Pedestrian accidents can cause devastating injuries to victims that can affect them for some time to come physically, cognitively and emotionally. Because of the tremendous effect of pedestrian accident injuries on pedestrian victims, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when harmed in pedestrian accidents.
In Washington State, approximately 25 percent to 30 percent of the population relies on walking as their primary form of transportation and almost all Washingtonians walk on a daily basis. Washingtonians commute to work and get to school by walking.
Between 2013 and 2017, pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for 18.6 percent of the traffic deaths in the state and 22.5 percent of serious traffic-related injuries in the state. During the period of time from 2011 to 2015, 412 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents and during the period of time from 2013 to 2017, 474 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed. During that same period of time, serious injuries suffered by pedestrians and bicyclists increased from 1,992 to 2,351.
Pedestrian safety is an important concern throughout Washington State and in Western Washington, in particular. Pedestrian accident victims who have suffered serious injuries and harm because of a careless or negligent driver can recover compensation for their damages and injuries, including compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries.
Keeping pedestrians safe on our roadways in Washington is important, but it is also important for those harmed in a pedestrian accident to be familiar with the legal remedies that can help them with their damages. Victims should understand the legal resources available and how they can help them through the recovery process.