D.C. roads enjoy the honor of being the safest in the nation. This statistic can be greatly comforting until the moment a truck slams into you. 80,000 pounds of metal can crush a car like an accordion, and catastrophic injuries are extremely common. When the accident turns out to be the truck driver’s fault and not yours, you owe it to yourself to aggressively seek full compensation.
If you’re like most people, you may not realize the full value of your claim. You are entitled to far more than simple reimbursement of your medical expenses and lost work time. Pain and suffering damages, for example, could turn out to be worth several times the amount of your medical bills. If you expect to suffer long-term disability, however, it is critical that you accurately calculate your future damages.
At Koonz McKenney Johnson DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, our truck accident and injury attorneys have been helping injured victims for over 35 years now. We’ve seen it all, and we know all the tricks that greedy insurance companies and evasive defendants use to avoid fully compensating people in your situation. We won’t let them get away with it — it’s just as simple as that.
We win the overwhelming majority of our client’s cases, and that allows us to offer our services to clients who might not be able to afford a personal injury lawyer if they had to pay a retainer. Ultimately, it is the opposing party, not you, who pays our fees, because our fees are deducted as a fraction of whatever the opposing party actually pays you. And if that amount turns out to be zero, our fees will be zero.
“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 to 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.
Contributory negligence is a harsh D.C. legal principle that bars you from compensation if you were even one percent at fault for the accident. If the accident occurred on a public highway while you were a pedestrian, bicyclist, or rider of another non-motorized vehicle, however, you can recover damages as long as you were no more than 50 percent at fault for the accident.
No, it is merely transformed into a wrongful death claim. Under the District of Columbia wrongful death statute, the representative of the victim’s probate estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit for the benefit of the victim’s spouse or domestic partner. If no such parties exist, certain other close relatives may file the lawsuit.
You have until three years after the date of the accident. Certain exceptions exist, such as if you didn’t discover your injury until later. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you have two years to file a lawsuit, beginning on the date of the victim’s death.
Maybe. Under D.C.’s dram shop law, you can sue the bar if the driver:
Yes, but they are seldom awarded. Under D.C. law, you must prove by “clear and convincing evidence” that the defendant acted with an evil motive, not merely carelessness, and you must prove that the defendant’s conduct was outrageous. A “road rage” incident might qualify, for example.
The negligence per se doctrine allows you to win a negligence claim merely by proving that the defendant violated a safety law and that the violation caused the accident. In other words, violation of a safety law is considered automatic negligence in D.C.
The D.C. minimum insurance coverage requirement is:
D.C. is a hybrid jurisdiction. Drivers must purchase liability insurance; however, they may also purchase optional Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, which covers their own injuries on a no-fault basis. After an accident, a driver with PIP has 60 days to choose whether to rely on it or to seek compensation from the other driver’s liability insurance policy.
D.C. product liability law allows you to sue either the manufacturer, the distributor, or both, of an unreasonably dangerous product if your injury was attributable to:
if the defect rendered the product unreasonably dangerous.
We like the awards that our peers have repeatedly bestowed on us. Among 13 attorneys, four of us have been named Top Lawyers, five have been named Super Lawyers and five have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America. None of that would matter, however, without the $1 billion in compensation that we have won for our clients over the years. That, to us, is the real measure of success.
Evidence is what wins a case – even in private settlement negotiations, it is necessary to prove that you can win in court in order to obtain the leverage necessary to persuade the opposing party to settle. Evidence, however, grows stale over time, which means that the best day to contact a D.C. injury lawyer is today. We will handle as much as possible for you so that you can concentrate on regaining your health.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in D.C., call us at (202) 794-6126, or simply contact us online, so that we can schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation with you.