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Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Even with a growing presence of traffic signals, crosswalks, and sidewalks, Seattle can be a dangerous city for pedestrians. Drivers often fail to pay attention to their surroundings, and pedestrians are injured in motor vehicle collisions on a frequent basis. Because pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when going up against large vehicles, pedestrians often suffer serious, life-threatening injuries if they are involved in an accident.

Davis Law Group has represented numerous pedestrian accident victims & families of pedestrians killed by motorists since the firm was founded in 1994. Davis Law Group, P.S. founder Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized civil litigation lawyers practicing in Washington State.  Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Washington State contact attorney Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 to schedule your free legal consultation.

Pedestrian Accident Settlements and Verdicts

$415,000 for a young boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after being hit by an SUV.
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$400,000 for a man who was badly hurt after being hit by a company vehicle in a crosswalk.
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$275,000 for the family of a pedestrian who was killed after being struck by an elderly driver in an SUV.
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When Do You Need A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?

Not all pedestrian accident victims need the assistance of a lawyer, but it may be in your best interests to at least discuss your case with an attorney to evaluate your options. Hiring a lawyer does not automatically mean that a lawsuit will be filed, as more often than not attorneys are able to negotiate settlements for their clients before the case goes to court.

When necessary, litigation not only serves the purpose of compensating an accident victim, but holding negligent persons and companies accountable for their actions. Lawsuits can help change the law. Successful cases can help facilitate change in awareness, behavior, and the law which may help prevent future injuries and fatalities.

How Much is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?

No two personal injury cases are alike. Cases involving injured pedestrians can vary especially widely. An accident victim with mild soft tissue injuries may receive only a few thousand dollars to pay for treatment; a victim who sustains severe, permanent disabilities may receive millions or even tens of millions of dollars in compensation. A few of the many factors that go into determining the value of a pedestrian accident claim include:

Medical Expenses. If your medical bills are high or you need ongoing care, your attorney will ask for more in economic damages.

Non-Economic Damages. Pedestrians with serious injuries may experience pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other damages. It is possible to seek financial compensation for these damages.

Lost Earnings. If you lost a significant amount of work or potential work, that may factor into your settlement. This is usually calculated based on your regular wages and how much time you lost.

At-Fault Driver’s Insurance. Different drivers have different insurance policies. In some cases, you may be limited in how much money you can recover because the policy has a low cap. In other cases, that cap may be much higher than your damages.

Litigation. Not every personal injury case goes to trial. However, lawyers with a proven track record at trial are often able to recover larger verdicts. Insurance companies often offer these lawyers’ clients more money in settlements in order to avoid going to trial.

Washington State & King County Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • Each year in Washington State, pedestrian fatalities account for 12 percent to 14 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. 
  • In Washington State, 60 percent of collisions are located on city streets, where people are expected to travel on foot.
  • More than 30 percent of fatal collisions are on state roads that are typically considered regional or trans-regional facilities dedicated principally to vehicular traffic and designed accordingly (Washington State DOT).
  • Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue North) was the site of 43 percent of the pedestrian accident in King County and 16 percent for Washington State as a whole during a five-year period in a recent study.
  • From 2008 to 2012, 90 pedestrians were killed and an additional 582 pedestrians were seriously injured in King County. Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 21% of all traffic fatalities in the county.
  • Pedestrian deaths have declined steeply since 1975 but still account for 15 percent of crash fatalities. Two percent of people killed in motor vehicle crashes are bicyclists.

2016 Pedestrian Accident Statistics - Washington State

  • Fatal Pedestrian Accidents - 89
  • Suspected Serious Injury Accidents - 362
  • Possible/Suspected Injury Collisions - 1,874
  • No Apparent Injury Incidents - 108
  • Total Pedestrian Accidents - 2,433

Get Help from a Qualified Attorney

An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options after an accident and help you determine the best course of action for you and your family. At Davis Law Group, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis which means you don't owe any attorney's fees until we have successfully resolved your case. We will also review your case free of charge, with no obligation to hire us. Use the form on this page or call (206) 727-4000 to get started. 

References

"Building America’s Most Walkable City." (n.d.): n. pag. City of Seattle. Seattle Department of Transporation, 2017. Web. <http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/PedSafetyBrochure.pdf>.
City of Seattle. "Seattle Pedestrian Law." RCW 46.04.160. Seattle Department of Transportation, n.d. Web. <http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pedrcw.htm>.
"Factors in Washington Pedestrian Fatalities, 2008-2012." Washington Traffic Safety Commission; Research and Data Division (RADD). Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), n.d. Web. <http://wtsc.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2014/11/Factors-in-Pedestrian-Fatals-Crashes-2008-12.pdf>. 
Lim, Eunyoung. "A Profile of Pedestrian Fatalities in King County, Washington." Public Health — Seattle & King County. King County, WA, June 2005. Web. <http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/violence-injury-prevention/traffic-safety/~/media/depts/health/violence-injury-prevention/documents/profile-pedestrian-fatalities.ashx>.
Lowy, Joan. "Pedestrian Deaths Surge in 2015, up 28% in Washington State, Early Data Shows." The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company, 08 Mar. 2016. Web. <http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/early-data-suggests-pedestrian-deaths-surged-in-2015/>.
"Pedestrian Safety." King County. Public Health — Seattle & King County, n.d. Web. <http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/violence-injury-prevention/traffic-safety/pedestrian-safety.aspx>.
"Pedestrians and Bicyclists." Highway Loss Data Institute. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), n.d. Web. <http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/pedestrians-and-bicyclists/topicoverview>.
SDOT Pedestrian Program. Rep. Seattle Department of Transportation, n.d. Web. <http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pedestrian.htm>.
"Washington State Bicycle Laws." WSDOT. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), 16 Dec. 2016. Web. <http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/Laws.htm>.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC), Washington State Department of Transportation, and Washington State Transportation Commission. "PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND TRANSIT CORRIDORS." WA-RD 556.1 (2003): n. pag. TRAC. Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC). Web. <http://depts.washington.edu/trac/bulkdisk/pdf/556.1.pdf>.


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