Two men were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries after they were struck by a car while crossing the street on May 20. The pedestrian accident victims were thrown up onto the vehicle’s window during the accident. (See Seattle Times May 20, 2014 “2 pedestrians struck by car in South Lake Union” Posted by Jennifer Sullivan and Paige Cornwell.)
According to the Seattle Fire Department, the victims, ages 62 and 39, were crossing Fairview Avenue North and Denny Way when they were struck by a driver making a left hand turn.
Some witnesses said that the unidentified driver did not immediately stop after striking the pair and that he had to be flagged down.
The Seattle Police Department are investigating the cause of the pedestrian accident. The driver was relatively inexperienced having been licensed for only seven months. The driver claimed he did not see the pedestrians.
Left Hand Turing Rules
Left hand turns are risky because the driver has to be concerned about oncoming traffic, yield to oncoming vehicles and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists in crosswalk. The driver must judge the safety of the left hand turn when there is not a traffic arrow. It is the duty of the left-hand turning driver to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
Left hand turns are considerably more dangerous that right hand turns. 53.1 percent of “crossing path” accidents involve left hand turns while only 5.7 percent involve right hand turns. A New York City study found that left-hand turns were significantly more involved in fatal pedestrian accidents. Companies like UPS plan their routes to avoid left-hand turns.
Determining Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
The Seattle Police Department investigation should determine fault in this accident. If it is determined that the driver was negligent, the injured pedestrians can decide whether they want to file a claim against the driver and his insurance company to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorney
An attorney who specializes in personal injury law can assist the injured with their claims. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience representing accident victims and their families. We work hard to obtain maximum compensation for injured persons.