If you follow this blog regularly, you may be aware that the D.C. metro-area has one of the worst reputations for pedestrian accidents in the country.
In fact, D.C. had a higher rate of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents between 2003 and 2010 than all but two states in the country—and the numbers have not improved much since. In 2014, 52 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in the D.C. metro-area, or about one person per week.
With this in mind, our Virginia, Maryland and D.C. pedestrian accident attorneys are happy to promote Street Smart, an education, awareness and behavioral campaign that was launched in 2002 to support pedestrian safety.
Street Smart looks to educate the public about pedestrian safety through media efforts, including blogging, social media and public relations. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) runs the program.
For more information, including how you can get involved, you can click here. On the organization’s site, you can download advertisements for local placement, as well as links to radio and video spots.
Because pedestrians have very little protection when they are walking, if a car strikes them, the consequences are often devastating. Aside from death, we have worked with clients who have suffered grave injuries including spinal cord and brain injuries that require extensive therapy, often leading to a lifetime of pain and suffering.
When you are driving a vehicle in the D.C. metro-area, make sure that you pay attention to pedestrians. Not only can you face criminal charges if you recklessly cause a pedestrian accident, you can be held civilly liable.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident or your loved one has been killed, you should contact our injury attorneys in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Our pedestrian accident lawyers have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for injury victims and family members.
You can reach us by clicking on the live chat option on this page. For more information about how you can avoid a pedestrian accident, you can visit this blog post from March.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.