Trying to Stay Safe While on Foot? Our Lawyers Discuss Keys to Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

By Peter DePaolis

According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration, in 2009, pedestrian deaths accounted for more than 20 percent of all transportation fatalities in Washington, D.C.. Pedestrian/car accidents can be devastating because they involve a person walking on foot, unprotected by a vehicle.

Pedestrians often have the right-of-way, but this does not mean that drivers are alert enough to avoid hitting pedestrians in all situations. Drivers have to do their part to help prevent pedestrian accidents. Tips to prevent accidents include:

  • Yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Checking carefully for pedestrians before backing up or out of a parking space
  • Being especially cautious when driving near children or older pedestrians
  • Checking the inside lane before turning
  • Avoiding distractions while driving, such as texting, applying makeup or eating
  • Never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Taxi Strikes Two Pedestrians in DC Area, One in Critical Condition

DC police recently reported that two pedestrians were struck by a taxi in northwest Washington, leaving one in critical condition. According to WJLA ABC 7, the accident occurred at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Calvert Street NW around 2 a.m. on February 16.

Police say the two adult pedestrians were taken to a local hospital, with one sustaining life-threatening injuries.

If you sustained injuries in a car/pedestrian accident (whether you were inside or outside of the vehicle) the injury lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. can evaluate your case to determine whether you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Call our firm today to schedule a free consultation. For 30 years our attorneys have successfully obtained substantial monetary compensation on behalf of individuals who have been injured or killed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others.

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

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


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.