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We Can All Play A Part In Reducing Pedestrian Fatalities

At Curcio Law, we have noticed the increase in motor vehicle-pedestrian collisions and the increase in the severity of injuries for those pedestrians. So, it’s no surprise to us that the Governors Highway Safety Association reports that pedestrian fatalities increased across the country by 53% between 2009 and 2018.

In Virginia specifically, there was an 8% increase in pedestrian deaths in 2018 alone. Last November, we wrote about Vision Zero, a traffic safety initiative that Alexandria City implemented, and the quest to eliminate all traffic-related deaths. Vision Zero was implemented in part because of the increase in pedestrian fatalities.

With COVID-19 forcing people to choose between staying home or moving their activities outside, more people have taken up walking and riding their bicycles. This, unfortunately, has added to the already increasing amount of motor vehicle-pedestrian collisions.

In addition to the concern that more pedestrians are getting hit by motor vehicles, there is the concern that these pedestrians are now suffering more severe injuries than pedestrians involved in collisions just 4 or 5 years ago. The Daily Progress wrote an in-depth article that details what has caused the severity of pedestrian injuries to worsen. In short, the reasons stem from drivers using more oversized vehicles, a large number of pedestrians being older and at higher risk of suffering fatal injuries, as well as poorly designed roadways that are not equipped to handle the growing volume and size of today’s most popular vehicle styles.

Unfortunately, at Curcio Law, we are seeing an increase in the number of cases we are handling that involve SUVs and pick-up trucks-pedestrian collisions where the pedestrian has suffered severe and fatal injuries.

Due to the pandemic, more people are walking and cycling to exercise or participate in COVID-safe activities. We want to stress that it is more important than ever, as a pedestrian or a driver, to follow the rules of the road to protect yourself and those who are sharing the road with you.

As a pedestrian, make sure you are:

  • aware of your surroundings at all times,
  • that you are following all street signs and traffic signals, and
  • that you are in a clearly marked crosswalk if you enter the road.

As a driver, it is more important than ever to:

  • be on the lookout for increased pedestrian activity,
  • drive at lower speeds, and
  • never drive distracted.

The heightened awareness of your driving and walking behavior can save lives!

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Thomas J. Curcio
Founder

Tom Curcio, the driving force behind Curcio Law, is a dedicated trial lawyer with more than 37 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to representing people who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. He works tirelessly to obtain the compensation his clients are legally entitled to…

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Rakin Hamad
Associate

Rakin Hamad is a graduate of the George Mason Law School and joined Curcio Law as an associate in August 2018. Rakin works closely with Tom Curcio and staff in preparing cases from the initial client meeting through trial and has been a perfect fit for the firm. During law school, Rakin interned at the…

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Justin Curcio
Associate

Justin Curcio received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2015, where he was awarded an academic scholarship. During law school, he worked for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the law firm of Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan, LLP. Justin also spent a semester studying law at the University of Glasgow…

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Kathy McAfee
Office Manager

As the firm’s office manager, Kathy McAfee is dedicated to making sure the office runs smoothly and that the team has what it needs by way of resources, technology, and supplies to best serve our clients. Kathy graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Roanoke College in 1986 and afterward, returned to Alexandria. She began…

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Riann Winget
Legal Assistant/Receptionist

Riann Winget, a native Texan, graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Legal Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She was a member of the varsity soccer team, Chi Omega Sorority, and was on the university board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation, she joined AmeriCorps and taught preschool…

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