Auto accidents with pedestrians are among the most dangerous types of collisions. In Seattle and throughout Washington State, people should be alert and aware of their surroundings to try and remain safe. This is especially true of children, who are inherently vulnerable. Unfortunately, children can be simply walking to school or outside playing and be hit by a car. This may be due to driver recklessness, drivers who are under the influence, speeding, distraction or drowsiness. Pedestrians and their families should be cognizant of what steps to take after an auto-pedestrian accident.
Children playing outside hit by alleged drunk driver
A 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were hit by a pickup truck as they played near their home at approximately 6 p.m. The kids were in a battery powered Barbie vehicle. The pickup truck that hit them was driven by a 26-year-old man. After the collision, the driver fled, but was eventually caught by law enforcement and placed under arrest. He was believed to have been under the influence of alcohol and was charged with DUI. Both children were hospitalized. The boy was reportedly in stable condition. The girl was in the intensive care unit and in serious condition.
Serious injuries and death result from pedestrian accidents
Pedestrians are not accorded any form of protection when they are hit by a motor vehicle. This means they are likely to have serious injuries and potential fatalities. Brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, lost limbs, internal injuries and more can result and cause extensive challenges. Hospitalizations, surgeries, the need for long-term care and the inability to attend school and work can result. This will cost a significant amount of money and leave a person unable to live a normal life. For children, these possibilities are exacerbated.
Legal advice may help with pursuing compensation
Statistically, injuries and fatalities are common when a pedestrian is hit by an automobile. It is imperative to gather evidence to determine its cause for a legal filing for compensation. In addition, experts could be needed to assess the case, especially if it involves a driver who was under the influence, failed to yield, was using a cellphone or committing some other infraction that contributed to the crash. These children are likely to have a long road to recovery. Consulting with a firm experience in auto-pedestrian accidents may help with filing a claim.