Pedestrian Accident FAQ
After being struck by a car in a crosswalk in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, or Olympia, you likely have a great deal of questions about your rights and the amount of money you may be eligible to receive for your case.
While these questions and answers not meant to be complete, they are the most common questions we see from people who have been struck by cars while in a crosswalk or while walking. If you do not see your question answered here, or if you have a follow up question, please feel free to call us for a free consultation.
Question: The driver who hit me in a crosswalk doesn’t have insurance. Do I still have a case?
Answer: Yes, you have two options. You can either try to reach the driver’s personal assets, such as their home or car if they have either in their name. Second, you can file a claim with your own insurance company, assuming you have this kind of insurance. This is known as a UIM claim, which stands for Uninsured Motorist Claim.
Question: How much will I get for my case if I was hit in a crosswalk?
Answer: It really depends on a number of factors ranging from the extent of your injuries, the amount of your bills, your expectations, and the available insurance. Feel free to call us for a consultation.
Question: The insurance company for the driver who hit me keeps calling and asking me for a recorded statement. Should I give one?
Answer: No, you should not. There is nothing that is going to help your case by speaking to them.
Question: How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
Answer: You have three years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit in Washington State for injuries you sustained in a car accident.
Question: I am sure the driver who hit me was texting at the time. Does this affect the case at all?
Answer: It will certainly help establish liability if we can obtain cell phone records that show the driver was sending or receiving text messages at the time of your accident.
Question: The driver who hit me was not given a citation. Does this affect the case at all?
Answer: Not necessarily. We at least need to establish that the driver who hit you was liable for the accident.