By: Allan M. Siegel
If you file a legal claim in the District of Columbia for injuries related
to a car accident, the burden is on you to prove that the at-fault driver
was negligent. In order to win their case, victims must prove “by
a preponderance of the evidence” that the at-fault driver’s
negligence caused the victim’s injuries. The preponderance standard
“more likely than not.”
In car accident civil cases, the burden of proof is lower than the standard
you may be familiar with that applies to criminal cases: “beyond
a reasonable doubt.” In other words, does more than 50% of the evidence
point in the injured victim’s favor? Just because an accident happened
does not mean anyone was negligent. If you were hurt in a car accident,
you still need to prove that, more likely than not, the at-fault driver did not exercise reasonable care and that this carelessness caused the accident.
When hiring an
auto accident attorney in the District of Columbia, it is important to retain an attorney
who understands the law. Some mistakes that can be made during the legal
process, such as failing to comply with the applicable statute of limitations,
can be fatal to your claim.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our law firm has represented
auto accident victims for more than 40 years in Maryland, the District
of Columbia, and Virginia. We use this depth of experience to craft case
strategies designed to maximize the size of recoveries for our clients.
If you were seriously injured in an auto accident, please contact our
team of experienced legal professionals. Because strict deadlines apply
to filing a claim, we recommend
contacting us at your earliest convenience.