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Protecting pedestrian rights after an auto-pedestrian crash

While getting around by motor vehicle is common in Seattle and other cities across the U.S., many still choose to walk. Whether it is in the park, city sidewalks, residential area or parking lot, pedestrians will likely encounter vehicles. Although motorists have the duty to drive safely around other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, this duty could be breached if he or she is distracted, intoxicated or reckless behind the wheel. When a pedestrian accident occurs, it is often the case that the motorist failed to uphold their duty, giving rise to possible legal recourses for the injured pedestrian.

Being involved in a pedestrian accident may sound like something one only hears about on the news. Unfortunately, no matter where a person lives or how heavy motor vehicle traffic is where individuals are walking, a pedestrian crash is possible anywhere pedestrians and motor vehicle coexist. Although pedestrians and motorists are supposed to take steps to avoid such incident, these serious and often fatal crashes could suddenly and unexpectedly occur.

How common are motorcycle crashes?

Motorcycle safety is essentially, a two-way street. In other words, motorcyclists are not the only ones expected to safely drive. Washington motorists are also expected to be attentive to these two-wheeled vehicles and drive safely around them. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are the results of the negligence of other motorists. Whether one is not paying attention to their surroundings, fails to check their mirrors and blind spots, distracted or even intoxicated, a serious, possibly fatal, collision could ensue.

How common are motorcycle crashes? Based on statistics from 2016, 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, while another 88,000 suffered injuries due to a crash. Fatalities among motorcyclist have increased roughly 3 percent from 2006. These numbers are large when one considers that motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles. Even more surprising, they make up only 0.7 percent of miles traveled by all vehicles.

$10 million plus jury verdict for Dubin clients in Ride the Ducks trial

ducks.jpgIn September 2015 a married couple from Wisconsin travelled to Seattle with their friend who was dying of cancer. They wanted to participate in their friend's "bucket list" trip to see the Orcas swimming in Puget Sound. Unfortunately, they never got to see the whales.

We all grieve the loss of a child

isaiah.jpgAs a personal injury lawyer, I hear about devastating crashes every day. I speak to people who have suffered life-altering injuries or lost loved ones. No matter how many times I hear these stories, I am still affected emotionally by the human tragedy that results from these collisions, which are nearly always avoidable. I have learned to channel my sense of outrage and injustice into fighting to get my clients the best possible recovery in court, but no amount of money can undo the physical and emotional damage my clients have suffered.

Jury in deliberation for Ride the Ducks crash in Seattle

Negligence is often the cause of an automobile accident. However, this negligence can come from various parties. It could be the operator of a vehicle, as they were not safely driving the vehicle. It could also be the owner of the vehicle, as they failed to keep up the maintenance of the vehicle. It could also be a third party, such as those worked on the vehicle. Thus, it is important for victims of any type of collision to consider all liable parties for the accident they were harmed in or where a loved one was killed in.

Residents in Seattle are likely aware of the Ride the Ducks crash back in 2015. In this crash, five people were killed and another 60 were injured. Following this incident, the victims and the loved ones of the deceased filed a civil action, and according to recent reports, this action is currently under deliberation.

Speeding as the cause of a fatal automobile crash

For some Seattle, Washington, drivers, going over the speed limit is the norm. He or she is in a rush, and going a few miles per hour over the speed limit does not seem like a big deal. Nonetheless, speeding is reckless, and when a driver is negligent and travels at speeds beyond the speed limit, a serious and even fatal collision could ensue.

A speeding-related accident involves a driver that was charged with a speeding offense, indicated as racing, traveling too fast for road conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit. Looking at data from 2016, 51,914 drivers were involved in 34,439 fatal accidents that resulted in 37,461 deaths. Of these crashes, 18 percent were speeding at the time of the crash, and 27 percent of those killed in fatal crashes involved a speeding vehicle.

How serious are pedestrian accidents?

Whether it is spastically or on a daily basis, individuals in Seattle and other major cities utilize sidewalks and crosswalks to get to and from their destinations. While motorists are aware that pedestrians are and can be in the area that they travel, some fail to take the necessary precautions to ensure that these pedestrians are safe. Failing to keep one's eyes on the road, drive a safe speed and check blind spots could easily be the cause of a serious and even deadly auto-pedestrian crash.

How serious are pedestrian accidents? Based on current statistics, 5,376 pedestrians where killed in traffic accidents in 2015. This amounts to one death every 1.6 hours. In addition, it was found that 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in a traffic accident. Based on these numbers, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than a vehicle occupant.

Helping surviving family members with a wrongful death action

The Seattle roads are often filled with motor vehicles. Whether it is local traffic or commuter and tourist traffic, the roads in this and other major cities see traffic at all hours of the day and night. Thus, motorists are on the roadways for a wide range of reasons. Whether it is a visit to the city, traveling to or from work, attending school or running an errand, many motorists travel throughout the city. Even though motorists understand the rules of the road, some fail to uphold them and drive safely. This causes negligent, distracted, reckless and intoxicated drivers to share the roads with other travelers.

No one is ever prepared to deal with the aftermath of an automobile collision, especially family members left with the news that a loved one suffered fatal injuries in the crash. It is an emotional and shocking time, causing them to find it difficult to navigate this difficult time. At the Law offices of Matthew D. Dubin, our skilled legal team is sensitive to these matters. However, we work diligently to protect the rights of our clients.

Factors to consider following a motorcycle accident

No matter what season it is, die-hard motorcyclists seek to enjoy their bike as much as possible. While the warm weather brings out an abundance of motorcyclists, inclement weather does not cause all riders in Washington and other states to go into hiding. Winter weather riding can be just as enjoyable as summertime riding so long as one has the proper gear. Even when motorcyclists take safety steps, this cannot always protect them from the negligence of other motorists on the roadways.

Motorcycles are small vehicles that can often go unnoticed. They have the ability to hide in blind spots, and if a motorist is not cautious and taking the initiative to drive safely, a collision could occur. While motorists do expect to share the road with motorcyclists when the weather is nice, motorcyclists can be observed year-round. With special gear to protect riders from weather elements, it is not uncommon for some to ride all winter long.

Pedestrian fatally struck in Seattle crash

While individuals in Washington and other states across the nation often stay indoors during cold and inclement weather, the roads are still filled with vehicles. In addition to motorists heading out in the wintertime, pedestrians are also seen. Whether it is in a parking lot, sidewalk, cross walk or residential area, pedestrians can be observed year-round. This makes it vital for motorists to be aware and drive with caution. Nonetheless, pedestrian accidents still occur, causing serious and sometimes fatal injuries to victims.

According to recent reports, a fatal auto-pedestrian crash occurred in Seattle. Based on police reports, an SUV stuck and killed a man around the age of 60. The accident occurred in the nighttime hours on 15th Avenue West. Investigation purports that the man stepped into traffic on the main thoroughfare.

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