Drivers often fail to pay attention to their surroundings causing pedestrian accidents or crosswalk collision. Because pedestrians are extremely vulnerable the often suffer serious, life-threatening injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a crosswalk accident in Washington State contact pedestrian accident attorney Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 to schedule a free legal consultation.
Top-Rated Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
You may have seen attorney Chris Davis on local or national news programs discussing the firm's high-profile cases or offering commentary on other legal issues.
Davis Law Group has represented numerous pedestrian accident victims and families of pedestrians killed by motorists. Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized pedestrian accident lawyers practicing in Washington State.
Davis is the author of the book Right of Way: The Essential Guide To Pedesitrian Accident Law in Washington State. And Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards.
Unmarked Crosswalk Accidents In Seattle
In Seattle, and other metro area cities, pedestrians have the right-of-way at any intersection—even if there is not a marked crosswalk. According to Seattle municipal code, pedestrians are permitted to cross any intersection where two streets meet—it is as if there were a ‘virtual crosswalk’ at every corner. An "unmarked" crosswalk is a legal crossing approximately perpendicular to the roadway that does not have painted lines or special surface material to designate the prolongation of the sidewalks of an intersecting cross street.
Particularly when you are travelling in residential areas, it is important to understand that there are unmarked crosswalks at every intersection. Pedestrians are allowed to walk across the street at the intersection and vehicles must stop and allow them to safely cross.
Washington Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Each year, more than 75,000 Americans are killed or injured in pedestrian accidents, either in marked crosswalks, on sidewalks, or crossing unmarked roads on foot. The following are Washington State's pedestrian accident statistics (does not include bicycle accident data) for 2016 as reported by Washington State Patrol.
- 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
Seattle Pedestrian Accident Laws
Even with a growing presence of traffic signals, crosswalks, and sidewalks, Seattle can be a dangerous city for pedestrians. Below is a list of pedestrian laws based on the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC). Click the links to get more detail on each.
- SMC 11.40.160 Crossing intersection diagonally
- SMC 11.40.180 Standard of care for drivers of motor vehicles
- SMC 11.40.220 Walking on sidewalk
- SMC 11.40.240 Walking in roadway
- SMC 11.40.250 Playing in streets
- SMC 11.40.420 Pedestrian right-of-way
- SMC 11.58.310 Regard for pedestrians
- SMC 11.40.160 Crossing intersection
Legal Rights Of Pedestrians In Washington State
Below is a list of pedestrian laws based on the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Click the links to get more detail on each.
- RCW 46.04.160 Crosswalk
- WAC 132E-16-040 - Right of Way
- WAC 504-14-940 Pedestrians
- RCW 46.61.235 Crosswalks
- RCW 46.61.240 Crossing at other than crosswalks
- RCW 46.61.261 Sidewalks, crosswalks -- Pedestrians, bicycles.
- RCW 70.84.040 Precautions for drivers of motor vehicles approaching pedestrian who is using a white cane, dog guide, or service animal.
Experienced Crosswalk Accident 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.
Below are just a few of the many pedestrian accident cases that have been successfully resolved by Davis Law Group.
- $2,700,000 Pedestrian Struck By Bus In Crosswalk (Case No. 201285)
- $2,050,000 Pedestrian Struck By Drunk Driver / Dram Shop Case (Case No. 200809, Nevada Capital)
- $1,500,000 Pedestrian Struck In Crosswalk By Delivery Truck (Case No. 200668, Confidential)
- $1,350,000 Settlement For Family Of Woman Killed By Metro Bus Read Client Story
- $1,300,000 Pedestrian Struck By Car (Case No. 200702, American Commerce)
- $1,290,000 Pedestrian Struck By Truck In Marked Crosswalk (Case No. 201104, Safeco)
- $1 Million Settlement for Pedestrian Pinned to Wall by DUI Driver Read The Client Story
- $800,000 Pedestrian Hit By Car In Crosswalk (Case No. 200515, QBE Regional Insurance)
- $770,000 Pedestrian Hit In Crosswalk In Seattle U-District (Case No. 200910, 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
- $550,000 Pedestrian Struck By Car On Sidewalk (Case No. 200804, Pemco)
- $500,000 Pedestrian Hit By Van (Case No. 200188, Farmers)
- $450,000 Pedestrian Hit By Van (Case No. 200846, Allstate)
- $450,000 Pedestrian Hit While Walking In Parking Lot (Case No. 200710, GEICO)
- $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, CNA Insurance)
- $275,000 Settlement for Family of Fatal Pedestrian Accident Victim Read The Client Story
- $250,000 Pedestrian Hit In Crosswalk By Car Making A Left Turn (Case No. 201174, Allstate)
- $250,000 Settlement for Family of Woman Killed in Pedestrian Accident Read The Client Story
- $240,000 Pedestrian Hit By SUV In Parking Lot (Case No. 200818, National General)
- $200,000 Wrongful Death of Pedestrian Killed After Exiting Bus (Case No. 200509, The Hartford)
- $200,000 Pedestrians Struck By Speeding Vehicle (Case No. 201047, Allstate)
- $200,000 Pedestrian Struck On Sidewalk By Left-Turning Vehicle (Case No. 200685, Allstate)
- $200,000 Pedestrian Struck On Sidewalk (Case No. 200584, Allstate)
- $200,000 Pedestrian Struck In Safeway Parking Lot Suffers Serious Injuries (Case No. 200521, Allstate)
- $200,000 Pedestrian Struck in Marked Crosswalk (Case No. 200905, USAA)
- $200,000 Pedestrian Struck In Crosswalk By Left-Turning Car (Case No. 201472, State Farm)
- $200,000 Pedestrian Struck By Commercial Vehicle In Parking Lot (Case No. 200829, Allstate)
- $200,000 Pedestrian Hit In Crosswalk By Left-Turning Vehcile (Case No. 200522, Allstate)
- $200,000 Pedestrian Hit By Driver Failing To Yield Right Of Way (Case No. 201089, Farmers)
- "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/>.
- "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/projects-and-programs/programs/pedestrian-program>.
- "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>.