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Pedestrians generally have the right-of-way when traveling throughout the streets of Washington, D.C. It is important that drivers of vehicles take heed as they drive, especially at night. Drivers can protect themselves from hitting pedestrians by remaining alert at all times while driving. Many people take to the streets on foot in Washington, D.C., so it should be no surprise to drivers when someone crosses the street in front of them.
Pedestrians can protect themselves from accidents by wearing reflective clothing that shines when the headlight of a car beams upon them.
A vehicle hit a female pedestrian in Northwest Washington D.C. in late December 2009. The hit-and-run incident happened in the Columbia Heights neighborhood at the intersection of 16th Street and Park Road shortly after 1 a.m. 16th Street was closed for several hours to allow authorities time to investigate what took place.
When drivers are involved in pedestrian accidents, it is critical that they stay at the scene until the police arrive. The driver should have stayed to make certain the woman received the medical care she received. There could have been a possibility that the woman was still alive after being struck and only needed the driver to call 911 for an ambulance.
If you or a loved one suffers injuries or death after being struck by a car, contact a qualified Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.