Seattle police are investigating a pedestrian accident in which an 88-year-old man was struck by a dump truck. The man died a short time after the pedestrian accident at Harborview Medical Center.
According to a report by KOMO News, the man was crossing 2nd Avenue West and Mercer street when he was struck.
The police checked the 38-year-old dump truck driver for signs of impairment but did not find any signs of alcohol or drug use.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Pedestrian Accidents and the Elderly
For the elderly, walking is an important and valuable form of transportation, not only offering health benefits but contributing to a higher quality of life. Many older adults are less likely to drive and are more likely to get hit by a car or truck while walking.
Unfortunately, the Department of Transportation has seen an increase in pedestrian accidents by 5% between 2009 and 20010 and the elderly are especially vulnerable.. Pedestrians age 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian fatalities and 11% of all injured pedestrians in 2010. In 2009 the pedestrian accident fatality rate for the 80-84 age group was 17.66 per 100,000 population, which was higher than any other age group according to the National Highway Transportation Traffic Safety Administration.
Pedestrian accident statistics show that the elderly are less likely to be hit at a non-intersection that other pedestrians and also have lower blood alcohol content (BAC) than other pedestrians.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, or a loved one killed, in a pedestrian accident, an attorney who specializes in injury law may be of assistance to you. The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm located in Bellevue has more than 30 years experience representing the victims of pedestrian accidents and their families.