Washington D.C has a robust public transportation system and a growing cohort of cyclists; however, driving is still the most popular mode of transportation throughout the city. Thousands of people commute into Washington D.C. for work, business, and leisure. The growing number of cars, especially as schools and offices require in-person attendance, results in congested roadways. As such, Washingtonians and visitors are at risk of being involved in a car accident.
According to some reports, motorists driving in Washington D.C. are twice as likely to be involved in an accident compared to the national rate. While an accident can occur at any location, some Washington D.C. roadways and intersections are the sites of many accidents. These roadways and intersections include New York Ave. and Florida Avenue NE, 14th Street and U Street, NW, Pennsylvania Ave. and 12th Street, NW, 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW, and Pennsylvania Ave Anacostia Freeway SE.
These accidents can have devastating consequences on motorists, passengers, bystanders, pedestrians, and cyclists. For instance, Washington D.C. news sources recently described the tragic death of a 5-year-old girl. The report explained that the 5-year-old girl died while riding her bike near 14th and Irving Street, NE. Witnesses stated that the girl could not stop her bicycle and entered the intersection into the path of a Transit van crossing the area. The community gathered and is demanding changes to traffic safety in their area.
Community leaders expressed their desire for immediate and comprehensive change to make D.C streets safer for all community members. Residents from the area explained that they had seen multiple accidents in the area, especially during the pandemic. Neighbor residents previously sent emails to councilmembers asking them to add four-way stops to slow down speeding drivers and improve visibility issues.
Accidents involving dangerous roadways may involve negligence from the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the area. However, these accidents can be challenging to pursue because of the interplay of various state and federal laws regarding governmental immunity. Washington D.C. allows certain suits against the government; however, there are exceptions when a discretionary governmental function is at issue. In those cases, the courts will inquire if an action is discretionary and whether the function poses a threat to the quality and efficiency of government liability.
Have You Suffered Injuries on a Dangerous Washington D.C. Roadway
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries or died in a Washington D.C. car accident, contact the injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen. The attorneys on our legal team have extensive experience handling complex injury cases involving at-fault drivers and negligent governmental entities. Our firm handles all types of Washington D.C. accident claims, including those stemming from motor vehicle collisions, premises liability, product liability, nursing home negligence, and more. We have recovered significant amounts of compensation on behalf of our clients and their loved ones. Contact our office at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced accident attorney on our team. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our legal representation unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.