Driver Fleeing Traffic Stop Results in Fatal Washington D.C. Car Accident

A recent article described a Washington D.C. car accident. The article described how a Washington D.C. car accident occurred when very early in the morning around 1:45 am when a Lexus SUV fleeing from a traffic stop crashed into a Honda sedan on Rock Creek Parkway. All three people in the Honda were killed in the crash. The driver of the Honda was a Lyft driver that had picked up two passengers from D.C. Both the passenger and the driver of the Lexus survived the crash. According to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, the Lexus had 44 outstanding traffic tickets, with 43 of the tickets for speeding and one for running a red light. According to the article, all 44 infractions occurred within 10 months of the crash.

The article further explored the operation of the Washington D.C. traffic camera system. Three separate agencies are responsible for the program, with the Department of Transportation managing the physical traffic cameras, the Department of Motor Vehicles handling fines, and the Department of Public Works tasked with booting and towing cards with outstanding tickets. As of 2021, the Department of Public Works had approximately four employees dedicated to booting and towing. Washington D.C. launched a Vision Zero program in 2015 targeted at decreasing road fatalities. Unfortunately, since the program’s launch, traffic deaths in the city have actually gone up.

How Common Are Maryland Car Accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its latest projections for traffic fatalities in 2022. The NHTSA estimates that 31,785 people died in traffic crashes in the first nine months of 2022. This represents an increase from 2021 and an even greater increase from 2020. There are many different causes of traffic accidents, including aggressive driving, driving under the influence, tired drivers, poor weather conditions, and poorly maintained roadways. According to AAA, aggressive driving is a factor in 54% of all fatal automobile accidents. AAA reports that 78% of drivers reported committing at least one aggressive driving behavior in the past year, including tailgating, yelling, or hoking to show annoyance to another driver.

Have You Been a Victim of a Washington D.C. Car Accident?

If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed as a result of another driver’s sudden medical emergency that resulted in a Washington D.C. car accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen to consult with an experienced attorney. The attorneys at our firm are ready to use their knowledge and compassion to help handle complex cases involving car accidents. Expenses and injuries sustained in an accident can quickly become overwhelming, and having an experienced roster of accident attorneys by your side can make a world of difference in the compensation you receive. Our dedicated team of lawyers helps clients better understand their rights and recover damages for their injuries and losses. Contact our office today to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at 1-800-654-1949.

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