In the News:
A fatal auto pedestrian accident between a woman and dump truck occurred Tuesday, August 29, 2017, blocking travel in both directions of State Route 202 in Redmond, according to the Washington State Patrol.
A female was reportedly walking eastbound on the Redmond-Fall City Road (SR 202), when she veered into the roadway. The dump truck, also going eastbound, reportedly tried to avoid her but hit the pedestrian with his right front fender, according to Trooper Rick Johnson of the WSP. Regrettably, she was killed. Further details are not known at this time and the accident is still under investigation. View original article here.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
We all use different types of transportation, but at some point, or another—everyone is a pedestrian. Pedestrians range from the casual strollers to avid joggers and runners. Whether behind the wheel, on a bike, or your feet, safety should be a top priority.
To better understand how to improve safety for pedestrians, you have to understand the facts and statistics for those traveling on foot. In 2013, there were over 4,700 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents, with 156,000 more pedestrians treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries resulting from person/car accidents. That averages out to one pedestrian killed every 2 hours in these type of crashes. Those numbers increased in the studies for 2015; where almost 5,400 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States, and an additional 129,000 individuals were treated by medical professionals for non-fatal injuries. https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812124 (2013) https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pedestrian_safety/index.html (2015)
As opposed to passengers in a vehicle, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash. And 92 percent of accidents that killed a pedestrian only involved one motor vehicle. That makes pedestrians the most vulnerable users of the road.
Why is this happening?
Types of Car and Pedestrian Accidents
Here is a list of 9 common pedestrian involved crash types:
- Vehicle Turn/Merge — pedestrian and vehicle collide while the vehicle is preparing to turn, in the process of turning, or having just completed a turn
- Midblock Dash — were a pedestrian is struck while running in front of the vehicle and the motorist’s view is not obstructed
- Not in Roadway — where pedestrian is struck while in a parking lot, driveway, on a private road, sidewalk, service station, alley
- Walking Along Road — pedestrian is struck from the behind (or front) along a road without sidewalks
- Intersection Dash — pedestrian is struck while running through intersection was out of view of motorist until an instant before impact
- Intersection/Other — crash occurred in an intersection but does not conform to any of the specified crash types
- Backing Vehicle — pedestrian struck by a vehicle backing up
- Ride Out at Stop Sign — the crash occurred at an intersection at which the pedestrian or bicyclist was facing a stop sign or flashing red light
- Drive Out at Midblock — the motorist was entering the roadway from a driveway or alley as they strike pedestrian
In assessing some of the information available from the news source about the pedestrian accident that occurred in Redmond, it was noted that the female was walking the same direction as the flow of traffic before she veered into the roadway. This would fall under the “Walking Along Road” type of accident. Without all the details yet known, there is an assumption that this accident may have been prevented if pedestrian safety tips had been followed.
Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
Whenever you’re out walking, keep this safety advice in mind:
- Walk on a sidewalk, and if not available, walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic. This increases your visibility to drivers.
- Use designated crosswalks and intersections to cross the street. If one is not available, find a visible spot on the road to cross when traffic is clear.
- Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing reflective clothing
- Avoid distractions such as electronic devices, cell phones, or notebooks that take your eyes and attention off the road.
- Don’t use Headphones! As a pedestrian, your eyes and ears are the best tools for keeping yourself safe. Be alert and watchful of your surroundings.
- Stay sober in every form of transportation used! Studies show that almost half of all traffic accidents involving a pedestrian casualty involve alcohol, with 35 percent pedestrian fault. We all know that alcohol impairs judgment and physical reflexes—on your feet, as much as behind the wheel.
“Distracted” driving is a common term used for a variety of activities motorists do that take their focus and eyes off the road. However, “Distracted Walking” is a new phrase that has also been coined to explain a modern-day phenomenon occurring more and more among younger people. Check out some of the reasons why here.
Thinking on Your Feet
Many communities across the state have comprehensive and active campaigns advocating for pedestrian safety. Millions of dollars are designated to improve walking and biking conditions, particularly in larger populated areas. Planners want their communities to be more “walkable.” This may include wider footpaths that offer greater accessibility, better lighting for night-time use, and more crosswalks at intersections. Check out pedestrian safety and these steps to avoid injury while walking.
Who Can Help?
After a serious pedestrian accident, injured persons incur a variety of damages. Those of which may including the cost of current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. Families of people killed in pedestrian collisions also incur similar damages. If you or a family member has been hurt or killed in a pedestrian collision caused by a negligent driver, you need to seek legal help. Make sure you are actively represented and reimbursed for your damages. Fielding Law Group can help by assessing your claim and working with an insurance company to get a financial settlement that will aid in your recovery.
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