Last week, an unidentified man slammed his vehicle into three pedestrians on a sidewalk at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capital Street NW. Eyewitnesses say that two of the pedestrians were knocked to the ground and one of them was trapped under the SUV. The impact left both victims lying there motionless. Those two victims were rushed to the hospital and were reportedly in critical condition.
The SUV also hit another vehicle and caused injuries to six individuals in total. An eyewitness stated that the SUV hit a pole, and the impact was so hard it knocked the lamp pole out of the ground. Sources also say that the auto accident happened around 8 am and that it happened because the driver was trying to beat the light.
D.C. is a no-fault state which means that when an accident occurs the parties file a claim with their own insurance company. A lawsuit can only be filed if the accident victim(s) meet any or all of these requirements: substantial permanent scarring or disfigurement, medically demonstrable permanent impairment that causes a significant impact on the victim’s ability to perform his or her professional activities, usual and customary daily activities, or a medically demonstrable impairment that prevents the victim from performing all of the material acts and duties that constitute his or her customary daily life for more than 180 consecutive days.
Unfortunately auto accidents are far too common, causing serious to sometimes fatal injuries to the parties involved. A personal injury attorney can be very helpful in this type of case. A lawyer can assist a victim in determining whether to file a suit and may be able to successfully obtain a judgment for damages.
Source: WTOP, “6 hurt, pedestrian pinned in D.C. crash,” June 19, 2013
Sources: D.C. Code Ann. 31-2405