Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Will Answer Your Questions
Washington State law states that vehicles should always yield to pedestrians when they cross a roadway within a marked crosswalk. The Advocates has practiced pedestrian accident attorneys who are ready to take your fight all the way to the courts if necessary. Our firm will help you receive compensation for any medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation you may need after an accident. We will be your best ally in restoring your life to how it was before your accident. Insurance companies will try to force you into a lower settlement or even deny coverage altogether. With a pedestrian accident lawyer from the Advocates on your side, you will never be required to pay out-of-pocket for an accident.
Pedestrian Accident Laws and Injuries
Drivers have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians walking in crosswalks, on sidewalks, in parking lots, or any other place occupied with both cars and pedestrians. When yielding, vehicles should come to a complete stop while they allow any and all pedestrians to safely cross the road. Drivers must be diligent in keeping an eye out for pedestrians. Unfortunately, pedestrian automobile accidents often cause serious injury or even death. Some of the more common injuries are:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts, bruises, and scrapes
- Hemorrhages and hematomas
- Torn and sprained ligaments
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
In 2012, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) reported the following statistics:
- Pedestrian deaths account for 14% of all accident fatalities
- A pedestrian or cyclist was involved in a crash once every 3 hours
- A pedestrian or bicyclist was killed in a crash once every 4 days
- There were 2,038 people killed or seriously injured in pedestrian accidents involving a car
- There were 3,104 total vehicle and pedestrian accidents
The WTSC’s annual accident report said contributing factors to pedestrian accidents were:
- Pedestrians were unaware of the most dangerous places sharing the road with automobiles (crosswalks and intersections)
- Failure to yield the right-of-way to a motor vehicle
- Drug or alcohol use
- Distracted driving (including cell phones, loud music, and other passengers)
- Disregard of traffic signals
- Walking on the wrong side of the road
The best thing to do if you were hit by a car is to contact a pedestrian accident attorney with the Advocates Law for a free case evaluation. Our pedestrian accident lawyers know best how to get you maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney with the Advocates Today!
Studies have shown that pedestrian accident lawyers often get more money from insurance companies than if a victim pursues their claim without legal representation. It is standard protocol for insurance companies to train their employees to keep case settlement costs as low as possible. Since filing a pedestrian accident claim is rare, insurance companies will often make lower offers, assuming the accident victims will not know any better. Don’t worry. Our pedestrian accident lawyers have seen thousands of accident cases and know just what a fair settlement offer looks like. So if you are unsure if a case settlement offer will be enough to cover your medical expenses, lost income, and other unforeseen costs, you should contact a pedestrian accident lawyer with the Advocates right away. Our pedestrian accident attorneys will help provide a clearer understanding about your situation and options. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you can call The Advocates today at 206-452-4200 or you can chat online right now with a live motorcycle accident attorney. We will help you get back on your feet. Don’t hesitate to contact The Advocates today. You deserve an Advocate!