Spokane Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Fighting for the Fair Compensation You Deserve
There is perhaps nothing more frightening or devastating than being hit by a car while on foot. Sadly, pedestrian accidents are surprisingly common in Washington State. According to preliminary information from the Governors Highway Safety Association, Washington saw a rate of 0.61 traffic-related pedestrian deaths per every 100,000 people in the first six months of 2019. While this figure may initially seem low, it marks an 11% increase in pedestrian fatalities from the previous year.
For those who have been hit by cars and other vehicles while walking, the future can seem bleak. At Lowe Law Firm, we understand that you are facing an immense number of challenges, from obtaining proper medical care to managing your day-to-day expenses and bills while you are out of work. You may be dealing with catastrophic injuries and new disabilities, and you may be wondering whether you will ever be able to return to work.
You shouldn’t have to face all of these consequences on your own. Our Spokane pedestrian accident attorneys fight to hold negligent motorists accountable as we work to maximize your recovery. We have a proven record of success in these types of claims, having secured millions of dollars for our clients. We are proud to celebrate our clients’ victories, as these case results show how our team has been able to help real people facing some of the toughest times in their lives.
Ready to share your story with us? We are here to listen! Give us a call at (509) 486-7773, 24/7, and request a free, zero-pressure consultation.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Because pedestrians have essentially no protection in the event of a collision, it is not surprising that they tend to sustain serious, catastrophic injuries when they are hit by large, heavy, fast-moving vehicles. There is really no such thing as a “minor” pedestrian accident—even at low speeds, a motor vehicle can cause serious damage and severely injure a person on foot.
Some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Serious cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Broken bones/fractures
- Internal bleeding and hemorrhaging
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Shoulder and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue tears and damage
These and other pedestrian accident injuries often require extensive medical treatment, including both immediate emergency attention and ongoing care. Catastrophic injuries can also render a person partially or entirely disabled, meaning they will face a lifetime of care. To make matters worse, these injuries prevent victims from working, either temporarily or permanently, meaning they face additional challenges in paying for medical bills on top of their daily expenses.
At Lowe Law Firm, we conduct exhaustive investigations in order to determine the full extent of your injuries and related costs, as well as your other damages, such as pain and suffering. We build fact-based, holistic cases aimed at securing all of the compensation you are owed for all of your damages.
Who Is At Fault for a Pedestrian Accident?
While many people believe that pedestrians always have the right-of-way—and, in fact, motorists are responsible for doing everything they can to avoid a collision with a pedestrian—people on foot also have a duty to follow the rules of the road and obey traffic laws. This includes things like waiting at “do not walk” signs and crossing only in designated crosswalks/at intersections.
While some cases are fairly black-and-white, in that the motorist was clearly and solely at fault for the accident, others are less so. Under Washington State’s comparative fault laws, an injured individual may still seek compensation for their damages if they were partially at fault for an accident. However, the total amount the injured person will be able to recover will be reduced by the percentage of fault they are determined to have had.
For example, if a person crossed a street where there was no crosswalk (commonly referred to as “jay walking”) and was hit by a car that came speeding down the street, the driver may argue that the pedestrian was partially at fault. If the jury decides that this is true, they may decide that the pedestrian was 10% at fault for the accident. If the injured pedestrian sustained $10,000 in medical bills and other damages, including lost wages and pain and suffering, they will only be able to recover up to 90% of that amount, or $9,000.
Determining fault is a very important element of your claim. By proving who was liable and to what degree, you can begin pursuing compensation for your losses. Our firm can help.
What to Do Next
If you were hit by a car while walking or if your loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, we recommend that you reach out to an experienced Spokane pedestrian accident lawyer right away. In Washington, you only have three years from the date of the accident (with very few exceptions) to bring your claim. If you fail to file within the three-year statute of limitations, you will most likely be barred from recovering compensation.
Lowe Law Firm stands ready to provide you with the personalized information, guidance, and advocacy you need. Our team offers compassionate representation; we truly care about you and your recovery. We are always available to assist you and will provide consistent communication every step of the way. If you would like to learn more about our firm and how we can help you, please reach out to us today and request a free, no-pressure consultation. There are absolutely no fees unless we win compensation for you—guaranteed.
A Sense of Understanding
We will step into your shoes to better understand your goals and effectively fight for the justice that you deserve in your case.
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Our attorneys refuse to you like another number and are committed to being directly involved in your case every step of the way.
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We have recovered millions of dollars for injury victims in the past and are committed to winning your case next.
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