We Represent Clients Throughout Washington Who Have Been Injured or Who Had a Loved One Killed in a Pedestrian Accident
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Authority (“NHTSA”), there were 4,280 pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 70,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2010. Pedestrian accidents often result in severe injury and death, primarily because pedestrians have no protection against vehicles that often weigh 2,000 pounds or more, and which also may be traveling at a high rate of speed.
Those hit are often left with severe and permanent injuries, including paralysis and traumatic brain injury. These injuries are devastating not only to those injured, but also to their families and loved ones, as such injuries may be irreversible.
How We Seek to Prove the Cases of Our Clients
While the cause and liability for an accident may seem clear, from a legal perspective this may not be the case. When insurance companies and their lawyers are involved, often they seek to shift the blame onto others, such as other drivers, the cities responsible for traffic control devices, crosswalks and other road conditions, and even the victim. When injuries are severe or if death results, insurance companies and the lawyers of the defendants will usually fight back hard in seeking to avoid liability.
We must also fight back hard. In order to obtain full compensation for those injured in pedestrian accidents or for the family members of those killed, we conduct a thorough investigation. We will want to know the answers to questions such as:
- Was the person in a properly marked crosswalk?
- Has there been previous accidents at the same location?
- If the accident occurred at night in a designated crosswalk, was the crosswalk properly lighted?
- What types of traffic control devices were in place to warn oncoming traffic of the crosswalk?
- Were the roadway conditions unobstructed?
- Were other potentially responsible parties involved, such as construction companies who may have been engaged in work that may have contributed to the accident?
The Liability of Cities, Towns, and Municipalities
In many pedestrian injuries and fatalities, there is a history of previous accidents at or near the location of the current incident. In some cases, cities, towns, and other municipalities are aware of past pedestrian accidents at a particular location, but choose to do little or nothing to prevent future accidents and injuries.
For the person involved in the accident, and for his or her family, such choice is devastating. When cities, towns, and municipalities are aware of dangerous conditions based upon past accidents and choose to do nothing, we believe that they should be held fully accountable for the future accidents, injuries, and death that occurs arising out of their deliberate inaction.
We Want to Uncover All Factors Leading to Pedestrian Injury or Death so that We Can Hold Those Accountable to the Fullest Extent of the Law.
In many pedestrian injury cases, liability will be shared among multiple parties, such as a driver, the city, and perhaps a bar if the driver was intoxicated. To determine liability, we typically retain accident reconstructionists and other experts as needed, we seek records of prior incidents at or near the accident scene, we depose defendants, we interview witnesses, and we determine whether any unsafe roadway conditions existed. This is the only way that we can identify all those liable in the course of advancing the case of our clients.
If You Have Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident, or a Loved One Has Been Killed, Please Call Our Firm
We will meet with you at your convenience so that we can learn about the facts and circumstances of your case. When we do so, we can advise you as to the legal options for recovery that are available. We typically accept pedestrian accident cases on a contingency fee basis; this means that you will not owe us any fees unless and until we recover for you.
Please Call Us Today at 206-388-0333 to speak with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.