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Recent Posts in Pedestrian Safety Category

  • DC Law Provides Special Protection to Pedestrians and Bicyclists Injured in Motor Vehicle Collisions

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Nov-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel The District of Columbia – like Maryland and Virginia – operates under an old and often harsh legal rule called “contributory negligence.” This means that if you are injured by someone else’s negligence, if you bore any responsibility for the incident – even if the wrongdoer was much more at fault than you – then you are not legally ...
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  • Progress for Legal Protections of DC Pedestrians and Cyclists

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Mayor Bowser recently signed into law the much-anticipated Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016. The act will provide additional protections to the legal claims of pedestrians, cyclists and other ‘non-motorized users’ injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. ‘Non-motorized users’ include people on skateboards, non-motorized scooters, Segways, ...
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  • The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Sep-2016

    At the end of June the D.C. Council passed the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Amendment Act of 2016 by a unanimous vote. The act was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser at the end of July and recently finished its 30 day period of Congressional review. This Act contains numerous changes that will make a positive impact on pedestrian and bicyclist protection laws. One of the most beneficial changes in the ...
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  • DC Council Passes Bill to End Contributory Negligence

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-Sep-2016

    On Tuesday, the DC Council voted unanimously to end contributory negligence, an unjust legal doctrine that prevents injured pedestrians and bicyclists from collecting compensation for injuries sustained in accidents if they are in any way at fault. The vote comes after three years of advocacy from organizations such as the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and its supporters. As a WABA ...
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  • Running Safety Basics

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Our area is known for having an incredible amount of runners, joggers, and walkers. Whether you are hitting the Capital Crescent Trail for a pre-work run or walking along the Tidal Basin to hit your daily step target, we want to make sure that you are fully versed in the pedestrian safety laws throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Most importantly, all three jurisdictions ...
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  • Study Says Drivers Prefer Passenger Safety Over Pedestrian Safety When it Comes to Self-Driving Cars

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Jul-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Driverless car technology is expected to help prevent thousands of accidents by removing the factor of human error. But what happens when we leave moral decisions up to a computer? In the event of an impending collision, should self-driving technology preference the safety of its passengers over the safety of pedestrians, or vice versa? That was the question that was recently ...
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  • D.C. Council Delays Voting on Bill to Protect Pedestrians and Bicyclists in Civil Suits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Jul-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel In motor vehicle collision and other personal injury lawsuits, the District of Columbia abides by the rule of contributory negligence. Under this rule, if the victim of an accident bears some responsibility for being injured – even much less responsibility than the person who actually hurt the victim – then the victim cannot recover any money at all in a lawsuit. At ...
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  • Is D.C. Council Set to Strike the Doctrine of Contributory Negligence for Bicyclists and Pedestrians?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 28-Jun-2016

    By Allan M. Siegel Today, the D.C. Council will be voting to on a law which will make it easier to hold negligent drivers responsible when they cause injuries to bicyclists or pedestrians. Currently, the doctrine of contributory negligence holds that if a person who has suffered a personal injury is in any way at fault for the injury, then they are completely barred from recovering compensation ...
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  • Snowstorms across the Washington, D.C. region created hazardous and dangerous weather conditions leading to scores of injuries. On Jan. 25, a Wheaton, Maryland, man walking on Georgia Avenue near its intersection with Janet Road was severely injured after he was struck by a snow plow truck. According to WUSA Channel 9, 1,410 car accidents were reported in Virginia since the blizzard hit the D.C. ...
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  • Ride On Bus Strikes Pedestrian in Bethesda

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Jan-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Tuesday morning, January 5 th, a pedestrian crossing an intersection in Bethesda, Maryland suffered severe injuries after she was struck by a Ride On bus. The collision, which occurred as the bus was turning from Battery Lane onto Old Georgetown Road, caused both sides of the street to be closed for four hours as officers investigated the incident. Montgomery County Fire and ...
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  • Pedestrian Injured After Being Pinned Under Greyhound Bus in NW DC

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel A pedestrian was seriously injured following a bus accident in Northwest DC earlier this afternoon. According to officials at D.C. Fire and EMS, the man was struck by a Greyhound bus near 7 th Street Massachusetts Avenue shortly after 1:00 pm. Authorities report that the bus was making a left onto 7 th when it struck the man, who was then pinned under the rear wheels of the ...
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  • First Lawsuit Filed in Amtrak Crash

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel The first lawsuit has been filed in a Philadelphia federal court relating to the Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia. The plaintiff is an Amtrak employee who was riding up to New York’s Penn Station to work. Because he is an employee of Amtrak, he is covered by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, which allows railroaders injured on the job to seek compensation. ...
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  • Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise, and Distracted Walking is Playing a Role

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Oct-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel Everyone has heard about distracted driving and the role it plays in car accidents and the danger it poses to others on the road. But how many of us have thought about "distracted walking" or "distracted crossing"? We have all done it – walking or crossing a street and becoming too focused on our phones, whether it is reading emails, sending text ...
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  • D.C. Ranks High in the Number of Commuters Who Walk and Bike to Work

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-May-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel Washington D.C. and Baltimore were just named among the top 5 on a list of cities with the least courteous drivers on the road according to the 2014 study conducted by AutoVantage, a roadside assistance service. So how can we beat the road rage and stay calm during our commutes? Fortunately, Washington, D.C. is also high on the list of commuters who choose to walk or bike ...
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  • By: Allan Siegel By now, any reasonable person should know that distracted driving places others in serious danger. While text messaging has earned its fair share of attention – with most states passing texting while driving bans – any activity that takes a motorist's attention away from the primary task of driving can be negligent and dangerous, including: Using a cell-phone or ...
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  • Law Firm Obtains Full Policy Limits

    Posted By Page1Admin || 8-Apr-2011

    Our client was a pedestrian jogging on a sidewalk in Montgomery County when he was struck by a bicyclist. The bicyclist was not paying attention to where he was going. He knocked our client down causing him to suffer a severe brain injury and go into a coma. The client later died from complications from this injury. The negligent party was an eighteen year old. When our client's wife first came to ...
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  • The duty to share the roadway with a pedestrian:

    Posted By Page1Admin || 15-Jan-2011

    A pedestrian is an individual who is traveling on the roadway on foot. An operator of a motor vehicle has the same duty to exercise ordinary care when confronted with pedestrians sharing the roadway. The pedestrian must also exercise ordinary care to avoid being injured by motor vehicles. So, the obligations of the motor vehicle operator and the pedestrian are reciprocal, which means that each has ...
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  • Montgomery County's County Executive Ike Leggett recently declared that the county would dedicate funds to the safety of pedestrians in parking lots. The surprising statistic resulting in this new emphasis is that of the 1,496 pedestrians struck between January 2006 and June 2009, 324 of them had been struck in parking lots. That means that approximately 1 in 5 pedestrian accidents take place in ...
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