Seattle, Washington – One Injured as Tractor-Trailer Crashes into BuildingRequest Free Consultation
Seattle, Washington (June 18, 2019) – A tractor-trailer carrying an excavator crashed into the window of a dental office on Pine Street near 12th Avenue, injuring one pedestrian. The victim, a man in his 70s, was temporarily trapped but managed to get himself free. He was said to be in serious condition and was rushed to Harborview Medical Center. There were no reports of other injuries in the accident.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but according to investigators, the truck driver appears to have lost control of his vehicle. The investigation will likely be handled by the Department of Labor and Industries.
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.