According to the CDC, there are 4,735 traffic deaths in the United States in 2013 (latest year for data). But, what does that mean for DC?
Our city is a busy one and certainly not immune to the higher than normal traffic deaths we're seeing -- whether you're driving down Constitution Ave or Pennsylvania Ave, there is a possibility of accidents all around DC. Most times, traffic and pedestrians can make our roads difficult to manuever on. Just the other day, a pedestrian was hit. The pedestrian wasn't in the middle of the street, they were in the crosswalk. Not jaywalking. Click here to see what to do if you're injured in a hit and run.
Because we live in a busy city, drivers are distracted, in a hurry, on their phone, frustrated, drunk - you name it. So they don't follow the rules of the road and hit pedestrians.
But, here are some important things to keep in mind whether you're a driver or a pedestrian.
1) Pedestrians have the right of way when crossing in the crosswalk with the cross signal on - but, pedestrians don't always have the right of way (it's important to remember that). Whether they're crossing 14th St or K street, pedestrians are not allowed to stop and impede traffic. All in all, drivers need to pay attention to pedestrians because they share our roads. Drivers are often distracted, texting, driving or doing something else to distract from the road and causing them to not see you. Pedestrians - remember drivers can't always see you, so be looking out for cars all the time.
2) Know the likely causes of collisions and wrecks - like distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, rolling through stop signs, and driving through crosswalks. All of these behaviors make it less safe for both driver and pedestrians on our city roads, so keep that in mind while driving or walking around the city.
But, we all know that innocent people can get seriously hurt by careless and reckless drivers. That's why we've published this easy-to-read report 7 Deadly Sins That Will Wreck Your Accident Case. It's a popular and effective way to avoid some of the traps we see in auto accident cases in our area. You can call us at 202-393-3320 or use this form to order your free copy today!
If you or someone you know was a pedestrian hurt in a DC crosswalk, give us a call at 202-393-3320 today for the information you need to make sure you're getting what you deserve. The most serious mistakes we see in a case are often in the beginning - don't let that happen to you or someone in your family who was hurt.
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