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Claims made that pedestrians are in danger in District of Columbia

A group known as All Walks D.C. has recently claimed that the District of Columbia is not doing enough to help out pedestrians in the city. This comes despite the fact that the fatality rate for bicyclists and pedestrians in the area is very close to the bottom when looking at rankings for major cities across the United States. In fact, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking, only two cities have better rankings than D.C.

However, some point out that this can be deceiving. The other side of the story is the fact that, when all fatalities on the road are considered, pedestrians and bikers are represented in a large amount of cases. The total amount of deaths for people in these groups sits at 36 percent.

The man who started All Walks believes that a lot of this has to do with how often people have to leave the sidewalk and use the road because the sidewalks are blocked. He explored the city in his car, looking for these areas, and it was easy for him to find ten of them. Often, the sidewalks are blocked because of construction work.

A group called Smart Growth America had similar findings, countering those of the Alliance for Biking and Walking. They found that, from 2002 to 2013, there were 133 fatalities involving pedestrians. This put the rate at 2.2 deaths for each 100,000 people, while the national rate is only 1.5.

With these high rates in the nation's capital, there is always the chance that a car accident could result in the death of someone who is walking or biking. If this happens, the family of that person must know what legal options they have so that they can seek compensation for things like lost wages, pain and suffering, or medical bills.

Source: Source: Washington Post, "Group says DC not focused enough on pedestrians," No author given, July 5, 2014

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