High Winds Cause Damage & Fatalities in the DC Metro Area in November

By: Allan M. Siegel

During the weekend of November 19 and 20, winds reached speeds as high as 50 miles per hour in D.C. and the surrounding areas. The winds knocked down trees and fanned fires which in turn caused traffic jams. Even worse, the winds caused three-foot waves in the Potomac River, high enough to sink a fishing boat with four fishermen inside. One man was rescued, but two drowned in the water, and a fourth man is still missing.

Northern Virginia Premises Liability Lawyer

Winds like these can cause unsecured trees and structures to fall over, leading to property damage and injury. Anyone who is aware that a tree or structure on their property is likely to fall down in high winds, but who fails to take preventive action before disaster strikes, may be subject to legal liability under premises liability laws.

Our team is experienced in helping victims file premises liability claims after they suffered preventable injuries while on another’s property. These cases can be legally complex, as they require establishing proof that a property owner failed in their duty to provide safe conditions for visitors and guests. Our attorneys can help you better understand your rights and premises liability laws in regard to your unique situation during a complementary case review.

If you or anyone who know has been injured as a result of the high winds or unsafe conditions on another's property, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free consultation.