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.
For individuals in Washington and other states across the nation, motor vehicles are not the only convenient way to get around. Walking is an efficient and reliable in big cities. In addition to being environmentally safe and economical, pedestrians tend to enjoy a nice walk outside as they head to and from their destinations. No matter the reason for traveling by foot, the unfortunate reality is that the lives of pedestrians are put at risk because of the motorists that travel near them.
Although motor vehicles are very reliable and often necessary, they cannot always take you where you need to go. In some cases, it is much more convenient to walk or ones' only option in certain areas. Thus, being a pedestrian is a fairly common occurrence for those living in Settle and other cities across the nation. While sidewalks, crosswalks and signals are designed with the safety of pedestrians in mind, the reality is that this does not protect walkers from negligent or distracted drivers. Thus, auto-pedestrian accidents could occur.
Walking from your vehicle to your office building, from a store to your parked car, in a residential area or on city streets. These are all times when a person is considered a pedestrian. One could be walking in a parking lot, on a sidewalk or in a crossing walk. However, risks of being involved in an auto-pedestrian accident remain. If a motorist is not paying attention, is reckless or intoxicated, a pedestrian could be struck by a vehicle, resulting in serious and even fatal injuries.
In Seattle and other major cities across the nation, individuals seek to get around by foot. This is an efficient and healthy way to get around. However, it is often the only way individuals can get from point A to point B. Oftentimes, motorists are aware of pedestrians traveling on sidewalks and in crosswalks. However, when motorists fail to take note of these individuals, a pedestrian collision could occur. Following any type of accident, it is important to stop to assess the situation. Unfortunately, not all motorists do this, leaving some victims in a difficult position.
Many do not realize this, but one often becomes a pedestrian at many points in the day. When individuals in Washington and other states across the nation get out of their vehicle, while they walk to and from their vehicle, he or she is a pedestrian. This means that whether a person is walking, running, jogging or simply heading to their vehicle in a parking lot, they are pedestrians. It also means that these individuals are put at risk when traveling by foot near traffic.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. Let's face it, most residents in Washington state and other states in the United States have started their holiday shopping even before Thanksgiving happened.
At some point of another, we are all pedestrians. This could be when we are walking on the sidewalk, in a parking lot to and from our vehicles, in a residential area or in a park. No matter where Washington residents are walking, it is always important to be aware of vehicles traveling nearby. Even more so, motorists are supposed to be on the lookout for pedestrians, giving them the right of way when crossing the street. Failure to use caution around pedestrians, remain attentive and follow the rules of the road could be the cause of a pedestrian accident.
Readers of this blog know that Washington state law provides that those who are injured in a car accident can recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit if the accident was caused by another driver's negligence. In the case of a fatal accident, the immediate family may be compensated for their damages through a lawsuit based on the legal theory of wrongful death.
A previous post here discussed the difference between "economic" and "non-economic" damages in relation to civil actions for personal injury and wrongful death. Our readers in Seattle might remember that economic damages refer to relatively objectively quantifiable injury, such as recovery for medical costs associated with an accident, or actual lost wages due to inability to work as a result of the injury. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, refer to more subjective claims, such as compensation for pain and suffering, or loss of companionship or consortium.