As many Washington residents already know, pedestrian accidents constitute a public safety issue affecting the entire country. In 2012, traffic accidents involving pedestrians accounted for nearly 4,750 fatalities and approximately 76,000 injured individuals, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A garbage truck driver caused the July 31 hit-and-run that killed a female pedestrian in Seattle, authorities determined later that day after a partial investigation. At approximately 3:30 p.m., the driver, an employee of waste disposal company Recology CleanScapes, allegedly struck the woman while she was crossing James Street in the 800 block.
When you deal with the tragic aftermaths of car accidents, drunk drivers and hit-and-runs day in and day out, it’s nice to have some good news every once in a while for a little change of pace. Car accidents involving pedestrians is a tragedy anywhere, but Washington state just got some positive news on that front, according to a recent study from the nonprofit group Smart Growth America.