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If you or someone close to you has suffered in a pedestrian accident, securing a lawyer experienced in pedestrian-specific cases is essential for the journey ahead. At Freeman Law Firm, Inc., we recognize the unique challenges pedestrians face after such accidents, including the physical, emotional, and financial burdens. We are committed to advocating for the rights of pedestrian accident victims and ensuring they receive the compensation they are entitled to. Don't face this difficult time alone; contact us at (253) 383-4500 or via our contact form for specialized support and guidance.
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Pedestrian accident victims often face distinct challenges that extend beyond physical recovery. These incidents can involve intricate legal and insurance aspects, requiring a nuanced approach to ensure fair compensation and justice. The following sections provide a comprehensive overview of these types of cases, offering essential information and guidance for those affected by pedestrian accidents.

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Types Of Pedestrian Accidents

Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents

National Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Washington Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur In Tacoma?

About Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits

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Types Of Pedestrian Accidents

Crosswalk Accidents

Crosswalk accidents occur when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle while using a crosswalk. These accidents often happen because drivers fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians. Crosswalks are designed to be safe zones for pedestrians, but they become dangerous when drivers are distracted, speeding, or not obeying traffic signals. Victims in these accidents can suffer serious injuries, as they are unprotected against the force of a vehicle.

Hit-And-Run Accidents

In hit-and-run accidents, a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle whose driver then leaves the scene without offering help or providing identification. This type of accident is particularly traumatic because the victim may not receive immediate medical attention. Hit-and-run accidents can occur anywhere but are more common in areas with less foot traffic where the driver might feel they can leave unnoticed.

Parking Lot Accidents

Parking lot accidents involve pedestrians being hit by cars in parking lots. These areas are prone to accidents due to the close proximity of vehicles and pedestrians, limited visibility, and drivers focusing more on finding parking spots than watching for people. Low speeds in parking lots can give a false sense of safety, but the injuries from these accidents can still be severe.

Backover Accident

Backover accidents happen when a driver reverses their vehicle into a pedestrian. This is most common in driveways and parking lots. Children and elderly individuals are particularly at risk for backover accidents. These accidents often occur because of the driver’s limited rear visibility and the pedestrian’s inability to move out of the way quickly.

Accidents Involving Children

Accidents involving children often happen near schools, parks, and residential areas. Children are at higher risk because they are smaller, less visible, and may not always follow traffic rules due to their age and understanding. These accidents can be particularly severe due to the vulnerability of children.

Accidents At Intersections

Intersections are common sites for pedestrian accidents. These accidents occur when drivers fail to observe stop signs, traffic lights, or are distracted while turning. Pedestrians crossing the street at intersections may assume they are safe, especially when they have the right of way, making these accidents particularly unexpected and dangerous.

Each of these types of pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries or fatalities. In many cases, these accidents are preventable and occur due to driver negligence. Victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, and seeking legal assistance can be an important step in addressing the aftermath of such a traumatic event.

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  • “Freeman Law Firm, Inc. was a lifesaver for us! After a tree crashed through our roof 6 months ago, we were stuck with $14,000 of expenses our insurance company was refusing to cover. We tried negotiating ourselves and even filed a complaint with the Insurance Commissioner with no luck! Less than a week after talking with Spencer and only 24 hours after he first contacted our insurance representative, we had a check in the mail!! He was so quick in helping us and really understood what was needed to resolve our situation. Sometimes, you just need an advocate on your side- and Freeman Law Firm, Inc. is the best choice!”

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Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents

Distracted Driving

One of the main causes of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. This happens when drivers are not paying full attention to the road. Instead, they might be looking at their phones, eating, talking to passengers, or doing other things that take their focus away from driving. When drivers are distracted, they may not see pedestrians crossing the road or walking along the street, leading to serious accidents.

Speeding

Speeding is another significant cause of pedestrian accidents. When drivers go faster than the speed limit, they have less time to react to things happening on the road, including pedestrians crossing. High speeds can also make accidents more severe, leading to serious injuries for pedestrians.

Failure To Yield At Crosswalks

Many pedestrian accidents happen because drivers fail to yield the right of way at crosswalks. Pedestrians usually have the right of way at crosswalks, but some drivers might ignore this and drive through without stopping. This is especially dangerous for pedestrians who assume that cars will stop for them.

Driving Under The Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a major cause of pedestrian accidents. These substances impair a driver’s ability to think clearly, react quickly, and make good decisions. Drivers under the influence might not see pedestrians or react in time to avoid hitting them.

Poor Visibility

Accidents involving pedestrians can also happen due to poor visibility. This might be because of bad weather, such as heavy rain or fog, or because it’s dark outside. When drivers can’t see well, they might not notice pedestrians until it’s too late.

Ignoring Traffic Signals

Ignoring traffic signals is another cause of pedestrian accidents. This includes drivers running red lights or stop signs. When drivers don’t obey traffic signals, they can surprise pedestrians who are following the rules, leading to accidents.

Improper Turning

Improper or illegal turns by drivers can lead to pedestrian accidents. This happens when drivers make turns without looking properly for pedestrians or ignoring signals and signs. For example, a driver might turn right at a red light without noticing a pedestrian crossing the street.

National Safety Council Statistics On Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Fatalities In 2021

Across the United States in 2021, a significant number of pedestrian deaths occurred in various settings, both in traffic and non-traffic situations. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported a total of 8,984 pedestrian deaths, of which 7,388 involved traffic-related incidents. Non-traffic incidents are those that happen in areas not designed for public road traffic, such as driveways, parking lots, or on private property.

