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Two Hit and Run Accidents Underscore Pedestrian, Bicyclist Hazards

Just hours after an Alexandria pedestrian was hit and killed by a driver who fled the scene on January 21, a Silver Spring bicyclist was injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. While police are pursing leads based on witness reports, no one has been arrested in connection with either of the hit-and-run collisions.

The victim in the Alexandria accident, which occurred at the intersection of King Street and Park Center Driver at 12:10 a.m., was a 26-year-old man. The second accident happened at 5:15 a.m. at the Silver Spring intersection of Colesville Road and Lorain Drive. The victim was reportedly alert and breathing upon arrival at the hospital.

These two car accidents show how dangerous biking and walking can be in Maryland. While the details about these incidents are limited, scores of pedestrians and cyclists know how close drivers come to causing an accident.

At-fault drivers often claim that they didn't see the pedestrian or bicyclist. Sometimes those drivers were texting while driving, using a cell phone or engaging in other distracting activities. At-fault drivers may also be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which impedes their ability to prevent an accident.

Many in the Maryland area walk or bike on a daily basis. The transportation system in the Washington D.C. area is built in such a way that encourages both walking and bicycling. Pedestrians and bicyclists have the right to be safe while using sidewalks, crosswalks or roadways. When a driver engages in reckless or negligent behavior on the road, he or she should be held responsible for the harm that they cause.

Source: The Washington Post (online), "Fatal Hit-and-Run in Alexandria," Debbi Wilgoren, 21 Jan 2011

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Leading cause of road accidents is sleepiness. So many accidents happen due to drivers falling asleep while driving. We know that cell phones have become a necessity in our daily lives and they have also become reason for road hazards. Hands-free calling are featured by cell phone brands but they do not guarantee a hundred percent protection from accidents. Our government needs to take some important steps to stop accidents.
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