Sadly, on April 17, a car struck two pedestrians when they were walking on the Memorial Bridge, connecting Washington D.C. to Virginia.
According to WJLA-TV, the accident occurred at around 3:15 p.m. One of the victims reportedly suffered serious head injuries and needed to be transported via helicopter to a hospital for treatment. The other victim was transported to a hospital by ambulance, with the extent of his or her injuries being unknown.
The bridge was shut down for several hours after the crash for an investigation, which is still ongoing. It is unclear if charges will be filed against the driver in the incident.
Our Washington D.C. injury attorneys are dedicated to pedestrian safety. We feel as though this is an important subject because of the number of accidents reported lately—statistics indicate that the District may not be the safest place for people commuting by foot.
As we have reported in previous blogs, in 2014, there were 515 incidents of cyclists and walkers being struck by vehicles in Washington D.C. Aside from death, these accidents resulted in personal injuries like broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries.
If a vehicle in Washington D.C. strikes you, it may be a good idea to speak to an attorney, who can review your case and determine if you may be entitled to damages. Our lawyers offer compassion to those who are injured by inattentive drivers in the District. We understand that many people are forced to commute by foot because of D.C.’s traffic layout.
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Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.
Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys