Statistics Show an Alarming Trend
It would be tempting to think that as cars become safer and “smarter” over time, the number of pedestrian accidents would decrease proportionately. Unfortunately, the opposite appears to be true. Statistics from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) show that between 2014 and 2018, pedestrian accident deaths continued to rise year over year. Bicyclist deaths also rose steadily during that time.
In 2018, pedestrian accidents claimed the lives of 108 people and caused injuries to thousands more. The combined pedestrian and bicyclist deaths that year accounted for 22 percent of traffic fatalities statewide.
Common Causes and Risk Factors
There is no question about which party will fare worse after an accident between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. For this reason and many others, drivers need to fully understand and embrace their duty of care to pedestrians.
Sadly, motorists often view pedestrians as annoying intruders on streets that should belong to drivers. Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
-Driving too fast for weather conditions and visibility
-Roadways and intersections that were designed for cars and are not safe for pedestrians
-Drunk driving and drug-impaired driving
-Simple inattention and daydreaming behind the wheel
To be sure, pedestrians must also take responsibility for their own safety by staying alert, sober and attentive while walking near or across traffic. But even if they practice all of these safety measures, they still face grave dangers due to the choices drivers make.
Like drivers, pedestrians must follow various rules of the road. When one party fails to do so, there is an increased risk of an accident. In general, pedestrians will suffer the worst damages. For years, our firm has been helping injured pedestrians recover damages after being injured by another negligent party. Please call a pedestrian accident lawyer Kennewick, WA has to offer for assistance.
Company Car Pedestrian Accidents
Company cars, also referred to as commercial vehicles or business vehicles, are commonly involved in accidents. Some of these involve pedestrians. Most company car collisions happen in cities; however, they can also occur in suburbs, neighborhoods, and smaller communities. Due to the significant increase in online ordering, after COVID-19, company car accidents have become more common.
Our firm has handled pedestrian accident cases involving:
-FedEx, UPS, DHL, or Amazon trucks
-Food delivery cars, such as UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub
-Fast food delivery cars
-Uber and other rideshare company cars
Many of these companies are rated by how fast they can deliver goods to the destination. Unfortunately, this can increase the risk of pedestrian accidents. When a person driving a company car causes an accident with a pedestrian, the company can be held responsible. These cases could be difficult which is why you should have a Kennewick, WA pedestrian accident lawyer on your side.
What If the Pedestrian is Partially to Blame?
Pedestrians have a legal responsibility to:
-Follow signals at an intersection
-Use crosswalks whenever possible
-Avoid disrupting the flow of traffic
-Never walk in front of a moving vehicle
-Use caution when crossing at an unmarked location
If the above precautions are not taken, and an accident happens, the pedestrian could be held responsible - or partially. Depending on the circumstances, it might be possible to recover some compensation. A lawyer would need to review the case to determine the percentage of fault for which the pedestrian is responsible for.
Pedestrian Accidents on a Property
It is possible for a pedestrian to be injured while walking through a property that does not belong to them. All property owners have a legal obligation to keep their property safe and warn pedestrians about any hazards. If they fail to do so, and a pedestrian is injured, a claim might be filed.
What is a Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
It is impossible to say what your pedestrian accident case is worth. Most case values are determined by the insurance policy limits, and the limits of any other potential coverage. There are a number of additional factors that must be considered, including, but not limited to, the extent of your injuries, your treatment, how the accident has affected your life, and so forth. In general, you should have a Kennewick, WA pedestrian accident lawyer on your side.
What an Attorney Can Do for You
If you were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident (or lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident), you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Although it will be necessary to file a police report, police too often give these accidents only a cursory investigation. Our attorneys will fully investigate your case to determine who was primarily at fault and whether there were other parties that may also be held liable. In this way, we can maximize your chance of financial recovery and hopefully make the streets safer for other pedestrians.
Contact Us to Learn More
We are proud to represent personal injury victims in their pursuit of justice and compensation. To discuss your rights and legal options in a free initial consultation, contact a Kennewick, WA pedestrian accident lawyer at our office today. We look forward to speaking with you.
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