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Pedestrian Killed in Georgetown Neighborhood Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 21, 2013

A 69-year-old woman was killed in a recent Seattle car accident after a left-turning Chevrolet pickup struck her. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred on First Avenue South near South Findlay Street in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, according to The Seattle Times. Officials say she was crossing the road when the pickup turned into her. She died from her injuries at a nearby hospital. It is not clear what caused the collision, but the 56-year-old driver did not appear to have been under the influence at the time of the crash, officials said.

At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we understand that it is all too common for motorists to fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other drivers when turning left. Under Washington State Statute 46.61.185, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.” Furthermore, under Washington State Statute 46.61.235, motorists must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident, you may have to prove that the at-fault driver failed to yield the right-of-way at the time of the crash. Was your loved one legally crossing the road at an intersection or crosswalk? Was the driver speeding, distracted, impaired, fatigued or otherwise negligent? In such cases, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal options with a skilled wrongful death attorney.

Drivers responsible for causing fatal collisions may be held financially accountable for their actions in civil court. A successful wrongful death claim can result in support for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other damages.

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