’s Hard to Prove Mobile Phone Use Caused a Car Crash
- April Is Distracted Driving Month – How Safe Are You?
- Caught on Camera: The Dangerous World of Videotaping Your Drive
- Rubbernecking: A Dangerous Curiosity for Drivers
- Defensive Driving: Master the Skills for Safe Driving
- Car Seat Safety: Protecting Your Child in a Side-Impact Car Crash
- Kids, Car Seats, and Taxicab Accidents: How Safe Are Your Kids?
- Social Media and Personal Injury Claims
- Do You Need a Crash Helmet to Drive Your Car?
- D.C. Parking Lot Accident—What Happens Next?
- Parents, Teens, Speeding Cars, and D.C. Car Crashes
Library for Car Accidents:
- Common Two-Lane Turn Hazards
Dual lane turns increase your risks for an accident. Click here to learn how you and your family could be in danger of a serious collision.
- Potentially Fatal Risks of Turning Right on Red
Although left-hand turns are the most dangerous, right turns can still be fatal. Don’t be a victim; learn these risks before it’s too late to turn back.
- Men at Work: How to Avoid a Car Accident in a Washington, D.C. Construction Zone
Read tips for avoiding devastating car accidents in Washington D.C. construction zones, and do your part to keep everyone safe.
- A Plague of Potholes: Pothole Danger on DC Streets
April showers brought May flowers… and potholes. Get tips for dealing with this year’s abundance of DC potholes.
- Aggressive Driving: Part of Virginia Car Culture or a Serious Traffic Violation?
Have you dealt with Virginia’s aggressive drivers? Learn what is considered aggressive driving and what you can do to prevent aggressive driving crashes.
- Hands-Free Doesn’t Mean Risk-Free: Any Cell Phone Use While Driving Is Dangerous—Period!
Think hands-free cell phone use while driving is safe? Guess again! Learn why this “safe” form of cell phone use is still dangerous while driving.
- A Pain in the Neck: Whiplash After a Washington, DC Car Crash
Do you think you are suffering from whiplash after your Washington, DC car crash? Here are symptoms.
- Should You Take Responsibility for Causing a Car Crash?
Even if you do cause a car crash, it may not be wise to admit fault at the scene. Learn what to do to protect yourself if you do cause a crash.
- Rear-End Car Crashes With In-Your-Face Injuries
Know the common injuries that can result from rear-end collisions, and find out what you can do to protect your recovery if you’re a victim.
- Leaving the Scene of a Fender Bender Could Be More Costly Than You Think
Think a slight fender bender is no big deal? Think again! Know this information that could protect your rights after a even a minor accident.
- What's Holding You Back in a Car Crash?
Knowing these seat belt safety facts may encourage motorists to stay buckled-up. Learn more and help save a life—including yours!
- Traveling Through Some D.C. Intersections Could Be Risky Business
A D.C. metro attorney shares the list of most dangerous intersections for car accidents in the nation’s capitol during 2011.
- The Risks of Cab Riding in D.C.
A D.C. car accident attorney talks about the risk you take every time you hop into a Capital City taxicab. Do you think you’re safe? Learn more here.
- Even Minor VA Collisions Can Cause Serious Car Accident Injuries
Vehicle damage doesn’t always determine how serious any injuries may be from a car accident. Even your fender bender could cause serious harm.
- Beware! Parking Lot Accidents in the Nation’s Capital
D.C. car accident attorney explains why a drive through a parking lot could be the most dangerous part of your trip. Think before your drive!
- Saving a Few Minutes of Travel Time Could Cause a D.C. Car Crash
Speeding your way through D.C. only increases your chances of a car accident. Learn more here. Courteous and defensive driving is the best way to travel.
- Look No Further Than Car Tires as a Possible Cause for Your Maryland Car Crash
A D.C. car accident attorney discusses why car tires can be a deadly force that can cause many unnecessary car accidents throughout the D.C. area.
- Getting the Facts Straight About Wrong-Way Driving in Virginia and Maryland
Meta Description: A Virginia car accident attorney talks about the dangerous truth of wrong-way car crashes. Call for a free accident case review.
- Virginia Road Rage: Learn the Risks and Harmful Outcomes
A Virginia car accident lawyer explains road rage, and why it’s not as harmless as many make it out to be. Call for more info and a free case evaluation.
- Heightened Risk of Rear-End Crashes in Construction Zones in Washington D.C.
Involved in a rear-end collision? A D.C. car accident attorney shares the dangers of construction zones for metro drivers. Learn more here.
Frequent Questions for Car Accidents:
- Is it illegal to use a turn lane as a passing lane?
- My friend was just seriously injured in a rollover accident in Virginia. Now I’m worried. What can I do if I’m ever an accident like this?
- Who is at fault for an accident caused by a pothole?
- What should I do if I see an aggressive driver on the highway? Can Virginia drivers report aggressive driving?
- Do distractions from passengers or the use of cell phones cause more car accidents?
- What kind of treatment will I get if I receive whiplash because of a Washington, DC car crash?
- How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a car accident?
- What are some of the most common forms of distracted driving, and how does it affect my safety?
- What are the leading causes of rear-end collisions?
- Why are seat belt laws different between states, and how does it affect the outcome of my car accident settlement?
- Why shouldn’t kids be able to sit in the front seat of a car if they don’t need a safety seat anymore?
- Do the laws in Washington, D.C., require us to use a car seat for our toddler when riding in a taxicab? If our cab driver gets into a car accident and my child is injured, who would be responsible if he/she is not restrained in a car seat during the accident?
- I was involved in a car accident about a year ago, but never filed a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. I didn’t seem hurt at the time, and fixing my car was a simple process. But recently I’ve noticed injuries which my doctor attributes to the past car accident. How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a car accident?
- I was injured in a parking lot car accident recently, and my car was damaged. Aside from taking legal action against the responsible driver, can I file a lawsuit against the store or property owner who took care of the parking lot?
- I was recently involved in a car accident in Washington, D.C. The car that hit mine was speeding through an intersection at the time of the crash. Does speeding have any effect on my D.C. vehicle accident case?
- What are the most common causes of auto accidents in urban areas like the Washington, D.C. area, and what do I do if I’m in an accident?
- Most wrong-way driving accidents that happen are head-on collisions. What are the most common injuries associated with head-on auto collisions?
- I want to avoid a car accident, but there are some really bad drivers on the road. What is the best way to avoid a traffic accident with dangerous drivers on the road?
- Are there cases when the driver in front is held responsible for a rear-end collision in D.C.?
- There really aren’t too many known laws specifically dealing with drowsy driving. Can motorists in D.C. be found negligent if they are caught driving a vehicle while sleepy?