How Safe Is It To Walk In Big Cities?

By Peter DePaolis

A DC woman run was over by a dump truck at 6th and Indiana Streets Northwest in DC last week. The woman was in the crosswalk when she was struck. She was not initially injured, but then the driver backed up, crushing the woman’s legs.

“My co-worker rushed in and said ‘A lady got hit! A lady got hit!’ and started crying,” says a witness in a nearby café. “When she first got hit, she was under the truck,” he continues. “Nothing was messed up with her. But the truck started backing up and everyone said to stop, stop backing up. I guess he didn’t hear. Once he started backing up, it crushed her legs.”

The horrific accident occurred in front of the woman’s workplace; she is a deputy clerk in the criminal division of Superior Court. Fortunately, a U.S. Marshall who was close by put a tourniquet around her legs, and helped save the woman’s life, but she remains in critical condition.

No charges have been filed against the dump truck driver as yet.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

Remember that because of the contributory negligence doctrine—which says that even if the pedestrian is found to be 1 percent at fault for an accident, that person will not be able to recover for their injuries—it is important for pedestrians hit by cars to speak to an attorney immediately. If you have been struck by a vehicle while on foot in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and feel that you are entitled to compensation, click here to learn more about your legal rights in a pedestrian accident.

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

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


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.