Like any type of personal injury case, the details and circumstances of each incident are different. And nationally, injury settlements and verdicts are typically kept confidential, meaning there is no large-scale database for injury cases.
But we understand that pedestrian accident victims and their families want to have a ballpark idea of what to expect in their case.
Below, you’ll find some of Davis Law Group’s pedestrian accident settlement stories. While it’s difficult to find a true “average” settlement, you can get a good idea of what to expect by reading the details on the following cases:
- A senior citizen was stuck by a King County Metro bus while walking in a crosswalk. We obtained a $1.35 million settlement for the grieving family.
- We recovered $1 million on behalf of a woman who was severely injured when a drunk driver pinned her to the wall of a Seattle pub.
- We recovered a $750,000 settlement for a young woman who was seriously injured after being run over by a commercial vehicle in a marked crosswalk. She suffered several broken bones and missed a full year of work due to the accident.
- A pedestrian struck in a marked crosswalk by a pickup truck suffered a traumatic brain injury and permanent loss of taste. They received a $645,000 settlement.
- A Swedish Hospital employee struck our client in a marked crosswalk with an active walk signal. The driver admitted to not wearing his glasses or corrective lenses while driving, and we recovered a $400,000 settlement for our client.
- We recovered $262,500 for a college student who was seriously injured after being hit by a car while in a crosswalk.
What Is A Fair Settlement If You’re Hit By A Car?
In TV shows and movies, most cases are settled in court before a jury, but in reality, very few personal injury cases go to trial. Trials are risky, expensive, complicated, and slow. So most cases are settled through a process of negotiation and which does not involve a jury trial inside a courtroom.
In Washington State, more than 98 percent of personal injury cases are settled out of court.
Pedestrian injury cases can be very expensive to pursue, especially those cases where liability is contested or when it’s necessary to hire numerous experts to prove the case in court. A single case can incur thousands of dollars in expense. Sometimes the total expense can exceed six figures.
The pros and cons of litigation must be carefully weighed so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your family. Since each case is different and may involve different legal questions, your decision must be based on the specific facts involved.
Can You Sue a Hit-and-Run Driver?
If you are able to eventually find the person that hit you, you can file a claim and/or file a lawsuit against their car insurance company. If the driver did not have insurance, you should contact an attorney to evaluate your options.
If you are unable to locate the hit-and-run driver, you can file a claim with your own insurance company using either your uninsured motorist bodily injury policy (UMBI) or the uninsured motorist property damage policy (UMPD).
In some states, insurance companies will waive your deductible for hit-and-run accidents.
How Often are Pedestrians Killed in Traffic Accidents?
The most recent study from the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 5,984 pedestrians were killed in the United States in 2017.
- The number of pedestrian deaths for the first half of 2017 ranged from one in both Hawaii and Wyoming to 352 in California.
- Five states (California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Arizona – in rank order) each reported more than 100 pedestrian deaths, while 12 states (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming) and DC each had fewer than ten.
- Five states (California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Arizona) accounted for 43 percent of all pedestrian deaths.
- Arizona had the highest rate of pedestrian deaths per resident population, while Hawaii
- had the lowest.
- About 75 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at night.
- In the last 10 years, the number of pedestrian deaths increased by 27 percent, while all other traffic fatalities decreased by 14 percent.
- Pedestrian deaths as a percentage of total motor vehicle crash deaths increased from 11 percent in 2007 to 16 percent in 2016 (Figure 1). Prior to 2016, it had been 33 years (1983) since pedestrians accounted for such a large proportion of all traffic fatalities.
Note: Due to confidentiality clauses in many settlement agreements, we are sometimes unable to share detailed information about many of the cases that we handle on our website.
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$142,000 Settlement for Pedestrian with Shattered Wrist We were able to recover $142,000 to compensate our client for her medical expenses and the loss of her income. We had to help our client fight for what she was owed, as the at-fault driver’s insurance company put her through a contentious medical exam and made it difficult for her to be reimbursed for her ongoing care.
$100,000 Settlement For Pedestrian With Shattered Bones Davis Law Group was able to recover $100,000 to help pay for a pedestrian accident victim's medical expenses and other harms and losses.