A Lawyer Helping Pedestrians Hurt In Intersection Accidents
If you’ve been injured in Vancouver, WA, count on Colin
Intersections in Vancouver can be very busy, with cars and trucks traveling in several different directions. They are also the site of many pedestrian accidents that can leave people with serious injuries. If you were hurt while crossing an intersection, you deserve financial compensation. The Scott Law Firm, PLLC can help.
Pedestrian accident attorney Colin Scott knows the impact being hit by a car can have on victims and their families. The injuries suffered can be very serious and may include broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Recovery can take months or years. Some victims are left with a permanent disability.
There is also a financial impact. The medical expenses for treating injuries can add up very quickly and, if there is no insurance coverage, may soon become overwhelming. If an injury leaves you unable to work, there can also be a loss of income. But the usual bills don’t stop coming in. Many victims and their families find it hard to make ends meet during this difficult time.
Our firm is dedicated to helping victims recover the compensation they need and deserve to get their lives back on track. Attorney Colin Scott knows how to build strong cases that hold negligent parties accountable. Our focus is on getting you the best possible outcome after you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident.
Do collisions with pedestrians happen most often at intersections?
Most pedestrian accidents actually occur away from intersections. Accident data consistently shows that intersections are the safest place to cross the road. However, there are also safety concerns that are specific to intersections, such as motorists making right turns on red lights or rolling through stop signs without checking for pedestrians.
Do pedestrians have the right of way at an intersection?
Pedestrians in intersections often have the legal right of way, and when drivers fail to respect this, it’s the person on foot who typically suffers the most. Under Washington law, pedestrians have the right of way at marked or unmarked crosswalks – unless traffic signals, devices, or police direction indicate otherwise. In Washington, any intersection serves as a legal crosswalk unless it is marked as closed or located between two signalized intersections where a pedestrian can cross.
It is worth noting that even in scenarios where the right of way is disputed, drivers are legally required to operate their vehicles in a safe manner that does not injure or hit pedestrians. When a driver fails to do this and their car hits a pedestrian, they must be held accountable.
Pursuing accountability for pedestrian injuries can be difficult
The State of Washington has laws regarding pedestrians that can help determine negligence. Generally, motor vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians who are occupying an intersection. Pedestrians must also pay attention and have a responsibility to use due care when crossing the street.
Pedestrian accidents that occur at intersections are often caused by negligent drivers. A driver may have been distracted and didn’t see a pedestrian. A driver may have been speeding. In some cases, a driver may be fatigued, or under the influence of alcohol. If your pedestrian accident was caused by a negligent driver, as the plaintiff you have the burden of proof.
The reality is that proving fault and recovering financial compensation can be complicated. The accident scene can be chaotic and confusing. Drivers may deny responsibility for what happened. This leaves you in the position of uncertainty and having to prove the driver’s negligence.
The right pedestrian accident attorney can fight for your rights
Our firm can investigate to get the facts. We can obtain and review police reports, photographs of the scene, surveillance footage, medical records and other documentation that is helpful to proving your claim. We can also identify and interview witnesses. And if needed, our firm can hire one or more consultants and/or experts to help prove liability and damages in your case. Attorney Colin Scott is committed to building a strong case that proves his clients were the victim of another’s negligence.
After completing an investigation of the facts, Colin then demands compensation on behalf of his clients for the damages they suffered. This can include compensation for all medical expenses related to the client’s injuries – both now and in the future. It may also include compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
If you were injured in pedestrian accident at an intersection, learn more about how we can help. Contact us online or call 360-718-3640 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney who is committed to delivering results.