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Sammamish Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents can cause irreparable damages to victims and their families. When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian always loses. The physical, financial, and personal damages to the pedestrian can be costly. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a recent Sammamish pedestrian accident, contact Colburn Law for a free case evaluation.
Why Do You Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
Negotiating with an insurance company regarding your pedestrian-accident related medical expenses, lost income, and property damages is not easy. The insurance company may unfairly delay or deny your claim, or offer much less than you think your case is worth. Hiring a lawyer can remove the burden of these processes from you while you focus on recovering. Your lawyer can negotiate for fair compensation from an insurance company and handle other complex legal processes on your behalf.
- We have dedicated years of our practice to pedestrian and bicycle accident law.
- We have secured multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients.
- We are not afraid to take a pedestrian accident case to trial if necessary.
- We take cases on a contingency-fee basis. Fees are contingent upon us winning the case.
- We always communicate openly and honestly with clients.
Pedestrian Rights in Washington
As a pedestrian in the state of Washington, you have rights to the roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks. Drivers and cyclists must yield to all pedestrians on sidewalks and crosswalks. Pedestrians may walk on the left side of the roadway, facing oncoming traffic, in places where sidewalks are not available.
All drivers must exercise due care to avoid striking pedestrians on the roadway, and shall warn pedestrians by sounding the horn when necessary. Vehicles must stop at intersections to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks. If a driver infringes on your rights as a pedestrian and causes an accident, you may have a case against the driver.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers breaking roadway rules and ignoring pedestrian rights-of-way are the most common causes of pedestrian collisions in Sammamish. Drivers may drive distracted, drowsy, drunk, or otherwise negligently and cause preventable wrecks. Others may fail to yield to pedestrians due to speeding, red-light running, road rage, or other acts of reckless driving. Other potential causes of pedestrian accidents include malfunctioning crosswalk signals, unsafe road infrastructure, or construction zones interfering with sidewalk access.
Do You Have a Pedestrian Accident Case?
An insurance claim against the at-fault driver or another party could result in payment for your accident-related medical bills, lost wages, and any property repairs. A personal injury lawsuit, on the other hand, could give you compensation for these losses as well as restitution for pain and suffering, legal fees, and punitive damages. You may have grounds for a personal injury claim if your lawyer can prove the following four elements:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- The defendant committed an act or omission that breached this duty.
- The defendant’s negligent action caused your pedestrian accident.
- You suffered real damages as a result of the accident.
If your lawyer can prove those four elements, you will most likely qualify for financial compensation for your damages. Your attorney will have to prove negligence, however, based on a preponderance of the evidence. A free consultation with a lawyer from Colburn Law can help you discover all the ways an attorney can help your case.
Contact Colburn Law
Hold a negligent driver or other party responsible for your recent pedestrian accident. Contact Colburn Law to start the legal process that could end in financial recovery for you and your family. Our lawyers have experience handling pedestrian accident claims in Sammamish. We have the resources and knowledge you need for a strong case. Discuss your legal options with an attorney today. Schedule your free consultation at (206) 880-7628.