According to reporting from KHQ-TV, a pedestrian was hurt in a traffic collision in Spokane County. The collision occurred near the intersection of E Hastings Road and N Mayfair Road in Fairwood, Washington, near Whitworth University. Law enforcement reports indicate that the pedestrian was initially trapped under the vehicle. Emergency responders were able to free the pedestrian.
Unfortunately, pedestrian safety remains a serious problem in Eastern Washington. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) reports that walkers and bikers account for nearly 1 in 4 serious highway accident injuries in the state. Here, our Spokane car accident lawyers highlight five things that you can do as a pedestrian to help limit your risk of being involved in a serious crash.
Five Ways to Reduce the Risk of a Pedestrian Accident in Spokane
1. Make Yourself as Visible as Possible
As a pedestrian, it is in your best interest to make yourself as visible as possible when you are in or near the road. Do not assume that drivers will recognize you. While all motorists in Spokane have a duty to watch out for the well-being of pedestrians, too many of them fail to do so.
2. Stick to Sidewalks and Crosswalks
Spokane is not the most pedestrian-friendly city in the world. At the same time, wide stretches of the city have sidewalks and crosswalks in place. Whenever available, stick to the sidewalks and crosswalks—even if they are a little more inconvenient.
3. Obey Traffic Signs and Traffic Signals
Pedestrians have a responsibility to watch out for their own health and safety. As a pedestrian, it is your responsibility to obey traffic signs and traffic signals. Under Washington’s comparative negligence law for pedestrian accidents, an injured pedestrian could be held partially at fault for their own collision if they violate traffic regulations.
4. Take Additional Safety Precautions at Night
The majority of pedestrian collisions happen during the day. However, a higher rate of serious pedestrian accidents happen at night. When visibility is reduced, it is even less likely that a driver will notice you. Take extra safety precautions at night. Wear reflective clothing and be careful when around the road.
5. Get Immediate Medical Attention After a Pedestrian Collision
You could do everything right and still end up in a serious pedestrian crash. If you or your loved one is hurt in an accident, immediate medical attention is a must. All pedestrian accident injuries should be evaluated by a doctor. Doing so will help to protect your well-being and put you in the best position to pursue a personal injury claim.
Call Our Spokane, WA Car Accident Lawyers Today
At Albrecht Law PLLC, our Spokane motor vehicle accident lawyers represent victims of pedestrian collisions. If you or your family member was hurt in a pedestrian collision, our legal team can help. Contact us now for a no fee, no strings attached review of your personal injury claim. We represent injured pedestrians throughout East Washington, including in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Veradale, Airway Heights, Mead, Greenacres, Medical Lake, and Trentwood.