Recently I was contacted by a woman who was hit by a car while she was crossing the street. She wanted to know if I could represent her in a claim for injuries against the driver of the car that hit her. Upon investigation, I learned that the woman had been crossing a busy street mid-block, had passed between two cars that were stopped for traffic, and was hit by another car that was approaching a red light. When I told her that I could not represent her she was shocked. "Don't pedestrians always have the right of way?" she asked. Sadly for her, the answer is no - pedestrians do NOT always have the right of way.
Before you can settle your claim, you need to know what it's worth. Before you can know what it's worth, you need to know how the injuries affect your life, how long your treatment lasts, and how much your bills are. Although there's no way to know those things until your treatment is finished, the liability insurer (the defendant's insurance company) will want to speak to you right away, and it will possibly offer you a settlement, before your treatment has concluded.
Everyone knows that jaywalking is illegal, but many people do it anyway. Jaywalking is crossing the street at a time or location which is against the law. It could be crossing a street mid-block. It could be crossing at a crosswalk against the light. Many people, including myself, occasionally jaywalk because it seems safe to do so. If you look both ways and there are no cars coming, you should be able to cross safely, right?
A few months after a tragic accident involving a drunk driver which killed two pedestrians and critically injured a woman and her infant baby, the Seattle Department of Transportation announced various options to improve safety along the busy street where the happened.
Seattle residents may be interested to learn of a tragic accident that recently occurred in Lake Stevens. According to reports, a 49-year-old man who was driving west on Highway 204 apparently pulled his car to the side of the road when he spotted another car that had broken down which had been traveling eastbound on the same highway.
Seattle fitness buffs may want to take note of a disturbing recent incident that led to the death of a jogger in Olympia. According to reports, a 59 year old man was fatally struck by a Jeep while crossing an intersection during an early morning jog. Despite the fact that some of the people who rushed to help the man were nurses, he died at the location of the accident.
A 55-year-old Edmonds man received treatment at a Seattle-area hospital on Nov. 27 after being hit by a car while crossing the Pacific Highway. According to police, the injured man was not using a marked crosswalk when he stepped into the path of a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old local resident. Fortunately, the pedestrian appears not to have suffered terribly severe injuries, but he did receive treatment for injuries to his right leg.