11-Year-Old Texas Boy Killed at Dangerous DC Intersection, Neighbors Call for Traffic Light

By Peter DePaolis

Dangerous and poorly designed intersections account for approximately one-fourth of traffic deaths each year in the United States. Victims of intersection accidents may be able to obtain compensation from two parties. First, they may have a claim against the government for the unsafe design and inadequate warnings at an intersection. Second, they may have a claim against another motorist who navigated the intersection negligently. If a dangerous intersection played a role in an accident that injured you or a loved one, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can advise you on how to obtain compensation for your injuries.

An 11-year-old Texas boy was visiting Washington, D.C. when a car struck and killed him at a dangerous intersection. The boy and his family had only been in DC for one hour when the accident occurred as the boy crossed Wisconsin Avenue, NW at 33rd street. The driver stayed on the scene, and police have not yet decided whether to charge her.

Residents in the area told reporters that they are well aware of how dangerous the intersection is. There is three-way traffic and pedestrians are constantly trying to cross the intersection but there is no traffic light. The walkways are clearly marked with large, white stripes. Even though DC law requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in the walkway, people said drivers rarely do, forcing pedestrians to weave and dodge vehicles in order to cross the intersection.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a dangerous intersection, contact Julie H. Heiden, a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney, at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P to learn what rights you have.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.