The law in Washington is clear: Pedestrians have the right of way. When pedestrians and vehicles collide, pedestrians are at a significant disadvantage. A motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accident can often lead to serious injuries.
I Was Injured as a Pedestrian. What Do I Do Now? Immediately after a pedestrian accident, it is common for the insurance companies to attempt to obtain a recorded statement from you or to get you to sign paper work that can limit your ability to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. Similarly, many insurance companies try to reach a quick settlement with an injured pedestrian. Their purpose is to avoid responsibility for future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that are likely to develop as time progresses.
When a person is injured in a pedestrian accident, it often takes months to completely assess the full extent of the injuries. At that point, the person may need surgery or other extensive treatment. The injuries may leave the person permanently disabled even after corrective surgery. Therefore, the true value of a claim from a pedestrian accident can only be assessed after a physician has established a firm prognosis.
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