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Aggressive Kent and Seattle pedestrian accident attorneys

  1. Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys
  2. Getting hit by a car can change your life. Our team is ready to fight for you
  3. What causes Washington pedestrian accidents?
  4. What tdo if you’re hit by a car while walking in the Seattle area
  5. Injured in a pedestrian crash in Kent, Seattle, or King County? Contact the Zach Herschensohn team 

Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys

You should be able to take a walk or cross the street without having to worry about a reckless driver injuring you in a car accident. Despite your right to safety while you’re on foot, reckless drivers still manage to put innocent pedestrians in harm’s way.  

If you or a loved one were hurt due to the reckless or dangerous actions of someone else, attorney Zach Herschensohn and his team can protect your rights. Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout Kent the Seattle metro area and understands how to win tough cases involving vehicles and pedestrians.  

Find out what an experienced Kent pedestrian accident attorney can do for you.

Contact us today for your free consultation.

Getting hit by a car can change your life. Our team is ready to fight for you

Getting hit by a car while you’re taking a walk or trying to legally cross the street can be shocking and upsetting. And if the crash was not your fault, but the fault of a reckless driver, it can only aggravate the situation further. Because someone else made a mistake, you’re injured, in pain, and out of work. Your bills are starting to pile up and you’re struggling to get by from week to week. On top of everything else, the insurance company is questioning the severity of your injuries and badgering you to accept an unrealistic settlement offer. You feel backed into a corner, and you’re ready to just give in. 

Don’t throw in the towel yet. The Zach Herschensohn team is ready to fight for injured pedestrians 

If you were hit by a car while walking, you could be entitled to financial compensation that covers the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and more.  

Zach Herschensohn is a tough negotiator who won’t settle for compensation that’s less than what you deserve. He’s also a qualified and capable trial personal injury attorney who will fight for you in court if the insurance company refuses to cooperate.  

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What causes Washington pedestrian accidents?

While there are many factors that influence crashes between motor vehicles and pedestrians, the negligent actions of a driver are the cause in many cases. In 2019 alone, 2,279 people were injured and 107 were killed in pedestrian-involved accidents on Washington roads.  

 Some of the most common causes of accidents involving cars and people include: 

  • Texting while driving: Texting and driving is illegal in Washington state, but that doesn’t stop some drivers from doing it anyway. Someone who is looking at their phone to read or send a text may not notice or be able to react in time to a pedestrian crossing the street at a marked crosswalk or walking on the side of the road. 
  • Distracted driving: Distractions like eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, looking up directions, or personal grooming can pull a driver’s focus off the road and leave them open to ignoring right of way laws and causing an accident with a pedestrian. 
  • Speeding: Drivers who are going too fast are at risk of hitting someone walking alongside the road or trying to cross the street because the driver doesn’t have enough time to react. Drivers who go over the speed limit can also lose control of their vehicle, veer off the road, and hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk. 
  • Impaired or drunk driving: The dangers of drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs like marijuana have been well-documented, yet many drivers still throw caution to the wind and do it anyway. Impaired or drunk drivers’ basic motor skills have been negatively affected and their reaction time slowed, making them more at risk of causing an accident with a pedestrian. 
  • Reckless driving: Drivers who go through stop signs, run red lights, don’t stop at crosswalks, and don’t yield to pedestrians when making a turn are in danger of causing a pedestrian accident that results in serious injury. 
  • Parking lot accidents: Whether you’re coming or going, if you’re walking through a parking lot, you’re at risk of having a driver hit you. Drivers who are backing up, pulling into parking spaces, driving through the parking lot or opening their doors can all cause severe injury if they strike a pedestrian. 

RELATED: Drivers Who Use Alcohol, Weed Take More Risks 

What to do if you’re hit by a car while walking in the Seattle area

If you get hit by a car or other negligent driver while walking or trying to cross the street, try to remain calm. Once you have your bearings, you should: 

  • 1. Call an ambulance and get medical care. You can never be too careful when it comes to your health, and if you’ve been involved in a car and pedestrian accident, there’s a good chance you’ve suffered some kind of injury, even if you don’t realize it at the time. Let an EMT check you out and go to the hospital for treatment, if necessary. You should also see a doctor or other medical professional within 24 hours of your accident. You could have sustained an injury without any noticeable symptoms and not know it. It’s also important to schedule and attend follow-up appointments with your doctor in a timely manner. 
  • 2. Call the police. Let the dispatcher know you were hit by a car and where you’re located. When police arrive to investigate your accident, make sure you ask the responding officer how you can obtain a copy of the official accident report. This will be a valuable piece of evidence when you decide to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. 
  • 3. Exchange contact and insurance information: Be sure to get the driver’s full name, address, license number, license plate number, and insurance information. If possible, take a picture of the driver’s license and license plate to help make things easier on yourself. 
  • 4. Take pictures: Memories can fade, and stories can change – that’s why it’s critical that you document the crash scene and your injuries through photos and/or video. Be certain to show damage to the car, any relevant stop signs or traffic signals, tire marks, crosswalk signs, any property damage, and your visible physical injuries. 
  • 5. Interview witnesses: If anyone saw your accident, make sure the police talk to them before either leaves the scene of the collision. Take down their full name, address, and phone number. Witness testimony can be a strong piece of evidence and a deciding factor in your case. 
  • 6. Call a pedestrian accident lawyer: You’ll want to speak with an experienced Kent pedestrian accident lawyer soon after your crash to ensure your rights are being protected. Attorney Zach Herschensohn knows what evidence to look for to build a strong case on your behalf so that you can get maximum compensation. 
  • 7. Call your insurance company: Contact your insurance company to let them know you were injured in a pedestrian accident. Do not give a recorded statement and try not to answer any questions. Let your insurance company know you’ve hired a lawyer to represent you and direct any questions to your attorney. 

In the event the driver flees the scene of your pedestrian accident in a hit-and-run, you’ll want to give police as much information as possible about the driver and their vehicle. While it makes recovering compensation more difficult if the driver isn’t located by police, you still have rights, and an experienced attorney can help protect those rights. 

“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

Injured in a pedestrian crash in Kent, Seattle, or King County? Contact the Zach Herschensohn team

If you get hit by a car while you’re taking a walk or crossing the street, it’s critical that you get someone in your corner to advocate for your best interests and fight for your needs. Picture yourself taking a settlement offer from the insurance company and learning the hard way that it doesn’t even come close to covering all your accident-related expenses and medical bills. Or, even worse, imagine if the insurance company tries to say you did something wrong to cause the collision and offers you nothing at all in financial compensation. 

Don’t gamble on your future. Attorney Zach Herschensohn and his team knows the games insurance company play—and as skilled negotiators and trial attorneys, they aren’t scared to go head-to-head with them in settlement negotiations or the courtroom to make sure your medical expenses and other needs are covered.  

Don’t forget, our team of personal injury lawyers will represent you on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing for your legal representation unless we win. Learn how Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can help you in a confidential, free case evaluation. Contact us today for your by calling  206-899-0998 or by filling out our simple contact form 

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References

  1. Washington State Department of Transportation. (2019). Pedestrians and Bicyclists – Pedestrians by Injury Type. Retrieved from https://remoteapps.wsdot.wa.gov/highwaysafety/collision/data/portal/public  

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