Seattle Pedestrian Injury Attorney

About 5,000 pedestrians die every year. Thousands more are injured.

Most “pedestrian accidents” are not accidents at all. They are collisions caused by dangerous drivers, who: ignore crosswalks; disregard other cars stopped for a pedestrian; disobey traffic signs; speed; drive distracted; or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

That’s why we say “crash”—not “accident”.

What to do After a Pedestrian Injury Crash

Sometimes, the driver who hits someone is not the only party at fault.

Cities and counties are responsible for designing and maintaining safe, accessible pedestrian routes.

Pedestrians are injured or killed because of:

  • Unsafe roads;
  • Defective lighting;
  • Badly designed crosswalks; or
  • Mistimed traffic signals.

An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate these issues, then hire experts and take the proper legal steps for resolving your claim—and fixing the problem.

Get Medical Care

If a moving vehicle came into contact with you, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Physical: Even a seemingly minor collision can cause serious injury. Besides broken bones and head trauma, there could be a less obvious brain injury, or internal injuries.
  • Mental:  Being hit by a car is traumatic. Recovering from a violent pedestrian crash is not only physically challenging, but hard on mental health and well-being.
  • Emotional: We understand: it can be emotionally exhausting to experience a life-changing event, and then have to deal with the aftermath.

If you own a motor vehicle, you may be able to access some of your car insurance benefits for medical care—even though you weren’t driving. See how to read your insurance policy.

Document Everything

When a car hits a person, the claim may seem straightforward: pedestrians have the right-of-way.

An injured pedestrian nearly always needs medical attention, so they may not be at the scene to talk to police about the crash. Police get the driver’s version of events.

Then, insurance companies can claim that the pedestrian caused the collision.

As soon as possible, get help documenting evidence and witnesses.

It vitally important to investigate the crash while:

  • The crash scene is preserved;
  • Evidence is available; and
  • Witnesses’ memories are still fresh.

Start an information file, including

  • Your medical bills and expenses;
  • Police or incident reports;
  • Photographs of the scene,  and of your ph