Kitsap County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Accidents: Injury and Wrongful Death
Vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are often very serious, catastrophic or fatal. These
accidents frequently happen at crosswalks or street corners when a driver
fails to yield for a pedestrian. The dangers are extreme, as there are
often secondary impacts when the pedestrian is thrown in the impact with
the vehicle, hitting the roadway or being dragged by the vehicle.
The outcome is usually significant injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal damage
- Loss of life
In cases in which the pedestrian survives, it can take many months or longer
to recover, under continuous medical care and supervision.
Statistics on Pedestrian Accident Cases
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports that
on average, 13 pedestrians die every day, one every 107 minutes. 46% are
reported as being alcohol related, and 12% of all vehicle related fatalities
involve pedestrians. The state of Washington accounts for 1.2 percent
of the total numbers of pedestrian accidents in the country.
The majority of these terrible accidents occur between 6 and 9 pm, and
those ages 70 and older are far more likely to lose their lives. The driver
responsible is highly likely to leave the scene (hit and run), and range
at about 18% who do so. Most pedestrians who die were killed at non-intersections
or on city streets. In a recent year, 66 pedestrians died in such an accident
in our state.
Legal Help for Pedestrian Accident Survivors
If you or your loved one survived the impact, it is likely that the injuries
are extremely serious or life threatening. Whether your loved one suffered
a traumatic brain injury, loss of limb, or a spinal cord injury or other
severe injury, you can expect that long term medical intervention and
treatment will be necessary.
The costs of this medical care could last for a year or longer, or a lifetime
in some tragic cases. The negligent driver must be held accountable. Compensation
for damages must be sought by a legal professional that has your best
interests at the forefront of all legal action.
Contact our firm, Ramirez & Walker, Inc., for more information about compensation after
a pedestrian accident in Kitsap County, WA.