A tragic accident occurred recently which led to the death of a man who was walking in Northwest Washington D.C. NBC Washington reported on the incident, which happened shortly before 1:30 in the morning on the 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest.
The incident began when a man stepped onto the street, walking in between two parked cars to enter the roadway. There was a driver traveling east on Massachusetts Avenue. The driver was a 24-year-old woman. She struck the man who had stepped onto the road. When police reported to the scene, the man was dead. The driver was tested for impairment and was subsequently arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Those who witnessed or who have more information about the car accident were encouraged to contact D.C. police, who were investigating the collision and looking for more details about the incident.
Tragically, the accident was one of many each year in which pedestrians are killed by impaired drivers. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates nearly one in ten people who die in motor vehicle crashes are not occupants of a vehicle. This means they are pedestrians, on a bicycle, or otherwise on the road and outside of a car at the time when they are struck by drunk drivers.
Pedestrians and other non-occupants have no protection from the force of the impact when an impaired driver strikes their vehicle.
Drunk Driving Accidents Can Cause Tremendous Losses in Washington D.C.
Pedestrians are not the only victims who can sustain injury as a result of an impaired driver.
The NHTSA study also reveals that in fatal drunk driving crashes, both other motorists and impaired drivers themselves are at risk of losing their lives. Over a third of all people killed in drunk driving crashes are victims who didn't make a dangerous choice to be drunk behind the wheel but who simply happened to be in the wrong location at a bad time.
The victims of DUI accidents and the surviving family members of people killed in DUI crashes pay a tremendous price for impaired driving collisions. NHTSA estimates the total cost of losses from DUI crashes over the course of a year nationwide is $49.8 billion.
The costs of a drunk driving accident can include medical expenditures (including cost of future care and medication), wage losses, and lost productivity; other damages involved in a fatal crash can include funeral expenses, loss of future wages and other damages.
Victims who are hurt by drivers who are impaired, and their surviving family members, should pursue damage claims to get the money they need to cover crash losses. The family of the pedestrian who was killed in this recent D.C. accident may be able to pursue a claim for compensation if they can prove the driver who hit the man was to blame for his death.