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What Do I Have to Show to Win a DC Car Accident Case?

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 essentially means “more likely than not.”

Car Accident Attorney in DCIn 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.