Pedestrians involved in traffic accidents can be severely injured and sometimes killed. If you or a loved one was a pedestrian when hit by a vehicle, you need an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to help you get the compensation you deserve.
At Ranz Injury Law, PLLC, we work with pedestrians who have been seriously injured or killed in accidents throughout Federal Way, WA, King County, and Tacoma, and the surrounding areas.
Our attorneys have decades of experience helping injured parties obtain favorable settlements and verdicts.
Why You Need to Hire an Attorney After a Pedestrian Accident
The driver’s insurance company has a team of experienced attorneys trained to pay the smallest settlement possible. Your skilled pedestrian accident lawyer at Ranz Injury Law is ready to negotiate a fair settlement so you can focus on your recovery.
Your settlement will help pay your bills while you are off work recovering, such as medical bills, rent or mortgage, car payments, groceries, and other living expenses.
If you are like many pedestrians injured in a vehicle collision, you may face many years of surgeries and medical treatment. Your settlement can help cover your ongoing medical bills, too.
Significant Injuries to Pedestrians Hit by Vehicles
Pedestrians hit by vehicles often face long recovery times. With nothing to protect them from the blunt force of a vehicle, injuries can be significant. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 100,000 pedestrians were injured in a collision with a vehicle, and more than 7,000 people lost their lives in a single year.
Serious injuries often suffered by pedestrian accident victims include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Temporary or permanent disfigurement
- Broken bones and fractures
- Leg and knee injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Torn ligaments
- Severe cuts and lacerations
The CDC estimates that a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident approximately every 75 minutes. As many as one in six people who are killed in car crashes are pedestrians. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to speak with an attorney immediately.
What to Do If You Were Hit by a Vehicle
If you are hit by a vehicle in the South Sound, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. Depending on the situation, you might be entitled to compensation. The following steps also apply to individuals who have been injured in scooter accidents.
Pedestrians injured in traffic accidents need to take the following steps:
- If able, get out of the roadway to a safe area
- Call 911 for medical help
- Get the driver’s contact and insurance information: their name, phone number, email address, street address, insurance carrier’s name, policy number, and phone number
- If able, take photos of the scene
- Get medical treatment for injuries right away
- Keep records of all injuries and medical treatment
After the accident, you should consult with a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help ensure that you do not end up settling your case for less than it is worth.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Attorney?
You pay nothing until you receive a settlement. Your King County pedestrian accident attorney fee will be a percentage of your insurance settlement.
Who Pays an Injured Pedestrian’s Medical Bills?
If the at-fault driver’s insurance policy has Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, their PIP coverage will help pay your medical bills and other costs like lost wages, expenses related to recovering from your injuries, and funeral benefits.
If you have car insurance, your car insurance policy may include PIP coverage. If so, your PIP coverage will also help pay your medical and accident-related bills. And, if you have health/medical insurance, your health/medical insurance will cover costs, too.
Your pedestrian accident attorney team at Ranz Injury Law will oversee all of this to ensure you get all of the insurance benefits from the at-fault driver’s PIP insurance, your PIP insurance, and your health insurance, in addition to negotiating a fair settlement for you. We manage these and many other important details so you can focus on getting better.
If I Was Partially at Fault, Can I Still Get a Settlement?
In most cases, yes. Our pedestrian accident attorney will provide a free case evaluation upfront to help determine the merits of your case. There are laws to protect pedestrians – we’ll do our best to protect your rights and help you get a fair settlement.
How Much Is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
Should I Accept a Quick Settlement from the Insurance Company?
Insurance companies benefit from an early settlement; accident victims do not benefit from an early settlement. It often takes time for your medical team to know how extensive or lengthy your medical treatment might be.
Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? Contact Our Office.
If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our office at (206) 429-5227 to schedule a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.