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Crossing Guard Struck by Car in Ballard

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 19, 2013

In 2001, a 14-year-old girl sustained a lacerated liver when a car struck her as she crossed a street in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Since then, her father has been committed to helping neighbors and school children make it safely across that crosswalk as a crossing guard. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, that crossing guard was recently struck by a car in a crosswalk on Northwest 65th Street.

Officials say the 67-year-old man was helping children get across the road when a car struck him. He was wearing a bright orange vest and carrying a crosswalk flag, but that didn’t stop a red Buick from striking him. The victim struck his head against the windshield and landed on top of the car. He sustained a bone fracture in his neck and was almost paralyzed. His now 25-year-old daughter says she is thankful his injuries were not worse.

According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, 86 pedestrians were killed and 4,657 were injured in collisions during the year 2011. Many of those accidents occurred at locations with crosswalks where pedestrians legally had the right-of-way. Washington Statute 46.61.261 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian or bicycle on a sidewalk. The rider of a bicycle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian on a sidewalk or crosswalk.”

If you are involved in a Seattle pedestrian accident, it may be in your best interest to have a skilled personal injury lawyer review the facts of your case. In some cases, a negligent driver can be held liable for your injuries and losses. In other cases, where a dangerous roadway or intersection contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable.

At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we have a long history of helping injured pedestrians get the help and support they need during what can be a challenging time emotionally, physically, and financially. Please contact us at (888) 228-3860 to find out how we can help you.

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