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Bellevue Pedestrian Accident Attorney
When a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the latter always suffers the worst damages. Common pedestrian injuries include broken bones, head and brain injuries, spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, and other highly serious injuries. If the pedestrian survives, he or she will likely have thousands of dollars in medical bills, as well as significant physical and emotional pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love has been in a Bellevue, Washington pedestrian accident, contact our attorneys for assistance. Filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim may be the only way to recover financial compensation for your damages. We have a long history of success and dozens of positive testimonials from past clients supporting our capabilities. Contacting us for a free case review could be the first step toward a brighter future.
Bellevue Pedestrian Accident Facts
Traffic collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists are rather common in Washington. Washington reported 2,146 pedestrian collisions the most recent year data is available on pedestrian accidents. Eighty-six pedestrians in Washington lost their lives and 282 suffered serious injuries the same year. In 2017, the city of Bellevue reported 2,979 total traffic crashes. Over 600 of these accidents caused injuries, while two were fatal.
Pedestrians are at serious risk of fatal injuries in vehicle collisions, without anything – even a bike helmet – protecting them from injury. Damages frequently include lacerations, bone fractures, contusions, and traumatic brain injuries. Although nothing can reverse the personal injuries you suffer in a pedestrian accident, filing a lawsuit can bring the compensation you and your family need to move forward with financial stability.
Your Rights as an Injured Pedestrian
The Washington civil justice system holds that if you can prove someone else’s fault for your accident, you can obtain monetary recovery for your losses. Proving fault may require hiring investigators, gathering evidence, and presenting your case to a judge or jury. You can begin to gather evidence the day of the accident. Document important facts such as the driver’s name, your police report number, and photographs. A lawyer can help with all these tasks and more during your lawsuit.
Instead of taking care of paperwork, meeting the statute of limitations, and proving your case on your own, an experienced lawyer will do so for you. A lawyer can also give you better odds of securing full recovery through aggressive negotiation tactics. Washington is a pure comparative fault state. This means there is no fault threshold at which a plaintiff must fall to qualify for damages. In other words, a pedestrian could be 99% at fault for the collision, but still obtain some compensation.
The Washington courts will reduce your compensation award by your percentage of comparative fault. You would receive $90,000 of a $100,000 verdict, for example, if the courts found you 10% at fault for your injuries. Minimizing your fault during litigation is important if you wish to maximize financial recovery. Hiring an attorney to represent your case is the best way to navigate the law and obtain the money you need to move forward.
Schedule a Free Legal Consultation in Bellevue
A pedestrian accident could change your life forever. If you lost a loved one, suffered a serious injury, or have a disability because of a negligent or reckless driver, the Bellevue pedestrian accident lawyers at Colburn Law can help. We have the lawyers, resources, and experience you need for a strong personal injury case against an at-fault driver or another party.
Whether you know exactly who caused your injuries or you need a professional investigation, come to us to review your case. Initial evaluations are always free. Submit a query now to learn more about your case, or contact us at (206) 880-7628.