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Pedestrian accidents are extremely dangerous and can be life threatening. Almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oftentimes pedestrian accidents result in extensive injuries and expensive medical treatment. Pedestrian accidents can also result in death. From 2008-2012, pedestrian accident fatalities accounted for 14% of all traffic-related death. Two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities occurred on urban roads. Risk of pedestrian fatality increased if either pedestrian or driver were distracted.
When you are in a pedestrian accident in Washington State, you may be wondering who is responsible to pay for your medical bills. Check if the driver who hit you has Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on their policy. If they do, then their PIP will cover your initial medical treatment and lost wages. Your auto insurance may also be on the hook to pay.
Trying to muddle through the case on your own can be intimidating and if you settle the case prematurely, you will most likely not receive the full value your case is worth. You deserve to have your medical treatment and lost time from work paid for. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in pedestrian accidents is the smart choice. They know all the tricks the insurance company uses that will leave you with less money. You do not need to pay the attorney anything out of pocket- they will be paid from the settlement. The Advocates at The Advocates Law Firm can figure out which insurance companies are responsible for your bills and work with them to make sure you are taken care of. When you have recovered from your injuries, The Advocates will get you a fair settlement that will include all the pain and suffering you went through due to the accident.
In Washington State, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the driver’s insurance. After that, you will be unable to receive any compensation for your injuries. Personal injury attorneys know when the best time is to settle your claim for the maximum compensation.
When you hire The Advocates at The Advocates Law Firm for your pedestrian accident case, you will have the option of coming into our office, or we can come to a place convenient to you to sign you up. Bring the following with you during your initial sign up, if you have them:
- Insurance letters from the driver’s insurance company
- Names of the driver, passengers, and any witnesses to the accident
- Pictures taken of the accident scene and your injuries
- A police report, if the police came on the scene
- Dates of work you missed due to the accident
- Health insurance card
- Doctor and medical provider information
- Any medical bills you’ve received
It’s okay if you don’t have some of the information above available when we sign you up. You can simply send us these things as they come in to you.
The Advocates Law Firm has your back, so contact us today—your initial consultation is always free!
For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pedestrian_safety/index.html
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