Whether you walk for exercise or as part of your commute, in an ideal world, you should be able to do so without having to fear for your life. Sadly, pedestrians are not always guaranteed their health and safety, and pedestrian accidents can have devastating—even fatal—outcomes. Pedestrians are arguably the most vulnerable people on the roads, as they do not have the safety features offered by motor vehicles—such as airbags, seat belts, and a heavy metal enclosure—protecting them in the event of an accident. If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to seek justice in the civil courts.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes annual reports on pedestrian accident injuries and fatalities. According to their 2015 data, more than 5,375 pedestrians were killed in accidents during that year, and 70,000 are estimated to have sustained injuries in accidents that same year. These numbers represent an increase in both fatalities and injuries compared with the data from 2006. In an ever-changing world where passenger vehicle safety measures are constantly being upgraded, pedestrian safety is on the decline.
Although pedestrians cannot prevent another party’s negligence from causing an accident, there are a few things they can do to mitigate dangers while on their next walk:
Being hurt in a pedestrian accident is a painful and terrifying experience that can leave you feeling unsure of where to turn for help. Here is what you need to do after a pedestrian accident:
If you were hurt while walking and need a pedestrian accident attorney in Seattle, call Russell & Hill, PLLC for a free case assessment. We have a proven track record of helping accident victims recover damages for their injuries, and we can help you too. Our services are offered on a fee-contingent basis, which means you do not pay any attorney’s fees until your case has reached a resolution—whether it is via a courtroom win or a cash settlement. Our attorneys specialize in handling pedestrian injury cases, and we are passionate about helping our clients get the legal justice they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.