Woman Dies after Being Hit by Vehicle at D.C. Intersection

By Peter DePaolis

Yet another pedestrian has been killed in Washington D.C., this time a 58-year-old woman was hit by a commuter bus on K Street. She had just left work for the day and was running to catch her commuter bus, when she tripped and fell, and was struck by another bus.

She was rushed to a local hospital, but she died the next day. Police said the accident remains under investigation.

This is the second pedestrian accident in as many weeks in Washington D.C., and it is time the District started looking into ways to make our city safer for its citizens. Last year, D.C. joined almost 500 other cities, neighborhoods and communities, in adopting the Complete Streets policy.

Complete Streets is an urban planning approach requiring streets to be designed, operated and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation. The concept was launched over 40 years ago in Oregon, after city planners realized that post-World War II cities were becoming overly dependent upon the automobile.

Continuing incidents like these, however, make it clear that D.C. needs to work harder to implement their plans. Good intentions are a start, but it is clear that more must be done.

Are You a Pedestrian in DC Who Has Been Hit by a Driver?

If you have been injured due to the careless actions of a motorist, you may need the assistance of a Washington D.C. injury lawyer to explain your legal options. At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P., we are available to help you attain the compensation you deserve for your pedestrian accident.

Koonz’s Did You Know: Crosswalks already existed more than 2,000 years ago, as can be seen in the ruins of Pompeii.

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Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/woman-dies-after-being-hit-by-vehicle-at-downtown-washington-intersection/2014/06/25/d9581808-fc85-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html

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.