In a recent case, this blog discussed the story of a young girl that was hit by a school bus near her home. While this case is tragic, it is not that unusual. Pedestrians in Washington State are often hit by cars, trucks and other motor vehicles that do not follow the rules of the road. In particular, auto-pedestrian accidents are caused by distracted drivers, drivers that fail to follow traffic laws or drivers that fail to yield to the right of way of pedestrians. For some drivers, these may seem like simple mistakes. But, for a pedestrian, these mistakes can be deadly.
Under Washington State law, there is no excuse for negligent behavior. Drivers must be aware of pedestrians at all times. People and bikers can frequently be seen on or near the road — and they have every right to be. Drivers that cause pedestrian accidents can — and should — be held liable for the damage they caused. However, our firm knows that it can be difficult for people to know exactly where to turn following an auto-pedestrian accident.
People can be so preoccupied in trying to physically recover, that they do not consider their legal options or how quickly legal action can be taken. Our firm, however, knows just how to respond to a pedestrian accident. We can quickly organize an investigation into the accident and why it occurred. We have access to medical experts and accident reconstruction experts that can help prove negligence on behalf of the driver.
This investigation can be key in ensuring that families receive the compensation they need and deserve following a pedestrian accident. This compensation can help families pay for the medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages and other damages caused by the accident. Sometimes these costs can be difficult to estimate, but our firm has nearly 20 years in experience in helping Washington families get the money they need.
For more information on how our firm can help auto-pedestrian accident victims, please see our website.