As an Auburn pedestrian accident attorney, I know how devastating the statistics are when it comes to pedestrian auto accidents. In fact, according to the NHTSA, there is a pedestrian killed in a car accident every 120 minutes on average. In 2008, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in the United States alone. This is a dramatic decrease from the 5,228 pedestrians killed in 1998, but it is still an unacceptably high statistic. Drivers need to be aware of the danger their vehicles pose to unprotected pedestrians.
On Sunday, January 23rd, a 66 year-old man was standing in a parking lot in the 900 block of Auburn Way South. It was nearly 6:00 am when a car sped into the lot and struck the man who was standing near the Donut Star. He was seriously injured while the driver of the assaulting vehicle was arrested under suspicion of vehicular assault. While the 66-year-old pedestrian’s injuries were not life-threatening, they were very serious nevertheless. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
The majority of pedestrian auto accidents occur in the daytime hours under normal weather conditions. While a parking lot is a very suspicious location for this type of accident, there are more likely locations – especially intersections. Drivers should be increasingly vigilant in places where there is a lot of foot traffic. Crosswalks, intersections, and closed sidewalks under construction may often result in an increased number of pedestrians on the road. Often times, speed limits are reduced in areas around schools and main streets bordered by shops. In these areas, Drivers must be wary of the power they control while behind the wheel of a 3,000 pound vehicle.
If you have been injured in a Washington pedestrian accident, you should speak with an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney as soon as possible.