Almost every Washington resident walks every day. In fact, it is estimated that up to 30% of Washington residents do not drive a car and rely on walking or a bicycle to get to where they need to go. Biking is also for recreation and how many kids get to school or their friend’s house. Most of the time pedestrians and bicyclists can safely share the road with other vehicles but sometimes a serious accident occurs in which a victim’s life is changed forever.
Washington pedestrian and bike accident statistics
In 2020, there were 104 fatal pedestrian accidents. There were another 1,400 pedestrians who were injured in an accident. There were 12 bicyclists killed and another 700 who suffered injuries as the result of the crash.
Causes of pedestrian and bike accidents
A third of all pedestrian traffic deaths are the result of a distracted driver. In almost 50% of pedestrian fatalities alcohol was involved with either the driver or the pedestrian. Recklessness, bad weather, impatient drivers, and construction sites are also causes of pedestrian accidents in Washington. Causes of bike accidents also include distracted and impaired drivers, drivers turning right, speeding, unsafe lane changes, and running a red light.
Personal injury attorney
If a family has been affected by a pedestrian or bicycle accident, they know that their life has been forever changed. They not only may be facing thousands of dollars in medical bills, but they may also be grieving the loss of their loved one. A legal professional who is skilled in personal injury can help their client understand their options and help them receive maximum compensation for their injuries and loss. They can visit the accident scene and interview witnesses, review the police report, and get answers as to what happened and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.