Three injured after UW Patrol car collisions

Story Highlights:
Three injured in Seattle car accident
Motor vehicle collision cause unknown
Pedestrian collision caused by UW patrol car



Date: March 5, 2011, 03/05/2011
Location: Seattle, King County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision, Pedestrian accident
Outcome: Three injured

Early Saturday morning around 1:30 a.m., a University of Washington patrol car was responding to a call near 7th Avenue Northeast and Interstate 5 when it was involved in collision that involved another vehicle and two pedestrians.

The patrol car, carrying two officers, was heading west on Northeast 45th Street when it collided with another vehicle at the intersection of 45th and University Way Northeast. The patrol car then veered southwest and struck two men that were standing that the corner of the intersection before crashing into a building in that same area.

The driver of the other vehicle and his passenger were uninjured and had no signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

The two pedestrians that were hit by the patrol car were taken to Harborview Medical Center by ambulance, with what Seattle police reported as "non-life-threatening" injuries.

The officer driving the patrol car was treated for minor injuries. The other passenger in the car was uninjured.

Seattle police is still investigating the crash.

National Pedestrian Accident Statistics
4,409 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2009. Pedestrian accident deaths account for 12 percent of motor vehicle accident deaths. People ages 70 and over are the highest at risk.

National Car Accident Statistics
According to the NHTSA, 37,261 people were killed in vehicle-related accidents in 2008 in 5,811,000 vehicle-related accidents. Although such accidents were the leading cause of death among individuals between 3 and 34 in 2006, 2008 saw a decrease in traffic fatalities from 1998. NHTSA statistics indicate that, on average, 102 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2008, or one vehicle-related fatality every 14 minutes.

Seattle Car and Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis can help you. The Davis Law Group understands the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious accident and are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, motorcycle accident, and pedestrian accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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