We know that there are going to be more dangers for pedestrians in and around major metropolitan areas. However, for those who live and work around one Seattle street, the problems are becoming overwhelming.
One section if Rainier Avenue is causing particular concern and neighbors are calling for changes after yet another deadly hit-and-run crash. Recently, a man was struck and killed by a white sedan in the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue. Detectives are still investigating and have yet to locate the suspect.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we understand that you need help if you have been involved in a pedestrian crash caused by another person’s negligence. When you need a Seattle pedestrian accident attorney, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.
This Area Is Deadly
The executive director of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, Susan Davis, says that she is aware of the traffic problems in the neighborhood. The state Department of Transportation says that people walking or biking accounted for nearly a quarter of all traffic fatalities across the state for the latest reporting year.
- 109 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes across Washington in 2017 and many thousands more were injured.
“Things don’t happen until there is an accident. Until there is a death,” says David. “That is really sad because why do we have to wait for that?”
The concern for pedestrian safety is important. They are the most vulnerable group in and around the roadway. There is almost always a fatality or injury when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. It is not uncommon for us to represent clients who have sustained the following due to a pedestrian traffic crash:
- Spinal cord injury (possible paralysis)
- Head trauma/traumatic brain injury
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Crush injuries or amputations
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Severe lacerations
The treatment for these injuries can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses alone. What many people do not think about, and what insurance companies do not like to talk about, are the major hidden costs of car crashes. This can include things like lost wages for the victims, the cost for extended rehabilitation, possible home, and vehicle modifications, emotional and psychological trauma, as well as loss of enjoyment of life.
When someone else’s negligence has caused an injury, that person should be held accountable for their actions.
How We Can Help
We know that it can be incredibly difficult to get the compensation you deserve after a pedestrian crash that is caused by someone else. You should not have to deal with insurance companies or other parties while you are trying to recover from your injuries. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we will work to investigate all aspects of your case so we can recover the following:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages