Locals Remember the Pedestrian Killed on First Hill
On the morning of August 13, 2014, friends of a Seattle woman who was killed in a pedestrian accident took to the streets to walk in her honor. According to a Seattle Times news report, the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and James Street on First Hill. Officials say the driver behind the wheel of the garbage truck did not know initially that he hit the woman.
The 42-year-old pedestrian was killed and her body was dragged about 150 feet. The driver has not faced hit-and-run charges because he did not knowingly leave the scene of the crash. According to a news report in Seattle Press Intelligencer, the First Hill community that paid tribute to the victim is calling for safety improvements for pedestrians to prevent this type of accident from occurring in the future.
While a number of accidents in Seattle are caused by motorist negligence, there are several steps you can take to reduce your chances of being in a pedestrian accident:
- Choose roadways with sidewalks.
- Avoid busy intersections at night where there is poor lighting.
- Make eye contact with nearby drivers before entering an intersection.
- Call a cab or friend to drive you home if you have been drinking. Walking while intoxicated can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.
- Put your phone away when walking near driveways and intersections.
- Wear bright clothing when walking at night.
- Never assume that a driver sees you or that the driver will properly yield the right of way.
If you or a loved one is hurt in a Seattle pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to research your legal options. Negligent drivers can be held accountable for the damages they cause. Depending upon the circumstances of the crash, financial support may be available to help you and your family recover. An experienced Seattle car accident attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options.