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Hoquiam, Washington – Man Injured after Getting Struck by Vehicle While Directing Traffic

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Posted on December 17, 2019

Hoquiam, Washington (December 12, 2019) – A man was injured after getting struck by a vehicle on State Route 109 on Thursday night. He was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment. The drivers of the involved vehicles were not injured in the collision.

According to the information from the Washington State Patrol, the man was directing traffic around trees that had been downed by State Route 109. A car stopped for the man, but the vehicle behind it was going too fats and struck the first car, which pushed the car into the victim. The driver of the second vehicle was cited for driving too fast. The incident caused the road to be blocked for 3 hours.

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.