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Were You Injured as a Pedestrian in Washington, DC?

Since pedestrians have no protection against the impact of a motor vehicle, pedestrian accidents often cause catastrophic injuries and death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2019. This equates to 85 pedestrians being killed every 85 minutes in traffic accidents in 2019.

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Why Do I Need an Attorney After a DC Pedestrian Accident?

In most cases, pedestrian accidents result from negligence by the driver. Careless drivers not paying attention to the road may fail to notice pedestrians crossing at crosswalks or walking along the side of the road. Since the motorist is typically at fault for these accidents, victims and their families can often recover compensation to pay for their expenses.

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In most cases, pedestrian accidents result from negligence by the driver. Careless drivers not paying attention to the road may fail to notice pedestrians crossing at crosswalks or walking along the side of the road. Since the motorist is typically at fault for these accidents, victims and their families can often recover compensation to pay for their expenses.

However, dealing with the insurance company can be difficult. The insurance adjuster will often offer a settlement that doesn’t cover all your expenses or find some reason to deny your claim. When you are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a pedestrian accident in Washington, DC, you’re going to need a skilled DC pedestrian accident lawyer to fight on your behalf.

At Regan Zambri Long PLLC, we have a long track record of helping clients with their pedestrian accident claims. For example, we successfully represented a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a bus while using a crosswalk in Washington, DC. We also obtained one of the highest settlements in the area against WMATA; the case involved the tragic death of a pedestrian crossing the street when she was struck by a Metro bus. In another case, our office obtained a multi-million-dollar settlement for a woman hit by a private tour bus while crossing the street. We can aggressively pursue your claim from the first client meeting until the case’s resolution.

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What Are the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Washington, DC?

According to the District Department of Transportation, approximately 650 pedestrian crashes occur each year in DC. When drivers are aggressive or inattentive, crashes occur. The leading causes of pedestrian accidents:

Distracted Driving

Fiddling with the radio, texting or talking on the phone, eating, or talking to passengers in the car are all classic examples of distracted driving. But distracted drivers are not the only ones not paying attention to the road; often, pedestrians are more focused on their phones while crossing the street than the traffic around them.

Impaired Driving

We all know that drinking and driving is not only illegal but deadly. But there are times that pedestrians can be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 42% of pedestrians killed in nighttime crashes had a blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.08% in 2019.

Speeding

Drivers who fail to follow the posted speed limits on the streets of DC can be reckless. For example, when coming to a stoplight or a crosswalk at a high rate of speed, they may not be able to slow down and safely stop in time to let the pedestrian cross.

Left Hand Turns

When a driver makes a left hand turn at a busy intersection, they may be looking straight ahead to make sure they are ok to turn, rather than looking left. Since the driver is not looking their way, pedestrians are always at risk when crossing at the crosswalk.

Not Yielding to the Pedestrian

Washington, DC law states that all vehicles must yield to someone in the crosswalk. Pedestrians also have the right of way over any car turning right on red. Yet an impatient driver may ignore this law and fail to yield, causing an accident.

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What Injuries May Result From A Pedestrian Accident?

An accident with a motor vehicle can result in significant injuries. Some common pedestrian injuries include:

Many victims require specialized care, including long-term physical and psychological treatment. The pain and anguish suffered by pedestrians are often extreme, and medical costs can be staggering.

What Should I Do After A Pedestrian Accident?

Pedestrians may be severely injured and need immediate medical attention, depending on the circumstances. Even if you initially feel unharmed, get checked out by medical personnel. The shock and adrenaline from the accident can disguise serious injuries.

Once you’ve received medical care and can start your claim, take these steps to protect your case:

Gather Evidence

Your first step is to get the police report as soon as it’s available after the accident. If you were injured, you might not have had time to speak with anyone involved in the accident. The police report will give you the contact information of any witnesses and the person’s insurance company who had hit you.

Document Your Injuries

Keeping a careful record of your injuries and medical treatment can help ensure you receive fair compensation. Remember to record the date and time of all doctor visits or treatments you received. Take photos of your injuries, if possible. Also, record your levels of pain and the times you missed work.

Call a Lawyer

A Washington, DC pedestrian accident lawyer can advise you on crucial steps to take to preserve your claim. For example, if you are in the hospital, an attorney can gather evidence on your behalf. A lawyer can also negotiate with the driver’s insurance company for you, protecting your interests.

Do Not Speak With the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company

The driver’s insurance agency will call you as soon as possible after the accident. The adjuster may try to bully you into giving a statement about what had happened. However, you have no obligation to speak to the insurance company. Get an attorney’s advice before you say anything to an insurance adjuster.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents in DC

Who Pays the Medical Bills After a Car Accident Involving a Pedestrian in Washington, DC?

According to Washington, DC law, if you were injured as a pedestrian in a motor vehicle accident, you can initially seek medical coverage with your car insurance policy regardless of who is at fault for the accident. If you do not have car insurance or have enough to pay for your medical expenses, you can pursue legal action against the at-fault driver.

I Was Involved in a Hit and Run. What Can I Do?

Unfortunately, sometimes a driver panics after hitting a pedestrian and flees the scene. When this occurs, the injured victim will not have a chance to find out who the identity of the at-fault party is. If this happens to you, there are alternative methods to compensation for your injuries. Contact our DC pedestrian accident lawyer right away to learn your options.

What Happens if a Pedestrian Caused Part of the Accident?

If a pedestrian is responsible in any way for an accident, under DC’s contributory negligence rule, they will not be able to collect any damages from the accident. So, for example, if a pedestrian runs across the road between two cars suddenly, and the driver cannot stop in time, the pedestrian could be found partially at fault for the accident, preventing them from getting compensation.

What If My Family Member Died in a Pedestrian Accident in DC?

If your loved one died as a pedestrian in Washington, DC, you and your family might be able to file a wrongful death claim. To discuss your claim, contact our wrongful death attorneys to learn more.

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

The statute of limitations in Washington, DC, is three years. Although that may seem like a long time, it can go by fairly quickly. The sooner you contact a pedestrian accident attorney in Washington, DC, the greater the chance of getting the compensation you need.

Learn More In A Free Initial Consultation At Our Pedestrian Accident Law Firm

If were injured by a negligent driver, then our DC pedestrian accident lawyers are here to help. We have achieved excellent results for pedestrian accident claims in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Our attorneys offer free initial consultations and contingency fee arrangements. Call (202) 960-4596 or contact us online to speak to a pedestrian accident lawyer today.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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