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:
To learn more about our legal services or to request a free, private meeting with Chong Hae Ye, please call us today at (253) 258-0804 or fill out our quick contact form.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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) 258-0804 or filling out our quick electronic contact form.