With hundreds of thousands of motorists on the road in and around the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, car accidents happen with unfortunate regularity. The vast majority of these collisions could be avoided if drivers showed a reasonable amount of caution. All too often, however, the rules of the road are ignored, and serious crashes occur. A motorist, passenger, or pedestrian who has been hurt in a traffic accident caused by a driver’s carelessness should not hesitate to consult a personal injury lawyer who can help them pursue compensation. Knowledgeable, experienced, Washington, D.C. auto accident attorney Roger Gelb is here to assist you with asserting your legal rights following a car or truck crash.Hold a Careless Driver Accountable for an Auto Accident
Depending on the harm suffered by an accident victim, damages in a personal injury case arising from a car crash may include payment for time off work and loss of future wages, reimbursement for medical expenses that were the reasonable and necessary consequences of the injuries resulting from the accident, and compensation for pain and suffering. If the victim was married at the time of the accident, their spouse may also assert a related claim for loss of consortium.
In proving that a defendant in an automobile accident case was negligent, the plaintiff must show four things. First, there must have been a legal duty of care owed to the plaintiff by the defendant, which usually consists of the obligation to drive safely. Next, the defendant must have breached that duty in some way, such as by texting while driving, failing to yield at an intersection, speeding, or driving while intoxicated. The third step involves proving that the defendant’s carelessness caused the accident and that it was a reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s actions. Finally, the plaintiff must have incurred damages that are reasonably quantifiable, which may be any of those discussed above or others.
While fault sometimes is straightforward to establish after an auto accident, it may not always be obvious. There may be situations in which a defendant argues that the victim also handled their vehicle carelessly and partly contributed to the crash. When this happens, an experienced personal injury attorney like Roger Gelb understands what is at stake, since a successful argument of contributory negligence may prevent a victim from receiving compensation. He can carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and gather evidence to prove that the defendant was completely at fault so that the victim’s right to compensation is preserved.Retain an Auto Accident Attorney in Washington, D.C.
Many people take a “wait and see” approach following an accident, hoping that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will do the right thing and make a fair settlement offer. Generally, this is a misguided assumption. Insurance companies and those who work for them are determined to pay out the smallest possible settlement in order to keep profits high for the company and its shareholders, regardless of whether the settlement appropriately compensates a victim. Experienced Washington, D.C. auto accident lawyer Roger Gelb and the team at Gelb & Gelb, P.C. know the tactics that insurance companies use to create delays and minimize payouts in personal injury cases. Call us at (202) 331-7227 or contact us online to talk about how we can put our experience to work in building your case. We represent people throughout the District of Columbia as well as Maryland and Virginia, and we can also assist you if you need a medical malpractice attorney or representation in another personal injury claim.