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.
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- 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
- Winter Weather Conditions And Car Accidents | Maryland Car Accident Lawyer
The rate of car accidents and car accident injuries goes up in the winter as bad weather makes for hazardous driving. In addition, drivers who do not often have to drive in snowy or icy weather may be more likely to have a car accident in such conditions.
- Car Accident Hazard: Drunk Driving | Maryland, Virginia, And DC Car Accident Lawyers
Drunk driving is the single largest preventable problem that causes car accidents in Virginia, Maryland, and DC, with 36 percent of all accidents in the area involving alcohol consumption and drunk driving. Learn more drunk driving statistics and four easy ways that you can help prevent future drunk driving injuries and deaths.
- Dangers of Driving on the Capital Beltway & Washington DC
The Inner Loop and Outer Loop of the Washington, DC Capital Beltway sees an average of 225,000 cars, trucks, and motorcycles each day. It is no wonder the eight-lane interstate is the backdrop of a large number of motor vehicle accidents, motor vehicle injuries, and motor vehicle fatalities.
- Are Your Children Secure in Your Car?
Lewis and Tompkins is a DC area injury law firm that is currently accepting cases involving people who have been injured in car accidents due to no fault of their own. We have years of experience in helping injury victims in the District, Maryland and Virginia receive fair compensation for their injuries, and we make it a point to help them get past the unnecessary delays and denials that are caused by insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the actions of someone else, contact the DC area car accident law firm of Lewis and Tompkins for a free legal consultation today.
- Doing The Right Thing After The Accident
Lewis and Tompkins is an injury law firm that helps accident victims in D.C, Maryland and Virginia. We have years of experience and have helped many D.C. car accident victims get their lives back on track. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Lewis and Tompkins for a free legal consultation today.
- Cell Phone Bans are Unenforced and Ineffective
A recent study shows that bans on cell phone use while driving are both ignored by the populace and unenforced by the police. As car accident attorneys in Washington, DC, we think thats very bad news.
- Driver Safety is Important for Teens
Teens are more likely to get into accidents than anyone else. It's a sad but simple fact. Here are some tips that can help improve the odds for your teenager.
- Billion Dollar Corporation Learns Tough Lesson About Distracted Driving
A representative of a billion dollar paper company was making business calls while driving 70 miles per hour. The results were sadly predictable.
- "Optional" Car Safety
Removing the "optional" safety features from a car can completely change it's level of safety.
- 2007: Better for Drivers, Awful for Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists took up an enormous percentage of Virginia traffic fatalities in 2007.
- Insurance Adjusters: The First Hurdle is The Biggest
Insurance adjusters are under standing orders to get you to settle for the smallest amount possible. Which usually means that you are getting thousands of dollars less than you really should.
- Knowing Your Policy is Crucial
Knowing all about your insurance policy can help you avoid unnecessary claim denials.
- November Was Deadly for Area Teens
November of 2007 saw a tragic increase in the amount of teen fatalities on the road.
- Newest Driving Hazard: Texting
People practically use the phone for texting more than talking. This isnt a problem until people text when they are behind the wheel.
- There Are Safe Cars, and There Are American Cars
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently put out a list of the safest cars of 2007. If you look closely, you'll notice that none of them are American made.
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