for 40 Years
District of Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer
Jeremy Flachs has been licensed in Washington DC since 1980, and he maintains an office in the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia/Washington D.C. is approximately 68 square miles, and in 2018, DC had a population of about 700,000. The District of Columbia has about 1500 miles of roadways. As of 2019, there were over 350,000 vehicles registered in the District of Columbia. Like any metropolitan area, the District of Columbia has a mix of interstate and local roadways, many of which contain unique traffic circles, such as Dupont Circle, and one-way streets such as L and M streets. The District of Columbia also is unique in attracting large numbers of tourists and commuters who drive from the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Vehicle traffic is also clogged throughout the day causing drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to be impatient. This mix of streets and highways filled with impatient commuters and tourists leads to many car, truck, bus, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents causing personal injury. Effective June 2020, the District of Columbia will lower its speed limit from 25 MPH to 20 MPH in an effort to save the lives of pedestrians. Statistics confirm that the chances of a pedestrian surviving a crash are substantially increased at the lower speed. Washington, DC recorded 12 pedestrian and 2 bicyclist fatalities in 2019. Overall the City recorded 27 traffic fatalities in 2019.
Most personal injury cases occurring in the District of Columbia are filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Superior Court is located at 500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC. There is also a federal court, the District Court for the District of Columbia. Jeremy Flachs has filed many personal injury lawsuits in these courts in Washington DC and recovered millions of dollars for injured clients. Jeremy Flachs has also taken many personal injury cases to trial.
Because Washington, DC is the center of diplomatic activity in the United States, and because in some circumstances, diplomats have immunity from lawsuits, your personal injury attorney must know the rules and regulations governing immunity. Jeremy Flachs can help you determine the responsibility of the involved insurance companies to pay where an accident involves a claim of immunity.
Injury caused by the negligence of federal or DC government employees also requires knowledge of the special laws and regulations requiring timely notice to the government employing the vehicle operator causing the injury.
A significant number of vehicle crash claims in Washington, DC involve drunk drivers. Many bars and night clubs cater to university campuses such as Georgetown, George Washington University, American University, the University of the District of Columbia and Catholic University. And, the fact that many people drive to the District of Columbia for its nightlife combine to create opportunities for drunk driving. Such claims result in an added claim of punitive damages which allow District of Columbia jurors to award additional damages to “send a message” that Washington, DC will not tolerate drunk driving.
Personal injury claims handled by Jeremy Flachs and resolved by trial or settlement in Washington D.C. include claims for broken bones and fractures, brain injuries, neck, back and disk injuries, slip and falls, defective products and police brutality. These personal injuries resulted in medical care and surgeries causing huge medical bills, lost earnings, pain and mental anguish, and even paralysis and death.
In most of these cases the liability insurance company did not want to pay fair compensation and therefore lawsuits were filed. These injuries were caused by road, street and highway crashes, product failures, slip and falls and police brutality. In Washington DC, Jeremy Flachs has recovered large settlements and received substantial verdicts for personal injury victims, including victims of wrongful death. Please call or email the Law Offices of Jeremy Flachs if you are injured in the District of Columbia.