New legislation that has taken effect in Washington, D.C. should, once and for all, end the practice of attorneys and health care providers hassling accident victims shortly after an accident. Until now, it was perfectly legal, and, apparently, ethical, for D.C. attorneys to hire folks to obtain accident reports from the police station and then bother accident victims by calling them on the phone and showing up at their houses, attorney fee agreement in hand, to get them to sign up their cases.
Now, they have to wait at least 21 days to do so and this should quell the rush. We've been contacted by many accident victims who complained that they considered these "runners" to be invading their privacy. The new Washington D.C. Accident Victim Harrassment Law (anti-runner) is available here.