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Pedestrian Dies after Being Struck by Two Vehicles in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 6, 2013

A 38-year-old man was killed in a Seattle car accident when a Toyota Corolla and a Nissan Altima struck him. According to a news report in the Seattle Press Intelligencer, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred near South Cloverdale Street and 10th Avenue South in Seattle. Officials say a westbound Corolla struck the male pedestrian. He landed in the eastbound lane of traffic where the Altima hit him. It is unclear if he was crossing the road, walking along the side of the road, or in traffic lanes.

There are a number of Washington laws pertaining to pedestrians. Under RCW 46.61.050, “The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device.” This means that pedestrians must obey traffic lights when crossing at intersections. RCW 46.61.235 states, “The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk.”

Drivers are required to exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians, according to RCW 46.61.245. Motorists are required to warn pedestrians by sounding the horn when necessary and drive with caution, observing the conditions around them. When a driver fails to exercise due care, he or she may be held accountable for the resulting collision.

The skilled Seattle pedestrian accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have successfully handled a number of auto accident cases on behalf of injured victims and families that have lost loved ones. Please contact us at (888) 228-3860 to obtain more information about pursuing your rights.

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