Walking around Seattle at night is enjoyable but can be extremely dangerous. Find out here how you can increase your chances of staying safe.

Is walking around Seattle at night safe?

 

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There’s no question that walking around Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, or the surrounding areas is enjoyable, particularly at night. There’s just something special about being enveloped by the night sky and looking at the stars while you navigate through your town on foot.

Unfortunately, pedestrians are put in danger every time they take a walk when it is dark. Battling motorists, bicyclists, and other pedestrians can cause serious injuries unless certain precautions are taken.

What You Can Do to Stay Safe

If you step out to see downtown Seattle or any other area in Washington under the stars, only do so after taking a few safety precautions:

  • Wear reflective clothing. Pedestrians often believe that if they can see oncoming vehicles, the drivers can see them. Unfortunately, this isn’t usually the case. In fact, about 5,000 pedestrians are hit and killed each year, and pedestrians are three to four times more likely to be struck by vehicles at night than during the day. Wearing reflective clothing or adding reflective pieces on your body increases the likelihood that motorists will see you and stay out of your way.
  • Walk in well-lit areas. Although tourist attractions and other popular places in Seattle typically have their fair share of lighting, not every walking spot does. Walking in the dark where street lights and other types of lighting are scarce increases your chances of not being seen by a passing motorist. If possible, only take a stroll in places that are full of light.
  • Take caution in crosswalks. Motorists often have trouble seeing pedestrians in crosswalks. Consequently, you should never assume that a vehicle will stop once you begin crossing the road. Take extra care to ensure the crosswalk is empty and that you have enough time between vehicles to cross safely.

When You Become the Victim

If, despite your best efforts, you still become the victim of a pedestrian accident, the attorneys of the Andrew Kim Law Firm want to help. We may be able to help you receive the compensation you need to cover medical expenses related to the accident.

Contact us today to speak with an attorney about your situation and find out if we are able to help.