Seattle Pedestrian Traffic Accidents Hit Four Year High

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 8, 2011

Seattle has a reputation for being a pedestrian friendly city. But recent data shows a disturbing trend in the number of car on pedestrian accidents. According to reporting by the Seattle Post Intelligencer regarding a 2010 traffic report for the city, the amount of pedestrian road crashes hit a four year peak last year. Oddly, the same report showed that tickets issued to dangerous or negligent vehicle drivers fell drastically during that period, and jaywalking citations rose as well.

The report showed that the majority of accidents involved some sort of driver mistake (in numerous cases it was a neglect to yield). The data indicated that a vehicle struck a pedestrian on approximately 530 occasions last year; cyclists were hit by vehicles on over 360 instances. This marks the largest amount, and per capita level, since 2006. A former city transportation official noted an additionally terrible trend in the data: slower moving elderly pedestrians were the demographic most affected. Out of the 25 fatal pedestrian traffic accidents in that period, over half of the pedestrians hit were 60 years old or older.

Exhibiting a problem in the city’s enforcement focus, the data also strangely showed that the amount of citations issued to vehicle drivers involved in pedestrian accidents fell to half the amount of the year prior (from approximately 400 to below 200), while tickets for jay walking rose by 23 percent. Have you or a loved one been injured as a pedestrian in Seattle as a result of a vehicle driver’s negligence? Contact the Seattle pedestrian accident injury attorneys with Hardwick & Pendergast P.S. at 1(888) 228-3860. Call for a complimentary consultation today.

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