Car accidents are dangerous for anyone, but they are particularly treacherous for the pedestrian. Under Washington law, a pedestrian is anyone who is on foot or in a wheel chair or other conveyance propelled by human power other than a bicycle. Persons using rollerblades or skateboards are considered pedestrians under this definition.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, 94 percent of pedestrians involved in accidents with vehicles suffered injuries in 2006 and accounted for 12 percent of all car accident related fatalities. Like bicyclists, pedestrians are most often injured when drivers fail to yield the right of way. More than 50 percent of pedestrians involved in accidents were using crosswalks, the very portion of the road designed to ensure their safety.
Pedestrians have a general duty to exercise reasonable care for their own safety, including:
- Crossing roads at designated crosswalks
- Crossing roads only when the traffic light is in their favor
- Paying attention to traffic conditions
- Using sidewalks when available
- Using the left side shoulder of the roadway facing traffic if no sidewalk
- Duty not to suddenly leave a place of safety and enter traffic
These duties are important not only for your safety, but also from a legal standpoint. Automobile insurance companies are very well aware of these laws and they work hard to avoid paying maximum benefits. As a result, obtaining strong legal representation is vital when a pedestrian suffers injuries after a car crash. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., know how to conduct a thorough investigation of your accident to determine the cause of the accident. Our attorneys understand how to prepare a legal strategy that protects your best interests.
When a pedestrian accident causes serious injury, it is essential that you act quickly to preserve key evidence – and to ensure your right to file a claim. There are statutes of limitations on personal injury lawsuits, so legal action must be taken promptly.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, call the trial lawyers of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., now at 866-454-RHHK (7445) or click here to submit a FREE case review. Let our experience work for you. Our initial consultation is free of charge and if we accept your case, we only get paid for our services if you receive monetary compensation.