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Everett, Washington – Pedestrian Injured After Getting Struck by Car, Driver Suspected of DUI

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Posted on January 27, 2020

Everett, Washington (January 24, 2020) – A pedestrian sustained severe injuries after getting struck by a vehicle on the 4600 block of South 3rd Avenue on Friday afternoon. According to the report from KIRO7 News, the victim, a man in his 50s or 60s, was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment. The car went down an embankment following the incident, and the driver remained on the scene and was later arrested. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According tot he information from the Everett Police Department, the victim and another man were walking on South 3rd Avenue. Around 4:20 p.m., a car struck the victim, dealing injuries. Police were later able to arrest the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence. The crash is said to be under investigation.

About Pedestrian Accidents

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.