Pedestrian safety in school zones

School began today in Seattle and last week in Bellevue and across Western Washington. It’s time to take a look at pedestrian safety in school zones.

Washington State law, RCW 46.61.400, defines the rules for driving in a school zone and assigns a penalty for breaking those rules. Remember that the speed limit in a school zone is 20mph. A speeding ticket will cost you from $189 to $784 depending on how fast you were going.
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According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, if a pedestrian is hit by a car is going 20 mph, the pedestrian has a 80%-90% chance of survival. If the same car were going 5-10 mph faster, the pedestrian has a 90% change of being killed; Speed makes a huge difference!

Remember to slow down in a school zone because speed kills. A school zone is defined as 600 feet long. Watch for flashing lights and signs.

Last year there were 4,378 pedestrian accident deaths, which was 12% of all motor vehicle accident deaths. In 20% of the pedestrian accident deaths, the accident was a hit-and-run.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and car accidents and the families of those killed. With our help, you may be compensated for your damages.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

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