Pedestrian Accidents

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

We Fight for Your Rights & Recovery in Washington

Pedestrians are at a disadvantage when they are hit by a motor vehicle. Because pedestrians are not protected by a vehicle's frame and safety features, they are more likely to sustain severe injuries in a collision. Pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries, including brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and amputations.

In many cases, pedestrians are struck by vehicles that are driven by negligent drivers. Regardless of the circumstances, the driver of the vehicle is responsible for ensuring the safety of pedestrians. When a driver fails to do this, the pedestrian can file a personal injury claim against the driver and the driver's insurance company.

At Carpenter & Zuckerman, we understand the difficulties and challenges associated with filing a personal injury claim after a pedestrian accident. Our team of Seattle pedestrian accident attorneys is prepared to represent you in your case. We know how to effectively fight for you and your rights. We will do what it takes to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you are owed.

We can help you, too. Call our Washington pedestrian accident lawyers at (425) 585-4009 today.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Washington

After a pedestrian accident, it is important to take immediate action to protect your rights and ensure that you are fully compensated.

You can begin by taking the following steps:

  • File a police report
  • Seek medical treatment
  • Gather evidence
  • Report your injuries to the driver's insurance company

It is important to report your injuries to the driver's insurance company. This will help the insurance company prove that you were injured and will help you prove the extent of your injuries and the impact they have on your life.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Seattle

Pedestrian accidents can occur due to various factors. Some common causes that can contribute to pedestrian accidents include:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers who are distracted by their mobile phones, passengers, eating, or any other activities can fail to notice pedestrians crossing the road.
  • Speeding: Higher vehicle speeds reduce the time drivers have to react to pedestrians and increase the severity of injuries in the event of a collision.
  • Failure to yield: Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at crosswalks, intersections, or when turning can lead to accidents.
  • Drunk driving: Alcohol or drug impairment can significantly impair a driver's judgment, coordination, and reaction time, increasing the likelihood of accidents involving pedestrians.
  • Poor visibility: Low lighting conditions, bad weather, or inadequate street lighting can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Jaywalking: Pedestrians crossing the road outside designated crosswalks or against traffic signals put themselves at higher risk of being involved in an accident.
  • Lack of pedestrian infrastructure: Insufficient sidewalks, crosswalks, or pedestrian-friendly infrastructure can force pedestrians to walk in unsafe areas, increasing the chances of accidents.
  • Inadequate signage: Insufficient or unclear signage can confuse drivers and pedestrians, leading to accidents.
  • Vehicle blind spots: Large vehicles such as trucks or buses have significant blind spots, which can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, especially while turning or changing lanes.

What Compensation Can I Recover in a Pedestrian Accident Case?

Pedestrian accident cases are complex and can involve multiple parties. The driver of the vehicle might be liable, but the vehicle's manufacturer might also be liable if the vehicle was defective. You might even be able to hold a municipality liable if the accident occurred on a poorly maintained road or sidewalk.

When you work with Carpenter & Zuckerman in Washington, you can expect to recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent injuries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

We know that the costs of your medical treatment and other expenses can add up quickly. In many cases, you will need to take time off of work to recover. In some cases, you might be permanently disabled and unable to work. You should not have to worry about how you will pay for these expenses. We can help you fight to get the compensation you are owed.

Learn More About Our Approach to Pedestrian Accident Cases in Washington

Cases involving pedestrian accidents can be complex and difficult to manage on your own. Our team of Seattle pedestrian accident attorneys can help you navigate the legal system and fight for your rights. We will do what it takes to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you are owed.

We will start by gathering evidence, such as:

  • Police reports
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Surveillance footage
  • Vehicle damage reports

We will then investigate the accident and determine who is liable for your injuries. If the driver of the vehicle is liable, we will work to hold the driver and the driver's insurance company accountable. If the vehicle's manufacturer is liable, we will work to hold them accountable. In either case, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Schedule your consultation with our team today. Call our Seattle pedestrian accident lawyers at (425) 585-4009.

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