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Pedestrian Injured in Seattle Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 5, 2013

A man who was recently attempting to elude police officers struck a pedestrian and fled the scene on foot. According to The Seattle Press Intelligencer, the hit-and-run accident occurred along Third Avenue near University Street in Seattle. Officials pulled over a gold-colored Chrysler for violating peak hour restrictions. During the stop, the driver failed to produce any form of identification. He then sped off before further action could be taken.

The authorities say that the driver then made a turn from the wrong lane against a red light and struck a pedestrian. He then successfully eluded officers on foot. The pedestrian suffered a broken leg. The authorities are still searching for the driver. Officials describe the suspect as a six-foot-tall, African-American man in his 20’s.

Under state law, it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury crash, Washington Revised Statute 46.52.020 clearly states, “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.”

Injured victims of hit-and-run crashes are often left with significant medical and other expenses. When the hit-and-run driver is found, the injured victim may be able to hold him or her financially liable. However, when the suspect is not found, an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer can help victims seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policies. In such cases, support may be available for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of rehabilitation services, and other related damages.

At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we help injured victims of Seattle hit-and-run accidents get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. We provide free consultations to all victims of Washington car accidents. Please contact us at (888) 228-3860 to find out how we can help you.

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