Pedestrian Accidents

Federal Way Pedestrian Accident & Injury Attorneys

Pedestrian accident attorney

Talk To An Experienced Lawyer About Your Pedestrian Accident Today

It can happen in a flash: you are walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street, and suddenly your world is turned upside down by a pedestrian accident. These are almost without exception serious accidents: when a car strikes a person with great force, it’s the person who loses out. These accidents are also often expensive, emotionally traumatic, and disruptive to your daily life.

At Ye Law Firm, we are committed to helping pedestrian accident victims in Seattle, the surrounding areas, and Washington State get the compensation and justice they need and deserve while they recover from their injuries. This compensation could include damages for:

  • Medical bills and future medical costs.
  • Lost wages and future lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering/emotional trauma.
  • Property damage.
  • Loss of quality of life/loss of consortium.

To learn more about our legal services or to request a free, private meeting with Chong Hae Ye, please call us today at (253) 946-0577 or fill out our quick contact form.

How Pedestrian Accidents Happen In Seattle

There are literally thousands of different ways that pedestrian accidents can happen in and around Seattle, Federal Way, and Tacoma. However, there are some reasons that pedestrian accidents take place that are much more common than others. Here are five:

  • Distracted driving and distracted walking. Especially in these modern times, more and more drivers and pedestrians don’t have their eyes on their task or their minds focus on getting from here to there. A pedestrian may be looking at their phone or listening to music, while a driver could be texting, toying with the radio, or talking to passengers. Either way, the results can be disastrous.
  • Driving (and walking) under the influence. About one in three traffic accidents involve alcohol in some way, and both drivers and pedestrians can cause accidents because of the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Disobeying the rules of the road. A huge number of pedestrian accidents occur because a car runs a stop sign, a pedestrian jaywalks, or a car doesn’t use its blinker. These accidents often have a clear at-fault party.
  • Speeding. Speeding cars don’t have time to brake for pedestrian in the roadway, whether the pedestrians are in a legal crosswalk or not. Speeding cars are also the cause of very serious pedestrian injuries or pedestrian fatalities because the cars strike with such force.
  • Dangerous intersections. Seattle, Tacoma, and Federal Way all have congested intersections and busy areas. Some of these intersections have horrible histories when it comes to pedestrian accidents. In limited cases, road design may be the underlying cause of these collisions.

Do Pedestrians Always Have The Right Of Way?

Some pedestrians are under the wrong impression that they can dart into the street at any time and under any circumstances and have the legal right of way in Washington State streets. At the same time, many motorists are under the wrong impression that any pedestrian randomly crossing the street outside of a crosswalk is jaywalking. Both ideas are incorrect.

Here are a few Washington State pedestrian laws that everyone on foot as well as everyone behind a wheel should be familiar with:

  • Drivers and bicyclists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks.
  • Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and traffic control devices unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.
  • No pedestrian or bicycle shall suddenly leave a curb and move into traffic so that the driver can not stop.
  • Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.
  • Vehicles shall stop at intersections to allow pedestrians and bicycles to cross the road within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
  • Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

When two vehicles collide, most drivers are protected by the steel cage of their car, a seat belt, and at least one airbag. But when a car collides with a pedestrian, the pedestrian is struck directly, sometimes with great force. Because of this, pedestrian accidents are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Shattered bones and bone fractures.
  • Neck, back, and spine injuries.
  • Paralysis.
  • Internal injuries.
  • Coma.
  • Death.

These injuries can mean more than an ambulance ride to the hospital. It can also mean surgeries, extended hospital stays, and months of rehabilitation. It can also mean lifelong consequences and disabilities that can result in even more bills, plus difficulty supporting yourself or you family. While getting compensation for your catastrophic injuries can never take away what happened to you or what you still suffer from, it can help you pay your bills and return your life to some form of normalcy.

Pedestrian Accidents & Wrongful Death

Because vehicles often strike pedestrians with great force, fatalities are common. In these cases, the family members of the victim can seek justice and compensation from the at-fault driver after the accident. Wrongful death damages can include funeral costs, medical costs, lost future wages, and pain and suffering. In addition, in some cases punitive damages can act as a way to further make the at-fault party feel their responsibility and help prevent future accidents from taking place.

Schedule Your Private Consultation With A Federal Way Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

A pedestrian accident can shatter your life and your family, all within seconds. For this reason, it is vital for you to speak to an experienced Washington State personal injury attorney in the wake of your accident to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation owed to you under the law. We offer free, private consultations either in our office or over the phone. Schedule yours today by calling (253) 946-0577 or filling out our quick electronic contact form.