Use the sidewalk whenever possible.
Stick to the sidewalks, even if it means walking through snow. If you have no choice but to walk in the street, walk facing into traffic and as close to the curb as possible. Cars and trucks may slip on snow or ice and hit you even if the drivers are watching, so work out a route that doesn’t require you to walk in the street. Read the rest »
With business booming in Seattle and other Washington cities, people are flocking to these areas. This doesn’t just mean more bikes and cars on the road, but more pedestrians as well. Although walking can be good exercise and help reduce your environmental impact, it can also pose many risks. Distracted or careless drivers can easily cause an accident that leaves a pedestrian seriously injured. Read the rest »
Pedestrians tend to suffer injuries in relation to the speed of the vehicle involved in the collision. According to a recent AAA Foundation study, the risk of severe injury for pedestrians reaches only 10 percent at an impact speed of 16 miles per hour, but there is a 50 percent risk of severe injury at 31 miles per hour. Therefore, faster moving vehicles tend to cause the most damage. Read the rest »
Drunk driving remains a serious problem in the state of Washington. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 457 fatalities suffered in Washington State car accidents in the year 2011 of which only 60 percent did not involve alcohol. About six percent of all fatal car accidents statewide that year involved alcohol below the legal limit and 34 percent of fatal crashes involved drivers with a BAC over .08 percent. Read the rest »
A man was killed in a King County car accident when a car struck him in the roadway. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at Southwest Sunset Boulevard and Rainier Avenue South in Renton. Officials say the man was crossing the road when a vehicle turned and struck him. He succumbed to his injuries at Harborview Medical Center. The driver remained at the scene. It is unclear if the motorist will face charges.
Washington State compares favorably with other states when it comes to pedestrian safety, but fatal traffic accidents are common on the busy streets of Seattle and its suburbs. Because pedestrians have nothing to protect them, they often suffer serious injuries such as brain damage, multiple bone fractures, spinal cord injuries and fatal injuries. Read the rest »
An elderly man is in critical condition after being struck by a car in front of a 7-Eleven store. According to a Kitsap Sun news report, the pedestrian accident occurred on Wheaton Way in Bremerton. Officials say the man was crossing the roadway when a large van struck him. He was thrown onto the hood before rolling off onto the roadway. The driver remained at the scene and called 911. The pedestrian has been listed in critical condition.
Under Washington State Statute 46.61.235, vehicles must stop at intersections for pedestrians who are within a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Furthermore, the statute prohibits pedestrians from bolting into traffic or from suddenly leaving a curb when drivers will not have enough time to stop. Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and traffic control devices under RCW 46.61.050 and RCW 46.61.240 specifically requires pedestrians to yield when crossing outside an intersection. Read the rest »