Are Distracted Driving Citations Increasing in Washington D.C.?

By Peter DePaolis

If you watch the video above, our attorneys will discuss the dangers associated with distracted driving.

According to a study done by the University of Utah, someone using a cellular phone to check email, text or talk, is just as dangerous behind the wheel as an intoxicated person is.

Scarily, even though many drivers know the risks, 81 percent of all U.S. residents admit to using their cell phones while driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

With this in mind, the United States Capitol Police told NBC Washington that it has issued more than 440 citations for distracted driving on the streets near the US Capitol over the last three years.

While it is good that the police are doing a good job monitoring the area, it is a scary thought that this many people are driving while distracted in a crowded area. The station reported that this poses a potential risk for thousands of staffers, visitors and elected officials.

Keep in mind, using a cell phone while driving in this area can result in a substantial fine. The station investigated the number of citations issued near the Capitol Hill neighborhood after Lisa Radogno, a staffer for Sen. Mark Kirk, died following a pedestrian accident.

Can I Speak to an Attorney If My Loved One Is Injured or Killed by a Distracted Driver?

Remember, if you have been injured or have had a loved one killed due to the actions of a distracted driver, you can hold him or her liable via a lawsuit.

Contact our attorneys today for skilled representation. It is important that you know your rights as a victim or a family member. Additionally, you can visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

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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.