Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents

Pedestrian Accident News

Washington D.C. – A neighborhood advisory council has asked the D.C. Transportation Department to review the level of pedestrian safety of a section of Connecticut Avenue.

R. Bruce Beckner and his neighbors took this action after the death of Charles Atherton, an influential city resident who was struck by a car as he crossed Connecticut between Ordway and Macomb Streets. Mr. Atherton was the chief executive of the Federal Commission of Fine Arts.

Dangerous intersections in D.C.

Below is a list of corners where the most pedestrian accidents occurred in the District between 1998 and 2002, according to the District Department of Transportation.

  1. 1Benning Road and Minnesota Ave, NE -- 13 crashes
  2. 7th Street and Pennsylvania Ave., SE -- 10 crashes
  3. N. North Capitol Street and New York Ave., NW -- 10 crashes
  4. 3rd Street and Florida Ave., NE -- 9 crashes
  5. 13th Street and Pennsylvania Ave., NW -- 9 crashes
  6. 7th Street and H Street, NW -- 9 crashes
  7. Bladensburg Road and New York Ave., NE -- 9 crashes
  8. East Capitol Street and Benning Road, NE -- 9 crashes
  9. Alabama Ave. And Stanton Road, SE -- 8 crashes
  10. Howard Road and Martin Luther King Ave., SE -- 8 crashes
  11. 14th Street and H Street, NE -- 8 crashes
  12. 1st Street and K Street, NE -- 8 crashes
  13. 15th Street and I Street, NW -- 7 crashes
  14. 16th Street and Irving Street, NW -- 7 crashes
  15. 17th Street and K Street, NW -- 7 crashes
  16. 7th Street and D Street, SE -- 6 crashes
  17. Ainger Place and Alabama Ave., SE -- 6 crashes
  18. Good Hope Road and Naylor Road, SE -- 6 crashes
  19. N. North Capitol Street and P Street -- 6 crashes
  20. 12th Street and Pennsylvania Ave., NW -- 6 crashes
In Virginia, Maryland and D.C., pedestrian accidents account for many injuries

While we often think of serious pedestrian accidents as events that occur on streets and roads involving collisions with moving vehicles, most pedestrian accidents don’t involve automobiles at all. In fact, many injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents fall under the practice area of slip and fall cases or premises liability. Three-quarters of injured pedestrians incur their injuries in sidewalks and parking lots, and many of those injuries are a result of negligence or lack of due diligence on the part of property owners or custodians.

When negligence is suspected as the cause of a pedestrian injury, the law firm of Lewis & Tompkins can help you investigate and pursue damages for the injury you’ve suffered. Lewis & Tompkins has helped injured pedestrians recover compensation for relatively minor injuries – such as broken legs, broken arms and concussions – as well as for the less common but more serious accidents resulting in brain damage, nerve damage, spinal cord damage, paralysis or other life-altering injuries. If you’ve been injured at all as a pedestrian, you owe it to yourself and your family to contact an attorney who can thoroughly review your case for the possibility of negligence.

Safer Paths for Pedestrians

While the majority of pedestrian accidents don’t involve collisions with cars, those accidents that do occur on the roadway invariably result in the most serious injuries. As road traffic continues to grow at record levels, protecting pedestrians from serious injuries from roadway collisions is an increasing challenge and concern. Many solutions for a safer pedestrian environment have been suggested, including:

Expanding the use of physical barriers, using pedestrian bridges, overpasses, underpasses, traffic islands, and other similar measures to separate pedestrians from the flow of vehicle traffic

Building communities that combine residential, work, and shopping areas into close geographic units that promote pedestrian-only environments. Such communities would decrease the reliance on motor vehicles, and the inherent dangers they pose. Adopt more traffic calming strategies in road planning, such as narrow streets and street corners, additional traffic signs requiring more frequent yields and stops, and the use of speed bumps and speed tables to make roadway traffic slower and safer.

  • Lower speed limits in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, such as schools, shopping malls and business districts, and using video surveillance to increase enforcement.

  • Pass laws restricting the legal blood alcohol concentration of pedestrians and continue to enforce existing DUI laws for drivers.

  • Improve pedestrian visibility for drivers (e.g., better reflective clothing, personal lights, and street lighting).

  • Encourage people of all ages to walk rather than drive – for their physical health, to protect the environment, and to reduce the number of cars on the street.

  • Improve adult supervision of young children crossing the street.

  • Incorporate pedestrian skills training into school health education curriculum.

  • Relocate bus stops to areas with less traffic, and hire crossing guards and escorts to assist young children.

Until these steps and others are taken to make our communities safer for pedestrians, pedestrian accidents will continue to occur. If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident and suffers a serious injury, you should consult an attorney with experience investigating negligence that can help you build a case against the party responsible for your pain and suffering. Contact Lewis and Tompkins today for a thorough review of your case.

Helping injured bicyclists in Virginia, Maryland and DC get fair compensation

The use of bicycles among both kids and adults has grown steadily in recent years. Bicycles are now used for recreational purposes, as well as for the commute to work. The delays of standstill traffic on the roads, the climbing costs of fuel, and the opportunity for fun and exercise all make bicycles a viable transportation alternative for many in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

But despite a growing trend toward improving safety for bicyclists, including the widespread use of safety helmets, more accessible and safer trails and routes for bikes, and the use of reflective lights and clothing so that bicyclists are more conspicuous on the road, bicycle accidents resulting in injury continue to occur at a steady rate. As with pedestrian accidents, most of the roughly 500,000 bicycle accidents resulting in injury annually don’t usually involve collisions with motor vehicles. Only about a third of those injured on bicycles involve other vehicles. But also like pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents involving collisions with moving vehicles lead to the most serious injuries, as well as most of the approximately 800 deaths that occur each year among bicyclists.

Most bicycle injury cases are often settled before trial, but when the insurance company or negligent party won’t agree to a figure that is fair and just to the injured bicyclist, there’s no reason to accept it. Lewis and Tompkins is a small law firm with a regional and national reach. We take every injury seriously. Our successful trial experience makes Lewis & Tompkins a law firm that insurance companies also take seriously. Hiring our attorneys to represent your case helps ensure that you get the maximum amount you are legally entitled to. Whether your pedestrian or bicycle accident injury case is settled in mediation or requires a verdict by trial, Lewis & Tompkins can be with you each step of the way.

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