- How large of a settlement should I expect from my pedestrian accident claim?
The total amount you receive for you pedestrian accident depends on the severity of your injuries and recovery time. Pedestrian accidents are both rare and rather serious. Pedestrians are far more vulnerable since they don’t have the benefit of seat belts and air bags to protect them like car accident victims do. Due to these factors, pedestrian accident victims can expect settlements anywhere in the range of 4 to 7 figures. Settlements are based on medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- How long will my pedestrian accident case take to resolve?
The short answer is anywhere between 4 months to several years. If your case is clear cut and there are no questions about liability, the at-fault party’s insurance may just settle out of court since they know they lose if a judge or jury gets involved. If your case does go to trial proceedings could be dragged out for years thanks to various legal maneuverings. This is why hiring an attorney is essential for making sure you receive fair compensation for your losses and injuries. Contact The Advocates Law today for a free case evaluation.
- How will I pay my medical expenses if the driver who hit me is uninsured?
Unfortunately you may be out of luck if you’re a pedestrian who was hit by an uninsured motorist. You do have the option of filing a civil lawsuit against the uninsured driver. But oftentimes the reason drivers do not have insurance is because they can not afford it, so they might not have assets to sue over. One option you have to prevent such a nightmare scenario is to get Uninsured Motorist insurance added to your own automobile insurance. This will help you pay your medical bills and cover your lost wages if you are one day struck by an uninsured motorist.
The Advocates Law Can Answer Your Pedestrian Accident Questions
Washington State law says that vehicles should always yield to pedestrians when they cross a roadway within a marked crosswalk. The Advocates Law has practiced 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 the Advocates Law 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:
- A motorist’s lack of awareness of people walking in crosswalks, on sidewalks, in parking lots, and at intersections
- Pedestrians were unaware of the most dangerous places sharing the road with automobiles (crosswalks and intersections)
Pedestrian accident statistics from the WTSC also reported that the leading contributing factors for a pedestrian accident were:
- 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.
Contact The Advocates Law About Your Pedestrian Accident
Studies have shown that personal injury lawyers often get more money from insurance companies than if a pedestrian accident 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. Our attorneys have seen thousands of pedestrian 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 the Advocates Law right away. Our attorneys will help provide a clearer understanding about your situation and options. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, call the Advocates Law today at 206-452-4200. We will help you get back on your feet.