Every time I've been hit by a car (~abt 2 dozen times, though most not in DC) has been in while in a crosswalk crossing with a signal or at uncontrolled crosswalks; always during legal crossings. I've never been hit when crossing illegally.
Though there's a bit of bias in all that... when I have the right to cross, I'm a rather militant pedestrian: I only yield way at uncontrolled crossings where the motorist cannot physically react and stop in time. Otherwise, signal or no signal: I'm going.
Alternately, when I am crossing against a signal, jaywalking, or at unmarked crosswalks (where I do technically have right-of-way, but I concede few know that) -- I'm far more cautious, giving way to motorists and waiting for an adequate gap.
You need to be a fairly militant pedestrian to have been hit **2 dozen times**. Not to mention a fairly lucky one if you are still posting.
Step in front of my car and I'll just plow you down. Maybe it's your actions that are causing you to be hit all the time?
Ok, if you've been hit over 2 dozen times, you're doing SOMETHING wrong, that's all I know.
Based on my observations, he is not doing something wrong. If I didn't wait for three seconds after the signal gives me the right to cross, I would have been hit 3 dozen times.
So you're saying two dozen cars have deliberately or recklessly hit you.
If you get killed, will it be worth it?
"which affirms the recent D.C. police remarks on the crosswalk remaining the most dangerous spot for pedestrians" -- that's obvious nonsense. Yes, the largest single category is pedestrians in crosswalks. That's because most pedestrians cross the street in crosswalks. The large number doesn't imply that crosswalks are "dangerous", but merely indicates that that's where most crossing occurs, and hence the most collision incidents.
Listen to the MPD, and you'll think that the best way to cross the street is NOT in a crosswalk. Bogus!!!!
You beat me to it.
In other news, most car accidents occur on roads.
"the highest number of crashes (23% on average) happen in a crosswalk with an appropriate traffic signal."
Does that mean only that the light was green? or was the pedestrian crossing on a "don't walk" sign as well? I cannot count the number of times I have seen pedestrians step off the curb with a "don't walk" sign just because the light is green. Because of these fools I have ended up making technically illegal turns because the light turns red before the pedestrians clear the intersection. Yes, I am sometimes a pedestrian. No, I don't start across an intersection when the "don't walk" sign is lit.
And are you talking about when a pedestrian is halfway across the walk, or just stepping off? Because many times the crosswalk light changes pretty quickly. At some intersections, you only have a white crosswalk light for 3 seconds before it turns red. Some drivers seem to assume that if the crosswalk light is blinking red, they have the right to barge into the crosswalk while the pedestrian is still there.