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The roadway is meant to be a safe place for drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike. Unfortunately, the concept of right-of-way is often unclear, leaving drivers and pedestrians at a loss. When this confusion results in an accident, pedestrians may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against negligent drivers. Drunk and distracted drivers may also be liable for pedestrian injuries and deaths.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, consider contacting our Seattle pedestrian accident attorney for assistance. Certain types of injuries may result in millions of dollars in lifetime expenses. Our firm can help you determine if it would be possible to file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation for your injury or loss.
According to the CDC Injury Center, in 2016 alone, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. Pedestrians, in fact, are 150 percent more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in an accident on each trip. Pedestrian accidents may be the result of a negligent driver, unclear signage or distracted or impaired participants on the roadway.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Unmarked or nonexistent crosswalks at intersections. When a pedestrian can safely cross in a clearly labeled crosswalk, the odds of an accident are significantly lower.
- Left-hand turns in which a vehicle turns left and fails to look in the proper direction. Pedestrians are usually looking forward and drivers — especially during left-hand turns — are focused on other vehicles in the intersection.
- Distracted driving. When drivers are talking, texting, applying makeup, adjusting music or consulting their navigational system, they ignore dangers in the roadway. This often results in damage to others, including pedestrians.
- Dark clothes or distracted walking. It’s important to wear bright or reflective clothing at night. Never walk near moving vehicles while distracted. In addition, try to limit the use of headphones.
- Alcohol consumption. When a pedestrian is inebriated, he/she isn’t paying attention to right-of-way rules and vehicles on the roadway. When a driver is inebriated, serious accidents can occur.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The most common types of injuries that can result from a pedestrian accident include:
- Head trauma. This may include injuries to the brain, which can have minor and major implications. If you believe you have suffered head trauma, it’s essential to see a physician as soon as possible after your accident.
- Internal bleeding or fractures. These are quite common in pedestrian accidents and can often be severe.
- Pelvic injuries. Pedestrians that go head-on with a motor vehicle can suffer numerous types of pelvic injuries, including a complete shattering of the bone. This can lead to long-term damage or even permanent disability.
- Spinal cord injuries. These vary in degree but can ultimately lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia — both of which include at least some motor and sensory function loss throughout your body. Spinal cord injuries lead to permanent disability.
- Broken bones. These are among the most common injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents. While most broken bones heal without further issue, there can be serious consequences.
If you have suffered any of these injuries due to someone else’s negligence, contact our Seattle pedestrian accident lawyer for representation. We can help you determine if it would be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your injury.
Contact an Experienced Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorney for Representation
Have you or a loved one been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence? It is time to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our Seattle pedestrian accident lawyer for assistance and representation by calling (206) 588-4344. You can view successful cases handled by Herschensohn Law PLLC by exploring our website.