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Seattle, Washington – Pedestrian in Serious Condition After Getting Struck by Pickup Truck

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Posted on July 18, 2019

Seattle, Washington (July 15, 2019) – A pedestrian was injured after getting struck by a pickup truck on Southwest Admiral Way near 57th Avenue Southwest. The victim, a man who was around 70 years old, was reported to be conscious as medics were treating him on the scene. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition. The truck driver appeared to be uninjured.

According to a witness, the victim was crossing the street to catch a bus when he was struck. The cause of the collision is being investigated by Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation detectives. The driver stayed on the scene and was reported to be cooperating with the police.

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.