We know that the aftermath of an auto accident is a frightening and uncertain time for you and your entire family. You may be dealing with serious injuries and lost wages, but we want to help you get the money you need to move on. To find out what our Washington, D.C., car accident lawyers can do for you and your family, give us a call at (800) 322-3380 or fill out a free contact request form.
Dealing with a car accident can be physically, emotionally and financially challenging. At ChasenBoscolo, we’ve helped thousands of accident victims in Washington, D.C. After your accident, here are just a few of the ways we can help protect your rights. Our clients are important to us. When you put your trust in our firm, here’s our promise to you:
- We will be there to answer all of your questions.
- We will fight for you.
- We will put your interests first.
- And with our No Fee Guarantee®, you won’t pay us an attorney’s fee unless we get money for you.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and live in the Washington, D.C., area, let ChasenBoscolo help you get the compensation you deserve. From your first call to ChasenBoscolo to your last, we’ll show you that we’re Lawyers that Care. Call us or fill out a free initial consultation form. We’re ready to help you move forward.
Washington, D.C. Car Crash Statistics
The roads and highways crisscrossing the District of Columbia can be a dangerous place to travel. Statistics from the District Department of Transportation show that the number of Washington, D.C., car accidents is growing in correlation with a rise in population. It’s no surprise to D.C. residents that most traffic accidents happen during the morning and evening rush hours: from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
More than 18,000 car accidents happen in D.C. every year, and more than 7,000 people are seriously injured in those crashes. Car accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries in D.C. than in many other cities of a similar size. For every 100 million miles traveled in Washington, D.C., a total of 200 people are seriously hurt and require medical attention. In the rest of the nation, only about 80 people are injured per 100 million miles driven.
Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in D.C.
If you live and work in D.C., you know there are some roads and intersections that seem to have accidents on them every day. The District Department of Transportation compiles accident statistics every year and ranks the most dangerous intersections based on how many accidents occur and the severity of the crashes.
The 10 most dangerous intersections in Washington, D.C., are:
- 14th Street and U Street NW
- Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW
- 19th Street and Independence Avenue SE
- 7th Street and H Street NW
- 14th Street and V Street NW
- Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road NE
- 7th Street and Florida Avenue NW
- 1st Street and Union Station Plaza NE
- 14th Street and Irving Street NW
- Southern Avenue and S. Capitol Street
If you had an accident at one of these intersections—you’re not alone. Contact ChasenBoscolo today to get the legal help you need.
Causes of Car Accidents
Although some car accidents seem random and unpreventable, most car accidents are due to negligence—or carelessness—by other drivers. Common car accident causes include:
- Distracted driving
Whether it’s using a cell phone, having a conversation with a passenger or changing a radio station, drivers are subject to numerous distractions that can cause them to lose focus on the road. Driver inattention is the leading identified cause for motor vehicle accidents in Washington, D.C.—accounting for almost 3,000 car accidents each year. Cellphones are the most frequent distraction drivers face behind the wheel.
Drivers who exceed the speed limit may be unable to stop or slow down their vehicles to avoid collisions.
- Drunk driving
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs reduces drivers’ reaction times, blurs their vision and impairs their judgment—all of which can make it more difficult to drive safely.
- Reckless driving
Running red lights and stop signs, swerving, and tailgating are all high risk-driving behaviors that can cause drivers to endanger themselves, their passengers, and other drivers on the road.
What if the driver who hit me is a tourist or from out of town?
More than 18.5 million people visit Washington, D.C. every year—many of them by car. Tourists can be unfamiliar with local roads and confused about local traffic laws, which can cause accidents to happen. Car accident cases are usually handled in the jurisdiction where the accident occurred, regardless of where the drivers are from. If you were injured in a Washington, D.C., car accident with someone from out of town, ChasenBoscolo can help. Determining questions of jurisdiction and working with lawyers, claimants, and insurance companies from other states can be complex and confusing. At ChasenBoscolo, we have the knowledge and experience to help you with your car accident claim, no matter where the drivers are from.
What if I was visiting D.C. and got in a car accident?
Insurance policies “travel” with the driver, so you should be covered by your insurance regardless of where the accident happened. If you were in an accident while visiting Washington, D.C., having a local car accident lawyer can help make the claims process easier and less stressful. Our experienced, knowledgeable D.C. car accident lawyers know state and local laws inside and out, and we can help you with your car accident claim.
We Want to Get You the Money You Deserve
When you’re the victim of an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your accident-related expenses. Filing an auto accident claim can be a complicated process, but our car accident attorneys know the law and know how to get it done. Call ChasenBoscolo and get a Lawyer that Cares today.