Pedestrians in the DC area are advised to become extra vigilant as they are walking along the streets of our communities. Local crashes are leaving a string of victims, many of whom are seriously injured and others whose death leaves a mourning family. The first concern in attempting to prevent a spike from becoming a trend is to make drivers and pedestrians aware of the situation and re-educate everyone on basic safety guidelines for sharing the roads and obeying traffic signals.
Are Pedestrian Accidents Getting Out of Hand in the DC Area?
Listed below are just a handful of recent serious pedestrian accidents being tracked locally.
School had just dismissed at Lafayette Elementary School in the Chevy Chase neighborhood. A 4-year-old girl and her 18-year-old caretaker were crossing the street across from the school when a Metrobus collided with them. The little girl was thrown free from the bus, but the woman was pinned under it as rescuers ran to their aid. Both were taken to the hospital in serious condition, but they are expected to recover.
Just two days earlier, on August 20, a 69-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Georgia Avenue near Glenmont Metro Station. Only days before, a 34-year-old crossing Norbeck Road in Rockville also was killed from injuries caused by a crash. On August 11, a 58-year-old from Silver Spring lost his life to a crash while in the Wheaton area, and only a few days later a 41-year-old also lost his life in the same area.
Because pedestrians have no protection from impacts, they often sustain catastrophic injuries if they are hit by a vehicle. Distracted driving and carelessness are the top reasons for these accidents. To learn more about other ways to help protect you and your family after pedestrian accidents, check out some of our previous blog posts.
The attorneys here at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have experience aiding pedestrians who were injured from a vehicle crash. We have even helped those who were injured or killed because of negligence on the part of WMATA. If you have been struck by a vehicle in Washington, DC or the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (202) 753-4272.