Waiting at a bus stop is generally not considered to be a dangerous activity, but a Bellevue woman recently had a different experience. While waiting for a bus, the woman was struck and pinned to the bus stop bench by a pickup truck trying to make a left turn against traffic. Given the nature of the accident and the potential for catastrophic injury, the victim has proclaimed herself to be “lucky.”

The woman was sitting on a bench waiting for a Rapid Ride B Line bus near a filling station in Bellevue. At the same time, a pickup truck towing a boat attempted to turn into the filling station adjacent to the bus stop. The truck driver elected to attempt the turn without waiting for traffic in the oncoming lane to clear. As the truck turned into the oncoming traffic, it was struck by a vehicle that caused the truck and trailer to jackknife. The truck struck the woman waiting for the bus and pinned her between its bumper and the bench. The driver of the truck was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault, but police do not believe that he was impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The woman suffered broken facial bones and serious abrasions on her legs. She was experiencing severe leg pain that caused her to believe that her legs were broken. Fortunately, that turned out not to be the case. Her prognosis appears to be optimistic, especially compared to other possible outcomes.

The driver of the pickup truck appears to bear the greater portion of fault for the accident, but the car that struck the truck may have been speeding or simply failed to respond to the turning truck. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving more than one vehicle may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for an evaluation of the evidence, a determination of fault and the likelihood of recovering damages.