A 60-year-old man was hit and killed in North Seattle near a bus stop last week. People in the neighborhood are not speaking out about the dangerous intersection.
The intersection in question is Lake City Way and 85th Street. On social media, people are discussing how fast traffic moves through that area even though the speed limit is only 35 mph.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we know that pedestrians face extreme danger from fast-moving vehicles. We also know that driver negligence can contribute to injuries and fatalities. If you need a Seattle pedestrian accident attorney, call us today so we can work on securing the compensation you deserve.
Why Are They So Dangerous?
Pedestrian crashes are the deadliest type of accident that can happen in and around the roadway. Unfortunately, there are many more of these crashes around populated areas like Seattle. For the latest reporting year in Washington, a pedestrian was involved in an accident approximately every 2.5 hours. For that year, there were:
- 2,011 pedestrian crash injuries
- 86 pedestrian crash fatalities
Nearly every single pedestrian crash incident resulted in an injury or fatality. The human body is fragile and cannot handle the impact of a vehicle. Regardless of the speed of an incident, pedestrians can suffer from the following injuries:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Lacerations or amputations
- Crush injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
So many drivers fail to give pedestrians the space they need. Joggers and runners have a right to use roadways but are often clipped by fenders or vehicle mirrors. We often find that drivers fail to yield the right-of-way at legal pedestrian crossings. Impaired drivers are a danger to pedestrians anywhere near the roadway, including those on sidewalks or in parking lots. Just as dangerous are drivers who are distracted by phones or other devices, often sending text messages or watching videos.
Regardless of how a negligent driver causes someone harm, they need to be held accountable for their actions. Victims of pedestrian accidents are likely to encounter costly medical bills, lost wages if they cannot work, as well as other hidden costs like home and vehicle accommodations. If they need extended rehabilitation or long-term care, the financial burden can become too much to handle for entire families.
What Are Your Options?
If you have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person, then you need to know you have options. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our qualified and experienced team will help you recover the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an incident. This can include coverage for:
- All crash-related medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages