How can we help you?
- Talk to a lawyer
- What to do after a pedestrian crash
- Your legal rights
- Featured case: Doe v. City of Lynnwood
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;
- Drive distracted; or
- Are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Sometimes, a driver who hits a person is not the only party at fault.
Cities and counties are responsible for designing and maintaining safe, accessible pedestrian routes.
- Unsafe roads;
- Defective lighting;
- Badly designed crosswalks; or
- Mistimed traffic signals.
An experienced attorney can investigate these issues, then hire experts and take the proper legal steps for resolving your claim—and fixing the problem.
What to do after a pedestrian injury crash
The most important thing you can do after a collision: take care of yourself, and listen to the medical professionals.
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.
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.
- Your medical bills and expenses;
- Police or incident reports;
- Photographs of the scene, and of your physical injuries;
- Any time lost from work, and
- All the documents you receive from insurance companies or law firms.
Your legal rights
You have the right to talk to a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.
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.
Featured Pedestrian Injury Case: Doe v. City of Lynnwood
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.
“Marcus” and a friend were walking home from school. To get home, the kids had to cross a Seattle street that was so dangerous for pedestrians … here’s what happened.