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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perhaps. Under D.C.’s dram shop law, you can sue the nightclub if the driver:
D.C.’s mandatory auto insurance coverage includes is:
Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis 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.
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 D.C. motorcycle lawyers, the better. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in D.C., call us at (202) 796-3291, or simply contact us online, so that we can schedule you a free initial consultation.