Local governments in Seattle and the surrounding area say that pedestrian safety is a top priority, and yet terrible auto-pedestrian accidents continue to happen.
The number of motor vehicle accident deaths fell for the second year in a row, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which recently released its findings for 2018. Traffic fatalities fell by 2.4% last year, according to the NHTSA. Preliminary findings for the first half of 2019 suggest the downward trend is continuing.
A University of Washington student was seriously injured recently when she was struck by a car while she was jogging, according to a news report.
When temperatures are pleasant, it is not unusual for people in Seattle to take a walk. Moreover, before too long school will start again, with more children taking to the sidewalks as they walk to school. When pedestrians are on a walk, they often must cross the street to get to where they're going. However, this puts them at risk for being involved in an auto-pedestrian accident.
Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians are, unfortunately, common and can have devastating results. Just in the last several months, three people were injured when they were hit by an impaired driver in Seattle. Two of the victims were adults, and one was a child.
While it may not always be apparent, most drivers in Seattle and elsewhere are also pedestrians at some point. Once parked, a motorist will need to walk from their vehicle to get to their destination. This subjects the pedestrian to new and different dangers, which are related to traveling by foot where automobiles are also traveling.
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.
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.
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.
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.