As we reported in our blog last week, the D.C. metro area has one of the worst pedestrian accident rates in the country, experiencing about one death per week. Sadly, 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.
With this in mind, it should be noted that the district publishes a list on the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) website of the 10 Most Critical Intersections each year.
When the district began to list these intersections, it mandated that Traffic Control Officers (TCOs) would be deployed near them to ensure that pedestrians and drivers could safely commute. TCOs monitor the intersections during morning and afternoon rush hour traffic.
According to the DDOT, the 10 most critical intersections in the district over the past year were:
- 7th and H St., NW
- 14th and Columbia Rd., NW
- Georgia and New Hampshire Ave., NW
- 14th and Irving St., NW
- 14th and Park Rd., NW
- 19th and L. St., NW
- MLK and Stanton Rd., SE
- Brentwood Rd. and W. St., NE
- Mississippi Ave., and South Capitol St., SE
- 17th and Rhode Island Ave., NW
For more information about these intersections, you can visit the DDOT site.
Speaking to an Attorney About a Pedestrian Accident
Unfortunately, in many cases, there is very little a person can do to avoid being in a pedestrian accident. Drivers can be distracted and/or not paying attention to their surroundings prior to hitting someone. When this occurs, a person may want to seek legal guidance.
Keep in mind, our own Roger C. Johnson has handled numerous pedestrian accident cases throughout his career. Several of these cases have involved victims who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries, in addition to significant fractures.
Continue to follow our blog for more information about pedestrian accidents. We will continue to hold negligent drivers liable who strike and injury people.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.