Pedestrians Hit by Cars in Spokane, WA
Protecting Pedestrian Safety by Holding Careless Drivers Responsible
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities are on the rise. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
, pedestrian auto accidents claim 5,000 lives each year and result in over
70,000 serious injuries. On average, that means a vehicle kills one pedestrian
every two hours and injures one every eight minutes. Joggers, children,
and cyclists are hit by cars every single day. And, the
Government Highway Safety Association
anticipates pedestrian fatalities to continue increasing as more people
choose to walk or bike to work.
Among the users of our roads and sidewalks, pedestrians are the most vulnerable.
If drivers fail to observe traffic safety laws and/or look out for pedestrians,
the consequences are often deadly. When a collision happens with pedestrian
or bicycle, the car always wins.
If you are a pedestrian seriously injured in a car or bike accident, remember
Washington law is on the side of pedestrians, and so is the experienced
legal team of Spokane personal injury attorneys at
Sweetser Law Office. Remember when pedestrians walk across a crosswalk or intersection, on
the sidewalk, or in a parking lot: Pedestrians have the right of way.
In the aftermath of being hit by a car, pedestrians often deal with extremely
severe injuries or life-long disability. Call Sweetser Law Office at 509-219-0020 for a
Pedestrian Right of Way: Safer People, Safer Streets
Drivers that fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians are often not
distracted, or unaware of their surroundings. Some drivers do not look for pedestrians
at intersections as a result of fatigue, intoxication, or carelessness.
This presents a real danger to pedestrians.
Of the pedestrian injuries we see at Sweetser Law Office, the most common include:
- Injuries to internal organs
- Degloving injuries
- Road Rash
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, try to get the driver’s
name and contact information, and report the incident as soon as possible
to the police and your insurance company.
How Can a Spokane Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Legally, the first steps will be proving the driver was careless and violated
the rules of the road. Sweetser Law Office immediately investigates pedestrian
accident injury claims to secure and preserve evidence relevant to your claim by:
- Conducting a thorough investigation, including securing any video footage
- Ordering emergency responder reports
- Obtaining witness accounts
- Ordering medical records and bills
- Consulting with treating physicians
- Calculating wage loss
- Maximizing recovery, settlement, or verdict results
A common insurance defense tactic is to blame the victim – they often
claim the pedestrian was jaywalking, crossing against the light, texting
while walking, intoxicated or otherwise at fault. Our investigations have
found impairment, excessive speed, or distracted driving play significant
factors in pedestrian injuries.
If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, Sweetser Law Office is
here to help. We can provide a free, no-obligation attorney evaluation.
Give us a call at (509) 219-0020 or complete an
online case evaluation form.