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Auto accident laws in Washington, DC

Posted by Brad Ponder | Jan 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

Car accidents are, unfortunately, an everyday phenomenon in Washington, DC. Even if you are the safest driver on the road, you can't control what other motorists do. By understanding your legal rights and responsibilities in the event of a car accident in Washington, DC, you can take the necessary steps to ensure that you are duly compensated for damages and injuries.

Insurance requirements

In Washington, DC, all motorists must carry liability insurance coverage. This means that if you cause a car accident, your liability insurance will cover the other driver's medical bills and property damage up to the limits of your policy. If the costs exceed the limits of your policy, you may be responsible for paying out of pocket. Additionally, any drivers who do not have sufficient liability insurance may have their registration suspended until they purchase it.

After an accident

After an accident occurs in Washington, DC, the law requires every driver involved to stop at once and exchange pertinent information, such as contact information and vehicle insurance information, with each other. It is also essential to call 911 so law enforcement can file a report of the accident. 

Statute of limitations

In Washington, DC, car accident victims have three years from the date of their injury to file a claim against the other driver or entity responsible for their damages. If you fail to do so within the allotted time frame, the law will usually dismiss your case or bar you from recovering any compensation.

Dealing with a car accident in Washington, DC can be simpler if you understand what to expect and how the law works. By having the proper insurance coverage, exchanging information with other drivers involved and filing a claim within the statute of limitations, you can ensure that you get the compensation that you need for your damages.

About the Author

Brad Ponder

Brad specializes in complex litigation, including class actions and mass torts in both state and federal court. He represents consumer and business owners in a variety of lawsuits, including class actions and high-stakes litigation against major corporations. 


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