Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car in Renton accident

Posted on Saturday, October 10th, 2020 at 4:56 pm    

RENTON, WA – One person was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries yesterday after a car collided with a pedestrian in Renton early this morning, according to a tweet published by the Renton Police Department.

 

The crash happened at the intersection of S 3rd St and Rainier Ave S, near the Renton Shopping Center, at 4:52 a.m.

The pedestrian, whose identity was not publicly revealed, was taken to Harborview for the treatment of life-threatening, critical wounds.

The driver, who also was not identified, remained at the scene following the crash. At this time, police do not believe the driver was under the influence when the accident occurred.

Authorities advised travelers in the area to avoid the scene, as the southbound lanes of the roadways were closed and heavy traffic delays were likely.

This is one in a series of reports provided by the Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee as a service to inform our Seattle-area neighbors about traffic news and accidents in the area. Many of these accidents are preventable, and we hope that by reporting on such events, we will reduce the frequency of similar incidents. However, if you or someone you know has been injured in a similar situation, contact the Renton pedestrian accident injury attorneys of Jeffrey R. Caffee today for a consultation. You may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. 

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Any pedestrian who is involved in an accident should immediately seek medical care. Get to a hospital as soon as possible after a crash so you can be sure that you receive the appropriate care for any injuries, some of which could have delayed symptoms. Do not disregard a hospital visit because you think you were not hurt. At the scene of your crash, collect evidence in the form of photographs; take as many pictures as you can of motor vehicles, people, or anything you believe could be a contributing factor. Also, be sure to get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. When you finally return home after an accident, make sure that the first person you speak to about your crash is an attorney. You’ll want to avoid posting anything about your accident on social media and shouldn’t discuss the crash with anyone until you have legal representation. A lawyer will let you know what is safe to talk about with your friends, family, and co-workers.

The Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.080 gives an individual three years from the date of their pedestrian accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. A wrongful death action will also be bound by a three-year statute of limitations, but the limitations period will begin on the date of a victim’s death instead of the date of the crash. State law in Washington does allow for the limitations period to be tolled (delayed) when certain circumstances exist. The Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.190 allows for the statute of limitations to be tolled when a person is under the 18 years of age, imprisoned on a criminal charge, or “incompetent or disabled to such a degree that he or she cannot understand the nature of the proceedings.” In such cases, a plaintiff will have three years from the date they turn 18, are released from prison, or become mentally competent, respectively. The Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.180 also provides for the tolling of the limitations period when a defendant has left the state or is concealed within it.

Yes. Pedestrians are commonly accused of being at fault for their injuries, even when driver negligence is usually the larger cause. Washington is one of only a dozen states in the nation that uses a pure comparative fault system for apportioning damages in civil cases, so a person can recover damages even when they were the party who was mainly at fault. A plaintiff’s damages will be reduced by their percentage of fault though, which means that an individual who is awarded $100,000 in a pedestrian accident case but found to have been 65 percent at fault will have their damages reduced by $65,000 and ultimately receive $35,000.

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