Accidents are part of life on the road. Even if you’re a cautious and responsible driver, you can’t always account for other motorists who may be less attentive or even reckless. The good news for people injured by someone else’s careless actions, however, is that they can hold that person or entity accountable for causing a crash. Howard B. Ackerman is a car accident attorney with more than 25 years of experience helping people hurt in collisions on Northern Virginia highways. Mr. Ackerman has dedicated his career to assisting ordinary people trying to recover from injuries. He will fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve.Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable for Your Injuries
People harmed in a car accident may consider filing a negligence lawsuit. Negligence is a legal theory under which persons and entities responsible for a collision may be held accountable for any harm that resulted. Generally, a crash victim must start by showing that the defendant owed him or her what the courts call a “duty of care” and that the defendant breached this duty. For example, every driver must avoid unnecessary, foreseeable risks to others on the road by operating his or her vehicle in a reasonably safe and responsible manner. Some motorists unfortunately fail to do so by engaging in careless behavior such as driving drunk, texting while driving, or failing to obey traffic rules.
The victim also has to show that he or she was injured in the crash. That means providing detailed medical evidence to tie any harm directly to the accident. Even injuries that existed before the collision may be compensable if they were aggravated during the accident. It is important to prove that the crash would not have happened if the defendant had not breached his or her duty by acting carelessly. The accident also must have been a reasonably foreseeable result of that negligent behavior.
Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland are among a minority of jurisdictions that operate under a “contributory negligence” system. That means that a victim who was even slightly responsible for a crash can’t get any damages from anyone else who was at fault, even if their responsibility was significantly greater. Thus, it is essential to seek the counsel of a lawyer who can carefully construct a case that excludes the possibility of your having contributed to your own injuries.
Car accident cases often include navigating the insurance claims process. Auto insurers are large companies that often use their significant resources to try to limit or reduce payouts. That may include pressuring injured persons to settle their claims or admit fault shortly after the accident occurs. You should be careful about what you say to insurers before speaking with an attorney.Contact a Washington, D.C. Lawyer to Protect Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, call or email Mr. Ackerman for a free, no-obligation consultation. We have nearly three decades of experience handling negligence cases. We understand the law as it applies to these cases, we know how to build compelling arguments for our clients, and we have a solid track record of maximizing payouts from insurers. We do not charge a fee unless we recover money for you. With offices conveniently located in Tysons Corner, we serve clients throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Call us at (703) 288-1400 or contact us online.