What You Should Know About Pedestrian Accidents in Washington D.C.

Pedestrian accidents are among the most frightening, devastating accidents. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable individuals on the road, and when struck by motor vehicles, the consequences are severe, if not fatal. If you are someone who has recently been injured in a pedestrian accident, please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about how our firm can fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal. Here are some of the questions you may have about the claims process ahead:

What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrian accidents are almost always caused by driver negligence, such as texting while driving, driving under the influence, driving while drowsy, or otherwise driving while distracted.

What should I do if I have been struck by a car?

If you have been struck by a car, you should take several steps to increase your chances of winning a future claim. As long as you are physically capable, you should do the following:

  1. Call the police, who will send an ambulance to transport you to a hospital.
  2. Ask all those who witnessed your accident for their phone number, name, and email.
  3. Take pictures of the accident and your injuries.
  4. Ensure you receive medical documentation regarding your injuries after treatment.
  5. Retain the services of a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim. For example, in certain cases, our firm can subpoena surveillance footage taken as your accident happened.

How long do I have to sue someone for an injury in Washington D.C.?

If you have been injured in an accident that was no fault of your own, you are most likely entitled to compensation. However, you may first wish to wait before filing a lawsuit to see if your injuries heal on their own. We cannot advise you to do so, as the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, giving the wrongly injured three years from the date of their accident to take action against the party who caused their injuries. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely lose your right to sue. Do not let this happen. Our firm is ready to fight for your rights today. Give us a call so we can help you.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.