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Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities on the Rise in Seattle

pedestrian3.jpgAs Seattle becomes more densely populated, increasing numbers of people are abandoning their cars and bicycling or walking to get to their destinations. While this may be good for the environment, it also creates dangerous conditions that can sometimes lead to serious injuries or even deaths.

Duties owed in an auto-pedestrian accident

Getting around by foot is not uncommon in Seattle and other cities across the nation. Walking to and from places helps cut down on traffic. However, it does not mean traffic is not around pedestrians. Although all forms of transportation can exist in a busy city, it does not mean there are not any issues present. When a driver fails to uphold their duties to drive safe and remain attentive, a collision could occur. Some of the worst automotive accidents involve pedestrians, resulting in severe injuries and even deaths.

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.

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.

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.

Man stuck and killed in Seattle accident

In cities in Washington and other states across the nation, individuals travel by various means. While it is common to utilize motor vehicles, individuals still travel by foot from time to time. Whether one is only walking or suddenly becomes a pedestrian because they are walking to and from their vehicle and their destination, the reality is that motorists are frequently traveling around pedestrians. This makes it vital for drivers to remain attentive and cautious of the pedestrians they may encounter no matter the time of day or night.

Spokane ranked third dangerous city for pedestrians

While pedestrians can occupy many areas and locations, they are frequently seen on sidewalks and crosswalks. While there are designated areas that signal where it is safe to cross the road, pedestrian do not always use them. No matter where a pedestrian is walking in Seattle and other major cities across the nation though, it is important for motorists to remain attentive. Failure to do so could result in a serious accident.

Taking action after a pedestrian accident

Being a pedestrian in Seattle and other cities across the nation is fairly common. Whether one is walking from a parked car to an establishment or is walking by foot from one destination to the next, the reality of the matter is that pedestrians are frequently walking next to traffic. While many motorists are attentive to pedestrians in the area, when a driver fails to drive safely where pedestrians are walking, this could result in a serious and even fatal accident.

Understanding pedestrian accidents

Walking to get around is fairly common. In fact, whether it is in a rural, residential or urban area, individuals are seen walking near the roadways or on a sidewalk. Even if it is just in a parking lot, individuals are essentially pedestrians every time they travel. And because these individuals are walking near moving vehicles, there is always a risk for a collision.

What duties do drivers owe to pedestrians?

As a previous post discussed, individuals in Seattle often end up being a pedestrian at some point in their commute to and from work. Whether it is a brief moment in a parking lot, at a bus stop, to and from a light rail station or because they are getting around by foot, the sidewalks and crosswalks are frequently used in the city. While this is an effective way to get around, walking where vehicles are also present can generate some safety issues. If a motorist is not attentive or fails to drive safely, this could result in a serious auto-pedestrian accident.

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