Pedestrians Struck Near SeaTacOne man was killed and another pedestrian was injured in a Washington car accident, which officials believe involved a drunk driver. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred in the 15000 block of Military Road South in Tukwila. Officials say the pedestrians were in a dark, but well-populated area where pedestrians regularly cross back and forth outside the crosswalks. One of the victims was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition and later died. The female driver failed a field sobriety test. She was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s 2013 Annual Collision Summary, a pedestrian or bicyclist was involved in a crash almost every three hours in Washington. A pedestrian or bicyclist was killed about every six days. During that same year, 50 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents.
When a pedestrian is killed in a Washington traffic accident, it must be determined who was responsible and if the negligence of the driver contributed to the crash. The family of the victim may be entitled to compensation for their loss if the driver was speeding, impaired, distracted, fatigued, or otherwise negligent at the time.
Careless and reckless drivers can be held financially liable for the damages they cause. If you have lost a loved one in a Seattle crash, you can file a wrongful death claim to receive financial support for medical bills incurred after the incident, funeral expenses, lost future income and benefits, loss of inheritance, and other related damages.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal Washington pedestrian accident, make sure you keep records of the financial losses you have incurred. Next you should contact a Seattle car accident attorney who will help protect your rights and assist you in securing fair compensation for your significant losses.
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help. You can reach us at (888) 228-3860.