As a Seattle pedestrian accident attorney, I know how vulnerable pedestrians are on our streets; this is particularly true of a pedestrian who is confined to a wheelchair. KIROTV.com reports Tuesday morning a hit-and-run accident involving a wheelchair-bound pedestrian in the Interbay area of Seattle. Douglas L. Lefever was struck by a vehicle as he crossed the street in his motorized wheel chair, and was thrown from the chair. Mr. Lefever died after being transported to Harborview Medical Center. A witness to the accident followed the vehicle that struck Mr. Lefever, and was able to provide a description of the vehicle and its license plate number to police, who found the vehicle and arrested the driver.
This tragedy could so easily have been avoided. Every year, over 4000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents, with about sixty of those fatalities coming right here in Washington State according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The bodies of cars and trucks, the seat belts, and air bags afford so much protection to the occupants in the event of a collision, but in a pedestrian collision, the pedestrian has essentially no protection. The best protection a pedestrian has is his or her agility, and ability to jump out of the way of a car. In this case, the wheelchair-bound victim did not even have that.
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian collision, contact Seattle pedestrian collision attorney Jason Epstein today. Your mind is probably not on protecting your legal rights; mourning the unexpected loss of a family member is a terrible thing and it can be very difficult to focus on anything else. However, it is important to speak with an experienced pedestrian collision attorney. Jason Epstein is a compassionate, dedicated attorney who can not only protect your legal rights, but can deal with the financial issues that the loss of a family member can entail. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Jason at Premier Law Group at (206)285-1743.