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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents in Tacoma, WA

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.

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  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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