Is Washington D.C. Safe for Pedestrian Traffic?

By Peter DePaolis

Pedestrian accidents can be devastating for victims and their family members. They often lead to serious personal injuries, like broken bones, amputations, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries—in addition to death.

A person walking in a crosswalk or near a street has no protection when a vehicle that weighs a significant amount strikes him or her.

This is why accident victims should hold reckless drivers accountable if they are injured. Sadly, a report by the National Complete Streets Coalition released this summer indicated that Washington D.C. had a higher rate of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents between 2003 and 2010 than all but two states in the country.

The coalition also reported that the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area ranked as the 35th most dangerous area for pedestrians out of the 51 regions studied.

Sadly, while statistics say one thing, for some reason, citizens in Washington, D.C. seem to think that they are safe on roadways. According to the Washington Post, 95 percent of Washington D.C. residents surveyed by Liberty Mutual Insurance said that they believed the city was doing a good job ensuring pedestrian safety.

The news source reported that the survey placed Washington D.C. in the top three spots for the company’s list of “safest cities for walkers.”

How Do I File a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?

If you or your loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact us today. If your injuries are serious, it is likely that you will need compensation to help pay for medical bills and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.

We will fight for you. You should not have to suffer, because a driver was not paying attention or driving recklessly before striking you. You have a right to safety when you are walking in public spaces.

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

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

Sponsored by: Attorney Kelly Fisher

Did you know? An estimated 21 percent of pedestrian accident fatalities occur at intersections and crosswalks.


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.