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Car accidents happen frequently and pose a serious threat to human safety, and oftentimes may require a car accident lawyer. As anyone who has ever driven on the beltway during rush hour can attest, driving in the Washington, D.C. region is a trying ordeal. It’s also dangerous. A recent study by a national insurance company found that Washington, D.C. ranked #1 in the nation for car accidents (Alexandria, Virginia was #10 on the same list). Car accidents are so common in our region that — except for the traffic they cause — you probably barely notice them during your commute.
All of this changes when it’s you in the accident of the side of the road, or in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. This is often the time when people may need a car accident lawyer most. While car accidents are a common occurrence for the D.C. area, for the people involved they are anything but common. Even if you’re lucky enough not be injured — dealing with insurance companies, taking time off work to get your vehicle fixed, and not having transportation while the car is getting repaired — it’s a huge hassle. Now, if you add that to a serious injury, and that inconvenience can become a nightmare.
In Washington DC, there are almost 450,000 active drivers registered, according to the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV). But the unique thing about DC is that millions of drivers from other states, like Mayland and Virginia, commute daily to DC. In addition to those drivers, DC is a hotbed of tourist action,
In May 2019, Destination DC reported that almost 22 million domestic tourists visited the District in 2018, which is 1 million more domestic tourists than in 2017. Many of those tourists either rented a car or drive their own, causing a great deal of traffic and drivers on the roadways, which of course, leads to more accidents.
DC has notoriously terrible traffic, which is often a result of a car or motor vehicle crash. Motor vehicle accidents can also involve public transportation, company vehicles, government vehicles, taxis, rental cars, and commercial vehicles. Almost 6,000 taxis ferry around riders throughout the DC area. Adding to the traffic on the road are Uber and Lyft drivers, which drive around residents and visitors.
To give you a little perspective, analysts estimate that the average driver in the US will spend 7 hours a year in traffic and waste 6 gallons of gas. Meanwhile, D.C. drivers are estimated to spend 67 hours a year in traffic, and waste 32 gallons of gas while sitting in traffic.
And while there are a lot of cars on the road in DC, not all of those Washington DC area drivers are insured. According to the Insurance Information Institute, nearly 12% of motorists in Washington D.C. are not insured. Many drivers let their insurance lapse after showing proof of motor vehicle insurance, while others simply can’t afford the payments or forget to renew their policy. If you have been in a car accident with someone who does not have car insurance, you may want to contact an expert car accidents lawyer Washington DC to discuss your situation.
Washington D.C. has uninsured motorist coverage requirements, which is why Washington D.C. also has some of the highest insurance rates in the country. D.C. reportedly ranks 6th in the country for highest average insurance premiums with the average D.C. driver paying $1,773 a year in car insurance.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, there were 36 traffic fatalities in the District of Columbia in 2018, up from 30 traffic fatalities in 2017. As of July 2019, there have 14 traffic fatalities in the district. An estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes in 2018, which is a 1% decline from 2017, which saw 40,231 deaths from car accidents and 2016, which resulted in 40,327 deaths as a result of a motor vehicle accident. In 2018 there were 4.5 million people were seriously injured in car crashes last year, a 1% decrease over 2017.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run car accident, taxi car accident,parking lot car accidents, head on car accident, rear-end car accident, side impact car accident in the DC area, you may want to speak with an expert car accidents lawyer at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. to discuss the facts of your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering or injuries.
Car accidents can happen for many reasons. Some of the most common causes of an accident include:
The car accident lawyer DC trusts can help in many of these cases. According to the 2016 studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37,461 people were killed in 34,436 motor vehicle crashes. This comes out to an average of 102 fatalities per day caused entirely by car accidents. While death is the most extreme result of a car accident, there are also many other injuries that can be caused by car accidents. These can include:
In addition to human injury, there is also the risk of property damage. A car accident lawyer may be able to help deal with both human damage and the damage of property. Car accidents cause thousands of dollars in damage. Depending on the severity of the accident and the type of insurance available, a car accident poses a financial burden on all parties involved. This can be overwhelming to deal with and oftentimes confusing.
At Cohen & Cohen we specialize in representing people who have been injured in automobile accidents. We’ve built our reputation, in part, on providing passionate representation to car accident victims. If you have experienced an accident, a car accident lawyer on our team may be able to help. Our attorneys have decades of experience successfully litigating car accident cases. We know how to deal with insurance companies. We know how to get fair compensation for our clients. We are never intimidated, or out-gunned.
If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, call us right away. Don’t wait by the phone for insurance adjusters to call you back with a fair settlement. Get the automobile accident lawyers who know what it takes to win. Get in contact with Cohen & Cohen, P.C. to discuss the details of your case and we will be more than happy to set you up with an experienced car accident lawyer to make sure we’re getting all the facts to gain you reasonable compensation.