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Seattle Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

A skilled Seattle pedestrian accident attorney at The Fang Law Firm can help you recover financial compensation from the at-fault driver after a pedestrian accident. Medical bills and mounting expenses should be the last thing on your mind when recovering from an injury.

Have you or your loved one been involved in an accident as a pedestrian? If you’ve been hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, you may be experiencing mounting medical bills and financial related stress. Not only are pedestrian related accidents expensive, but they’re life-altering. Depending on the type of injury you experienced, you may have a reduced physical or mental capacity that could lead to short term or long term disability.

 

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How Can a Seattle Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help?

A skilled pedestrian accident attorney can help you recover from an at-fault driver. Among other things, a Seattle personal injury attorney can help you with the following:

  • Initiating the claims process; A pedestrian accident lawyer knows how the claim process works and can walk you through it with ease.
  • Manage deadlines and communications from the insurance company, including requests for more information
  • Discovery collection including medical records and hiring expert witnesses to help you build a winning case
  • Accident scene investigation; a skilled Seattle pedestrian accident attorney will hire a first-class investigator to analyze the scene of the accident including accident scene reconstruction.
  • Handle all settlement negotiations. A pedestrian accident lawyer is experienced in settlement negotiations and knows all the tricks insurance companies will try to play.
  • Drafting and filing court related pleadings on your behalf
  • Managing court related deadlines and correspondence from the court
  • Representing you throughout the court proceeding

Not only will a pedestrian accident attorney help you recover financially but they will take the stress and pressure off your plate. Having an advocate in your corner during insurance negotiations or trial proceedings will show the insurance companies you mean business.

What Types of Damages Can You Recover?

At the conclusion of a case, if you win, the jury will award you both economic damages and non-economic damages to compensate for your injuries. These damages include payment for the following economic damages or losses:

  • Lost wages and future lost earnings
  • Medical bills and future medical bills
  • Loss of earning capacity

While economic damages help pedestrian accident victims recover from financial losses and gain the financial security they need to move forward toward recovery, you may also gain compensation for less tangible losses. Non-economic damages compensate victims for the negative effects that severe or debilitating injuries have on their lives. You may gain compensation for non-economic damages such as the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium (the loss of a close and loving relationship, companionship, and physical relationship)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life (being unable to participate in activities you once enjoyed and having a lesser quality of life because of your injuries)

It is important to note that Washington does not allow recovery for punitive damages in personal injury cases. Punitive damages are meant to punish the at-fault party for the injuries they caused you.

Recovering Through the Washington Court System

If the insurance company denies your claim or refuses to give you the settlement amount you deserve, a Seattle pedestrian accident attorney will help you file a claim against the at-fault driver or the insurance company. Washington recognizes a number of claims, including but not limited to:

  • Negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Bad-faith claims against the insurance company
  • Wrongful death

These are just a few claims that claimants can bring against an at-fault driver. A skilled Seattle pedestrian accident lawyer can assist you in determining which claims have the highest chance of success.

Washington Damage Caps

Washington does not place a cap, or limit, on damages. However, Washington recognizes comparative fault. Comparative fault is the process of determining what percentage your actions contributed to the accident. If you are found to have contributed to the accident in any way, your damages award will be reduced by the percentage in which you contributed to the accident.

How Long Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

Washington places a 3-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, including pedestrian accidents. This means you have no more than 3 years from the date of the accident in which to file a pedestrian accident claim. This law is meant to protect defendants against indefinite threats of lawsuits years after an incident. It’s also meant to protect the integrity of evidence and eye-witness testimony, both of which may degrade in quality over time.

There are a few exceptions to the 3-year statute of limitations including:

  • If you were under age 18 at the time of the accident you have up to 3 years after your 18th birthday in which to file a claim
  • If you didn’t notice the injury or know it was caused by the accident until weeks, months, or even years later, the statute of limitations begins on the day you learned of the injury or when you should reasonably have known
  • If you are incapacitated, such as in a coma or unable to speak after a pedestrian accident the statute of limitations begins on the day you regain consciousness or regain your faculties

It’s important to file a pedestrian accident claim as soon as possible after the accident. Courts will not consider a case filed even a single day past the 3-year limit. Plus, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence are easier to gather and most reliable during the days and weeks immediately after an accident occurs.

Seattle Pedestrian Accident

Washington State Pedestrian Laws

Washington has codified a number of laws to help keep pedestrians safe and reduce accidents. Among those laws include:

  • Pedestrians must obey traffic signals
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks
  • Pedestrians must yield to vehicles outside of a marked crosswalk

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

From 2004 – 2017, in Seattle alone, 6,817 pedestrian related accidents occurred and 874 of those accidents were fatal. In the U.S. only about 11% of travel occurs on foot, however, pedestrian accidents account for about 13% of traffic-related deaths annually. Pedestrian related accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Malfunctioning cross-walks
  • Drivers not yielding to pedestrians
  • Speeding
  • Impaired driving due to drugs and alcohol
  • Failing to slow down in marked school zones (children are more likely than adults to become victims of pedestrian accidents)
  • Making left-hand turns (Cars turning left are 3 times more likely to hit a pedestrian than cars turning right)

In some cases, a pedestrian may be the at-fault party in the accident or may be partly at fault. Some pedestrian causes or partial causes of accidents include:

  • Device distraction, such as texting, adjusting an iPhone playlist, or scrolling social media while walking
  • Pedestrian negligence, such as jay-walking, darting out into traffic, or failing to use sidewalks or areas marked for pedestrian use

Because Washington is a comparative fault state, the amount of compensation you receive in a settlement or court award for a pedestrian accident is reduced by the percentage you’re found to be at fault. In other words, if your compensation is $100,000 but you are found to be 20% at fault, your payout will be reduced by $20,000, so you’ll receive $80,000.

Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries because the human body cannot handle the impact of a vehicle. Pedestrian accidents can result in the following injuries:

Tips for Preventing Pedestrian Accidents

It is no secret that recovering from an insurance company or at-fault driver is a time consuming and scary process. To avoid this process all together, follow these tips to reduce your chances of being involved in a pedestrian related accident:

  • Wear bright colored clothes or lights at night – this will increase the chances that a driver will see you at night.
  • Follow all traffic signs and safety signals – traffic signs and safety signals are set up with you in mind, following them will reduce your chances of being involved in a pedestrian related accident.
  • Don’t assume a driver can see you – make eye contact with the driver before proceeding across the road – a driver looking the other way or looking past you may not see you.
  • Stay on the sidewalk – the sidewalk keeps you out of the way of vehicles and the curb acts as a natural barrier between you and the cars on the highway.
  • Walk the opposite way of traffic – if you can see an out of control driver coming, you can jump out of the way or move to the side in time to avoid being hit.

Contact Our Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a pedestrian related accident, don’t hesitate to call The Fang Law Firm today. One of our skilled pedestrian accident attorneys will walk you through your options and chart the best path for financial recovery. Call us today at (206) 489-5140 for a free case consultation.

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