Pedestrian Run-Ins with Vehicles a Troubling Trend on the Rise in the Capital District

On the morning of Wednesday, March 13, 2013, a 59-year-old man was hit by a car in Bethesda. The accident, which occurred near Vista Road on Georgetown Road, left the victim in critical condition. It was reported that the man was crossing active lanes of traffic when he was struck, but was neither in a crosswalk nor at an intersection.

This incident followed six people—including three school children—being hit by cars in the Washington, D.C. area on Tuesday, March 12. While none of the injuries were fatal or life-threatening, it is still indicative of an uptick in Maryland and D.C. area pedestrian/vehicle accidents this month, a trend that has local law enforcement officials concerned.

While you are out driving, especially in the morning now that daylight savings time has made our morning commutes temporarily darker, be sure to exercise extra caution. When children are rushing off to school, they may be more difficult to spot. Even adult pedestrians crossing streets correctly in crosswalks may be lost in the early morning light.

In areas of very high foot traffic, slow your speed and keep a vigilant eye not just on crosswalks, but also in “blind” spots—such as in between parked cars—for pedestrians who may enter the roadway. Always obey posted speed limits and restrictions in school zones, and be sure to always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland pedestrian accident lawyers at Lewis & Tompkins offer their best wishes to all seven recent accidents for a speedy and complete recovery.

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