Tacoma Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

There are many fantastic places to walk in Tacoma including the Ruston waterfront, Point Defiance, and Wapato Lake. It can be easy to forget the vulnerable position you’re in when you’re a pedestrian. Sadly, people are seriously injured or killed every year while walking.

If you or someone you love has been hurt, reach out to a Tacoma pedestrian accident lawyer from our team. Every day, we help victims understand their rights. Our team works hard on each client’s behalf to negotiate the best settlement possible.

Do you need this assistance, too? The first step is to schedule a free consultation today.

How Can a Tacoma Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help Me?

Often, clients come to us only after trying to work things out with the at-fault driver or their insurance company and getting nowhere. We encourage you: please don’t wait! Let us handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on your healing.

Our team will get to work right away by:

  • Gathering key reports and evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Compiling medical bills to value your claim
  • Identifying all potential sources of funds
  • Bringing in experts as needed
  • Negotiating with the insurance company

In the event we feel your settlement offer is too low, we can file a personal injury lawsuit and take your case to court. When you have one of our skilled attorneys on your side, you can feel empowered that you have options.

Drivers’ Duties to Pedestrians in Tacoma

Drivers assume an important responsibility anytime they get behind the wheel. In short, drivers agree to follow the rules of the road. This duty extends towards other drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians.

For instance, drivers must:

  • Avoid distractions
  • Drive sober
  • Abide by speed limits
  • Yield to pedestrians

What happens when a driver fails in this duty and strikes a pedestrian? Simply put, they can be held financially responsible. This means that the victim can go after the at-fault driver or their insurance company to pay for their medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering.

When the Driver Blames You

The fact that a pedestrian was injured does not prove that a driver was negligent. In the State of Washington, courts consider all parties and assign blame accordingly (Revised Code of Washington §4.22.005). 

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Tacoma

Even if you are partially to blame for what happened, our lawyers might still be able to help win you a reduced award. In fact, it’s even more important that you work with a skilled lawyer for complex scenarios like these. Make sure your best interests are being represented so your medical bills can get paid.

How Pedestrian Accidents Happen in Tacoma

While an accident can happen just about anywhere, some of the more common hotspots include:

  • Intersections
  • School zones
  • Driveways that intersect with sidewalks
  • Parking lots

As you might imagine, pedestrians are more likely to be struck when crossing a roadway where there is no crosswalk or intersection.

Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident Can Be Serious

Pedestrians have no protection from the impact of a car. As a result, serious injuries and even fatalities are common. The more serious the injury, the higher potential value of your claim.

Some of our clients have experienced:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Burns
  • Fractures
  • Amputation

In the event your loved one was killed, please reach out. We may be able to assist your family file a wrongful death claim.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics in Washington

If you or a loved one has been a victim, you’re not alone. In fact, pedestrian crashes and fatalities have increased in Washington in recent years.

Consider these sobering statistics from Target Zero:

  • 20% of all traffic-related fatalities are pedestrians or bicyclists
  • 109 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in 2018, the highest number in 30 years
  • 40% of all crashes involved distraction
  • 61% of all crashes involved impairment

While anyone can become a victim, children and the elderly are at increased risk.

Contact a Tacoma Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

Pedestrian accidents can result in injuries that affect every part of your life. Not only will you need to seek medical care, but an incident can impact your income, relationships, and quality of life. The way to reimburse those losses is to pursue a pedestrian accident claim.

We encourage you to reach out to a Tacoma pedestrian accident lawyer from our team. With decades of combined experience, our team knows what it takes to help our clients win meaningful settlements. It’s free to speak with one of our lawyers, and we only charge a fee if we win your case.

However, there is a limited window of time to file a claim in Washington. So please, reach out now.

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