Seattle Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere — crosswalks, parking lots, sidewalks, and neighborhood streets. When these accidents occur, they often have a devastating effect on the victim’s life and well-being that can last a lifetime.

If a driver’s negligent actions caused severe personal injuries or a loved one’s death in a pedestrian accident in Seattle or the surrounding areas, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Though no amount of money can make up for your pain and suffering or the tragic death of a loved one, you need an experienced lawyer on your side to make sure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.

The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee has represented pedestrian accident victims and has seen firsthand the physical and emotional pain that people are forced to endure as a result of a driver’s careless actions. We can help you navigate the claims process and represent your interests when negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company so that you can focus on healing.

If you’ve suffered severe injuries or your loved one killed in a pedestrian accident in the Greater Seattle area, the The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee will fight to help you recover every last dollar you are entitled. Call (206) 899-5415 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and evaluation of your case.

Do I Need A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?

Most pedestrians who are injured in accidents assume they will be viewed as clear victims, but insurance companies for the negligent parties usually do not take this approach. Since the negligence of a pedestrian can be used to reduce their damages, most insurers will quickly seek any way possible to blame the pedestrian for their injuries.

This goal is not always evident in the way that the insurance company handles the case, though. You will usually be contacted by an agent who expresses concern and seems willing to help you.

At some point, a representative, such as a claims adjuster, will ask you to provide a recorded statement, and you should refuse this invitation. If you are offered a lump-sum settlement to resolve your case, do not think that your refusal to accept the proposal means that you will not be able to recover even more as you were likely presented a lowball offer

You will want an attorney to deal with insurance companies on your behalf and negotiate a just settlement to your case. A lawyer will know the real value of your claim and then work to make sure the insurer compensates you appropriately.

Why Choose the The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee to Handle My Case?

The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee will be committed to helping you recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Our firm will conduct an independent investigation of your crash to determine the cause of your accident, collect key evidence, and identify all liable parties.

The National Trial Lawyers has named Jeffrey R. Caffee one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers every year since 2013. A member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, he was honored by The International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2009 with an Award for Advocacy for distinguished achievement in the art and science of advocacy.

We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not have to worry about paying us anything unless you receive a financial award.

Our firm will work tirelessly to achieve a settlement that provides for all of your past, present, and future needs. When such an agreement cannot be reached, then we will file a lawsuit to try your case in court.

Types of Pedestrian Accident Cases We Handle

Most pedestrian crashes involve motor vehicles and are caused by some kind of driver negligence. The specific types of negligence can vary depending on the situation, but common causes of pedestrian accidents often include without being limited to:

  • Inclement weather
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Failure to yield accidents
  • Drunk or drugged driving accidents
  • Right-turn or left-turn accidents
  • Improper lane use

Other hazards on local streets, such as falling objects or holes in walkways, can also cause pedestrian injuries. In some cases, property owners can be liable when their negligence causes a pedestrian’s injuries.

Generally, pedestrians don’t have any protection in an accident. As a result, they can suffer some truly devastating injuries, such as:

  • Lacerations
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck injuries
  • Sprains
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries

Some pedestrian accident victims suffer fatal injuries. In such cases, family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from the negligent party.

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The 2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 2,146 pedestrians were involved in statewide collisions in 2015. These accidents resulted in 86 fatalities, 282 serious injuries, and 1,729 minor injuries.

While 38.8 percent of drivers and 30.7 percent of occupants were killed or injured in collisions in 2015, 95.9 percent of pedestrians involved in collisions died or were seriously injured.

Among all pedestrian accidents, the five most common nonmotorist contributing circumstances were:

  • Inattention or driver distractions (285 cases)
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to a motor vehicle (202 cases)
  • Being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (101 cases)
  • Failure to use the crosswalk (100 cases)
  • Disregarding the traffic signal (23 cases)

Data shows that a pedestrian or bicyclist was involved in a crash every 2 ½ hours in Washington in 2015. A pedestrian or bicyclist was killed in a crash every four days.

Contact a Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident in Seattle or a surrounding area of Washington, you must act quickly to protect your legal rights. Make sure that you are working with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee fights to help people injured in pedestrian accidents all over the Greater Seattle area recover the compensation they need and deserve. You can discuss all of your legal options with an experienced attorney when you call (206) 899-5415 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

FAQs

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Any pedestrian who is involved in an accident should immediately seek medical care. Get to a hospital as soon as possible after a crash so you can be sure that you receive the appropriate care for any injuries, some of which could have delayed symptoms. Do not disregard a hospital visit because you think you were not hurt. At the scene of your crash, collect evidence in the form of photographs; take as many pictures as you can of motor vehicles, people, or anything you believe could be a contributing factor. Also, be sure to get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. When you finally return home after an accident, make sure that the first person you speak to about your crash is an attorney. You’ll want to avoid posting anything about your accident on social media and shouldn’t discuss the crash with anyone until you have legal representation. A lawyer will let you know what is safe to talk about with your friends, family, and co-workers.

The Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.080 gives an individual three years from the date of their pedestrian accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. A wrongful death action will also be bound by a three-year statute of limitations, but the limitations period will begin on the date of a victim’s death instead of the date of the crash. State law in Washington does allow for the limitations period to be tolled (delayed) when certain circumstances exist. The Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.190 allows for the statute of limitations to be tolled when a person is under the 18 years of age, imprisoned on a criminal charge, or “incompetent or disabled to such a degree that he or she cannot understand the nature of the proceedings.” In such cases, a plaintiff will have three years from the date they turn 18, are released from prison, or become mentally competent, respectively. The Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.180 also provides for the tolling of the limitations period when a defendant has left the state or is concealed within it.

Yes. Pedestrians are commonly accused of being at fault for their injuries, even when driver negligence is usually the larger cause. Washington is one of only a dozen states in the nation that uses a pure comparative fault system for apportioning damages in civil cases, so a person can recover damages even when they were the party who was mainly at fault. A plaintiff’s damages will be reduced by their percentage of fault though, which means that an individual who is awarded $100,000 in a pedestrian accident case but found to have been 65 percent at fault will have their damages reduced by $65,000 and ultimately receive $35,000.

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The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee has years of experience handling all manner of injury cases. Our Seattle bicycle accident attorneys care about you and want to help you through the overwhelming challenges that you face as a victim of another person's negligence. Our firm is available at (206) 899-5415.