Rush hour earlier this month in Arlington saw a pedestrian death on Interstate 395. A report at insidenova.com said that around 4:10 p.m., a 64-year-old woman crossed the Interstate when a car struck and killed her.
The fatal accident happened at Interstate 395 and Glebe Road in Arlington, according to the report. The woman died at the scene. A Virginia State Police spokesperson said she tried walking across the northbound lanes. At this time, authorities have not filed any charges against the driver. The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the pedestrian accident.
Auto crashes involving pedestrians are unfortunately uncommon in large urban areas. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 85 percent of pedestrian accidents occur in large cities in the late afternoon when there are more cars on the roads. Pedestrian accidents tend to peak on weekends when alcohol can play a factor among drivers, according to the NSC.
The most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that 67 percent of pedestrian accidents occur at night. Walkers without reflective clothing are difficult for drivers to see.
Do you think drivers and walkers know what to do after a car accident involving a walker or biker?
Approved by attorney Julie Heiden