In addition to the White House, Supreme Court building, and the U.S. Capitol building, Washington, D.C. contains some of the country’s most treasured monuments, museums, and parks – all within a dense and very walkable area. At the same time, many people who work in the District commute from the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. Thus, on any given day the city shares its streets with large amounts of both pedestrians and vehicles.
As a result, Washington, D.C. sees a large number of accidents between cars and pedestrians each year. Indeed, according to recent government estimates there are approximately 1,000 Washington, D.C. pedestrian accidents annually, with an average of more than a dozen resulting in death.
Following a fatal Washington, D.C. car accident, the surviving loved ones of the accident victims may be able to obtain compensation for their loss through a Washington, D.C. wrongful death lawsuit. A Washington. D.C. wrongful death lawsuit must be brought by the personal representative of the accident victim’s estate, and is brought on behalf of the surviving spouse or domestic partner. If the deceased was unmarried, the claim will be brought on behalf of their next of kin, which can include children, parents or siblings. Proving a wrongful death case is similar to proving any other personal injury case in that the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s negligent act resulted in the death of their loved one. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, this may require the testimony of one or more expert witnesses to explain any complex issues to the jury.
Mother and Daughter Killed in Washington, D.C. Bus Accident
Earlier this month, a mother and daughter were killed as they were crossing Pennsylvania Avenue after having toured the White House. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the two women were crossing the street at a crosswalk and had the walk signal when a tour bus entered the intersection and struck the women. Both women were immediately taken to the hospital, where they were later pronounced dead.
Police began an investigation into the fatal bus accident, which included interviewing the bus driver and testing him for drugs and alcohol, which came back negative. Police refused reporters’ requests to disclose the statements made by the bus driver after the accident, likely because the investigation is still ongoing. No charges have been filed against the driver, who reportedly had 18 years of experience operating large busses.
Have You Been Injured in a Washington D.C. Pedestrian Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been the victim of a Washington, D.C. pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. At the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, we represent injury victims and their families and help them pursue claims for compensation in all types of Washington, D.C. personal injury accidents, including pedestrian accidents. To learn more about how we can help you recover for your injuries or loss, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today.
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