A 76-year-old man has died from his injuries after he and his wife were struck by a motor vehicle on the Mall in Washington DC this Sunday. According to police, Richard Greenstein and his wife were in a marked crosswalk on Madison Drive NW at 12th street when a vehicle that was backing up struck the two of them.
Greenstein’s wife was treated for minor injuries before being released. Police are investigating the Washington DC pedestrian accident.
In another pedestrian accident, this one on the DC-Maryland border, a 54-year-old man died from injuries he sustained in Temple Hills when he was struck by two Secret Service autos on their way back from Andrews Air Force base. The vehicles are used by Vice President Joseph Biden, who was not in either auto when the pedestrian crash happened at around 3am EST.
Larry D. Moore was crossing the parkway at Naylor Road when he sustained “multiple critical injuries.” He was later pronounced dead. Police are investigating the deadly traffic crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 34 Washington DC traffic deaths that occurred in 2008, 9 of them were pedestrian fatalities. Nationally, 4,378 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 others were injured.
More NHTSA 2008 Pedestrian Facts:
• 72% of US pedestrian deaths took place in urban areas.
• 70% of the pedestrians that died were males.
Because they have nothing to protect them during the impact of colliding with a truck, bus, car, or motorcycle, pedestrians nearly always get the short end of the stick when involved in a Washington DC traffic accident. The injuries are often fatal or incredibly serious, requiring extensive medical procedures and rehabilitation care.
Man struck by car on Mall dies, Washington Post, November 17, 2009
Man killed in Secret Service crash identified, Gazette.net, November 12, 2009
Biden’s Secret Service motorcade involved in fatal accident, The Raw Story, November 11, 2009
Pedestrians, NHTSA (PDF)
Related Web Resources:
US Department of Transportation
If you believe the pedestrian accident was someone else’s fault an experienced Washington DC injury lawyer may be able to help you obtain financial recovery.