Seattle's streets are a busy place. There are cars, commercial trucks, bikes and buses. With all this traffic, accidents are almost guaranteed. However, these accidents don't just occur between two vehicles. Pedestrians are also at risk of injuries while in or near Seattle streets.
Drivers have many responsibilities when they get behind the wheel of a car. They need to make sure they are following rules that apply to themselves, wearing their own seatbelt, for example. They also need to make sure they are following general traffic laws. This includes following posted speed limits and traffic control devices. Drivers also need to make sure their cars are in good working order. Finally, people need to make sure that they are careful of the other people on the road. This includes other drivers and pedestrians.
Neighborhoods that allow easy access for pedestrians and pedestrian traffic are in demand. Although the trend promises to be good for people's health, it has caused increasing concerns for pedestrian safety. It was recently reported that approximately 2,125 pedestrians were killed during the first half of 2014. Moreover, pedestrian deaths have increased 15 percent since 2009.
In the summertime bikers are out enjoying the city of Seattle. Seattle is an extremely biker friendly city. With bike lanes, parks and other recreational activities, it is no surprise that so many people enjoy biking in our city. As an added bonus, biking is often a faster and cheaper way to commute to work and to get some exercise. This popular choice has many benefits for people of all ages.
Many people in Washington have prescribed to a "bigger is better" lifestyle. People want big houses, big yards, big meals and big cars. This has led to the creation of very large passenger vehicles called sport utility vehicles, or SUVs. Despite their popularity, these vehicles are not safer than traditional passenger cars. This can be seen in a recent case highlighted on this blog. In that case, a Seattle man and his small child were hit by an SUV as the car's driver tried to parallel park the large vehicle. In this auto-pedestrian accident, the man was injured and sent to a local hospital.
In an unusual accident, a man and his child in Seattle were recently hurt by an SUV. They were on the sidewalk near the intersection of Madison Street and Western Avenue when the accident occurred. The infant was in a stroller when the accident happened. According to reports, the driver of an SUV was trying to parallel park his car when he somehow jumped the curb. The driver of the SUV claimed that his foot got stuck underneath the brake pedal of the vehicle as he was attempting the parking maneuver. The vehicle hit the pair and pinned them against a building.
In an accident between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, it is very often the pedestrian that suffers the most. Because of how vulnerable people on the street are, being struck by a car can result in catastrophic injuries. In many cases, pedestrians suffer broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head trauma and even death if they get hit by a car. This is why it is crucial for drivers to be attentive and cautious behind the wheel.
According to the King County Sheriff's Office, a 4-year-old boy was seriously injured when a Honda hit him. The incident recently happened a little over an hour after sundown when the boy's family and the boy were getting out of a van. The Honda was going approximately 40 miles per hour when it hit the 4-year-old. Apparently the driver pulled over but later fled the scene of the accident.
Many people rely on public transportation. Not only is it good for the environment, but it is also a great way to save for many commuters. With more commuters taking public transportation, such as buses, there are more pedestrians on or near busy roads. Unfortunately, that creates a higher chance of a pedestrian accident.