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.
The pedestrian accident happened on the 2200 block of 15th Avenue West near Wheeler Street. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the man was declared dead on site. Currently, investigators revealed at the time of the crash, the SUV was traveling north when the pedestrian crossed the street and was hit. The 23-year-old driver of the SUV showed no signs of impairment. Investigation is still ongoing at this time and no charges have been filed.
A pedestrian accident is among the worst types of accidents on the roadways. Pedestrians are not equipped with the safety features most motor vehicle have, causing serious injuries even in a slow moving collision. Thus, it is important to consider one’s rights if after a pedestrian crash. Taken legal action and filing a personal injury action could be very beneficial. This not only holds a negligent party accountable but also helps with the recovery of compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.