Car Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Lawyer for Northern Virginia and Washington, DC

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Fairfax, Annandale, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Reston, Centreville, or other parts of Northern Virginia, or in Washington, DC (District of Columbia) The Law Offices of Jeremy Flachs can quickly assess your injury claim and help you determine if all of your legal rights to compensation are being met. Taking the word of an insurance adjuster is seldom in your best legal and financial interests.

In the event you are injured in a car, motor vehicle, bus, motorcycle, or truck accident, Jeremy Flachs is the Virginia attorney you can trust to collect fair and reasonable compensation. Whether you’ve been injured as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or bicyclist in a car, motorcycle or truck accident, its well worth your time to review the details of your case with the Law Offices of Jeremy Flachs. The review, which is free, will equip you with a good understanding of your legal options as you work through the stages of your injury claim.

For a free consultion after being injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, contact the Law Officers of Jeremy Flachs today.

2004 Virginia Crash Facts

Below are some notable trends in car accidents on Virginia roads during 2004. View all data on the Virginia DMV 2004 Virginia Crash Facts page.

Top hours for fatalities:
  • Monday evenings – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - 14 fatalities

  • Saturday mornings – 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. – 14 fatalities

Top hour for injuries:
  • Friday afternoons – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – 850 personal injuries

Demographics:
  • Males comprised 68 % of all car accident fatalities (631 total).

  • The 21-25 age group sustained the highest number of injuries (10,565) and fatalities (92).

  • Fairfax County sustained the highest number of injuries (9093) and fatalities (63).

  • Brunswick County (in South Central Virginia) had the highest rate of driver fatalities, with 1.12 deaths per 1000 licensed drivers.

  • Fairfax County and Arlington County had the lowest rate of driver fatalities, with .08 and .04 deaths per 1000 licensed drivers, respectively.

Car Accident Injuries in Northern Virginia: Legal Help for You

Does the D.C. Metro region have the worst traffic congestion problem in the U.S.? Not quite, but nearly. A report from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A & M ranked the daily logjams on D.C., VA and MD roadways third worst in the nation, just behind the asphalt quagmires of Los Angeles (1st) and San Francisco (2nd).

The study based its rankings on the average time drivers spend sitting in traffic each year. In DC, the annual average was 84 hours, or 3 ? days. If you commute over long distances each day – from Loudon to D.C., or from Frederick to Tyson’s Corner - then your annual waiting quotient is no doubt considerably more.

During all those hours on the Beltway, 66, Route 50 and the thousands more miles of road in our region, drivers and passengers are constantly exposed to the risk of traffic accidents. While improved seatbelts, airbags and other safety features have greatly reduced the fatality rate in car accidents in recent years, personal injuries still occur in a large percentage of car crashes.

For example, in the 153,907 car crashes reported on Virginia roads in 2004, more than 78,000 injuries requiring at least one hospital visit were also reported. That works out to more than 200 injuries per day across the state. While many of these injuries turn out to be minor, others are major and life-changing, and may require years of treatment, therapy and care for the injured person. When car accidents result in permanent injuries to the spinal cord or brain, the compensation necessary for long-term care and recovery can reach many millions of dollars.

Along with the financial costs of a serious personal injury are the factors of physical pain, lifestyle limitations, emotional distress and pain and suffering, not only for the injured victim, but also for the families involved. The family of someone who is seriously injured shares in the trauma of the injury, making emotional and financial sacrifices to help care for the injured loved one.

Put your personal injury case in good hands

In most cases, those injured must count on insurance companies to step in and cover the direct and indirect costs of an injury. But each year, millions of injured Americans discover that insurance companies aren’t always in the business of being dependable. In fact, insurance companies save hundreds of millions each year through practices designed only to protect their bottom lines and meet their profit projections.

The money saved in these efforts often comes at the direct expense of policyholders and those unintentionally injured by them. Because car accidents are the most common form of accidental injury and death, insurance companies have focused hard on cutting costs in this area of casualty insurance.

Setting aside the physical and emotional distractions of an injury, most Americans are simply not knowledgeable enough to negotiate a fair settlement for their injuries. Claims agents, on the other hand, work with claims each day, and can quickly identify loopholes and technicalities that can limit, delay or deny payment to an injured person.

To compete on a level playing field against the tactics and resources of insurance companies, Americans need experienced legal guidance on their side. Without a lawyer, you may luck out and receive a fast and fair settlement for an injury, but statistically speaking, the odds are against you. An effective lawyer can ensure that your injury settlement becomes a matter of justice, not luck.

