Written by Larry Lapidus
There is always some threat of danger when walking in higher-traffic areas, especially in cities like Washington, DC. While many traffic laws are designed to protect pedestrians, accidents happen.
Pedestrian accidents are especially tragic, considering there is no layer of steel and glass to protect people walking down the street. But pedestrians have rights, and if you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident due to someone else’s negligence, you need an attorney–the DC pedestrian accident attorneys at The Lapidus Law Firm.
A Disturbing Trend
While traffic fatalities decreased slightly from 2017 to 2018, pedestrian-related deaths rose by about 20 percent in the Washington, DC metro area during the same time period. According to data compiled by The Washington Post, out of 290 total traffic fatalities, 92 of those were pedestrians.
That represented the largest percentage of pedestrian deaths in more than a decade, a trend that continues to baffle officials. And this situation isn’t limited to the immediate area. Nationally, more than 37,000 people were killed in traffic accidents–of those, nearly 20% we’re bicyclists and pedestrians.
Why Are There So Many Pedestrian Accidents In DC?
There are several factors involved in pedestrian accidents. For one, many city streets (including DC) are not designed to handle the increase in bicycle and pedestrian traffic when they’re already so crowded with vehicle traffic. Distracted driving is another big reason as many drivers (or even pedestrians and cyclists) continue to use cell phones. Aggressive driving, speeding, and impaired driving are other reasons for accidents of all kinds.
What Should You Do If You’re Involved In A Pedestrian Accident In DC?
First things first…get medical attention. Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries, so it’s imperative to be seen by a paramedic at the scene. We also recommend being taken to the hospital immediately after the accident occurs or getting to a doctor as soon as possible on your own.
Next, call the DC pedestrian accident attorneys with The Lapidus Law Firm. We’ll listen to your situation, and if we decide to take your case, we’ll do the hard work for you. We talk to medical personnel, insurance companies, and the other party’s attorneys so you can focus on getting back on your feet. While we can’t promise you a settlement from an ethical standpoint, you have our word that we will work tirelessly on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome in your favor.
Pedestrian Accidents in DC
The Lapidus Law Firm has handled many, many pedestrian-related accidents over the years–we have the experience and the tenacity you want in an attorney when it comes to personal injury claims.
During the coronavirus emergency, you can have an extensive one-hour-long, no-obligation, free consultation with the attorneys in our firm remotely via Zoom. If you have a computer, you can retain a lawyer. No cash upfront requirements: we only charge a fee if we obtain compensation for you. Call us at 202-785-5111 to arrange your remote consultation.