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”.
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:
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.
If a moving vehicle came into contact with you, seek medical attention immediately.
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.
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:
You have the right to talk to a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.
You may be contacted by the driver’s insurance company very soon after the collision.
The insurance adjuster might act quickly to try to settle your pedestrian injury claim. They may want you to sign a release saying that you won’t file a personal injury claim against the driver.
You have the right to have any offers of settlement reviewed by an attorney.
If your injuries are permanent, then talk with your doctors about long term care needs.
Attorney Kevin Coluccio has been helping injured pedestrians get justice since 1985. He has helped hundreds of injured people get through a difficult process – find out if Coluccio Law can help you.
Case: “Doe” v. City of Lynnwood
Result: $2,250,000 settlement
“Ms. Doe” was 67 years old, living in senior housing in Lynnwood, Washington, when she was struck in the crosswalk outside her apartment building.
When that housing complex was built, the city was required to install and maintain a lighted crosswalk system. Pedestrians pushed a button; it activated lights to warn drivers that a person was crossing the street.
One September evening, Ms. Doe and a friend were walking home. She pushed the button for the crosswalk warning.
No lights came on: the crossing signal didn’t work. The ladies looked both ways, and saw no cars coming.
When they were halfway across the street, a car pulled out of a nearby parking lot. The driver did not see Ms. Doe and her friend.
The car hit Ms. Doe. She had very serious injuries, and spent 3 months in the ICU at Harborview Medical Center.
Ms. Doe and her family contacted attorney Kevin Coluccio. He immediately began an investigation into the crash.
His investigation team found a witness who said the warning light system had been broken for months—and that the city of Lynnwood knew about it.
The witness had actually spoken with a city worker about fixing the broken crosswalk warning.
After a lawsuit was filed, the city admitted the problem and fixed the crosswalk simply by replacing a broken part.
Ms. Doe spent months in a rehabilitation center. She recovered from many of her injuries, but suffers some permanent disabilities and limitations.