Updated on: 4/10/2020
Police suspect driver impairment may have contributed to a serious pedestrian accident in which a jogger was struck by a vehicle in Lynnwood Wednesday night.
According to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, a 34-year-old woman was jogging on Larch Way in Lynnwood when a driver heading towards her unexpectedly left the roadway and struck her.
Emergency crews responded to the scene of the collision and rushed the victim to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for what are being described as life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle which struck the woman originally left the scene, but later called 911 to report the incident.
When Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the driver’s house, they reportedly observed that he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He has since been arrested.
It was later revealed that the driver who struck the jogger was an off-duty employee of the City of Lynnwood public works department. He was reportedly fired Friday after officials learned of his involvement in the incident.
Legal Considerations For Pedestrian Accident Victims
Drivers in Washington state have a duty to yield to and avoid jeopardizing the safety of vulnerable users, which include bicyclists, pedestrians, and other commuters sharing the roadway which are not as well-protected as drivers are.
The fact that officials with the sheriff’s office have divulged that the driver who struck the jogger left the roadway indicates some belief that the driver is at-fault for the incident. There was no indication that the jogger had done anything improper to contribute to this accident. Another important detail is the fact that the at-fault driver appears to have been driving a city-owned vehicle at the time of the collision, which brings into question the possibility of employer negligence.
Accidents involving a driver who chooses to flee the scene of the collision also often result in a clear assignment of liability. It is difficult for an insurer to deny liability for an accident in which their insured (the at-fault driver, in this case) has fled the scene.
As clear as liability for an accident involving a hit-and-run and DUI driver, it is always important for accident victims to have a thorough investigation conducted into the incident in order to determine all potential contributing factors, as well as other legal issues that may be relevant to a potential personal injury claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call the award-winning team of pedestrian accident lawyers at Davis Law Group in Seattle to request a complimentary case review. We have helped injury victims get the justice they deserve after a life-changing accident for more than 25 years and can help you better understand your legal rights and options.