Washingtonians love to walk, whether they are exploring urban parks, running errands, or commuting. And it is the responsibility of drivers and local municipalities to keep them safe. Unfortunately, thousands of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians occur in our state each year.

At Buckley & Associates, we understand the devastating impact of these incidents. We believe that you should not have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys are here to get the justice and compensation you need to move forward.

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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

pedestrian accident in SeattleCareless and distracted drivers cause most pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians can do everything possible to protect themselves, and it still is not enough to avoid being hit by a negligent driver. A few of the most common forms of negligence in accidents involving pedestrians include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Texting and driving
  • Failing to yield
  • Impaired driving

In some cases, a local municipality can also contribute to pedestrian-vehicle incidents. For example, a city or town may be negligent in creating safety hazards such as poorly placed crosswalks, broken traffic lights, or missing stop signs. Our attorneys will investigate the details of your case to determine the responsible parties.

Pedestrian Accident Injuries

As the victim of a pedestrian-vehicle accident, you likely suffered major injuries that have the potential to follow you for the rest of your life. Our attorneys have extensive experience resolving cases that involve catastrophic personal injuries. These injuries include:

We have also helped those who have lost a family member in a pedestrian accident. In cases of wrongful death, we will work to hold the negligent party responsible for your family’s terrible loss. We will not rest until you get the compensation and other remedies that you deserve.

What to Do if You Were Hit by a Car While Walking

There are certain steps you should take if you were struck by a car. Not only will these steps help protect your wellbeing, but they will also support your personal injury case.

After a pedestrian-vehicle accident, you should:

  • Call the police right away
  • Stay where you are until help arrives
  • Get contact information from the driver and any witnesses
  • Take photographs of your injuries, the accident scene, and the car that hit you
  • Seek medical attention even if you suspect that your injuries are minor
  • Contact our attorneys for legal guidance

Legal Options After a Pedestrian Accident

In general, pedestrians have the right of way on the roads. If you were injured in an accident with a motor vehicle, you may be able to recover compensation from the driver’s insurance company. Our team will handle settlement negotiations and take your case to trial if necessary.

Sometimes, it is also possible to make a claim against the local municipality. Our lawyers have successfully litigated pedestrian accident cases against towns and cities.

Contact our qualified pedestrian accident attorneys right away to start your path to recovery. We will gladly help you explore your legal options.

Potential Compensation Available to Injured Pedestrians

Our attorneys will pursue the maximum compensation for your pedestrian accident. You deserve reimbursement for all the ways that your injury has affected your life. On top of enduring serious pain, suffering, and emotional distress, you may be faced with extensive medical bills and even permanent disability.

As with other personal injury cases, we can seek compensation for damages such as:

  • Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Home modifications
  • Therapy
  • Pain and suffering

We have obtained six and seven-figure verdicts and settlements in pedestrian accident cases. Schedule a free case evaluation to learn about the compensation that you may be eligible to receive.

Buckley & Associates Can Help

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian-car accident, our experienced attorneys at Buckley & Associates can help you pursue the resolution to your legal case that you deserve. Call 206-622-1100 for a free consultation with a member of our diverse and multi-lingual staff. We welcome clients throughout the Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver areas of Washington.

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