Motorcycle Injury Attorneys Serving the People of the District of Columbia
D.C. roads are the safest in the country. That statistic matters little, however, once you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else. D.C. motorcycle accidents are subject to three special complications – (i) you cannot recover damages if you were even slightly at fault, (ii) motorcycle accidents are frequently catastrophic and (iii) most motorcycle accident are the other driver’s fault.
In a jurisdiction like D.C. that bars damages for accident victims so easily, you can be guaranteed that the insurance company will work overtime to find a way to blame you for the accident so that they can deny your claim. If you retain our motorcycle accident and injury lawyers to represent you, it will be our job to make sure that they don’t get away with it. You can rest assured that we’ve seen all of their tricks before.
Nobody Shortchanges Our Clients
You might not realize the full value of your claim. In some cases, for example, the amount you are entitled to for “pain and suffering” can far exceed the amount of your medical bills. At Koonz McKenney Johnson DePaolis & Lightfoot LLP, our motorcycle wreck attorneys have been negotiating compensation (and fighting to victory in court if necessary) for 35 years now, and our stellar track record speaks for itself.
You Can Afford Us Even If You are Broke
Our batting average is over .900, which means that we win well over 90 percent of our cases. Because of our winning record, we can afford to offer our services to you without any upfront fees — and if we fail to win your case, our services will be free of charge. If we win, our bill won’t come due until your money actually arrives, and it will be calculated as a fraction of the amount you receive.
One of Our Clients Speaks Out
“To Mr. DePaolis:
I want to express my sincere gratitude for your professional and compassionate service you provided with the handling of my accident case. I was confident of a positive outcome after our initial meeting and I am glad that I was correct.
Your approach to the situation was impressive and you were reassuring any potential doubts. Not only did you start the process proactively but you were passionate and honest. My case wasn’t that easy, but with your diligent work WE were able to get the results we wanted. Your special ways and generous heart make a beautiful difference.” – A.K.
Our Other Areas of Practice
Car Accidents: Car accidents have long been the most common cause of personal injury claims. Over the past few years, new dangers have arisen such as texting while driving and (in the near future) accidents caused by self-driving cars. The assistance of an accident lawyer can help you stand up to greedy insurance companies who resist paying the full value of your claim.
Medical Malpractice: Not every medical mishap is the result of malpractice, and not every medical error rises to the level of malpractice. When a malpractice injury does occur (which is incredibly frequently, according to the American Medical Association), the injury is often difficult to trace to malpractice without the assistance of a skilled medical malpractice lawyer.
Worker’s Compensation: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports about three million workplace accidents every year, including thousands of fatalities. Most of the personal injury claims arising from these accidents are handled through the worker’s compensation system. The greatest benefit of the worker’s compensation system is that in many cases you can win compensation without regard to fault if you know how to navigate the bureaucratic maze.
Construction Accidents: About 20 percent of all workplace injuries occur on construction sites. Although most of these claims are resolved through the worker’s compensation system, some are best resolved through an ordinary personal injury lawsuit (when you are seeking compensation for pain and suffering, for example). A skilled construction accident lawyer can help you decide how best to proceed.
Nursing Home Neglect: In a nursing home, neglect and abuse are two sides of the same coin. While bedsores are red flag warnings of nursing home neglect, other signs and symptoms can be less obvious and more difficult to trace to abuse. A skilled nursing home abuse lawyer can help you identify abuse, trace it to source, and win fair compensation.
Asbestos Disease/Mesothelioma: Asbestos is a dangerous substance that causes a host of serious diseases, such as mesothelioma, that may not show up until decades later. Since the victim may not have long to live once he is diagnosed, a good personal injury lawyer can help you fast-track negotiations or court proceedings; or, in a worst-case scenario, file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Product Liability: The number of consumer products that people use every day has exploded over the last few decades, as have the odds of being injured by a malfunctioning product or a product that contains hidden dangers. Fortunately, many product liability claims can be won without even proving that the defendant was at fault (a distributor can be held liable for a manufacturing defect, for example).
Premises Liability: Premises liability claims come in many varieties – slipping down wet stairs, being attacked by a guard dog or inhaling toxic fumes. What they all have in common is the responsibility of a property owner or renter to keep his premises reasonably safe for guests.
Federal Tort Claims Act: The Federal Tort Claims Act allows you to sue the federal government for money damages if you are injured by the on-duty misconduct of one of its employees or agents. This right is subject to certain restrictions and procedural idiosyncrasies that could require the support of a lawyer who is familiar with the Act.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I sue the company the defendant works for?
You can sue an employer for the on-duty negligence of one of its employees. In some cases, however, the defendant is classified as an “independent contractor”, in which case the company would not be liable for the defendant’s negligence. The company might be liable for negligent hiring if, for example, it hired a driver with a record of previous DUIs.
Can I file a personal injury claim if I was run off the road in a “road rage” incident?
Yes, you can, and you might even be able to win punitive damages. Since very few insurance policies cover intentional assaults, however, you might need to look for other sources of compensation if the defendant lacks the financial means to pay your claim. You might be able to sue his employer if the defendant was on-duty at the time of the accident, for example.
Can I still recover for a DUI accident if the driver was acquitted of DUI in criminal court?
Technically you can win a lawsuit under these circumstances, although an acquittal in criminal court is certainly not good news for your case. The reason it is still possible to win is that the standard of proof in a civil case is much lower than the standard of proof in a criminal prosecution.
What happens to a personal injury claim if the victim dies from his injuries?
It becomes a wrongful death claim. Under the District of Columbia wrongful death statute, the personal representative of the victim’s estate is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the victim’s spouse or domestic partner. If the victim was single, certain other close relatives may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
If the at-fault driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, can I sue a nightclub that sold him alcohol?
Perhaps. Under D.C.’s dram shop law, you can sue the nightclub if the driver:
- was obviously intoxicated at the time he was served;
- was known to the bartender be a heavy drinker; or
- was a minor (under 21).
What is the minimum auto insurance coverage in D.C.?
D.C.’s mandatory auto insurance coverage includes is:
- $10,000 per accident for property damage;
- $25,000 per victim up to $50,000 per accident for personal injury;
- $25,000 per victim up to $50,000 per accident in uninsured motorist coverage; and
- $5,000 per accident in uninsured motorist property damage coverage (with a $200 deductible).
Not All Law Firms are Created Equal
Koonz McKenney Johnson DePaolis & Lightfoot LLP has been attracting attention from our peers in the legal profession for many years now. Nearly one-third of our lawyers have been named Top Lawyers, nearly 40 percent have been named Super Lawyers, and nearly 40 percent have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America. What matters most to us, however, is what should matter most to you – the $1 billion in compensation that we have won for our clients over the years.
Timing is Important Call A DC Injury Attorney Today!
In law, the only “reality” is what you can prove through admissible evidence (this is critical even for an out-of-court settlement). Evidence, however, grows stale over time, which means that the sooner you contact our DC motorcycle lawyers, the better. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in D.C., call us at (202) 794-5416, or simply contact us online, so that we can schedule you a free initial consultation.