Accidents involving pedestrians are increasing all over the United States today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 5,000 pedestrians die every year in vehicle-related accidents. While some pedestrians survive, they often suffer severe or debilitating injuries that last a lifetime. Pedestrians can also suffer injuries while on someone else’s property. Below is an overview of Washington State personal injury law and how it pertains to pedestrian accidents.
Types Of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can occur anywhere but are more common in well-populated areas. Some of the most common types of accidents involving pedestrians include:
- Crosswalk Accidents
- Being Hit While Crossing The Street
- Falling Due To Poorly Maintained Sidewalks
- Being Injured While Walking In Construction Zones
To obtain compensation for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident, you must be able to show the court that someone was negligent and caused your injuries. Negligence is defined as failing to take steps to ensure another person’s safety within reason. Some examples of negligence are:
- Speeding Through A Crosswalk
- Failing To Repair Crumbling Sidewalks Or Parking Lots
- Hitting A Pedestrian While Under The Influence
In some cases, government entities may be responsible for a pedestrian’s injuries if they failed to make a public place safe.
You may be awarded certain damages if you are successful in your lawsuit. Some damages pedestrians may receive include:
- Medical Bills
- Cost Of Hospital Stay
- Emergency Room Fees
- Cost Of Crutches Or Wheelchairs
- Pain And Suffering
- Therapy Bills
- Emotional Distress
- Lost Income
- Future Lost Income If You Are Disabled
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in Washington State, contact a personal injury attorney for advice. Having an attorney to guide you through the claims process can reduce the stress associated with these types of cases.