A man is dead and a 34-year-old woman is at Harborview Medical Center after a car struck the two around midnight Sunday in Seattle’s Dunlap neighborhood, according to Seattle Police.
The incident occurred on the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue South. The woman pulled off the road to check on an unresponsive man in the road. While checking on the man, the two were struck by a passing car, according to Seattle PD. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman has serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Police believe the man was hit by an unknown truck prior to the woman aiding him. A police investigation is ongoing. More evidence is needed, Seattle PD says, before any charges are filed against the driver who struck the man and woman.
Police ask that anyone with information related to this case call (206) 625-5011.
Good Samaritans Put Themselves At Risk
Many people that witness an accident or see someone on the side of the road that is injured have an immediate impulse to help. While this is a terrific quality to have, you may be putting yourself at risk.
A Good Samaritan – a charitable or helpful person – usually doesn’t think before they jump into action. Their focus is helping the injured people. But there’s a real possibility that by taking these selfless actions that you could be seriously injured or killed by other unaware drivers. If you choose to run across a busy street or help alongside a highway, you’re at an even greater risk.
If you have an urge to help someone in need, try and keep your own safety in mind. If you are injured, you are entitled to compensation for damages just as if you were otherwise hit as a pedestrian. Proving that the driver that hit you was at-fault can be tricky sometimes, and it’s recommended that you consult with a pedestrian accident attorney.
Drivers have a responsibility to remain alert and watch for disabled vehicles. If a driver claims they did not see the disabled vehicle, it still does not relieve them of liability.
Washington State Pedestrian Accident Victims
A serious pedestrian accident can disrupt your life completely – the pain, the stress, the medical bills, not knowing what could happen to you and your family is enough to make anyone ponder about the future. It’s a heavy burden, but you don’t have to bare it alone. Let attorney Chris Davis and the legal team at Davis Law Group, P.S., take the weight off your shoulders so that you can focus on what’s most important: your recovery.
Call Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000 today for a free case evaluation. You can also use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page to get started.