A Spokane hit-and-run collision involving a green pickup truck severely injured one pedestrian on July 17, 2018.
According to KREM-4, this crash happened around 12PM between South Monroe Street and West Sprague Avenue. As the female pedestrian was walking across the street, a truck turned from Sprague to Monroe, allegedly struck the pedestrian, and continued driving south.
Thankfully, eyewitnesses saw the woman injured in the street and called local authorities. First-responders transported the crash victim to a local hospital where she is expected to survive her injuries.
Members of the Spokane Police Department are now trying to find the driver involved in this hit-and-run crash. Officers believe the vehicle involved in this crash was a green 90s model Ford pickup truck with an extended cab. If you have any information on this accident, please call (509) 456-2233.
Hit-And-Run Fatalities Skyrocket
Sadly, hit-and-run collisions are on the rise all across the country. A recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the number of total deaths from hit-and-run collisions soared to 2,049 in 2016. That’s a massive 62 percent increase from hit-and-run fatalities in 2009.
The AAA data also shows that 65 percent of the hit-and-run victims killed in 2016 were either pedestrians or cyclists. Amazingly, 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the last ten years were the result of hit-and-run accidents.
There are many possible explanations for this rise in hit-and-run fatalities, but most safety officials believe it correlates with the increase in distracted driving habits like texting while driving.
Pedestrians should keep in mind that most fatal accidents happen at night between 12AM and 4AM. If you must walk late at night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing bright clothing and/or lights to help drivers see you. Any pedestrians who like to listen to music while they walk should consider at least leaving one ear open to have a better sense of their surroundings.
Pedestrian Injury? Hit-And-Run? CCD Law Can Help
If you’ve been hurt by a negligent driver while walking around Spokane County, you should get in touch with Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, PS. All of our lawyers have years of experience handling cases like pedestrian injury and hit-and-runs. Even if the police aren’t able to capture the driver involved in your crash, you should still give our offices a call to better understand your legal rights.
Pedestrians injured in these types of crashes often require serious medical care and compensation. One thing’s for sure, most insurance companies won’t lend you a helping hand as you’re recovering from your injuries. After a major crash, you need a skilled lawyer by your side to fight for every dollar in damages you’re due.
All calls to Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, PS, are free and confidential, so never hesitate to give our lawyers a call. You can reach us at (509) 926-4900.