How Does Reckless Driving Affect You in Washington, DC?

In a heavily populated area such as Washington, D.C., an accident is always likely on the Beltway, on 495, or even in Chinatown where everyone is distracted. It is important for both drivers and pedestrians to look where they are going at all times. With narrower streets, plenty of pedestrians, and blind spots because of buildings, anything can change in the blink of an eye.

The person who hit you is probably not able to process right away that they have hit a person and are unsure of what consequences await them following the incident. That's why it's important to know exactly what you need to do if you are a pedestrian hit by a reckless driver

What Should You Do Right After A Reckless Driving Accident In DC?

The first thing you need to do is call an ambulance, and the police. Reckless driving and motor vehicle accidents can affect a person in numerous ways. Sometimes, a person may suffer trauma from the accident which results in severe bodily harm. It is possible for the victim or the reckless driver to experience psychological consequences as well. You need to have the presence of medical and police professionals who are able to capture the details of what happened on your behalf. Especially if you have serious injuries, you need medical records and a police report to back up your insurance claim against the reckless driver's car insurance company.

What Happens To Each Party Involved In The Accident?

In a matter of law practice, there can be numerous outcomes that affect those involved in the accident case. The victim’s side can be a settlement or restitution from the defendant’s side. The defendant may face criminal or civil liabilities that involve serving time depending on the defendant’s record or the severity of the offense. D.C. law states that if the wreck caused over $1,000 worth of damage, causes permanent disability of severe bodily harm, and was operating a vehicle 30 miles per hour over the designated speeding limit, he or she responsible would be guilty of reckless driving. In addition to that, they would be charged with aggravated reckless driving. You, as the injured party, would file a claim with ther insurance company and you could file a lawsuit against the driver directly.

But if you have a serious injury from the accident, both of those are very difficult to do, especially on your own.

Protect Yourself After A Serious Car Accident: Call Our Experienced DC Accident Lawyers Now For Assistance

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Need more information right now? You can get started by requesitng one of our free informational guides that will help you understand the process. We've published lots of free information for consumers injured in an accident - all of it based on our 29 years of experience guiding people with serious injuries through the legal process. 

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Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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