Graham Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents can cause devastating injuries that affect your health, family, career, and future long-term. Every year, thousands of people suffer injuries or fatal wounds in accidents involving motor vehicles, bicycles, or other modes of transportation. Unfortunately, negligence by drivers and other parties causes many of these collisions.
If a negligent driver hurt you or a loved one while you were walking or jogging, you could recover compensation, but you must first prove your case. This is where we can help. Coping with being injured is challenging, so the last thing you need right now is a struggle with insurance companies to get the financial awards you deserve. Our Graham pedestrian accident lawyers can handle that for you. You can learn more during a free consultation today when you call (253) 320-8524.
The Road to Recovery: Claiming Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Graham, WA
Pursuing a personal injury claim or lawsuit can be a complex process, but bringing the party responsible for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries to justice is essential. Filing a compensation claim is a way to achieve just that. But unfortunately, the road to recovery is not always smooth sailing – here are a few reasons why:
In Washington State, comparative negligence laws can complicate personal injury cases, which allow both parties to share fault for an accident. As such, disputes over each party’s percentage of responsibility are common.
Insurance companies work for profits. Therefore, to reduce their financial exposure in claims, insurers may disagree with the validity of your claim or the severity of your injuries.
Disputes over the validity or interpretation of the evidence supporting your case are common sources of contention. The opposing side may also challenge how much you should be paid for your damages, such as lost income, future medical costs, and pain and suffering.
To mitigate these challenges, our Graham pedestrian accident attorneys can build a robust, evidence-based case to overcome insurance companies’ tactics to delay, undervalue, or unfairly deny claims. Here’s take a closer look at what we can do for you:
Proving Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident Case
We can thoroughly investigate the accident’s circumstances and gather evidence to identify who is responsible for your injuries and why. The evidence we could use to support your case could include the following:
- Medical reports
- Police reports
- CCTV or dashcam footage
- Videos or photographs of the accident scene
- Witness statements
- Expert testimony from medical professionals or accident reconstructions specialists
- Laboratory analysis results from blood alcohol content (BAC) testing (as addressed in RCW § 46.20.308), for example
As we build a detailed case, we can address disputes over fault, evidence, or the severity of your injuries, making it harder for insurance companies to contest the validity of your case.
Calculating Current and Ongoing Financial Damages
We must accurately assess your current and ongoing damages to ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to understanding how suffering an injury affects your life and what this could mean for your future. We want to provide peace of mind that your insurance claim has been properly evaluated and justified so that you receive the right level of compensation related to the following:
- Medical bills
- Treatment and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income
- Compensation if your injuries affect your ability to do your job or return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Lost or damaged property
- Wrongful death
An accurate assessment of your financial damages can be a strong basis for negotiating a fair settlement and help you avoid accepting an offer that is less than you are entitled to. It can also help you to begin planning for your future financial security – especially if your injuries have long-term consequences.
Negotiating With Insurance Companies
By assessing your damages carefully, we can accurately convey the consequences of your injuries during the settlement negotiation process. We take the stress out of formal negotiations, drawing on our prior experience of helping thousands of injured clients to achieve success in their cases. This way, you benefit from our support and strategic advice so you can make well-informed decisions about the best possible outcome for your case.
Filing Your Claim in Time
Finally, ensuring your claim meets the statute of limitations deadline is essential. You must file your personal injury claim within this time limit, or you could lose your legal right to compensation. In Washington, injured people typically have three years to begin legal action per RCW § 4.16.080.
While three years may seem a long time, it is beneficial to start building your case as soon as possible to keep it within statutory time limits. However, additional advantages of acting quickly including:
- Preserving evidence: We can work to protect time-sensitive evidence in your case before it can erode, be forgotten, or disappear.
- Managing the financial impact of living with an injury: We can file a claim or lawsuit early in our efforts to recover your compensation as soon as possible.
- Attaining closure: Pursuing compensation sooner could help you move forward with your life and get the support and treatment needed to do that.
If this all sounds a little daunting, do not worry. We will be with you every step of the way. We are here to take care of you during the legal process so you can focus fully on your recovery without worrying about gathering evidence, proving your case, calculating your damages, or negotiating with insurance companies.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Your Graham Pedestrian Accident Case
Along with having an advocate who will fight for your rights and best interests throughout the legal process, working with legal representation can provide many benefits. Our Graham pedestrian accident lawyers can ease the stress of seeking compensation by handling every aspect of your case. They will also guide you through the legal process. This way, you can focus on your recovery with peace of mind that your case is in good hands.
In addition, we offer the following to our clients:
- Decades of experience in representing injured people in personal injury cases
- Deep understanding of insurance laws, policies, legal procedures, and deadlines
- Access to medical experts and resources to build a robust case
- Ability to accurately assess the value of your current and anticipated damages
- Negotiation strategies to obtain appropriate compensation
- Demonstrable track record of results in personal injury litigation
- Dedication to putting in the work and fighting for the compensation you deserve
If you have questions or are unsure if you have a case, contact us for a free consultation. Our legal team can discuss your situation and review your legal options. If we can help, we offer contingency fee billing. This means there are no upfront expenses to pay for us to work on your case. Instead, we cover the costs of building and pursuing your case and only receive a payment if you recover compensation.
Putting Lives at Risk: Negligent Drivers and the Consequences for Pedestrians
From lost income to emotional trauma, the consequences of pedestrian accidents can mean significant changes to how you live, your family, and your future. When negligent drivers jeopardize your safety with their careless or reckless actions, it is vital you get the support, guidance, and compensation you need to make your best recovery.
Negligence while behind the wheel can occur in various ways, so no two cases are the same. Here are a few of the most common causes of pedestrian accident cases we see in the cases we handle:
Impaired driving due to alcohol or drug use ruins countless lives each year. If you were injured in this way, we can access police laboratory test results to show impaired driving at the time of the accident.
Leading causes of driver distraction include texting while driving, other passengers, or using in-car technologies. We can access phone logs to determine if the driver was distracted at the time of the accident.
If a driver hits you while speeding, we can use physical evidence at the scene, such as skid marks on the ground, CCTV footage, or police speed cameras to prove negligence.
Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way
Drivers and cyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on sidewalks and crosswalks in Washington. Additionally, other parties could be at fault; for example, if a municipality failed to maintain a crosswalk properly, they could share liability for causing the accident. Therefore, we carefully investigate the cause of your accident to identify all potentially liable parties. This benefits you, as it could provide several sources from which to seek compensation.
Whatever the cause of your pedestrian accident, even if it isn’t listed above, we are here to help. You can always ask us questions in a free case review to learn about making a claim. We want the best for you, so we are happy to guide you, answer your questions, and provide reassurance during a challenging time.
Your Recovery After a Graham Pedestrian Accident Is Our Priority: Call Us for a Free Consultation Today
Contact Herschensohn Law at (253) 320-8524 or online and talk to our team about starting your Graham pedestrian accident claim – it’s free, and there’s never any obligation. At the very least, you could learn whether you have a case and what our lawyers can do to help. Let us help you begin your journey to recovery today.
Our results speak for themselves
After a worker was electrocuted on a construction site and suffered life-changing injuries, we fought and won on their behalf.
When a retired man was killed in a truck accident, we made sure his grieving family got fair compensation.
When a defective medical device harmed our client, we fought to ensure they had the financial compensation needed to recover.
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When you work with our law office, there are no obligations, hidden fees, or fine print. It’s that simple.