1 killed, 1 critically injured in 2 Seattle-area pedestrian accidents in past week

crosswalk-sign-1431140-m.jpgOn March 13, a woman was killed in a Kenmore pedestrian accident when she was hit by a driver who then left the accident scene. The accident occurred at Juanita Drive Northeast at Northeast 160th Street at 7am in an unmarked crosswalk. The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center but died later from her injuries.

A 53-year-old Kirkland man may be charged with felony hit-and-run in the accident. He apparently stopped after striking the woman with his car, left the scene and later called 911 to report the accident. The report on SeattlePI.com said that they detectives do not believe the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.

On March 16, a man was struck while attempting to cross Highway 99 in Lynnwood when he was struck by a minivan.

This accident occurred near 148th Street Southwest around 7am. The unidentified man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a life-threatening head injury and broken legs.

Both accidents occurred in the early morning hours. Often, pedestrians who run or walk in pre-dawn or early dawn hours,dark nighttime conditions, during inclement weather and places with poor lighting may not be seen by motorists.

There is an old adage “the pedestrian has the right of way” but the driver is not always at fault in a pedestrian accident. In the March 16 accident, the pedestrian was attempting to cross a busy highway and he was wearing dark clothing.

Pedestrians can be at fault when:

  • jaywalking
  • crossing against a “Do Not Walk” signal
  • entering the street while intoxicated
  • walking where prohibited such as highways, bridges or alongside railroad beds.

Drivers can be at fault when:

  • driving under the influence
  • speeding
  • driving distracted
  • driving recklessly
  • driving too fast for prevailing conditions

Comparative negligence: Sharing fault

Not every pedestrian accident is a case of one person being 100% at fault. In some accidents, there is comparative fault. For example, if a pedestrian is texting as he steps off the curb, even if he has the “walk” signal, he may be apportioned 25% fault since he should have been alert on the basis of “comparative negligence.”

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a Washington pedestrian accident, we advise you to seek the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney to insure your rights are protected. At The Farber Law Group, we have represent pedestrian accident victims and their families for more than 30 years.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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