How Many Pedestrians Are Killed Each Week in D.C.?

By Peter DePaolis

As we reported in Monday’s blog, pedestrian accidents are a serious issue in Washington D.C. The district had a higher rate of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents between 2003 and 2010 than all but two states in the country.

With this in mind, WTOP-TV recently reported that 52 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in the D.C. metro-area in 2014. This translates to about one pedestrian killed per week.

D.C. Area Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the network, the statistics include numbers released by police agencies in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as Alexandria and D.C.

WTOP reported that men accounted for more than two-thirds of the pedestrian deaths that occurred in the area last year. Additionally, it reported that the average age for a victim was 44, and that about one-third were over the age of 60.

Among other 2014 pedestrian accident stats:

  • There were 21 deaths in Prince George’s County, nearly twice the number killed in 2013.
  • Metropolitan Police said 10 pedestrians were killed in the District in 2014, down from 2013’s 12 deaths.
  • A pedestrian is struck and killed somewhere in the U.S. every two hours.

While there are times when pedestrian accidents are unavoidable, there are simple steps you may be able to take to reduce the odds you will be involved in one including looking both ways when crossing intersections and using crosswalks when they are available.

Speaking to an Attorney About a D.C. Pedestrian Accident

For more information about pedestrian accidents, continue to follow our blog and social media sites. Unfortunately, as the D.C. area continues to grow, there may be more accidents. You can trust that we will fight persistently for victims.

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

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

Did You Know? In 2014, almost three-quarters of all pedestrian accidents reported nationally occurred in urban settings.


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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.