Seattle Crosswalk Accident Attorney
Hit by a Car While in a Crosswalk?
If you have been struck by a motor vehicle and injured while crossing a roadway, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To find out more about your legal rights and options, you need to consult an Seattle pedestrian accident attorney. The legal team at Washington State's Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been successfully representing Seattle area injury victims for 40 years and will use their extensive experience to get you the best settlement possible. Call our offices today for a free consultation. Dial (888) 228-3860.
Right of Way in a Crosswalk
According to Washington's Department of Transportation, "The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning." While pedestrians are also required to obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals, it is ultimately the vehicle driver's duty to look out for pedestrians.
Liability for A Crosswalk Accident in Seattle
There are four possible liable parties when someone is injured while in a crosswalk.
The driver of the vehicle, of course, can be held liable if they did not yield the right of way to the pedestrian. This could be because the driver was distracted by talking on a cell phone, intoxicated, speeding, etc.
The municipality that designed and is in charge of maintaining the roadway can be found liable for such things as a poorly designed intersection, a broken stoplight, poor lighting, a stop sign obscured by foliage, a pothole, oil spilled on the pavement, etc.
Vehicle or Vehicle Part Manufacturer
If the accident is cause by a defective vehicle or vehicle part, the designer and manufacturer of that vehicle or part can be held liable. This could be a tire that failed to stop the car at a reasonable speed, a brake that failed, a blind spot that should have been fixed in the design phase, etc.
Yes, a pedestrian can be found at fault or partially at fault for the accident that injured them. Washington is a comparative negligence state, meaning that more than one party can share fault in causing an accident. For instance, if the pedestrian was crossing against the light when they were struck by a driver who was texting, a judge or jury could rule that the pedestrian was 25 percent at fault for the accident and the driver was 75 percent at fault. This would mean that, if it were decided that the pedestrian was to be awarded $10,000, that award would be reduced by 25 percent, or $2,500.
Free & No Obligation Consultation with an Accident Lawyer in Seattle
If you've been injured in a crosswalk accident, it is vital that you seek the representation of a premier injury lawyer in Seattle. Let the attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. put their four decades of experience to work on your claim by calling (888) 228-3860 for a free case evaluation.