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Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Crosswalk Injury Lawsuits, Settlements & Verdicts

Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are legally crossing the street. Whether on a sidewalk, in a crosswalk, walking, or running, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable and at risk of being injured. When drivers fail to use caution and crash into a pedestrian, the victim is often left with serious injuries, mounting medical bills, the inability to work, and pain and suffering.

Legal Rights of Victims of Pedestrian Accidents

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.

Exceptional Settlements and Verdicts Recovered

$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 Hiring a Lawyer May Help

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.

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

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Many reported pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers who fail to yield or take proper precautions in crosswalks and other high traffic areas. These situations include:

  • Inattention: A failure by drivers to check for pedestrians in crosswalks prior to driving through them.
  • Unmarked Crosswalks: Intersections are a hotspot for pedestrian accidents---especially if there is not a clearly marked crosswalk which is synced to a traffic signal.
  • Left-Hand Turns: Three times as many people get hit by cars turning left than by cars turning right because both parties are looking elsewhere: The drivers are busy negotiating the intersection and street-crossers are looking straight ahead.
  • Right on Red: Motorists that are turning right at a right light often fail to make a complete stop and fail to see pedestrians. 
  • Dark Clothes: Nearly 50 percent of all pedestrian accidents happen on the weekends and 70 percent happen at night.
  • Turning: Drivers choosing to make turns without paying attention to their surroundings.

References

"Building America’s Most Walkable City." (n.d.): n. pag. City of Seattle. Seattle Department of Transporation, 2017. Web. . City of Seattle. "Seattle Pedestrian Law." RCW 46.04.160. Seattle Department of Transportation, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017. .

"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.

Lim, Eunyoung. "A Profile of Pedestrian Fatalities in King County, Washington." Public Health — Seattle & King County. King County, WA, June 2005. Web. . On average, 26 pedestrians are fatally injured in King County every year. Pedestrians make up nearly 20 percent of motor vehicle crash fatalities.

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. 

"Pedestrian Safety." King County. Public Health — Seattle & King County, n.d. Web.

"Pedestrians and Bicyclists." Highway Loss Data Institute. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), n.d. Web.
SDOT Pedestrian Program. Rep. Seattle Department of Transportation, n.d. Web.

"Washington State Bicycle Laws." WSDOT. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), 16 Dec. 2016. Web. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/67DE7509-4E8A-4637-B8D0-F76CAA1264D3/0/TrafficSafetyRCW2002.pdf>.

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.


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