Speeding D.C. Driver Kills One, Injures Six, Causes Fuel Spill

By Peter DePaolis

Speeding plays a factor in a large number of car accidents. Officials estimate that as much as a third of accidents are due to speeding. In the United States, 10-14,000 deaths each year are attributable to speeding. If you have been involved in a car accident due to negligent driving, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can advise you of your rights.

Just recently, a horrific accident in Southeast Washington, D.C. left one killed and six injured. Witnesses reported that a van speeding along Alabama Avenue veered over the center median and into the path of an oncoming Toyota Camry. The van flipped and burst into flames, spilling fuel and knocking down utility lines. The driver of the Camry died, and four children riding along in the Camry suffered injuries. Emergency responders had to remove the driver and a passenger from the burning van.

Speeding in a car is dangerous for multiple reasons. It increases the amount of time that a driver needs to stop. It reduces a driver’s ability to handle turns or maneuver around objects in the road. One common suggestion to ensure that a driver has enough room between himself and others is the three-second rule. The driver should pick a stationary object further down the road such as a mile marker. The car in front of the driver should pass that object a full three seconds before the driver’s car does.

Contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P, if a negligent driver has injured you or a loved one.

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.