At one point or another, everyone is a pedestrian. As the expense of driving and insuring a vehicle rise, more and more people choose to walk to their destinations. As the number of pedestrians increases, so do the number of pedestrian accidents. To see where the Seattle and Tacoma regions rank in terms of pedestrian collisions nationally, please go to this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012:
Both motorists and pedestrians can engage in behaviors that cause collisions. According to state pedestrian law as described by the State of Washington Department of Transportation -
The Seattle Police Department offers information on accidents, and also provides information on obtaining a police report. You can also submit a public disclosure request to obtain information from the department.
These departments are a good resource to get information after a pedestrian accident.
In an injury accident, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost.
The major hospitals in the area include:
Harborview Medical Center - Seattle;
Swedish Hospital - Seattle;
University of Washington Medical Center - Seattle;
Virginia Mason Medical Center - Seattle;
St. Joseph Medical Center - Tacoma.
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.
When a crash is serious or a death occurs in Seattle or Tacoma, the next step is to find an experienced Seattle - Tacoma pedestrian accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and difficult to manage. Having a Seattle - Tacoma personal injury lawyer on board is a great relief to injured people, or to the family left behind when an accident proves fatal.