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Bellingham, Washington – Pedestrian Killed After Getting Struck on Interstate 5

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Posted on December 12, 2019

Bellingham, Washington (December 10, 2019) – A pedestrian died after getting struck by vehicles twice on the northbound lanes of the Interstate 5 near Iowa Street on Tuesday night. The victimw as pronounced dead on the scene. There have been no details released regarding the victim’s identity. The drivers of the involved vehicles were not injured in the incident.

According to the report, the victim had been walking on the freeway just before 11 p.m. The first vehicle that struck the victim left him in the middle of the road, with a second vehicle hitting him shortly after. It has not yet been determined why the victim was on the road.

About Pedestrian Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, as shown in this case, pedestrians are at also 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 in 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, specifically those who are using their phones while crossing the road. 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.