Automobile Accidents

If you are searching for a lawyer for a car accident case, you want someone who has worked with accident reconstructionists and police officers. Someone who has examined and cross-examined them in depositions and trials. Someone who understands how the coefficient of friction on a road surface can affect stopping distances. Someone who has examined a witness at trial about traffic signal phasing and sequencing. Why? Because this type of evidence might become crucial to your case.

Eric Stravitz has handled thousands of auto accident cases. He has tried scores of them both to juries and to judges without juries (called bench trials). He has filed hundreds of car accident law suits when insurance companies either wrongly refused to pay anything or offered too little when their insureds harmed his clients. In most of the cases that Eric has handled over the past twenty years when he has filed a lawsuit for a client, he has settled the case or tried it and gotten more money than the insurance company originally offered.[1]

Eric puts this experience to good use for his clients. Because he knows how defense lawyers and insurance adjusters attack cases, he is able to advise clients to avoid certain pitfalls (unforced errors) when they first meet with him. Another example: Eric maintains an outline of all of the topics that insurance defense lawyers use to question his clients at depositions. If a new line of questions comes up in a case, he will add it to the outline. If a lawsuit has to be filed for a client, Eric will use this outline to prepare his client for his or her deposition. [2] Because Eric knows most of the questions the defense lawyer will ask before the deposition begins, his clients are more comfortable at the deposition and perform better. Eric likes to de-brief his clients after their depositions take place to find out if they felt that they were well prepared. Nearly always, the clients say, “yes,” and tell Eric that his questioning during the preparation session was tougher than the defense attorney’s questioning at the deposition. Eric uses a similar approach to prepare for trial and typically receives similar feedback from his clients.

Eric has handled rear-end collisions; intersection cases; t-bone collisions; collisions involving the use of alcohol (note that a defendant’s blood alcohol level typically will not come in evidence without an expert witness – usually a toxicologist[3] – who can explain its meaning); collisions involving post-accident reconstructions done by accident reconstructionists or engineers; collisions involving trucks, vans, SUVs, cars, and traffic light sequencing; lawsuits against a trucking companies; and a case against a truck maintenance facility after a drum came off of a truck and smashed a client’s windshield.

Eric fully understands the anatomy and medicine behind injuries that auto accidents cause. He has prepared orthopedic surgeons, general physicians, and physical therapists for depositions and trial testimony.

More importantly, Eric understands the debilitating effect that a car accident can have on a client’s life. He carefully explores with each client the many ways that the collision and their injuries have affected their life so that he can best present those harms and losses to an insurance adjuster, defense lawyer, mediator, judge or jury.

Eric has also been hired to defend a trucking company when its drivers have been involved in accidents in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The experience of deconstructing a plaintiff’s collision case and exploring its weaknesses has made Eric better at handling the cases of his clients who are plaintiffs.

Eric is a student of the law and of trial techniques. He typically reads the most current articles and books about trying auto accident and other cases so that he can maximize his client’s cases. He also has written many articles that have been published in trial lawyer publications (see Eric’s collection of articles here). This concept of perpetual learning is a must in a first-rate lawyer.

If you need a car accident lawyer or have questions about anything written above, call Eric Stravitz at 240-467-5741 for a free conversation.


[1] Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future performance, but it is a pretty good indicator.

[2] A deposition is an interview by the opposing lawyer hired by the insurance company done with Plaintiff’s counsel present along with a court reporter who transcribes all of the questions and answers. The court reporter types up these questions and answers after the deposition into a deposition transcript.

[3] Eric has worked with toxicologists on his cases.