A 16-year-old was struck and killed while walking along State Route 410 in King County on Halloween night, according to a report in the Enumclaw Patch. The boy was walking with another pedestrian on the shoulder of the road, investigators said. The other pedestrian was not injured.
Washington State Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, 2,053 pedestrians were involved in motor vehicle accidents in the State of Washington in 2010, including 61 pedestrians who were killed and 285 who were seriously injured. The total number was up 173 from the previous year. Although most of the accidents occurred on city streets, accidents on state routes accounted for 27 of the 61 fatalities.
Under Washington State laws:
- Pedestrians must use sidewalks when they are available. If sidewalks are not available, pedestrians must walk on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic.
- Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.
These laws are intended to protect pedestrians who must walk along roads where there are no sidewalks. A driver who does not exercise due care to avoid a pedestrian may be liable for the pedestrian’s personal injuries.
You May Be Eligible for Compensation
If you have been injured or lost a family member in a Washington State pedestrian accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other costs. The Washington State pedestrian accident attorneys at Mariano Morales Law can help you get through the legal process and make sure that the party responsible for your injuries or loss is held accountable.
Contact the team today by calling 866-972-0493 or by using our online contact form for your free initial consultation.