A man in a wheelchair was hit by a semi truck in downtown Seattle early Friday morning while he was attempting to cross the street against the “Don’t Walk” signal.
According to police, the man was crossing 12th Avenue at Cherry Street in his wheelchair at approximately 1:30 a.m. despite the do-not-walk signal that was flashing on the other side. The truck driver crashed into the man’s wheelchair which sent him into the street, and then the man was run over by the semi truck.
Police say that the truck driver immediately got out of the vehicle and began rendering aid to the victim and called police. They added that surveillance camera footage of the area shows that several cab drivers drove by the scene without stopping.
The semi truck driver reportedly cooperated with authorities during the investigation and did not show signs of impairment from alcohol or drugs. The victim, a double-amputee, was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for severe injuries. There was no information available regarding his current condition.
Semi Truck Accident Statistics
- There are over 500,000 accidents involving semi-trucks in the U.S. each year.
- Semi-truck accidents result in approximately 5,000 fatalities each year.
- Approximately 98 percent of fatalities in semi-truck accidents are passengers or drivers in the other vehicle, as opposed to the driver or passengers in the semi-truck.
Semi Truck Accident Lawyers in Downtown Seattle
Davis Law Group helps semi truck accident victims and their families get financial compensation for their injuries and lost wages. If you have been the victim of a semi truck accident and would like to discuss your case with some of the best lawyers in Seattle, contact the Davis Law Group today at 206-727-4000.