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SEATTLE PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYER

When it comes to vulnerability on Seattle’s roads and walkways, there are few parties more at risk for serious injuries in an accident than pedestrians. When a car collides with a person who is walking, the pedestrian often suffers from severe and permanent injuries, some of which may be fatal. Our Seattle personal injury attorneys at the Khan Law Firm will work for you after you have been hit. Contact us today for a free case consultation.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are almost always preventable, and occur because of an error made on the part of the pedestrian or the part of the driver. While pedestrians can certainly be to blame for the accidents in which they are involved – in fact, pedestrian-caused accidents due to distracted walking are actually on the rise – drivers are often at fault. A pedestrian accident may be caused due to:

  • Speeding – When a driver is traveling at an unsafe speed, they may be unable to stop in time in order to avoid a pedestrian who is crossing in front of them. Sadly, the faster that a vehicle is traveling at the time of collision, the more severe the pedestrian’s injuries;
  • Driving while distracted – Driving while distracted is one of the most dangerous things that a driver can do. When a driver takes their eyes off of the road for even a second, enough time has passed for a pedestrian to step in front of the car and be struck;
  • Failing to yield or stop – A pedestrian accident is most common when a driver fails to yield or to stop for a pedestrian who is crossing in front of their vehicle. In most circumstances, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, unless traffic signals indicate otherwise. Even if the pedestrian does not have the right of way, a driver is better off paying attention and yielding to them, than hitting them and causing severe injuries or death;
  • Drunk driving – When a driver is drunk they may not have the response time necessary to stop if a pedestrian is in front of their vehicle; and
  • Pedestrian errors – As mentioned above, some pedestrian accidents are caused because of pedestrian errors. A pedestrian may fail to yield to a vehicle, may walk in the street when a sidewalk is provided, or may walk while distracted or intoxicated, all of which increase the risk for an accident.

When a pedestrian accident happens, finding out what – or rather, who – caused the accident is essential. If you are a pedestrian who is hit by a car in Washington, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries even if you contributed to the accident, based on the state’s contributory fault laws.

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INJURIES FROM PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

When a car and a pedestrian collide, the driver of the car is usually unharmed, whereas the pedestrian is often severely injured. Some of the injuries most common in a pedestrian accident include:

  • Internal bleeding. Internal bleeding occurs when an organ is hit with force or is punctured. Internal bleeding can be extremely dangerous, as it is not always immediately obvious as is external bleeding. In addition to organs that are located in more central locations (e.g. the kidneys, lungs, etc.), bleeding may also occur in the brain. If bleeding is uncontrolled, the victim can experience permanent brain damage or death.
  • Ligament, muscle, and tendon injuries. The ligaments, muscles, and tendons are all essential tissues within the body. While these types of injuries are rarely fatal, they can be quite painful. Further, depending upon the extent and the location of the injury, harm to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments can be debilitating.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The risk of bleeding in the brain for a pedestrian struck by a car is not the only brain injury that a pedestrian may sustain; concussions, diffuse axonal, and coup-contrecoup injuries are also possible, as are actual penetration injuries in rare cases. Brain injuries are traumatic not only in name, but also in effect; a TBI may leave a person permanently unable to care for themselves.
  • Spinal column and spinal cord injuries. There are 33 vertebrae in the spinal column, all of which form the spine and protect the spinal cord. If the back is impacted in a pedestrian accident, as it often is, the spinal column may be injured, which can be extremely painful. In the worst of cases, the spinal column is impacted to the point where the spinal cord is interfered with. Responsible for sending signals from the brain to the rest of the body, a spinal cord injury can result in complete or partial paralysis.

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What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

If you are hit by a car, there is a good chance that you will be physically unable to take any immediate actions. Hopefully, you will immediately be transported to the emergency department where you will receive the care that you need. Be sure that you receive all necessary treatments, and ask a loved one to document all care you receive. You should also ask a loved one to ensure that the accident was reported and that a police report has been filed. Request a copy of this report.

In addition to ensuring the accident is reported and seeking all of the medical care that you need, you need to contact an experienced Seattle pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney is essential when your injuries are serious, or when there are any allegations that you were at fault for your accident.

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Our Seattle pedestrian accident attorneys can help by:

  • Reconstructing your accident to determine exactly what happened;
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses and experts;
  • Organizing your medical bills and health records;
  • Filing your claim with an insurance company;
  • Negotiating with an insurance adjuster;
  • Filing a lawsuit in civil court; and
  • Doing everything else necessary to improve your chances of recovering your full damages amount.

At Khan Law Firm, we have helped numerous pedestrian accident victims, and understand what you are going through. Call us today for a free case consultation to begin the process of getting your life back.