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Washington DC Auto Accidents
If you were injured in a Washington, D.C., automobile accident that was someone else's fault, you may be entitled to money to pay for:
- Past, present and future medical bills for treatment related to your auto-accident injuries
- The repair or replacement of your motor vehicle and/or any property that was damaged or destroyed in the accident
- Lost wages for time off from work (including time spent going to doctor's appointments and physical therapy)
- The cost of hiring someone to do household chores that you're unable to do because of your injury
- Permanent disability and disfigurement stemming from the car crash
- Any loss in future earnings ability because of the automobile accident
- Emotional distress stemming from the auto accident
- Any other costs you've incurred because of the accident
If anyone was killed in the car crash or if either driver was intoxicated, the Washington, D.C., government may prosecute the driver at fault and/or the intoxicated driver. In the case of other automobile accidents, you may ultimately have to file a lawsuit for personal injury in Washington, D.C., courts to recover money from the driver at fault or his insurance company.
How Is Fault Determined in Washington, D.C., Traffic Accidents?
To collect money stemming from a car crash injury claim, Washington, D.C., law requires you to prove that the other driver was negligent. You must show:
- The driver who caused your injuries had a responsibility not to injure you and failed to live up to that duty
- There is a connection between the other driver's responsibility and your injury
- You suffered damages, or a financial loss
Washington, D.C., law prevents you from recovering money in connection with your accident if you in any way contributed to causing the accident.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim for a Washington, D.C., Car Crash?
Washington, D.C., law gives you three years from the date of your automobile accident in which to file a claim against the other driver. (This is known as the statute of limitations.) If you and your Washington, D.C., auto accident lawyer are unable to negotiate a settlement with the other driver (or the driver's insurance company), you should consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out.
Washington, D.C., Automobile Insurance Requirements
Washington, D.C. laws require all drivers to have mandatory automobile insurance coverage that meets these minimum requirements:
- Property Damage Liability: $10,000
- Third Party Liability: $25,000 per person & $50,000 per accident
- Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury: $25,000 per person & $50,000 per accident
- Uninsured Motorist Property Damage: $5,000 subject to $200 deductible
Additional Washington, D.C. Automobile Accident Resources
- The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Teen Drivers Fact Sheet
- Washington, D.C., traffic accident points system
- Lawyers.com information - working with your personal injury lawyer
- Lawyers.com information - auto accidents and personal injury