Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Western Washington
While crosswalks, traffic signals, signs, and sidewalks help keep pedestrians safer in the city, outside factors — such as distracted drivers — can lead to catastrophic consequences. When this happens, it’s imperative for injured individuals to seek representation from a knowledgeable attorney.
Kode Law Firm, PLLC provides victims of pedestrian accidents with the comprehensive legal services they need to secure the compensation they deserve after being hit by a car. Contact our team today to begin the litigation process!
Understanding Pedestrian Accident Cases in Seattle
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
There are many different injuries that can take place following a pedestrian accident. The following are just some of the most commonly experienced injuries:
- Head/brain injuries
- Facial injuries
- Spinal damage
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of limb
- Sensory impairment/loss
- Broken bones
Which Pedestrians Are at Increased Risk?
Statistics show that children aged 5-9 have a much higher risk of being hit by a vehicle than their adult counterparts. However, elderly adults — especially women with osteoporosis — are also at increased risk for incurring personal injuries following a pedestrian accident. This is because their bones are already weakened, dramatically increasing the potential for pedestrian accidents to become serious or even fatal.
Frequently Asked Questions for Washington Pedestrian Accident Law
Pedestrian accident cases are litigated differently from state to state. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding Washington State’s pedestrian accident laws:
How is Fault Determined in Pedestrian Accidents?
There are a number of laws in place that help determine who is most at fault when a pedestrian accident occurs, including:
- Right-of-way at intersections: Vehicles must stop at intersections to allow pedestrians to cross safely.
- Obeying traffic signals: Pedestrians are obligated to obey traffic signals, walking only when it is safe to do so.
- Right-of-way on sidewalks: Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on sidewalks — especially when entering or exiting private driveways or parking garages.
- Walking on roadways: Pedestrians must use sidewalks when they are available, walking facing traffic on the far-left side of the shoulder when sidewalks are unavailable.
- Running into traffic: Drivers are not liable if a pedestrian runs into traffic and does not provide a reasonable reaction time to avoid collision.
- Crossing the road where no crosswalk exists: Pedestrians are responsible for yielding the right-of-way to oncoming vehicles when attempting to cross a road that has no crosswalk or intersection.
- Due care: Drivers are obligated to exercise “due care” in order to keep pedestrians safe and avoid collision.
Who are the Possible Liable Parties?
There are four possible liable parties in pedestrian accident cases: drivers, municipalities, vehicle or vehicle part manufacturers, and even the pedestrian. Since Washington is a comparative negligence state, that means more than one party can share blame for the accident. In cases such as these, the damages paid to the pedestrian will be reduced by the percentage of blame for which they have been found to be responsible.
What Damages Can be Claimed?
The following damages are among the most common to be claimed following a pedestrian accident:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional therapy
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, and consortium
Kode Law for Western Washington’s Pedestrian Accident Representation
At Kode Law, our team is committed to being your ally following a catastrophic accident. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff have years of experience successfully litigating pedestrian accident cases. We also have bilingual staff members available to easily serve clients speaking English, Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Contact our team to get the compensation you deserve following a pedestrian accident!