A 22-year-old woman sustained critical injuries in a Washington pedestrian accident after a car hit her and left the scene. According to an article in the News Tribune, the young woman from Kent, Washington, was walking along the 2400 block of Benson Road when she was struck. Washington State Patrol troopers apparently found the woman in the northbound lanes of the roadway, 150 to 200 feet from where she was hit. The woman was transported to a Seattle hospital for treatment of critical injuries.
Pedestrian accidents can cause extremely critical injuries including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, coma or even death. In the United States, about 1,000 innocent pedestrians are injured every day by negligent drivers. According to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), there were a total of 5,648 pedestrian accidents in the state in 2007. In those incidents, there were 208 fatalities and 867 serious injuries.
These accidents could happen for a variety of reasons. The driver may have been distracted, for example, talking on the cell phone or texting. He or she may have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Or the driver may have been traveling at an unsafe speed given the current traffic conditions making it difficult to stop in time to avoid the collision. Whatever the cause of the accident, it is imperative that the motorist remains at the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of a car or pedestrian accident or “hit-and-run” is a serious crime in Washington State.
At the Bernard Law Group, our skilled Seattle personal injury attorneys have consistently been fighting for the rights of pedestrians who have been injured by negligent drivers. Even minor injuries can have a significant physical and financial impact on a victim’s life because of the medical care required and work time lost. Our attorneys guided by Kirk Bernard are experienced, aggressive and committed to ensuring that accident victims receive fair compensation for their injuries, damages and loss.