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Seattle, Washington – Pedestrian Sustains Life-Threatening Injuries after Getting Struck by Vehicle

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Posted on December 6, 2019

Seattle, Washington (December 4, 2019) – A woman sustained life-threatening injuries after getting struck by a vehicle near the intersection of 4th Avenue and Columbia Street on Wednesday evening. The patient was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. As of Thursday she was reported to be in critical condition and is in intensive care. The driver appears to be uninjured in the incident and stayed on the scene, where police evaluated him.

The incident occurred before 6 p.m. According to preliminary investigation, the victim was in crosswalk when the vehicle made a turn onto Columbia Avenue from 4th Avenue. Police have determined that the driver was not impaired at the time of the accident. The incident is under active investigation.

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.