Updated on: 11/25/2019
A pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck while she was waiting at a bus stop near NE 8th Avenue and 120th Street NE in Bellevue on Wednesday.
According to KOMONews.com, a 33-year-old man was driving a pickup truck and towing a trailer with a large boat near the intersection of 120th St NE and NE 8th Ave when he tried to make a left-hand turn into a gas station against oncoming traffic. Police told reporters that another vehicle was traveling the opposite direction with a green light but the truck still decided to enter the oncoming lanes.
The collision between the truck and the other car caused the truck and trailer up and onto a sidewalk near the intersection, where the woman was waiting for her bus. She became trapped underneath the truck and was badly injured as a result.
“The light was clearly red for [the truck driver],” said Bellevue Police Capt. Marcia Harnden. “I’m not sure why he went into oncoming lanes.”
Protecting The Legal Rights Of Injured Pedestrians
People who act without regard to the safety or well-being of the general public put themselves at risk of suffering serious consequences as a result of their actions. In this particular situation, the at-fault driver is not only subject to being held responsible for the pedestrian’s injuries, but may also face criminal charges. Police have stated that the truck driver showed a clear disregard for the safety of others and will be charged with vehicular assault.
Moving forward, this creates a relatively strong case for the truck driver being held legally responsible for the pedestrian’s injuries. If the driver carries a liability insurance policy for the vehicle involved in the collision, the insurer will likely have a hard time defending itself from being held liable for the woman’s injuries and other damages, such as lost wages and pain and suffering.
Of course, a thorough investigation into the collision will be crucial in determining the next steps in the legal process for anyone involved. Consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer who has a successful track record is often in the best interests of an injury victim, especially since most attorneys offer free legal consultations to people who are considering legal representation.