On March 26, 2013 a vehicle lost control and struck two adults and a child standing near a bus stop. The accident took place in the 6800 block of Georgia Avenue near Butternut Street, close to the old Walter Reed Medical Center. According to police a 79-year-old driver lost control of their Toyota, jumped the curb, ran over a newspaper rack and garbage container, and then slammed into the victims. Witnesses state that one adult landed on the car’s windshield and suffered life threatening injuries. Police have not released any further details of the crash.
This map shows the approximate location of the pedestrian accident on Georgia Avenue.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
This is a very unfortunate accident and we can only hope all three victims can recover from their injuries. When someone is injured because of another person’s dangerous conduct, that individual has a right to pursue legal action against the responsible party. However, filing a successful lawsuit is dependent on the plaintiff establishing four distinct facts about the case. The first fact is referred to as the presence of a duty. Each injury case starts with a duty from the defendant to the victim. For example in this accident the driver had the duty to drive safely. The second fact is known as the breach of the duty. In an injury claim it begins when the defendant failed to fulfill the expected duty creating the potential for blame to be placed on the defendant. In this accident the driver failed to drive safely when they lost control of their vehicle. The third fact that must be established is that of injury to the victim. A victim must be able to prove that they were physically injured, in some cases emotional or financial injury may also suffice. If there is no evidence of an injury, any potential lawsuit will not be able to progress. Lastly the victim must be able to prove the cause of their injury was caused by the defendant’s actions. This is one of the most important parts of an injury claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you should not hesitate to contact a Virginia (VA) Personal injury lawyer. A private consultation will grant you a legal analysis of your rights, and may present the opportunity to file a personal injury claim to gain restitution. Our lawyers have been nationally recognized for being the best personal injury lawyers in the country. With over 100 years of combined legal experience our Virginia (VA) personal injury lawyers have established and excellent track record of success for our clients.
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