A pedestrian was seriously hurt on Monday in Seattle when he was struck during a hit at run accident at about 7:20 PM local time.
Jason Stofko sustained serious injuries after he was hit by an unidentified driver who promptly fled the scene on Monday, January 27 in Seattle.
Local law enforcement stated that around 7:20 p.m., Mr. Stofko was struck by an unknown motorist as he was trying to cross the intersection at Spring Street and 5th Avenue in Seattle.
The accident occurred after, police explained, the driver purportedly ignored traffic signals and failed to yield to Jason Stofko, the pedestrian and victim of serious personal injuries in this tragic incident.
Paramedics promptly arrived at the scene and took Jason Stofko to a local medical facility where he is currently being granted care for severe injuries, local officials added.
MAJOR HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT PROBE
Seattle law enforcement agents are currently examining the accident and looking for the hit-and-run driver who collided with Mr. Stofko and shamelessly fled the scene. The driver will likely face multiple charges when detained.
According to the Legal Advocate:
This tragic hit-and-run underscores the dangers that pedestrians face every day in the U.S. Approximately 6,227 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2018, an increase of 250 from a year earlier, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Candice Bond, an experienced Washington pedestrian accident attorney, said that one factor that has played a role in this disturbing trend is the fact that drivers are more and more being distracted by electronic devices, instead of focusing on the road and pedestrians.
Kitsap County Sheriff officials will also examine several other potential factors in the case during the course of its investigation.
Along with the meticulous work of the local police force, an attorney has the necessary means to interview specialists, perform defendant background checks and review relevant insurance coverage. These measures are vital to assisting those who have been victims of cases like this one and injured, and to ensure they receive the fairness they are entitled to.
In most cases, pedestrians retain the right of way during the crossing of an intersection or roadway regardless if they are in a clearly marked crosswalk. It is the driver’s duty to yield to all pedestrians.
WASHINGTON PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
Awaiting the results of the official probe, Thomas Rosamond, the victim of the two-car wreck, could be entitled to a personal injury lawsuit. In addition, family members and loved ones of injury (or wrongful death) victims might pursue damages for loss of mobility, pain and suffering, and emotional distress after a horrible or tragic incident such as this terrible accident.
Torklaw’s legal analysts are experienced in Washington accidents and personal injury cases like this one. Should you or a loved one need help with this specific case or any case like this, we are available to help and would love to talk.
The staff here at SafetyWatch would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Jason Stofko and his loved ones.