If you or a loved one were injured by an automobile while walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street, the lawyers at Basyuk & Klaproth can help you recover. In order to prove that you have been negligently injured as a pedestrian, our personal injury lawyers will help you prove that the defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care in the operation of his or her vehicle, the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care and the defendant’s breach of duty proximately caused the you injury or the death of your loved one.
Pursuant to DC Code Title 50, Sections 2201 through 2221 and DCMR Title 18, in Washington, DC pedestrians always have the right of way when they are in a crosswalk, whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. Further, a motorist has a duty to warn an individual on the highway, or in close proximity to it, who is apparently unaware of the automobile, or one who the motorist reasonably anticipates will come into his or her way. Moreover, he fact that a pedestrian comes into the path of an automobile suddenly and in such close proximity that the motorist cannot stop and avoid hitting the pedestrian does not excuse a motorist who is driving at an unreasonable speed under the circumstances.
Through witness statements and investigation of the accident scene, our DC accident lawyers will establish the negligence of the driver by establishing what the driver did wrong, which can include:
- Failing to look when backing up or pulling out
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Striking a pedestrian while in the crosswalk
- Failing to yield when turning
- Distracted driving (cell phones, texting, etc.)
- Encroaching on a bike lane
Our DC personal injury lawyers will diligently analyze these issues and work to seek your recovery. If you have suffered an injury from a pedestrian car accident and you would like to learn more how you can recover, please contact the Washington DC accident injury lawyers at the law firm of Basyuk & Klaproth LLP to speak with a representative and to schedule a free consultation to assess your legal recovery.