According to WJLA, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a garbage truck in Northwest DC on January 17.
The accident occurred around 4:25 a.m., when a garbage truck was backing into an alley next to a McDonald’s at the intersection of 13th Street and New York Avenue NW. Officials at the scene stated that the garbage truck backed over the male victim, trapping him underneath and wrapping his left leg around the rear tires.
The garbage truck driver ran into the McDonald’s and asked for help. The severely injured pedestrian was removed from underneath the truck and taken to a local trauma center. He later died from the injuries he sustained.
Pedestrians often have the right-of-way, but this does not necessarily mean that drivers are alert enough to avoid hitting those on foot in all situations. Accidents involving pedestrians often result in severe injuries, since vehicles are often traveling at high speeds and the individual pedestrian is most likely unprotected from the collision.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important that you understand both your rights and how you may be able to pay for the injuries that you have sustained. Call our firm today to schedule a free consultation. We want to hear your story and help you through this difficult time. Also, feel free to comment below or visit our Facebook page to tell us your story.
Did You Know: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in US traffic crashes in 2010.