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Seattle can be dangerous for older pedestrians

Seattle is an amazing city in many ways. It has major sports franchises, beautiful scenery, waterfronts and outdoor activities within a close proximity, and is known for its environmental consciousness. One way that many of the city's residents demonstrate this dedication to ecological health is by walking to their destinations instead of driving vehicles with internal combustion engines which burn fossil fuels whose by-products contribute to air pollution and climate change. Sometimes, this dedication comes at a price, however, because while many people walk, there are still a great number of vehicles on the roads that can pose a threat to pedestrians.

Recently, a 78-year-old woman was injured when she was struck by a car on Ranier Avenue. According to police, she was crossing the street in a crosswalk when a Lincoln Town Car making a turn hit her. The woman was sent to the hospital, where it was reported her injures were life-threatening. The man who hit her, aged 35, was evaluated by authorities at the scene of the accident, but was not found to be under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

However, the mere fact that the driver in this case doesn't appear to have been impaired does not mean he is not to blame for the accident. While the reports are unclear with regard to whether there were any traffic signals or pedestrian signals at the intersection where the crash occurred, the fact that the victim was inside a crosswalk may lead one to believe that she had the right of way. If this was the case, the driver of the Town Car may be liable for the injuries the elderly lady suffered.

There are many potential distractions for drivers these days, from mobile devices to music and roadside signage. It is important for Seattle residents to understand that drivers need to be responsible, and that every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a car that driver becomes a potential danger to others who share this city.

Source: patch.com, "Pedestrian, 78, Seriously Hurt In Rainier Avenue Crash," July 26, 2017

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