Spokane, Washington – Pedestrian Dies After Getting Struck by Vehicle
Posted on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 at 10:15 pm
Spokane, Washington (December 19, 2019) – A pedestrian died from injuries sustained from being struck by a car at the intersection of East Sprague Avenue and North Perrine Road on Thursday afternoon. The victim was given treatment on the scene by responding crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department and had been taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, but she was later pronounced dead. The identity of the victim has not yet been released. The driver was not reported to be injured in the incident and stayed on the scene to cooperate with investigation.
According to the information from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the driver was heading west on East Sprague Avenue. Around 4:45 p.m. the driver struck the victim, who was crossing at North Perrine Road. Deputies have determined that the driver was not impaired or was driving recklessly at the time of the accident. Additionally, investigators that visibility was low at the time of the accident due to the darkness and the rain, and the road was wet. There was also no crosswalk at the scene and the pedestrian was described to be wearing dark clothing.
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.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at Caffee Law are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with Caffee Law send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.