Seattle pedestrian hit by bus, bus driver may have been intoxicated

A 32-year-old male pedestrian was injured this morning when he was struck by a Seattle Metro bus at Third Avenue near Stewart Street after he walked in front of it according to the Seattle Police Department.

The injured pedestrian walked away from the pedestrian accident scene to a nearby Starbucks at Westlake Center but he was evaluated by the Seattle fire department who took him to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

The bus driver was arrested after a police drug recognition expert (DRE) determined that the driver was possibly under the influence of drug or alcohol at the time of accident. The bus driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center as well where a blood draw was taken.

It is mandatory for truck and bus drivers to be tested for alcohol and drugs after an accident.

Commercial Trucking and Bus Accidents

There are nearly 4,000 fatal accidents involving buses and commercial trucks every year and in about 3% of the motor carrier drivers and 27% of non-motor-carrier drivers are found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

In Washington state, a driver who has a blood alcohol content of .04 or more can be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year. For a second infraction, a driver is disqualified for a life time. If a driver test positive on a Department of Transportation test for drugs or alcohol their license can be disqualified for up to 10 years.

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