People that are walking, running, jogging, hiking, standing or sitting down all qualify as pedestrians, and when pedestrians are involved in accidents with motor vehicles, serious injuries or even death can result.
In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed in accidents, and approximately 59,000 people were injured in accidents. The majority of the fatal accidents occur at night, and sadly, alcohol was a factor either with the pedestrian or the driver in 48% of the fatalities.
Seattle pedestrians will not be surprised to learn that nearly three quarters of the pedestrian accidents that occur nationwide occur in urban areas. Seattle is no exception to the traffic issues associated with urban driving such as traffic congestion, crowded lanes, and distracted drivers. These pedestrian accidents commonly occur at intersections due to negligent driving, whether from drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, driving through intersections without taking due care, or, from speeding through an intersection.
Your rights are not lessened because you were on foot during an accident. Never let an insurance company or anybody convince you that an accident was your own fault. You have the right to talk over the situation with a lawyer and to examine the facts together. In many cases, the pedestrian is protected by the law. That’s why it’s so important to speak with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, call us now to speak with our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys. When it comes to getting the best possible results and protecting all of your rights for you and your family, you need the experience and skill of James Sorrels. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.
Law Offices of James S. Sorrels
The Sunset Building
23607 Highway 99, Suite 3A
Edmonds, WA 98026
Law Offices of James S. Sorrels - Seattle
3131 Western Ave., Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98121
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