Thousands of pedestrians die in traffic accidents each year. Some of the most severe injuries occur in pedestrian traffic accidents because pedestrians are completely unprotected and exposed when hit by a car or other moving vehicle. Many of these accidents happen when the pedestrian crosses the street. Although crossing the street in designated crosswalks or marked intersections increases your chances of being seen, there are no guarantees that a driver will stop and let you safely cross the street.
In most traffic situations, pedestrians have the right-of-way, unless they cross the street in non-designated areas or against crossing signals. Some typical causes of a pedestrian accident are:
- a driver who fails to obey the posted speed limits;
- a driver who negligently turns at an intersection;
- a driver who is distracted by the radio;
- a driver who is distracted by their cell phone;
- a driver who is in a hurry to get some place.
In establishing a pedestrian accident case, it is essential to demonstrate that the driver’s negligence was the cause of the accident. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney will be able to assist you in obtaining compensation for your injuries.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may need a Washington state pedestrian accident attorney. John Rothschild represents individuals who have been injured in pedestrian accidents in the Seattle area. Please email or contact Mr. Rothschild for a free consultation.