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Spokane, Washington – Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle at Alberta Street and Heroy Avenue

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Posted on January 2, 2020

Spokane, Washington (December 29, 2019) – A pedestrian was struck by a car at the intersection of North Alberta Street and West Heroy Avenue on Sunday evening. According to the report from The Spokesman-Review, the first responders found the victim conscious and talking, and he was said to be in stable condition when he was taken to the hospital. The drive was not reported to be injured in the accident and stayed on the scene to cooperate with investigators.

According to the news report the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. The southbound driver reportedly did not see the pedestrian, resulting in a collision. It has not yet been determined in the pedestrian was in crosswalk. Neither speed or impairment were being considered factors in the incident.

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.