Bellingham, Washington – Pedestrian Injured by Semi-Truck
Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 3:46 pm
Bellingham, Washington (March 28, 2019) – A pedestrian sustained a head injury when he was truck by a semi-truck on southbound Interstate-5 near the Sunset Drive crossing. He was conscious and aware when Bellingham firefighters addressed him. He was later taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment.
Police and firefighters responded to the incident around 10:50 am. Details of the circumstances leading up to the collision are unclear, but at the time of the accident a disabled vehicle was on the shoulder when the semi-truck hit the pedestrian. It is not yet sure if the semi-truck drifted or the pedestrian somehow stepped on the freeway. An official said that the struck pedestrian was from the disabled vehicle, though whether he was the passenger or the driver is unknown.
About Traffic Accidents
This particular incident has unusual circumstances, but one must keep in mind that drivers are not the only ones who should be aware of road safety. Pedestrians are also at risk while on the streets, with the National Center for Health Statistics estimating 7, 450 pedestrian deaths in 2017. Pedestrian accidents can fall under traffic or non-traffic depending on the location where they were struck. Traffic incidents happen on public roads, while non-traffic incidents occur on non-traffic areas such as driveways, parking lots and other private property. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban settings, on urban roads (72%) versus on intersections (18%), and mostly at night. Much like motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents can happen simply because people are not as visible as other vehicles, a problem which is worse during night. And in an event of a car crash, similar to motorcycle drivers and passengers, the risk to pedestrians are greater than those inside a car, with fatality rate being 1.5 times greater than any car passenger.
When it comes to risk, older adults, children, and alcohol-impaired drivers or pedestrians are at most risk when it comes to pedestrian accidents. The risk is further heightened in a situation where a vehicle is at high speed. Lately, distractions also cause accidents not only for drivers, but also pedestrians. We urge everyone to exercise area awareness at all times and to keep their attention on the road. Avoiding accidents not only prevents loss, damage, injuries and death to one’s self, but also on other people in the surroundings.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.