Pierce County has many wonderful places to walk including the Ruston waterfront, Point Defiance, and many other parks and trail systems. In addition, lots of residents opt to walk to school or work. Unfortunately, this creates many opportunities for pedestrian-vehicle crashes to occur. If you’ve been a victim, can we encourage you to reach out to a Pierce County pedestrian accident lawyer?
You could receive compensation for your medical bills and the pain you’ve suffered. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience helping victims throughout Washington State win fair settlements.
Even a slow-moving car can inflict serious injuries on a pedestrian. Common injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and internal organ damage. The physical healing process can be grueling for victims, who often need extensive medical care. Plus, we often have clients who have suffered emotional trauma from the horror of their accident.
A personal injury settlement seeks to address some of these wrongs you’ve experienced:
In addition, Washington State victims are entitled to non-economic damages, which addresses your pain and suffering. While compensation won’t undo what you’ve gone through, it can help your family during a financially unsettling time as well as hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions.
Often, a car or truck driver’s negligence is the primary cause of a pedestrian-involved crash.
This negligent behavior might include:
Less commonly, a local municipality may be to blame. This could apply if the city failed to address known safety hazards, such as neglecting needed sidewalk repairs. One of our attorneys can investigate what happened to see if legal action against a city could be taken.
Not every pedestrian-vehicle collision has a 100% guilty party and 100% innocent party. In fact, it’s not uncommon for both the pedestrian and driver to have made mistakes that contributed to the crash. For instance, the pedestrian might have been jaywalking and the driver could have been distracted.
For these situations, we may still be able to assist you. In the state of Washington, victims who are partially at fault can recover a partial settlement award (per RCW 4.22.005). As an example, suppose a judge determined you were 40% to blame for the accident because you were jaywalking. Your settlement would then by reduced by 40%.
A skilled attorney can help in these situations by working to ensure that the fault percentages are fairly assigned. One of our attorneys can also negotiate the maximum award possible, which is important when you’re facing a deduction.
If you’ve been a victim, don’t delay in reaching out to a Pierce County pedestrian accident lawyer for help. At Ladenburg Law, it’s always free to have a lawyer hear what happened. Plus, there’s no risk or obligation to reach out. Plus, the sooner you call, the sooner we can answer all your questions.