While getting around by motor vehicle is common in Seattle and other cities across the U.S., many still choose to walk. Whether it is in the park, city sidewalks, residential area or parking lot, pedestrians will likely encounter vehicles. Although motorists have the duty to drive safely around other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, this duty could be breached if he or she is distracted, intoxicated or reckless behind the wheel. When a pedestrian accident occurs, it is often the case that the motorist failed to uphold their duty, giving rise to possible legal recourses for the injured pedestrian.
Being involved in a pedestrian accident may sound like something one only hears about on the news. Unfortunately, no matter where a person lives or how heavy motor vehicle traffic is where individuals are walking, a pedestrian crash is possible anywhere pedestrians and motor vehicle coexist. Although pedestrians and motorists are supposed to take steps to avoid such incident, these serious and often fatal crashes could suddenly and unexpectedly occur.
The aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be difficult to navigate. When a moving vehicle strikes a person, the individual is thrown forward by the force and momentum of the vehicle. Even at slow speeds, a pedestrian could suffer injuries both from the effect of the vehicle and the ground or any other object he or she is thrown into. These injuries can be severe and require much medical attention.
At the Law offices of Matthew D. Dubin, our skilled legal team understands that a pedestrian accident can cause pain and suffering and much financial hardship. The negligence of a motorist can significantly affect the life of a victim, making it important for victims to understand what rights and recourses they might have, such as filing a personal injury action.
To learn more, check out our law firm’s auto-pedestrian accidents website. In all cases of a car versus a pedestrian, the car will win. The size and force of a vehicle, even at a slow rate of speed, could cause severe and even fatal injuries. Thus, it is important to determine cause in these crashes, as it could help establish liability. A civil action could help those harmed in a pedestrian crash recover compensation for their losses suffered.