A Seattle pedestrian accident claimed the life of a 50-year old man on Saturday around 9pm.
According to a report by The Seattle Times, the man was attempting to cross Alaskan Way at Wall Street in front of a stopped vehicle that was waiting for a train to pass. However, a Dodge minivan that was overtake the stopped vehicle, hit the man.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating the accident and questioned the driver of the Dodge van that hit the man. The driver was release pending the investigation.
Crosswalk Accident Scenarios
Crosswalk accidents often result in serious injury or death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, if a motor vehicle is traveling at 20mph and strikes a pedestrian, there is a 5% chance of a fatality,if the vehicle is traveling at 30 mph, there is a 45% chance of a fatality, and if the vehicle is traveling at 40mph, there is a 85% chance of a fatality.
In our law practice, we have seen many different pedestrian accident scenarios in addition to the one described above.
In one common scenario, a person in a crosswalk is hit by a vehicle who was stopped to allow the pedestrian to cross but, unfortunately, the vehicle was rear-ended by a motorist who was not paying attention. There was an accident of this type last year in Bellingham in which a distracted teenage driver rear ended another car which struck and killed a small child and injured her mother.
In another crosswalk accident scenario, a pedestrian is hit by someone making a turn because the driver is so busy looking for oncoming traffic that they fail to notice the pedestrian. In Orange County, California last year, a bicyclist was awarded $6M in damages after a airport shuttle driver failed to provide a look out and hit the bicylist.
Motorists are required by law to yield to pedestrians when they are in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Attempting to overtake a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk is a ticketable offense and the driver may be charged.
Our Washington pedestrian accident law firm knows how devastating it can be to lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident or to suffer catastrophic injuries. With more than 30 years experience representing Seattle pedestrian accident victims and their family, we will work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Bicyclist injured by airport shuttle bus awarded $6M