Urban Settings And Dark Conditions

84% of pedestrian fatalities in 2021 happened in urban areas. This suggests that urban settings pose a higher risk for pedestrians. Additionally, 77% of these deaths occurred on open roads, as opposed to 23% at intersections, indicating that open roads might be more dangerous for pedestrians than intersections. Furthermore, a striking 74% of these fatalities occurred during dark conditions, regardless of whether artificial lighting was present. This statistic points to the increased danger that darkness presents to pedestrians.

Day Of The Week And Time Patterns

The highest number of pedestrian deaths in 2021 occurred on Fridays (1,248) and Saturdays (1,220), predominantly during dark conditions. This could be attributed to various factors, including increased vehicular traffic and pedestrian activity during weekends.

Washington Traffic Safety Commission Statistics On Pedestrian Accidents

In 2022, there were 129 reported pedestrian fatalities. Out of the 129 fatalities, various types of vehicles were involved in these tragic incidents. A considerable portion, 49 cases, involved a passenger car striking a pedestrian. Additionally, 28 incidents involved an SUV, a vehicle type known for its larger size and potentially increased risk to pedestrians. Furthermore, 33 cases involved a truck, highlighting the significant dangers posed by larger vehicles, especially in urban areas where pedestrians and heavy vehicles often share close quarters.

A critical factor in these incidents was the time of day and visibility. A staggering 94 of the incidents occurred in the dark, underscoring the increased risk pedestrians face during nighttime due to reduced visibility and potentially slower reaction times from drivers.

85 incidents involved a pedestrian on the road, not in a marked crosswalk; 16 occurred in marked crosswalks at intersections (suggesting that even designated safe zones are not without risk); and 13 took place on the shoulder or roadside. Also, 24 incidents involved an impaired driver; 14 involved a distracted driver; and 4 involved speeding.

In the context of pedestrian behavior, it was noted that in 89 cases, the pedestrian was properly crossing the roadway when struck. This statistic is particularly disheartening as it suggests that even when pedestrians follow safety rules, they are still at significant risk.

Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Occur In Tacoma?

High-Risk Areas For Pedestrian Accidents

In Tacoma, pedestrian accidents frequently occur in densely populated and high-traffic areas. These locations often include busy intersections, commercial districts, and areas near schools and public transportation hubs. Intersections are particularly risky due to the convergence of vehicles and pedestrians, often leading to accidents caused by factors like driver inattention, speeding, or failing to yield to pedestrians.

Commercial Districts And Downtown Tacoma

The commercial districts and downtown areas of Tacoma see a higher incidence of pedestrian accidents. These areas are characterized by a mix of pedestrian traffic, retail outlets, restaurants, and business offices, leading to a bustling environment. The increased foot traffic in these areas, coupled with vehicles navigating through busy streets, raises the potential for accidents.v

School Zones And Residential Areas

School zones and residential areas in Tacoma also witness a significant number of pedestrian accidents. The presence of children, who may be less aware of road safety rules, increases the risk in these areas.

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents In Tacoma, Washington

Understanding who could be liable for a pedestrian accident in Tacoma, Washington, is crucial for victims seeking justice. In these incidents, liability often depends on the specific circumstances of each case. Primarily, the driver of the vehicle involved is frequently held responsible. This is particularly true if the driver was engaging in negligent behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, or failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.

However, liability is not limited to drivers alone. The city or state government could also be responsible, especially if poorly maintained roads, inadequate signage, or malfunctioning traffic signals contributed to the accident. In some cases, a pedestrian may also share a portion of the fault, for instance, if they were jaywalking or walking in areas where pedestrian access is restricted. Washington’s comparative negligence law allows for the apportionment of fault, meaning a pedestrian can still recover damages even if they are partly responsible, though their compensation is reduced by their percentage of fault.

Identifying the liable party is a critical step in seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident. It involves a thorough investigation of the accident, examination of police reports, witness statements, and sometimes, expert testimonies.

Bringing A Lawsuit Or Insurance Claim For A Pedestrian Accident

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Victims of pedestrian accidents in Tacoma, Washington, have legal avenues to seek compensation for their injuries and losses. The primary route is through an insurance claim. Washington is a fault-based state for car accidents, meaning the at-fault party’s insurance is typically responsible for covering the damages. After an accident, the victim or their attorney can file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company.

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In cases where the insurance claim is inadequate or denied, victims have the option to bring a lawsuit. Filing a personal injury lawsuit allows the victim to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. It’s important to note that Washington State has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which is generally three years from the date of the accident. Therefore, it’s crucial to act promptly.

Whether pursuing an insurance claim or a lawsuit, it’s highly advisable for victims to consult with a personal injury attorney. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney can help navigate the complex legal processes, negotiate with insurance companies, and ensure that the victim’s rights are fully protected. They play a substantial role in building a strong case, including gathering evidence, consulting medical experts, and representing the victim’s interests in court.

Time Limit For Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits

RCW 4.16.080 is particularly important for victims of pedestrian accidents. Washington law sets a three-year limitation period for starting legal actions in various cases, including those related to personal injury, which encompasses pedestrian accidents. So, if you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you have up to three years from the date of the accident to initiate a lawsuit. This is crucial because if you miss this deadline, you might lose your right to claim compensation through the court system.

Wrongful Death Claims In Pedestrian Accidents

In more severe cases, where a pedestrian accident results in the death of the individual, RCW 4.20.010 becomes relevant. This statute allows the personal representative of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident. The lawsuit can seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages sustained by the deceased’s beneficiaries. For families who have lost a loved one in a pedestrian a

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Freeman Law Firm, Inc. Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a pedestrian accident, it’s time to reach out to Freeman Law Firm, Inc. at (253) 383-4500 or online. Our experienced injury lawyers understand the profound impact of pedestrian accidents and are committed to fighting for your rights. We can help ensure that you receive the support, legal guidance, and compensation you need and deserve. Don’t navigate this challenging path alone; let Freeman Law Firm, Inc. advocate for you

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