The winter holidays give many reasons for residents in Washington and other states across the nation to be out and about. Whether they are out shopping for gifts, on their way to holiday festivities or heading to a gathering, it is also a time of year when pedestrian traffic is up. Individuals may be walking from their vehicle to a store or are outdoors looking at lights. And while it is safe to travel by foot in these areas, the unfortunate reality is that motor vehicles are also traveling nearby. If a driver fails to take note of their surroundings or remain attentive, this could result in a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian accidents can cause devastating injuries to victims that can affect them for some time to come physically, cognitively and emotionally. Because of the tremendous effect of pedestrian accident injuries on pedestrian victims, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when harmed in pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrians can be especially vulnerable to negligent or careless drivers on the roadways, which is why pedestrian accident victims should be familiar with the legal protections available to them. Pedestrian accident victims can suffer serious injuries, so they should be aware that a personal injury claim for damages may help them with their physical, financial, and emotional damages.
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.
According to a recent Governors Highway Safety Association report, 2,876 pedestrians were killed in the United States between January and June 2018. In Washington State alone, 42 pedestrians were killed during this period. Although it is a decrease of 4 percent when compared to 2017, the count is still alarming. The report says that in terms of the number of pedestrian deaths, 2018 has the highest pedestrian fatalities since the 1990s, while all other traffic deaths are on a decline.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a serious form of injury that can affect victims of personal injury accidents. These damaging injuries can result when victims' brains suffer impacts with other surfaces or when a brain is punctured by a foreign object. In Washington, a pedestrian accident victim may suffer TBI if they suffer a head injury as a result of their collision.
Bellevue residents may have noticed that nighttime has been coming earlier and earlier each day over the last few weeks. As autumn has fully made its presence known in the Pacific Northwest drivers may be finding that they need to turn on their headlights in order to safely drive their evening commutes. Early darkness can make it particularly hard to see obstacles that may be in the paths of moving vehicles.
Depending upon the type of road that a Washington resident must travel on, their speed may be relatively low or quite fast. Local roads through neighborhoods and congested commercial areas often have low speed limits because there are more vehicles, pedestrians and obstacles for drivers to look out for. On interstates and highways, though, speed limits are much higher as many such hazards are presumed to be removed from the paths of drivers.
Accidents between pedestrians and cars can have tragic results. It is an unfortunate reality that in the congested metropolitan cities of Washington that these incidents occur with upsetting frequency. Not long ago, two young girls were struck by a vehicle in the Dunlap area of Seattle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, more than 5,000 people die in the United States each year from collisions with motor vehicles. This alarming statistic affects Washington residents as pedestrians become victims of crashes when drivers fail to follow the rules of the road and some of the laws that drivers must comply with.