Articles Tagged with accident injuries in DC

So I was asked to appear on WPFW 89.3 this morning with Dave Rayburn to discuss the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in Washington, D.C. We had a really nice discussion of what intersections are the most dangerous and why.

The worst intersections mostly fall in a very dense cluster around K Street NW between 12th Street and 20th Street NW.

There are a number of reasons why these locations are so dangerous to pedestrians:

While this story highlights the dangers pedestrians face when crossing the road, it really brings home the dangers children face. The driver was rushing or distracted, and changed lanes at the intersection to “go around” stopped traffic. That sudden move got a young girl seriously injured.

If you know someone hurt as a pedestrian, call our office at 202-296-0666.

The Facts:

*Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages 5 to 14.

*Children riding in the back seat of a vehicle reduce their risk of a fatal injury by 30% in cars that do not have passenger front seat airbags.

Permissive Use of an Automobile.

Are you serious? What do you mean that the driver did not have permission from the owner to drive the car?

Permissive use is one of the most common ways that insurance companies deny a claim.

According to USA Today, Washington DC has stopped requiring periodic vehicle safety inspections in order to save when it comes to the District’s strapped budget. The DC Council said that stopping the safety exams and emissions tests would save $400,000 and that there was no hard evidence to support the supposition that safety inspection saved lives.

Safety advocates admit that it is hard to connect the safety inspections with car accident data and to prove that car inspections prevent accident injuries in DC, but point to one study that estimates that between one and ten and one and three car accidents involve a poorly maintained car. They also say that people do postpone serious repairs unless forced to fix their car by the government. However, the subject has never been seriously or conclusively studied.

Others worry that this decision will cause states outside of DC consider cutting similar programs.