Legal representation for those injured in DUI accidents caused by drunk drivers (DUI/DWI)

Today, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the most common criminal offense in the U.S. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that 1.4 million drivers over the age of 21 were arrested for DUI in the U.S. in 2003. However, despite the continued crackdown on drunk driving offenders, alcohol related accidents that cause fatalities and injuries still comprise about 40 percent of all casualty crashes in Virginia. Alcohol-related accidents are 20 per cent more likely to end in fatality or injury.

Under Virginia laws, causing injury or death while driving drunk is one of the most blatant acts of recklessness an adult can commit. If you or a loved one has been injured because of the stupidity of a drunk driver, then you deserve a lawyer who knows how to confront and challenge insurance companies to ensure they meet their financial obligations to you. If you are injured by a drunk driver, you may also collect punitive damages. If you need an attorney, please call the Law Offices of Jeremy Flachs.


Library for Car Accidents:
  • Insurance companies using education, income to determine rates

    Description: Insurance companies are looking at income and education to help determine how much to charge for premiums.

  • Two recent laws will speed up plaintiff's recovery in auto cases

    Description: Two new Virginia laws make it faster and less expensive for car crash victims to recover from insurance companies.

  • Motorcycle Fatalities on Rise for Ninth Straight Year

    Description: The National Safety Counsel has found that while traffic fatalities are at all time lows, motorcycle deaths continue to rise.

  • Secondary Seat Belt Enforcement Costs Virginia Millions Annually

    Description: Virginia's failure to pass a primary safety belt enforcement law costs the state hundreds of lives and millions of dollars each year.

  • Insurance Tactics - Report by American Association for Justice [PDF]

    Description: Claim Denied! For injured victims of car, truck and bus accidents, these two words can often lead to catastrophic economic losses. The AAJ report lists many insurance companies that do business in Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington County and the District of Columbia. Yet some insurance claims adjusters may continue to deny claims because many people do not know how their insurance policy works. These insurance companies count on people not retaining a lawyer and hope that the injured party chooses to accept what the insurance company offers. An experienced lawyer can often see through these tactics and prevent the insurance companies from denying you a fair settlement.

  • Gaining The Best Settlement for Auto Accidents [PDF]

    Description: This article addresses important considerations for the personal injury lawyer when screening personal injury auto accident cases and working them up for settlement. These factors include assessing liability and damages, including medical expenses and wage loss. An evaluation of pain and suffering requires a thorough reading of the medical records. Policy limits of the at fault driver can be determined prior to suit. The article discusses online public sources of information relevant to the personal injury lawyer. Also reviewed are procedures to discover expert opinions and steps you can take to protect your injured client when the defense asks for a medical examination.

  • Fairfax County and Washington DC Ten Worst Insurance Companies

    Description: This article explains why you should avoid ALLSTATE and 9 other insurance companies. These companies deny auto accident claims and fight you in court in the hopes you will drop your injury claim.

  • The Dangers of Unbelted Backseat Passengers

    Description: A study shows how backseat passengers who don't wear seatbelts can kill drivers in car crashes.

  • Helping Injured Servicemen: Second Deposition [PDF]

    Description: Sometimes car accident injuries involve more than damage to your car. A severe injury can affect your ability to make a living.

    One of our clients was serving in the Marine Corps, and it was his intention to remain in the service for his whole career. An injury from a car accident changed his plans.

    His weakened physical condition hampered both his ability to advance in the Corps and his earning potential outside of it.

    The attached transcripts are taken from the depositions of the case, which Jeremy Flachs was able to bring to a successful conclusion.

  • Helping Injured Servicemen: Deposition [PDF]

    Description: Sometimes car accident injuries involve more than damage to your car. A severe injury can affect your ability to make a living.

    One of our clients was serving in the Marine Corps, and it was his intention to remain in the service for his whole career. An injury from a car accident changed his plans.

    His weakened physical condition hampered both his ability to advance in the Corps and his earning potential outside of it.

    The attached transcripts are taken from the depositions of the case, which Jeremy Flachs was able to bring to a successful conclusion.

  • Damages Claimed Against Drunk Driver for Wrongful Death In the District of Columbia[PDF]

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Frequent Questions for Car Accidents:
Case Results for Car Accidents:
  • Pedestrian Struck by SUV receives $460,000 Settlement

    Awarded: $460,000

  • Car accident victim gets $180,000 settlement for injured back

    Awarded: $180,000

  • Woman struck in crosswalk wins jury verdict

    Awarded: $93,200

  • Motorcycle struck by turning car. Fractured leg. 2008 policy limit settlement.

    Awarded: $100,000


Web Resources for Car Accidents:
  • TenWorstInsuranceCompanies

    Description: This article explains why you should avoid ALLSTATE and 9 other insurance companies. These companies deny auto accident claims and fight you in court in the hopes you will drop your injury claim.

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