Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Seattle
Seattle is one of Washington State’s most popular cities for on-foot travelers. With the public transit and layout of the city, many Seattle residents choose not to own cars and instead do most of their commuting using public transportation and their own two legs.
However, there is some risk included when traveling the city by foot. Anytime pedestrians share the street with cyclists, cars, buses, and motorbikes, there’s the chance that someone might not be paying attention to the road — resulting in a collision and injuries to the pedestrian.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian, it is very important to seek medical and legal help immediately. Taking quick and effective action is the best way to ensure that you get justice legally and recover to full health physically.
Here at Brain Injury Law Of Seattle, our team of personal injury attorneys has had over 25 years of experience defending clients who have sustained an injury through someone else’s negligence.
What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident in Seattle
- Following a collision, seek medical attention right away. Many of the injuries sustained in this kind of crash are time sensitive, so don’t attempt to “walk it off.”
- While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, make sure someone is documenting evidence and witnesses.
- Unless your injuries are life-threatening, make sure the police hear your version of the events before you head to the hospital. If the police just hear the driver’s story, it will be easy for the insurance company to pin the collision on you.
- Start an information file. Stash all relevant documents in here, including your police reports, photographs of the scene, x-rays, insurance documents, etc.
- Contact a pedestrian injury attorney to advise you.
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Your Rights As An Injured Pedestrian
- You have the right to speak to an attorney before talking with an insurance company.
- You have the right to have any settlement offers reviewed by your attorney.
Following your collision, you may be contacted by the driver’s insurance company in an attempt to get you to settle your pedestrian injury claim outside of court.
We strongly advise you not to consider any settlement offers until you have spoken with a pedestrian injury attorney.
Don’t just settle for a bit of money to cover your present damages. First, you need to determine if you have sustained lasting injuries.
A pedestrian injury attorney will help protect you against the threat of future lost wages due to your injuries, and will secure compensation for your short and long-term medical expenses. A pedestrian accident lawyer will also be vital to your case if you have been involved in a hit-and-run. Hit-and-runs involve extensive detective work between multiple departments, so an expert legal team will help you communicate between all the different branches involved in your case.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents In Seattle?
In 2010, 6 percent of Seattle residents walked to their jobs. That figure jumped to an astonishing 13 percent in 2017 and the numbers have only continued to climb.
Following the rise in walkers, pedestrian awareness measures have also increased. But unfortunately, so has the number of cars and congestion in the city.
Instead of becoming safer for pedestrians, Seattle has become increasingly dangerous since 2010. In fact, the pedestrian death toll in the city doubled between 2016 and 2017, going from 5 fatalities to 11.
Seattle’s most dangerous road, Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue North), has accounted for 43 percent of all the pedestrian accidents in King County over the last five years, and 16 percent of pedestrian accidents for the entire state.
While it has become increasingly easy to walk to work in the downtown, being a pedestrian in Seattle still has a good deal of risk involved.
How Dangerous Are Pedestrian Accidents?
It will probably come as no surprise that accidents involving a pedestrian and a vehicle, whether that be a motorized one or a bicycle, are extremely dangerous. The average pedestrian has zero protection against the vehicle striking them and if the vehicle is going at a high speed the impact of the collision is certain to produce serious and life-threatening injuries.
Injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, muscle tearing, and even traumatic brain injuries, are common in pedestrian crashes.
Secure Your Future
We would highly encourage you, if you have been involved in an accident, to seek out legal help immediately. Don’t wait and allow yourself to suffer longer, instead seek out legal assistance and compensation for the wrong that was done to you.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, contact Brain Injury Law Of Seattle today. We would be more than happy to answer your questions or give you a free consultation so that you know what to expect from the legal journey ahead.
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“M.W. was riding his bicycle in a bike lane in Kent. He was a 24 year old elite cyclist in excellent shape. A driver of a truck in the lane next to him suddenly turned right and nicked M.W., making him fall off his bike. He was wearing his helmet. However, when he fell to the ground, his head struck the pavement along with his left shoulder. ”
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