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Federal Way, Washington – Pedestrian in Critical Condition After Getting Struck by Vehicle on Pacific Highway South

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Posted on December 9, 2019

Federal Way, Washington  (December 7, 2019) – A pedestrian was reported to be in critical condition after getting struck by a vehicle on the 31200 block of Pacific Highway South on Saturday evening. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was reported to be in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle appears to be uninjured in the incident and remained on the scene.

Crews responded to the scene around 5 p.m., finding the victim underneath the vehicle. Police officers responding to the scene removed the vehicle off the victim. The collision caused the northbound lanes to be closed while investigation was ongoing. The cause of the crash has not yet been reported.

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.