Car Accident Lawyers in DC, MD, VA
Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common in our society. According to national statistics, nearly six million auto accidents occurred in the United States in 2013, of which 1.5 million resulted in injury and more than 30,000 in a fatality. In fact, car accidents are one of the most common types of legal cases we see, along with other motor vehicles like trucks and motorcycles, and our car accident attorneys are among the most experienced in the Maryland-Washington, DC-Virginia area.
Following a car wreck, it is important you seek a qualified and experienced car accident lawyer that specializes in auto accidents–whether you are the person at fault, the victim, or are unsure–and is knowledgeable about the laws and auto insurance claims processes in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia.
A qualified car accident attorney will help ease the stress that arises from the aftermath of an accident, which, in addition to the emotional turmoil and possible physical injury, may include dealing with auto insurance companies, adjusters, car damages and repairs or a total car loss/loss of property. Your lawyer can help assess how much your auto accident claim might be worth and work to recover what is rightfully owed to you, such as a fair reimbursement of medical or therapy expenses, lost work income and pain and suffering damages.
What should I do if I’ve been involved in an auto accident?
- Get immediate medical attention. If you find yourself unable to move following an auto accident, don’t risk harming yourself even further. Instead, wait for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene. Also, please note that, even though you might seem physically fine with no obvious medical issues, injuries to the musculature, blood vessels or nerves may not become noticeable for weeks or even months and, by the time they reveal themselves through pain or disability, the statute of limitations to file a claim is likely to have already passed. That is why it is important to get examined by a health professional soon after your accident–one who is trained to recognize the symptoms and look for such injuries.
- File a police report. Be sure to get a police officer to take a police report and to take photos of the vehicles involved and the way they are positioned, any car damage, license plates and any injuries sustained. Also be sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties and collect contact information for anyone that may have witnessed the accident.
- Consult a lawyer. Our collective experience at Ashcraft & Gerel has given us the purview to know that, just because they occur frequently, no two auto accident cases are ever the same. You need to talk with an attorney with significant experience representing people involved in auto accidents, big and small, who can answer your questions, discuss your options and advise you about next steps and and whether you even need a lawyer.
Contact Ashcraft & Gerel’s Car Accident Attorneys for Help with Your Auto Accident Claim
Ashcraft & Gerel has been handling automobile accident cases for more than 60 years. With dozens of skilled attorneys in the DC, MD, and Virginia area ready and willing to speak with you, Ashcraft & Gerel is highly capable of handling your case—whether large or small—with the expertise and quality of service you expect. Each of our car accident attorneys is fully committed to our clients. As always, Ashcraft & Gerel’s fee policy for auto cases is that if we do not make a recovery, you pay us nothing.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, call or email us today for a free consultation with one of our car accident attorneys.