Washington generally is a pedestrian-friendly state. The City of Bellevue is no exception. Citywide initiatives like “Keeping it Neighborly” and the Choose Your Way Bellevue program invite residents to get out and about on foot.
Pedestrian accidents persist, despite state and local leaders’ efforts to curb walking-related injuries and fatalities. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports an increase in pedestrian deaths in Washington since 2009.
Pedestrians of all ages are the most vulnerable travelers sharing our roadways. A car/pedestrian collision can be a catastrophic event, affecting a victim and his or her family for many years to come. Compensation may be available in cases where another person’s actions caused you or your child to suffer serious injury.
Damages may be available to address your pain and suffering, disability, scarring, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Our offices have helped numerous clients with cases similar to your own. We are passionate about providing personalized representation for injured pedestrians in Bellevue. Below, please find information to help you understand your options as you and your family recover from this tragic event.
Do I have a strong case for seeking compensation?
There are several avenues for financial recovery after a pedestrian accident. This includes filing an insurance claim with your own automotive insurance company and/or the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.
You also may consider seeking damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Before you proceed with this option, consider the factors relevant to building a successful case:
- Timeliness – Washington’s personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date of injury. You may be barred from seeking compensation if your accident was more than three years ago. Additionally, the longer you wait to initiate a suit, the less your chances of securing a substantial settlement or award.
- Negligence (the driver’s) – You must be able to prove the defendant driver acted with negligence in causing your injuries. This requires you to prove the driver owed you a duty of care, such as that established in Washington’s “Drivers to exercise care” law. You also must prove the driver violated the duty of care, such as driving while intoxicated or speeding through a red light. Further, you must be able to show the driver’s actions caused your injuries and that you suffered damages as a result of those actions.
- Negligence (your own) – Washington’s law of pure comparative negligence allows you to recover damages even if you were partially at fault for an accident. However, your compensation will be reduced in direct proportion to the degree of fault assigned to you. As such, your chances of a substantial settlement are limited in cases where your own actions were the primary cause of an accident.
- Evidence – A lawsuit is supported by evidence substantiating claims of negligence and injury. Evidence may include medical reports, income records and more.
A lawyer can evaluate the circumstances of your case to determine if you have grounds for seeking compensation.
Where can I turn when I am ready to seek damages?
Our offices provide free case consultations as a service to those who have been directly affected by a negligent driver’s actions. Call Max Meyers Law at today to schedule a confidential, free case evaluation.