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
- 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
- A Little Prep Time May Prevent Your Accident Before It Happens
- Safety Tips to Prevent a Wrong-Way Crash in Virginia
- D.C. Accident Lawyer Explains Gender Divide on Car Crashes
- Stiff Necks, Sore Backs, or Worse After a D.C. Rear-End Car Crash
- New Maryland Law for Cell Phone Use While Driving in Effect October 1
- American Apathy for Dangerous Driving Shows in the Numbers
- Maryland Car Accident Attorney: Your Quiet Car May Be Too Dangerous
- Is the Price of Gas Affecting Your Safety in Washington, D.C.-Area Car Accidents?
- The Bethesda Car Accident Injury Attorneys Share with You Their Favorite Competitor: A Safe Car
- Unseen Damage: The After-Effects of a Serious Washington, D.C. Car Accident
- Washington, D.C. Car Accident Lawyers Share What You Need to Keep in Your Car in Case of Emergency
- Maryland Car Accident Attorney: Find Out If Your Car Has Been Recalled
Library for Car Accidents:
- 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.
- Montgomery County Accident Attorney: Drowsy Driving Dangers
Maryland car crash attorney warns about the dangers of driving while sleepy. Learn more here and call for a free case evaluation.
- How Safe Are You in a Virginia or Maryland Vehicle Accident?
A Washington, D.C., car crash attorney shares critical factors that can determine your safety during an accident. Call to schedule a free consultation.
- Is Your Insurance Company on Your Side? The Washington D.C. Car Accident Attorneys Share the Secret Truth
Most people think that in a D.C. accident, the only people on their side is their own insurance company, but that may be far from the truth.
- Bethesda Car Accident Lawyers Ask You: What Do You Do to Put Yourself at Risk while Driving?
You may be your own biggest risk behind the wheel—click here to see what D.C.-area drivers are doing that may be dangerous to themselves and others.
- Northern Virginia Car Accident Attorneys Have Serious Hang-Ups about Cell Phone Use while Driving
This summer, Virginia drivers will face a new type of ticket for using their phones on the road—are you ready?
- The Effects of a Serious Washington, D.C. Auto Accident: The Challenge of Soft Tissue Injuries
Major car accidents are hard enough, but if you sustained a soft tissue injury, your battle will be even more difficult.
- Who’s to Blame? Labeling the Liable in Washington, D.C. Car Accidents
The success of your D.C. Metro-area car accident injury case relies on proving the other involved party was at fault—read more on that process here.
- DC Personal Injury Attorneys: Play Safe Over Spring Break
As spring fever sets in across the nation, teenagers, college students, and families set out in search of fun. But will these travelers be safe?
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Legal Issues Surrounding Multiple Vehicle Car Accidents
Frequent Questions for Car Accidents:
- 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?
- I was recently involved in a Maryland car crash, and was badly injured. The other driver’s insurance company claimed that the driver was not at fault, and that defective tires on the car caused the accident. How can a car crash attorney help me understand what to do now?
- What is the best way to protect my child from a Maryland car accident?
- I recently purchased a safety harness for buckling up my three-year-old on aircrafts. Can I use this in my car to help keep her safe in the event of a Virginia car accident?
- I was recently in a serious Fairfax car accident, and when I saw a copy of the police report, I noticed that some of the facts and accounts were wrong. Can I do something about this?
- I was rear-ended today in a very minor Washington, D.C.-area car accident. Will I need to hire a lawyer, or can I just deal with this on my own?
- I seem to see fender-benders on my way to work on the Beltway on a weekly basis, but what should I do if I encounter a more serious Washington, D.C. car crash?
- My husband was recently killed in a very serious Washington, D.C. car accident. What are my rights?
- I was involved in a Virginia car accident while I was making a left turn, but I don’t think it was my fault—do I have a case?
- My first grader is a big kid. Does he still need to ride in a child safety seat?