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Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents in the Washington State

Pedestrian accidents can lead to minor to severe injuries because there’s generally no protection against the force and mass of a moving vehicle, regardless of its speed.

If you were injured or involved in a pedestrian accident in Washington state due to a driver’s negligent conduct, here’s what you need to know.

What Is a Pedestrian Accident?

A pedestrian accident is an injury that occurs when a pedestrian is struck by a car, truck, motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, or other vehicles.

Pedestrian accidents can range from minor injuries to severe injuries and even fatalities. You could also face injuries from a pedestrian accident, such as:

  • Personal injuries: how do you prove you were injured?
  • Pain and suffering: how much will you be paid for pain and suffering?
  • Lost wages: how much will you be paid for lost wages?
  • Permanent disability: how much will you be paid for permanent disability?
  • Treating your injuries: what your health insurance may cover

Any settlement from a car accident is tax-free, but you must keep receipts for all medical expenses and other costs.

What Is a Driver Liable for on the Road?

  • A driver has a legal duty of care to pedestrians.

Washington state law (RCW 46.61.425) says that every person driving a vehicle is responsible for exercising ordinary care for the safety of any pedestrian on the roadway. A driver is liable if they breach these duties of care.

  • A driver is liable if they don’t follow traffic laws in Washington state.

Washington state law (RCW 46.61.400) says that drivers have a duty to obey all traffic laws. This law says that drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, walkways, and medians.

  • Drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

Washington state law (RCW 46.61.235) says that drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks where there is no traffic signal.

Medical Treatment After a Pedestrian Accident

After a pedestrian accident, most people go to the emergency room at a hospital. The most severe injuries will typically be treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit or trauma unit.

A doctor will examine you and recommend treatment for your injuries, which may include one or more of these treatments:

Treatment of Injuries: What Does Health Insurance Cover?

Whether health insurance companies will pay for treatment of your injuries caused by a pedestrian accident depends on your policy. 

Many health insurance companies have excluded coverage for damages caused by a car accident, which essentially means you are responsible for these costs.

This is why it’s vital to have umbrella insurance to cover your medical costs after a pedestrian accident.

Filing a Lawsuit in Washington State for a Pedestrian Accident

Here are the steps to take:

1. You must file a lawsuit within three years to recover damages.

2. You can sue for damages in Washington state.

3. You must prove the driver’s negligence in a lawsuit.

4. You must provide evidence of the car’s speed in a lawsuit.

5. You must prove that the driver was speeding.

Suppose you are injured in a pedestrian accident in Washington state. In that case, you should contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer who can assist you in pursuing the compensation you are entitled to.


After a pedestrian accident, if you don’t file a compensation claim, you can’t recover damages.

If you or a family member is a pedestrian accident victim, a pedestrian accident attorney can help you with your claim.

You need an attorney you can trust; let us earn it. At Zukerberg & Halperin, we handle all forms of serious injuries, including pedestrian accidents. We are top-rated personal injury and accident lawyers in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We handled and won millions of cases, offer free consultations, and don’t require fees unless you win. If you’re injured in a pedestrian accident, get in touch with us today. We can help you seek justice.

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