A biker at 14th & U St. in Northwest D.C.

A biker at 14th & U St. in Northwest D.C.

The District is considering changing rules around car crashes involving bikes or pedestrians. D.C. is one of only a handful of places that still has “contributory negligence” laws, which mean that a cyclist or pedestrian who is found to be even partially at fault cannot sue a driver who struck them. We discuss what a change would mean for those who get around by car, on foot or on two wheels.


  • Bruce Deming Attorney; Author, "Surviving the Crash: Your Legal Rights in a Bicycle Accident"
  • Greg Billing Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
  • Wayne McOwen Executive Director, D.C. Insurance Federation

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