Your primary goal during the claims process in a pedestrian accident case is to build your case by collecting and evaluating all evidence that can help you secure a fair and reasonable settlement. 

Together with an experienced attorney, you will prepare your case as if it is going to be tried in court before a jury. Even an experienced attorney can never know which case will settle and which will go to trial. It is important to prepare the case as if it will go all the way to trial, if necessary, so that the insurance carrier is very motivated to pay out the highest settlement possible.

Seattle pedestrian accident attorney Christopher M. Davis literally wrote the book on pedestrian accidents in Washington state. With "Right of Way: Washington State Pedestrian Law," Mr. Davis hopes to educate everyone in the state about their legal rights and options in the event of personal injury from a pedestrian accident.

What’s an Average Settlement for a Pedestrian Accident?

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.

How Much Should You Settle for 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.

$2,700,000 Pedestrian Struck By Bus In Crosswalk (Case No. 201285, Insurance Company: Confidential)

$2,050,000 Pedestrian Struck By Drunk Driver / Dram Shop Case (Case No. 200809, Insurance Company: Nevada Capital)

$1,500,000 Pedestrian Struck In Crosswalk By Delivery Truck (Case No. 200668, Insurance Company: Confidential)

$1,350,000 Settlement For Family Of Woman Killed By Metro Bus (Case No. 201285) Read Client Story

$1,300,000 Pedestrian Struck By Car (Case No. 200702, Insurance Company: American Commerce)

$1,290,000 Pedestrian Struck By Truck In Marked Crosswalk (Case No. 201104, Insurance Company: Safeco)

$1,000,000 Settlement for Pedestrian Pinned to Wall by DUI Driver Read The Client Story

$800,000 Pedestrian Hit By Car In Crosswalk (Case No. 200515, Insurance Company: QBE Regional Insurance)

$770,000 Pedestrian Hit In Crosswalk In Seattle U-District (Case No. 200910, Insurance Company: National Surety Corporation)

$750,000 Settlement for Pedestrian Struck by Commercial Vehicle Read The Client Story

$716,000 Settlement for Pedestrian Struck in Unmarked Crosswalk Read The Client Story

$645,000 Settlement for Puyallup Crosswalk Accident Victim (Case No. 201104, State Farm) Read The Client Story

$550,000 Pedestrian Struck By Car On Sidewalk (Case No. 200804, Insurance Company: Pemco)

$500,000 Pedestrian Hit By Van (Case No. 200188, Insurance Company: Farmers)

$450,000 Pedestrian Hit While Walking In Parking Lot (Case No. 200710, Insurance Company: GEICO)

$450,000 Pedestrian Hit By Van (Case No. 200846, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$400,000 Settlement for Pedestrian Hit in Marked Crosswalk Read The Client Story

$385,000 For Pedestrian Accident Victim With Brain Bleed Read The Client Story

$350,000 Scooter Driver Hit In Crosswalk (Case No. 200525, Insurance Company: CNA Insurance)

$275,000 Settlement for Family of Fatal Pedestrian Accident Victim Read The Client Story

$250,000 Settlement for Family of Woman Killed in Pedestrian Accident Read The Client Story

$250,000 Pedestrian Hit In Crosswalk By Car Making A Left Turn (Case No. 201174, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$240,000 Pedestrian Hit By SUV In Parking Lot (Case No. 200818, Insurance Company: National General)

$200,000 Wrongful Death of Pedestrian Killed After Exiting Bus (Case No. 200509, Insurance Company: The Hartford)

$200,000 Pedestrians Struck By Speeding Vehicle (Case No. 201047, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$200,000 Pedestrian Struck On Sidewalk By Left-Turning Vehicle (Case No. 200685, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$200,000 Pedestrian Struck On Sidewalk (Case No. 200584, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$200,000 Pedestrian Struck In Safeway Parking Lot Suffers Serious Injuries (Case No. 200521, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$200,000 Pedestrian Struck in Marked Crosswalk (Case No. 200905, Insurance Company: USAA)

