Person on the ground after being struck by a vehicle while walking
Walking outdoors in Washington State is a common activity for many residents, particularly during the summer months when we’re having nice weather. Unfortunately, thousands of pedestrians throughout our region are injured each year due to negligent drivers not paying attention and can be hit by a car while walking.

The most common cause of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. Whether that means a driver is distracted because of their cell phone, eating or drinking, or the passengers in their vehicle, these common mistakes can lead to dangerous and even deadly outcomes.

Being involved in a pedestrian accident can be a shocking and traumatic experience. If you find yourself in such a situation, it’s crucial to know the steps to take to protect yourself legally and medically. Here are some important things to remember if you or a loved one are hit by a car while out walking:

  • Seek Medical Attention Immediately! Your health and safety are always the top priority. Even if you feel okay initially, adrenaline can mask injuries. Call emergency services or ask someone to do so. Accept medical treatment at the scene and follow up with your doctor for a thorough evaluation. Keep records of all medical treatment related to the accident, including doctor visits, prescriptions, and therapy sessions.
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident. Wait for law enforcement and emergency responders to arrive. Leaving could potentially complicate legal matters or result in additional injuries.
  • Gather as much information as possible. Collect the driver’s name, contact information, insurance details, and vehicle license plate number. Obtain contact information from any witnesses who saw the accident, and if possible, take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle positions, damages, traffic signals, and any visible injuries.
  • File a police report, and ensure law enforcement documents the incident. This report will be crucial for insurance claims and any legal proceedings.
  • Do Not Admit Fault! Avoid discussing fault or apologizing at the scene. Admissions could be misconstrued and affect any legal claims.
  • Notify your auto or health insurance provider about the accident. Be truthful and provide accurate details.

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

Even if injuries seem minor initially, consulting with a personal injury attorney can help protect your rights. We will discuss all legal options with you, and provide guidance regarding insurance claims, potential compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Our pedestrian injury attorneys are also experienced working with those who have lost a loved one due to a pedestrian accident. In cases of wrongful death, our team of legal professionals will work tirelessly to hold the negligent party responsible for your family’s unimaginable loss and will do everything to help you receive the compensation that your case deserves.

Our Tacoma Pedestrian Injury Attorneys are Here for You

Here at the Law Offices of Michael Clark, we believe that you deserve reimbursement for how a pedestrian accident injury may have affected your life. With over 25 years of experience, our talented attorneys will help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries and will work to provide you with a resolution best suited for your case. Contact us today at 253.499.7856 to discuss your case or to schedule a free consultation.

Learning more about Pedestrian Laws and Safety

Even though Washington has a record for pedestrian safety that compares favorably to many other states, collisions do happen, and we all have a role to play, know the rules of the road, and follow the safety tips outlined by the Washington State Department of Transportation:

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