Why Are Bike and Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in DC?

By Peter DePaolis

In an update to a recent series of blogs we have brought you about pedestrian accidents in the D.C. metro area, the Washington Post reported recently that the number of pedestrian and cycling collisions in the District increased by more than 20 percent between 2013 and 2014. man with a broken leg getting into car.

These accidents rose from 1,628 to 2,013 collisions, according to information released by the District Department of Transportation. The number of pedestrian accidents increased from 990 to 1,171, while the number of bicycle accidents increased from 639 to 842.

Experts say that these accidents may be on the rise due to the “increased reporting of these incidents and more cyclists on the road,” according to the Post. The DDOT also released a list of intersections where pedestrian and bicycle accidents occurred the most over this period:

  • Ninth and U Streets NW
  • Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW
  • Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road NE
  • 14th and Irving streets NW
  • H and North Capitol streets  NW
  • 14th Street and Columbia Road NW
  • Seventh and H streets NW
  • 16th and L streets NW
  • 19th and M streets NW
  • Georgia and New Hampshire avenues  NW

At these intersections, the agency said that it would begin to implement plans to make them safer. Keep in mind, the District is currently studying design changes to intersections as a part of “Vision Zero”, a transportation safety approach focusing on eliminating traffic-related deaths and serious injuries.

With Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise, Contacting an Attorney Following an Incident Can Help

It is sad that the District is becoming increasingly more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Remember, aside from death, these accidents can result in serious personal injuries like broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries.

Our firm has more than 30 years of experience working on behalf of those hurt by careless drivers in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. If you are injured in an accident or have lost a loved one, it may be in your best interest to work with attorneys who have the expertise to investigate your case. Aside from this skill, our lawyers offer compassion to those who are injured by negligent drivers.

As we noted above, parts of D.C. are heavily trafficked by pedestrians and cyclists, and reckless drivers can cause violent accidents. For more information about pedestrian accidents and safety news, continue to follow our blog.

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

Washington, D.C. Injury Attorneys

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Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/04/02/bike-and-pedestrian-collisions-are-up-in-d-c/

Did You Know? If you are commuting by foot, make sure that you always use a crosswalk when one is available.

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.