Articles Tagged with DC car accidents

IS YOUR CAR A TICKET MAGNET?

According to Insurance.com, the car insurance comparison-shopping website, in the analysis of insurance claim and traffic violation data from 331 car models and more than 323,00 customers, the following is a list of vehicles that were ticketed most often, and also filed an above average count of insurance claims.  Last year’s car with the most tickets was the Subaru WRX.  It was driving by mostly 20 year old men, it fell to number 12 on this year’s list.

A survey of which car makes and models received the highest and lowest number of traffic tickets over the past two years found those behind the wheels of the Lexus ES 300, Nissan 350Z and Dodge Charger SE/SXT were ticketed most often, and also filing an above-average count of insurance claims.  From the list you can see that luxury cars received the lowest number of traffic tickets over the past two years.

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:

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.

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.

Yes, getting your car inspected every year is time consuming. And yes, getting your car inspected can be expensive, especially if it turns out that your car needs several things repaired in order for it to pass.

But how would you feel if you caused an accident or, even worse, caused someone to get seriously hurt because you didn’t bother to get your car inspected? What if your brakes fail? What if your horn doesn’t work? What if your tires aren’t good enough? What if your blinkers don’t work?

A better way to look at it would be to reverse that situation. What if you got hit by a driver who didn’t bother to have his car inspected? Or didn’t bother to fix what was wrong?

Anyone who is interested in a good and thorough explanation of what “tort reform” is should follow the link below.

http://www.corpreform.com/corpreform/2003/10/what_is_tort_re.html

Have you ever noticed that those who say the legal system is “broken” or moan about “activist judges” are always the ones who are losing court cases?

According to a recent study by Allstate, D.C.s drivers rank among the worst in the nation. And by “among,” we mean “the worst.”

Our drivers average one accident every 5.4 years. This is not something to be proud of.

To see an article about this, follow the link below.

The 2007 statistics are a little more promising than 2006. The overall crash rate is going down nationwide, but here in DC the number of people who were killed in car accidents actually went up 19%.

To view the report, follow the link below.

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811017.PDF

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/09/17/aa.avoiding.a.crash/

By following that link, you will be able to read an article that describes the latest in safety advances in automobiles. While we applaud any advancement in safety technology, we still can’t help but notice that the number of crashes in Virginia, Maryland and DC have remained more or less static. As DC car accident lawyers, we think that in addition to new safety features, there should also be a focus on safer driver behavior.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the DC area, contact Lewis and Tompkins for a free legal consultation today.