Updated on: 11/25/2019
An 85-year-old woman was struck at an intersection in downtown Bellevue Wednesday Morning where she suffered life threatening injuries according to authorities.
First responders arrived to the scene around 6:30 a.m. responding to reports of a pedestrian seriously injured in a crash, and quickly transported the injured pedestrian to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
The collision happened near the intersection of Bellevue Way and NE 24th Street.
The driver who struck the woman is reportedly cooperating with authorities as the circumstances of what lead up to or may have caused the collision are still under investigation.
While traffic fatalities as a whole have been decreasing year over year, pedestrian deaths have had an alarming uptick in recent years.
Obviously not knowing the details of the investigation that is occurring in regard to this collision we cannot speak to any specifics in this case or name either party more liable than the other.
The increase in pedestrian accidents has not gone unnoticed however, as this video from some of our friends to the north illustrates, drivers across the board seem to be reminded of what pedestrian safety means.
Really interesting visualization of something that it seems gets so easily looked over. Drivers being more aware of crosswalks, marked and unmarked is crucial for #pedestrians #safety . https://t.co/xD1qAhibE2— Davis Law Group (@DavisLawGroup) November 19, 2019
Demonstrations like this are great illustrations, but I don't think it's exactly fair to expect these specialized crosswalks to start literally popping up in our streets.
Emphasis patrols, public information/ education campaigns and increased visibility efforts all have shown promise for reducing serious pedestrian accidents, but these processes take time and pedestrians will need to continue to exercise caution on the streets to protect themselves from drivers.
Always be aware of your surroundings, make sure you're visible, and never assume others on the road will follow the rules and know that if you or a loved one are ever involved in a pedestrian accident, the award winning Washington state pedestrian accident lawyers at Davis Law Group are here to help.
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