Walking has numerous benefits. It can help you prevent various conditions such as heart disease, blood pressure and diabetes, reduces your stress, strengthens your bones and muscles and protects against obesity. However, while the health benefits of walking are beyond doubt, it can be unsafe for pedestrians if they’re not mindful and cautious of the motor vehicles around them.
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Washington State. Recently, yet another pedestrian accident occurred where a car hit a 50-year-old woman who was on the sidewalk before it crashed into a garage. The woman was declared dead at the site. The fatal accident took place on 188th Street South West near Lynnwood Elementary School and, reportedly, the woman was carried on the vehicle until it crashed into a garage.
The driver and another person, a 61-year-old man who was in the garage, also suffered injuries in the crash. They were all transported to hospitals for treatment. Whereas the condition of the man was later learned to be fine, the extent of the driver’s injuries is not clear. The accident has raised questions about pedestrian safety in the locality. The investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing. However, the overall prima facie circumstances show gross negligence on part of the driver.
Law allows a pedestrian to recover for the damages for the injuries or losses they suffered if the incident is caused or contributed to by someone else’s negligence. Victims of untoward pedestrian accidents like these can file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. The family members of a death victim can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the erring driver. They may claim for damage to their vehicle or property, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages.
People suffering from a pedestrian accident should seek assistance of a legal professional who can help in gathering the evidence to prove the negligence of the erring party and negotiate the appropriate compensation.