While Washington is a beautiful place to live and explore, it can pose threats to the many pedestrians who walk its streets, sidewalks and paths. In the United States in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an additional 70,000 pedestrians were injured. Despite the many pedestrian safety laws in Washington, it too has lost too many pedestrians to accidents caused by negligent drivers.
Being hit by a vehicle is traumatic, both physically and emotionally. If you or a loved one has been involved in pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, injuries, and financial costs.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the driver of the vehicle is often at fault for the accident. Pedestrian accidents may be the result of:
- distracted driving;
- failure to yield;
- aggressive driving;
- drunk driving (pedestrian accidents may involve unaware or intoxicated pedestrians as well);
- congestion or heavy traffic; and
The Washington State Department of Transportation has stipulated that vehicles must yield to pedestrians at intersections, whether or not a crosswalk is present, and drivers must exercise due care to protect pedestrians. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, it may have been the result of the driver’s negligence.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
When a person is hit by a motor vehicle, he or she is at risk for a variety of injuries. According to a study published in 2007 in the journal Injury Prevention that estimated 62,267 cases of injured bicyclists treated annually in emergency departments, injuries may involve the head and neck (31.7 percent), trunk (22.4 percent), lower extremities (27.7 percent), and upper extremities (14.2 percent). Injuries can include broken bones, sprains, internal injuries and bleeding, traumatic brain injuries, and other types of severe injuries or even death.
If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident in Washington, act immediately to pursue compensation for your damages.
Consult a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
In the state of Washington, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years, according to Washington statute RCW 4.16.080. As such, if you want to recover compensation for the accident in which you were involved, you must file your claim within three years from the time of injury.
A personal injury attorney can provide more information about what documentation you will need in order to file a claim, discuss what types of compensation you may be eligible to recover and assist you through the process of filing your claim. Max Meyers Law in Washington will guide you through your rights as a pedestrian injured in a traffic accident. In order to get started on your case today, call us at 888-230-4970 to begin filing your claim.