Car Accidents with Pedestrians
In many cities, including Washington, D.C., walking is a primary method of getting around. Whether workers travel to the office or tourists explore the region’s multitude of attractions, people routinely cross streets. However, drivers do not always respect the rights of pedestrians. As a result, traffic accidents involving walkers, joggers, and runners sometimes occurs. The outcomes can be nothing short of devastating, especially since pedestrians have very little protection from the force of a car.
Common Causes of Crashes Involving Pedestrians
Even if pedestrians routinely stick to crosswalks and only cross the street when prompted by electronic signs, they may be hit by drivers. Car accident lawyers who represent injured pedestrians regularly see common reasons why drivers may collide with walkers and runners, which includes:
Distracted driving. Drivers can be distracted by everything from talking on their cell phones to eating in the car. It should be noted that in Washington, D.C., drivers must use a hands-free device while driving if they plan on using their phone. Driving while intoxicated or even under the influence of over-the-counter medications can also be a form of distracted driving.
Reckless driving. Cars are expected to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. They should also maintain posted speeds and exercise great care in locations where pedestrians can be expected, such as around schools, popular attractions, and recreational areas.
Weather-related issues. A car may slip on ice or fog could make it hard for a driver to see a pedestrian who is crossing the street. However, weather-related causes do not automatically free the driver from responsibility or fault.
Types of Injuries Associated with Car-Pedestrian Incidents
Victims of car-pedestrian collisions suffer a wide range of injuries. The mildest may include bruising and scratches. However, many of these accidents lead to more complex medical trauma, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and concussions, muscular damage, nerve damage, and long-term mental distress. While some injuries can heal relatively quickly, others may never fully heal and could affect a victim’s ability to earn a living, pay off medical and other bills, or enjoy an expected quality of life.
DC Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Duane O. King Advocate for Pedestrians Injured by Negligent Drivers
If you were injured in a car accident as a driver or pedestrian, the DC car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Duane O. King can help. To talk about your options, contact us online or call us at 202-331-1963 for a free consultation. We will hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries. Located in Washington, DC, we serve clients throughout DC and Maryland.