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Woman Struck by Car on Capitol Hill

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 16, 2013

A woman in her 60s was injured in a Washington car accident when she was partially run over by a compact car. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of 15th Avenue East and East Harrison Street in Seattle. Officials say that they are not sure if she was in a crosswalk at the time of the collision. She sustained serious injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. Investigators looking into the cause of the crash have not ruled out impaired driving.

Some of the most devastating Washington car accidents involve pedestrians at or near crosswalks. It is crucial for all pedestrians and drivers to understand Washington crosswalk laws to prevent these types of accidents from occurring.

  • RCW 46.61.235: Vehicles must stop at intersections to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the road within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
  • RCW 46.61.240: All pedestrians who are attempting to cross the road where there is no crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to all motorists
  • RCW 46.61.245: All drivers must exercise due care to avoid striking pedestrians who are on the roadway. When necessary, drivers should use their horn to warn pedestrians.
  • RCW 46.61.235: No pedestrians are allowed to leave a curb and move into traffic so suddenly that there is not enough time for drivers to stop.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian, it is important that you notify the authorities, collect information from the scene, seek prompt medical treatment and contact an experienced attorney. The Washington personal injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. help victims of pedestrian accidents pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, among other damages. Please call our offices at (888) 228-3860 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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