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What is "comparative negligence" in pedestrian accidents?

Some Seattle residents may think that the city is not very pedestrian friendly. Due to the geographic limitations of the urban center being sandwiched between the sound and the lakes, many road junctions and other interchanges are awkwardly constructed and designed. Further, the growing number of people living in the area has created traffic volume that makes being a pedestrian even more dangerous.

Do pedestrians have the right of way?

pedestrian2.jpgRecently I was contacted by a woman who was hit by a car while she was crossing the street. She wanted to know if I could represent her in a claim for injuries against the driver of the car that hit her. Upon investigation, I learned that the woman had been crossing a busy street mid-block, had passed between two cars that were stopped for traffic, and was hit by another car that was approaching a red light. When I told her that I could not represent her she was shocked. "Don't pedestrians always have the right of way?" she asked. Sadly for her, the answer is no - pedestrians do NOT always have the right of way.

How many pedestrian accidents occur in Seattle?

A few weeks ago, we took a look at the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) statistics for pedestrian accidents nationwide. While those numbers showed that over 4,500 people were killed in the U.S. in pedestrian accidents in 2013, what does this mean for us here in Seattle? Luckily, we can take a look at some statistics compiled by the city's department of transportation (DOT), and see how dangerous it is to walk around Seattle now that the weather is starting to get better.

CDC statistics shed some light on pedestrian accidents

Summer time is coming, and here in the Pacific Northwest, that means a chance for many residents to get outside and enjoy milder weather after a long winter of being cooped up. Especially in an urban area like Seattle, this involves an increase in the number of people walking the city's streets, either to get from place to place, or just exercise and feel the sun on their faces. Unfortunately, with more pedestrians comes an increased chance of pedestrian-automobile collisions. These can be some of the most harrowing accidents there because of the serious and sometimes fatal injuries that a pedestrian can suffer in such crashes.

Seattle pedestrian struck by vehicle listed in critical condition

Urban areas are notorious for being jam-packed with people and for being abuzz with activity. Downtown Seattle is no exception. The city is always busy with people moving to-and-fro. While this is normally a positive thing, it can lead to collisions between pedestrians and motor-vehicles. Such a thing happened recently in downtown Seattle, and it has left the pedestrian listed in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

Seattle owes cyclist $1.6 million after crosswalk accident

Seattle's roads are diverse. Cars, trucks and SUVs share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. Usually this waltz of traffic carries on safely, a symphony that brings goods to stores and people to work and back. But occasionally someone will hit a false note, causing the symphony to temporarily collapse into chaos.

Making a case after a pedestrian accident

Walking is great exercise. Not only does a person burn calories, but also gets a chance to enjoy the outdoors while slowing down and taking in the world around him or her. But that world can be a dangerous place. One danger for Washington pedestrians is the cars whizzing past, the drivers of those cars often unaware of the pedestrians who share the roads with them.

Safety tips to help pedestrians and drivers share the road

Seattle roads are not just for cars; walkers use them too. To keep everyone safe, both drivers and walkers should use the following safety tips. When drivers and pedestrians don't, the risk of a pedestrian accident escalates, and with it, the risk of serious, even fatal, consequences increases.

What should pedestrians hit by a car do to file a claim?

Walking can be great exercise. But walking near roads can have unintended consequences - like getting struck by a car or truck. These pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries or even death. If so, Washingtonians may want to file a lawsuit.

Every year thousands die in pedestrian accidents

Walking is great exercise and a good way to pass the time. It is no surprise then that Washington residents are taking advantage of the summer months to walk more, whether by taking a recreational walk or switching out part of their commute in exchange for walking. But, it is not necessarily as safe as Washington residents may believe. Indeed, far too many people are hurt and killed while walking every year.

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