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Woodland, Washington – Pedestrian in Serious Condition After Getting Struck by Vehicle

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Posted on February 4, 2020

Woodland, Washington (February 2, 2020) – A pedestrian was injured after getting struck by a car on the 38000 block of Northwest Lakeshore Drive on Sunday evening. According to the report from Clark County, the unidentified pedestrian was critically injured and was transported to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The occupants of the vehicle that struck the victim appear to be unhurt in the incident, and they stayed on the scene to cooperate with police investigation.

According to the information from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the scene around 7:35 p.m. From the collected information on the scene, the vehicle was driving south on the road when the pedestrian stepped into the path of the car. The pedestrian was also reported to be wearing black clothing. The scene remains under investigation, and anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the lead detective 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.