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If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia, you should talk to a car accident attorney at Simeone & Miller, LLP as soon as possible. Whether you were involved in a minor crash or a more severe collision with complex traumatic injuries, we are here to help you seek fair compensation.

Why Should You Choose Simeone & Miller, LLP?

  • You don’t pay unless we win your case – no recovery, no fee
  • We’ve secured millions of dollars for accident victims in DC, MD & VA
  • We have over 1,000 testimonials from the people we have helped
  • We will start your case with a FREE, no-obligation consultation

At Simeone & Miller, LLP, we have helped thousands of accident victims and secured several multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on their behalf. When you call us for help, we will evaluate your case for free and help you determine how much your claim could be worth. Then, we help you fight for it. Call now to learn more.

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Contact a Lawyer

In most cases, the first 24-48 hours are regarded as the most important. Depending on the accident, it may be necessary for an investigator to examine the scene. Additionally, an accident reconstructionist may be needed to determine the cause of the accident by examining witness interviews and photographs of the scene.

A car accident attorney can increase your odds of success by:

  • Gathering evidence with the help of other experts in the field
  • Managing all communication with the other driver’s insurance company
  • Communicating with your doctor and/or specialists regarding medical records
  • Working with your physician to ensure all injuries are properly documented
  • Presenting evidence and making a strong case for the other driver’s fault
  • Negotiating with any insurance providers involved in your claim

It is also important to remember that, while your own insurance company may claim to be on your side, their primary goal is to pay as little as possible. Thus, their interests may not be the same as yours, particularly if you are making an uninsured motorist or property damage claim. It never hurts to have a lawyer to look out for your interests.

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How Much Is My Car Accident Case Worth?

This depends on the particular facts regarding your auto accident, the physical injuries you suffered, and your other damages, if any. Some cases involve clear liability on the behalf of the defendant, but have moderate damages. Other cases involve severe physical injuries, but a significant dispute as to who is liable for the accident.

Once we have an opportunity to review the facts of your case and the injuries you have suffered, we can arrive at an estimated range of values for your case. This is vital to negotiating a good settlement. One of the reasons insurance companies do not want you to seek legal counsel is that you will learn the true, full value of your case.

Common damages in a car accident case include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional distress

If the accident was fatal, and the victim died of their injuries, the surviving spouse and family members may be eligible to recover compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distresses through a wrongful death lawsuit. In many cases involving malicious conduct, family members may also be entitled to punitive damages.

Contributory Negligence in Car Accident Cases

If you were involved in a car accident in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia, it is important for you to understand the concept of contributory negligence. Unfortunately, just because an accident is mostly the other driver’s fault does not mean that you will recover. Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia are three of just six jurisdictions in the United States that recognize contributory negligence as an absolute defense in an auto accident case.

Even if the other driver is more negligent than you are, or even 99% negligent in comparison to your 1% negligent, you may not prevail in an accident claim. However, just because you were negligent does not mean that you are barred from a recovery. Your negligence must have been a proximate cause of the auto accident.

Simply defined, "negligence" is a departure from ordinary care. Examples of negligence include speeding, running a red light, failing to yield, weaving between lanes without signaling, or any other careless or reckless act. There are numerous exceptions to § 50–2204.52, the contributory negligence doctrine, so you should consult with us even if you think you were partially at fault for the crash. We can help you determine if you fall within the exceptions.

What If I Only Suffered Minor Injuries?

It is advisable to contact a Washington DC car accident attorney, even if your injuries are minor. You may not know the full extent of your injuries until you complete medical treatment. Moreover, the amount of time you would be required to assist us with your claim is minimal. Most of our clients settle their cases without going to court.

In all cases that we accept, we are responsible for the vast majority of the work, and we provide you with plenty of notice before you need to be involved in the case. We also make every effort to reduce the disruption to your schedule. Plus, our fee is a percentage of your recovery, so smaller cases will result in smaller legal fees.

Car Accident Property Damage Claims

The insurance companies will do a market survey to determine the value of your damaged vehicle. They will contact dealers and check ads to find out the selling price of vehicles that are similar to yours. While no two vehicles are identical, the insurance company will base its estimate on the vehicles that are most similar to yours.

If the insurance company declares your vehicle a total loss (also known as "totaled"), you may receive payment that should allow you to buy a replacement vehicle of equal value. In most cases, insurance companies will declare a vehicle totaled when the estimated costs of repair are equal to or more than 90% of the vehicle’s value.

As part of the settlement for the property damage claim, we can also assist you in obtaining a rental vehicle for your use while your car is being repaired. We do this as a service to our clients and do not take a fee from your recovery. The only exception is when we have to go to court to obtain reimbursement of the rental costs.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

The only time you should give a recorded statement to the insurance company is when it has been recommended by your attorney. While recorded statements are sometimes helpful in resolving cases, many times, they are taken right after the accident while an injured person is still under duress and not aware of the full extent of their injuries.

In addition, be aware that those who investigate motor vehicle accidents sometimes assume guilt and take a criminalistic approach to questioning, instead of simple fact-finding. The questions are sometimes phrased in a manner that leads you into admitting you were at fault or not injured in the accident, even if that's not true.

Let your car accident lawyer in DC take care of contacting the insurance companies. Even if you make a statement to your own insurance company, the other driver's insurance company can obtain that statement and use it against you. The only people you should discuss your case with are the police, medical personnel, and your lawyers.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Claims

Personal Injury Protection, or PIP coverage, is a form of no-fault insurance. PIP covers the occupants of a vehicle, regardless of who is at fault for the accident, and provides coverage that could range anywhere from $2,500 to $100,000. However, PIP insurance will only cover medical bills and a percentage of lost wages.

Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia have different laws and regulations regarding PIP. In Washington DC, for example, making a PIP claim can be a waiver of your right to pursue a claim against the at-fault driver. If you are a resident of one state and have an accident in another, you could also face a "choice of law" problem.

These issues can be complex, which is why you should be represented by a lawyer.

At Simeone & Miller, we do not take a percentage of your recovery from a PIP policy. Instead, we charge a small fee, not to exceed $150, to cover our time and expenses. The fee is taken at the end of the case and out of your recovery against the person who caused your accident. If you are not eligible for PIP, we do not accept a fee.

Let Our Firm Help You Through This Process

The best thing to do after a car accident in Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland is to call Simeone & Miller, LLP as soon as possible so that we can assist you. There is no cost and no obligation for an initial consultation, and our contingency fee policy means that you won't pay any legal fees unless we make a recovery in your case. Get started today by discussing your options with a Washington DC auto accident attorney at Simeone & Miller, LLP.

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