Here are some sobering facts: Over 76,000 Americans have been killed while crossing or walking along U.S. streets; More than 43,000 of those - including 3,906 kids under 16 - have been killed in the last 10 years. This is like a jumbo jet crashing every month, but nobody hears about this tragic situation on America roadways.
Pedestrian are often hit by cars, which is labeled as an "accident." Fault is contributed to one or both the car and pedestrian. Surviving spouses and children often have wrongful death claims that arise following a fatal pedestrian accident. If you are in this tragic situation, please seek the advice of an experienced Washington wrongful death attorney. You have enough on your plate, and need someone who can fight for your loved one while you go through the grieving process.
However, there is a dirty little secret in the numbers. In fatal pedestrian accidents an overwhelming proportion share a similar factor: The accident happened along roads that were dangerously designed, streets were designed for fast movement of vehicles with little consideration for pedestrian, bicycles or even wheelchairs.
Walking on streets without sidewalks or crossing intersection without crosswalks is much more dangerous for pedestrians. Especially in areas where there are lots of cars, like strip malls and other shopping centers, business centers, and apartment complexes. More than half of the studied fatal accidents happened on wide, high capacity, high speed streets that had no sidewalks, little street parking and few trees.
Luckily we live in a state that is fairly pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, and trail systems all help to keep walkers and bicyclists safe. There's nothing worse than losing a loved one or child in a fatal pedestrian accident. Please keep supporting the expansion of designated pedestrian and bicycle areas on all Washington streets and roadways.