Via All Walks DC.
Do you support the bill introduced by Councilmembers Grosso, Wells, and Cheh to replace the contributory negligence statute as it applies to pedestrians and bicyclists with comparative negligence?
David Catania: Yes.
Muriel Bowser: It’s an issue that deserves further consideration. I know a lot of states have a comparative negligence standard and it gives bikers legal protections so they have some redress even when they were partially at fault for an accident. But, I’m also interested in knowing why bikers deserve unique treatment compared to victims in other personal injury cases. There are also other solutions to help protect bikers. MPD needs to be better trained on the laws in place to protect bikers. We need more protected bike lanes throughout the city so accidents never happen. We also need to train both drivers and bikers to share the roads and drive/ride safely.
If Muriel Bowser wants to end contributory negligence in all cases, that's a possibly good proposal, but it's not one that's on the table right now. If she wants to say that either everyone gets a life vest or no one does, that's a bad proposal.