Man Pushing Stroller Struck by CarA man in his 30s was injured in a Seattle car accident when a red SUV pinned him and his child against a wall. According to a King 5 news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at Western Avenue and Madison Street in Seattle. Officials say the man was pushing a stroller when the SUV backed up over the sidewalk while parallel parking and struck him. The driver’s shoe allegedly got stuck under the brake and the vehicle kept going. The father and the child did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
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.
However, pedestrians are vulnerable to the elements and can suffer an injury at any speed. Even a car traveling at a low rate of speed is capable of causing serious injuries to a passerby. Pedestrians commonly suffering bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, sprains, strains, lacerations, road rash and other related damages. If you have suffered an injury in a Seattle pedestrian accident, it is important that you take the steps necessary to protect your rights.
- Call the authorities and remain at the scene of the accident.
- Take photos of the crash site and your injuries.
- Collect contact information from the driver and from witnesses.
- Seek out medical attention promptly.
- Keep records of your medical bills, lost wages and other related financial losses.
- Write a journal documenting the emotional and physical challenges you have experienced since the accident.
- Research your legal options.
Financial support may be available for your financial, physical and emotional losses. A Seattle car accident attorney can help you pursue fair and full compensation for your losses in a timely manner.