When you are out and about, the last thing you should have to worry about is getting struck by a vehicle. This is true when you are outside, and it is certainly the case when you are inside a building or in a swimming pool. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our pedestrian accident attorneys in Seattle want to talk about a recent crash that occurred and what a similar situation could mean for you.
This is an odd incident
Last month, a vehicle crashed through a window at an LA Fitness center in North Seattle. Not only did it crash through the window, but it went right into the swimming pool. Nobody was injured in the incident, including the driver. No charges or citations are expected to be filed.
“Apparently, a 70-year-old male was attempting to set the parking brake while in the parking lot but hit the gas pedal instead, causing the car to go through the window and into the pool,” said Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
There were three people in the pool at the time this incident occurred. We are glad they are okay, but we are sure they had a scare. One of the people in the pool swam over to help the driver get out of the car.
Pedestrian incidents happen
While we usually never think of people getting injured inside of a building due to a vehicle crash, we do know the pedestrian incidents occur regularly. That is especially true in and around crowded Seattle.
The Washington State Department of Transportation shows us that there was a total of 2,514 pedestrian accidents during the latest reporting year in the state. Out of those, there were:
- 109 fatalities
- 403 suspected serious injuries
- 784 suspected minor injuries
- 1,121 possible injuries
Nearly every pedestrian versus vehicle crash results in an injury or a fatality. The human body is no match for a vehicle. It is not uncommon for our Seattle pedestrian accident lawyers to see the following injuries after an incident:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Severe disfigurement
- Other injuries that inhibit a person’s ability to lead a normal life
It is time to take the next steps in your case
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we understand these cases and are well-positioned to help you get through this. Our team will investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- All of your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent party