Determining Fault in a Seattle Pedestrian Accident

According to a KIRO article from January of 2017, a pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle in downtown Seattle. The accident happened at James Street just west of Eighth Avenue at around 6 a.m. on a Tuesday. Police claim that the woman, 59, was crossing the street when she was allegedly struck by a Nissan Sentra heading west. She was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Nissan sustained damage, including a broken windshield and dented hood. The 40-year-old male driver was evaluated at the accident scene for signs of impairment by alcohol or drugs, but the police determined that he was not impaired. At the time of the report, the police were still investigating the pedestrian accident. It is unknown whether the injured woman filed a personal injury lawsuit for her accident-related injuries.

Pedestrian Accidents in Seattle

pedestrian accidentA pedestrian has very little physical protection when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, and as a result, the impact can cause serious or even fatal injuries. The most common injuries incurred by pedestrians in car accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Disfiguring injuries
  • Extreme soft tissue damage

What Causes Pedestrian Accidents in Seattle?

Negligence is often a contributing factor when a pedestrian is injured in an accident. If a driver is negligent and causes a pedestrian accident, that means that the driver did something wrong. Negligent actions in which a driver might engage that often lead to an accident with a pedestrian include:

  • Trying to make a turn before a pedestrian is finished crossing the street
  • Ignoring crosswalks
  • Ignoring that other drivers have stopped for a pedestrian
  • Disobeying traffic signals
  • Speeding
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Driving while distracted
  • Failing to see something

Is the Driver Always at Fault?

When a driver of a motor vehicle hits a pedestrian, it may seem obvious that the driver is the one at fault. The pedestrian had the right-of-way and the driver ignored that fact, right? Sometimes the situation is a bit more complicated than that; sometimes, there are other causes that contribute to an accident.

Cities, counties, and the federal government are responsible for maintaining safe roadways for drivers and pedestrians alike. Pedestrian accidents may involve the failure of the government to design and maintain pedestrian-accessible routes through the city. Some conditions that might contribute to pedestrian accidents include:

  • Defective lighting
  • Unsafe roads
  • Mis-timed traffic signals
  • Poorly designed crosswalks

Contact Premier Law Group About Your Seattle Pedestrian Accident

If you have been involved in a pedestrian vs. car accident in Seattle, you need an attorney to investigate all possible causes of the accident to be sure you are treated fairly. We will review your case and determine who is at fault for your accident. We will work to achieve a fair settlement that covers your damages, which include compensation for medical bills and lost wages. If necessary, we will build a case to take to trial to achieve justice for you. Contact us today.