Crosswalk or Pedestrian Car Accidents
Crosswalk accidents or being hit as a pedestrian while in a parking lot or a crosswalk or crossing the street are very difficult cases because often times the injuries of the person are so severe. When struck by a car, truck, or SUV while in a crosswalk, the victim is often very vulnerable and unaware. The car who hits the pedestrian may not see the person because of bad lighting or poor visibility or because of weather conditions, and sometimes the victim is crossing the crosswalk while looking at their cellphone and is not aware of the car or truck until they are hit.
After receiving medical care for one’s injuries, the victim should contact the at-fault driver’s car insurance company to see if the insurance company has what is called PIP, or Personal Injury Protection, for their driver. This kind of insurance will allow the victim to have their medical bills paid by this insurance company. If the driver does not have PIP, then you will have to use your own health insurance through work or the state, if you are not employed, in order to obtain coverage and have your bills paid.
Washington State Crosswalk Laws
Recent Jackman Law Firm Case: The Jackman Law Firm settled a pedestrian accident for a woman who was struck in a crosswalk and suffered significant injuries. The case settled for $100,000.
Washington State law is very clear on the rights pedestrians have while in a crosswalk. It is very simple: when a pedestrian has the right of way with an appropriate signal, traffic must yield to the person in the crosswalk. RCW 46.61.060 states as follows:
(1) WALK or walking person symbol—Pedestrians facing such signal may cross the roadway in the direction of the signal. Vehicle operators shall stop for pedestrians who are lawfully moving within the intersection control area on such signal as required by RCW 46.61.235(1).
(2) Steady or flashing DON'T WALK or hand symbol—Pedestrians facing such signal shall not enter the roadway. Vehicle operators shall stop for pedestrians who have begun to cross the roadway before the display of either signal as required by RCW 46.61.235(1).
(3) Pedestrian control signals having the "Wait" legend in use on August 6, 1965, shall be deemed authorized signals and shall indicate the same as the "Don't Walk" legend. Whenever such pedestrian control signals are replaced the legend "Wait" shall be replaced by the legend "Don't Walk" or the hand symbol.
In Seattle and Kirkland, crosswalk and pedestrian car accidents are very common. If it is dark outside or if the weather is bad and raining, as it often is in the winter and springtime months, then the chances of a car accident with a pedestrian or someone in a car accident increase dramatically. These kinds of accidents can be avoided if cars obey the traffic laws. In addition, some cities in Washington State have taken steps to make crosswalks safer by having yellow flags pedestrians can use when crossing the street and having very visible and well-lit warning signs.Common Pedestrian and Crosswalk Injuries:
If you have been injured in a crosswalk or injured by another driver as a pedestrian, you are likely facing serious injuries, the most common of which are:
- Broken bones
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
All of these injuries require medical care to address, either from a medical doctor, chiropractor, or a medical specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon. If you have been hurt badly, getting prompt medical care is necessary for your recovery.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured in a crosswalk accident or as a pedestrian, you are likely facing two insurance companies: the driver’s insurance company who hit you and your own car insurance company, and they are demanding a lot from you, wanting you to make statements, send medical reports, etc. This can be overwhelming, especially when you are focused on trying to get better.
In addition, even when you are hit in a crosswalk or struck as a pedestrian by a car, while it may not seem fair or intuitive at first, it is your burden to prove that you were injured and that your injuries were caused by the driver. In some cases, drivers try to argue that the reason the accident occurred is because the pedestrian jumped in front of their vehicle, or illegally crossed the crosswalk, thus causing the accident. You may need an experienced attorney who can help you overcome these accusations and prove your case.
Feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation.