Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Seattle
Representation for Injured Pedestrians
Seattle is a city made for walking. There’s nothing better than the sights and sounds experienced while travelling the city on foot – but walking has risks. Crosswalks, traffic signals and sidewalks are in place to keep pedestrians safe. Many Seattle drivers pay little attention to signals and crosswalks, and recklessly speed through intersections, endangering the lives of pedestrians.
In an impact between a car and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is likely to be seriously or fatally injured. Some of the most common injuries pedestrians sustain after an impact include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring injuries
- Extreme soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Fatal injuries
When pedestrian accidents occur, there are likely to be primary as well as secondary injuries.
Primary injuries occur at the point of impact, or the area that was directly hit by a car. For adults these usually include injuries to the legs and lower body. However, in small children these can be in much more traumatic areas such as the head and upper body. Even when the lower body is hit, catastrophic injuries such as paralysis can occur.
For instance, if an adult male was walking in a crosswalk and was struck by a car, the car would most likely strike his legs and/or lower body. This would make any injury to his legs or lower body the primary injury.
Secondary injuries are injuries that might not have occurred first, but that were still incurred as part of the accident. In the example above, if the man was hit in the legs by a car, he’s likely to fall down. If he hits his head as he falls, any injury to his face or head such as a concussion would be secondary injuries.
Other injuries may not be present at the time of the accident, but symptoms could start to show themselves days or even weeks after the accident. Because of this, it’s important to get a complete and thorough examination by a medical doctor so that any potential issues can be detected as soon as possible.
When the accident was due to the negligence or recklessness of the driver, victims can seek compensation for their injuries. This includes all apparent injuries following the accident, as well as those that don’t show up until further down the road.
Unfortunately, there are some that are at higher risk for injuries in car accidents than others. Due to the positioning of any vehicle and a small child, and due to the fact that a child’s bones may still be quite fragile and not yet fully developed, the injuries children suffer from a pedestrian accident can be catastrophic.
Likewise, the elderly are also at a higher risk for serious injury after a pedestrian accident, especially women who have or are at risk for osteoporosis. Because the elderly already often suffer from weak bones or bone loss, pedestrian accidents can also be very serious, and even fatal in some cases.
Certain types of vehicles can also affect the severity of injuries incurred as part of a pedestrian accident. The average passenger vehicle is already significantly larger than a pedestrian and, when they strike an individual, the damage can be very serious. However, when the vehicle striking the passenger is larger, such as a pick-up truck or an SUV, the consequences can quickly turn even more dire.
When you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to seek compensation that can help with medical bills, lost income, and emotional pain and suffering that are all a direct cause of the accident. It’s important that victims of pedestrian accidents contact a Seattle personal injury lawyer, such as us here at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. If you’ve been hurt, we want to review your case with you. Call us toll-free at (888) 228-3860 to speak live with an agent.
Washington Pedestrian Injury Recoveries
- $162,500 recovery for pedestrian crosswalk accident in Kent.
- $150,000 recovery for jogger injured in Seattle.
Recovering Compensation in a Pedestrian Accident
The injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can be serious, catastrophic, or fatal. Victims will require emergency lifesaving treatment, may need surgical intervention, rehabilitation, or other treatments, for many months or a lifetime. Beyond the costs of medical care and treatment, other financial damages should also be pursued, including lost wages, lost earning potential, and many others. Non-economic damages should be sought, including pain and suffering, emotional anguish, or loss of quality of life. In cases in which a close family member died, a wrongful death claim can be filed.
Insurance companies frequently engage in various strategies to try to limit the amount paid in settlements. At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our Seattle car accident attorneys are steadfast in demanding fair compensation for our clients, seeking justice and full compensation for those we represent. The goal is to recover the maximum possible in a settlement or jury verdict.
Determining Fault in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians have rights. Vehicles are required to come to a full stop when a pedestrian is crossing the street at a crosswalk or controlled intersection. Distracted, drunk, speeding or inattentive drivers may fail to observe that a person is crossing the street, or be unable to stop due to excessive speed. In Washington, several laws may come into play in determining who was at fault in a pedestrian accident, including:
- Right-of-way at intersections (46.61.235): Vehicles must stop at intersections for pedestrians crossing the road in a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked intersection.
- Obeying traffic signals (46.61.050): Pedestrians must obey traffic signal devices and walk only when it is safe to do so.
- Right-of-way on sidewalks (46.61.261): Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on sidewalks when entering or exiting private driveways.
- Walking on roadways (46.61.250): Pedestrians must use sidewalks when available. When there is no sidewalk, pedestrians must walk facing traffic on the far left side of the shoulder.
- Running into traffic (46.61.235): Drivers won't be held liable for accidents involving a pedestrian running into moving traffic who does not give the driver a reasonable amount of time to avoid a collision.
- Crossing the road where there is no crosswalk (46.61.240): Pedestrians attempting to cross the roadway where there is no crosswalk or intersection must yield the right-of-way to all oncoming vehicles.
- Due care (46.61.245): Drivers must "exercise due care" to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.
Every case is unique, and should be fully reviewed and evaluated by a skilled pedestrian accident attorney. In most cases, the pedestrian was in fact, using crosswalks and signals properly, and it is clear that the driver has acted negligently. Washington is a comparative fault state, meaning that in some cases, both parties may have been partly at fault for the accident. If you had some level of responsibility, you still have the right to pursue a settlement from the other party. A talented Seattle personal injury lawyer will get to work uncovering the facts in the case, obtaining all relevant evidence, and file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf.
Get Help From a Trusted Seattle, WA Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was the victim of a pedestrian accident, you need a powerful Washington pedestrian injury lawyer to help you fight for what is right. We have an extensive track record of success, including pedestrian accident cases, and we are personally committed to our clients and their families. To connect with us, call (888) 228-3860 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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