$200,000 Pedestrian Struck In Crosswalk By Left-Turning Car (Case No. 201472, Insurance Company: State Farm)

$200,000 Pedestrian Struck By Commercial Vehicle In Parking Lot (Case No. 200829, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$200,000 Pedestrian Hit In Crosswalk By Left-Turning Vehcile (Case No. 200522, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$200,000 Pedestrian Hit By Driver Failing To Yield Right Of Way (Case No. 201089, Insurance Company: Farmers)

$150,000 Teen Pedestrian Struck By Car In Renton (Case No. 200843, Insurance Company: GEICO)

$142,000 Settlement for Pedestrian with Shattered Wrist Read The Client Story

$140,000 Pedestrian Struck In Goodwill Donation Lane (Case No. 200556, Insurance Company: USAA)

$140,000 Pedestrian Hit In Redmond Crosswalk (Case No. 200662, Insurance Company: GEICO)

$135,000 Pedestrian Crossing With Signal Hit In Crosswalk (Case No. 200197, Insurance Company: The Hartford)

$120,000 Pedestrian Hit By Right-Turning Driver After Exiting Bus (Case No. 200703, Insurance Company: USAA)

$104,405 Pedestrian Struck By Pickup Truck In Crosswalk (Case No. 200852, Insurance Company: Farmers)

$100,000 Settlement for Pedestrian with Shattered Bones Read The Client Story

$100,000 Pedestrian Hit By Truck In Grocery Store Parking Lot (Case No. 201195, Insurance Company: Liberty Mutual)

$100,000 Pedestrian Hit By SUV On Sidewalk (Case No. 201093, Insurance Company: GEICO)

$100,000 Pedestrian Hit By Delivery Truck (Case No. 201187, Insurance Company: Progressive)

$100,000 Pedestrian Hit By Car In Shopping Center Parking Lot (Case No. 200506, Insurance Company: State Farm)

$96,500 Pedestrian Hit While Jogging (Case No. 200738, Insurance Company: Pemco)

$75,000 Pedestrian In Crosswalk Hit By Taxi Cab (Case No. 200324, Insurance Company: Specialty Risk Services)

$74,000 Pedestrian Struck In Hospital Parking Lot (Case No. 200496, Insurance Company: Mutual of Enumclaw)

$73,545 Pedestrian Hit By Pickup Truck IN Crosswalk (Case No. 200871, Insurance Company: Travelers)

$68,000 Vehicle Hits Pedestrian In Crosswalk (Case No. 201077, Insurance Company: Zurich)

$60,000 Pedestrian Hit By Car That Was Rear-Ended (Case No. 200659, Insurance Company: American Family)

$50,000 Pedestrian Hit In Crosswalk Due To Failure To Yield (Case No. 200555, Insurance Company: Patriot General)

$50,000 Pedestrian Hit By Car In Marked Crosswalk (Case No. 201335, Insurance Company: GEICO)

$46,000 Pedestrian Hit In Marked Crosswalk With Walk Signal (Case No. 201191, Insurance Company: State Farm)

$42,431 Pedestrian Walking Dogs Hit By Minivan From Behind (Case No. 200560, Insurance Company: State Farm)

$41,000 Student Hit By Car In Crosswalk Near School (Case No. 200923, Insurance Company: Allstate)

$38,400 Car Hits Two Pedestrians On Sidewalk (Case No. 200480, Insurance Company: State Farm)

$32,000 Pedestrian Hit In Unregulated Crosswalk (Case No. 201175, Insurance Company: Progressive)

$30,000 Pedestrian Struck By Passing Vehicle (Case No. 200080, Insurance Company: GEICO)

$28,840 Pedestrian Hit In Macy's Parking Lot (Case No. 200686, Insurance Company: American Commerce)

$23,000 Pedestrian Struck While Walking To School In Crosswalk (Case No. 200520, Insurance Company: GEICO)