photo from scene of pedestrian accident

Photo courtesy of Lacey Fire District 3

Pedestrian Accident Leaves Man Injured by the Roadside

A pedestrian accident involved a man who was struck by a car along Old Pacific Highway near Lacey on Saturday morning. It was still hazy and foggy when deputies and medics responded to the scene at 7:45 am. They had received reports of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian.

Medics from the Lacey Fire Department treated the man’s injuries before rushing him to a local hospital. The hospital lists him in serious condition. The Thurston County Sheriff’s department is investigating the incident and has yet to say whether charges will be filed against the driver. http://komonews.com/news/local/man-struck-by-car-seriously-injured-outside-lacey

Man vs Vehicle Facts

Across the country in 2015, fifteen percent of traffic fatalities involved pedestrians. That means that a motor vehicle sturck and killed someone 1.6 hours. Traffic-related crashes injured thousands more every 7.5 minutes. That’s a lot of man versus vehicle incidents. Over 5,000 deaths per year and an additional 70,000+ non-fatal injuries occurred as a result.

Predictability?

It’s important to note that 72% of those pedestrians hit were not at intersections or on crosswalks. Why is that important? Drivers expect predictability, like foot traffic being in areas that are designated for foot traffic. Pedestrians still routinely travel along areas without a sidewalk or designated pathway, as we know. While drivers expect areas not typically used by pedestrians to be clear of foot traffic, that is not always the case. Herein lies the sad truth–you can never assume you are alone on the road.  Drivers and pedestrians alike must stay vigilant to the signs and scenery around you.

What is predictable about pedestrian versus vehicle crashes is that 90% of these types of crashes only involve a single vehicle. So whether your a driver or a foot traveler, you have to make safety a personal priority.  https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/Publication/812375

Important Safety Reminders

For Pedestrians

  • Sidewalks and well-lit areas are safest for pedestrians.
  • But if there is no sidewalk or path available, walk facing traffic. Being a pedestrian means being vulnerable.
  • Be alert. To decrease safety hazards and potentially dangerous situations, one should always be alert. That doesn’t mean just visible and eyes focused on the road. Electronic devices, music, headphones, and other devices can distract you: don’t let them.
  • Be visible. Early mornings can be dark in the winter. It’s always a good thing to anticipate that others may not notice dark clothing–so carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing. You want to be as visible as possible, especially if the area you’re in is heavily wooded or void of street lights.
  • Arrange for a ride home if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For Drivers

  • Never take anything for granted.  That goes for being behind the wheel as well. Even in rural or forested areas, pedestrians can be everywhere. Poor lighting, including early morning or sunset times, can be particularly dangerous times for drivers, pedestrians, and motor vehicle crashes. If it’s hard to see–be extra cautious and alert to your surroundings.
  • Be mindful of potential foot traffic in school zones and intersections. Unpaved areas don’t preclude foot travel. Be cautious!
  • Never go around a car that may be stopped at an unprotected intersection. What’s in front of their car may be moving and you are unable to see what that is until it’s too late.
  • Follow the speed limit. Sometimes we have a tendency to speed through rural or less congested areas. But the absent of vehicles does not mean the absent of people. Obey the laws and rules of the road at all times. Momentary bursts of speed can cost you dearly in the end.
  • Never operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI).

Auto Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

A car striking you can cause serious and life-threatening injuries. Often pedestrian accident victims not only require immediate medical attention, but also a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney, who will fight on behalf of victims in an auto accident. That’s where we can help!

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto or pedestrian accident, call Fielding Law Group for a free case evaluation today.  Our team of professionals know your legal options and can get right to work on helping you get the compensation you deserve. Our trusted attorneys are with you every step of the way. Remember–Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!  We are here to help you get your life back.

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