Pedestrian Critically Injured in Seattle Car AccidentA 26-year-old woman faces life-threatening injuries in Seattle after being struck by a car while crossing the street. According to a KOMO news report, the pedestrian accident occurred on Denny Way at Dexter Avenue. Officials say the woman was crossing the street at the intersection when a Nissan Pathfinder turned left and struck her. The 51-year-old driver of the Pathfinder remained at the scene of the crash. No citations or arrests were reported.
Under Washington State Statute RCW 46.61.235, vehicles must stop at intersections to yield to pedestrians who are legally crossing within a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Statute 46.61.245 requires all drivers to exercise due care to avoid striking a pedestrian who is attempting to cross the road. Motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians can be held civilly liable in addition to facing charges or citations.
There are a number of steps pedestrians can take immediately after an accident to ensure that their rights are protected:
- Call the authorities right away.
- Wait at the crash site for the authorities to arrive.
- Exchange contact information with all involved parties.
- Collect the name and number of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Take photos of the crash site, the vehicles, and of your injuries.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Learn about your legal options before accepting a settlement offer from the at-fault driver’s insurance provider.
If you are too injured to gather evidence from the crash site, there are still steps you can take to get compensation for your losses. Make sure you request a copy of the police report and keep detailed records of your medical expenses, lost wages, and other related damages. An experienced Seattle car accident lawyer can provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.