By Pendergast Law on October 27, 2016
Seattle and other Washington-area communities have a reputation for being pedestrian and bike-friendly, with many popular outdoor shopping areas, markets, and parks. Unfortunately, accidents do occur, and when they do, pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injury or even death.
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which leads statewide efforts to save lives and prevent injuries on roadways, has stated that while pedestrian deaths and serious injuries have been on the decline, the rate of decrease has been slower for pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries than overall fatalities and serious injuries. They also claim that pedestrian deaths account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, which is up from 11 percent from 2006 to 2008.
Such tragedies are extremely difficult for families to cope with, as they happen suddenly and without warning. If it turns out that someone else’s negligence helped to contribute to the accident, this can make the situation even worse.
Losing a loved one is one of the most agonizing experiences you will ever go through. But in addition to coping with your grief, there are a number of things you will have to consider, including:
- What will your future be like without your spouse, sibling, parent, or child?
- How will their death impact your ability to pay your bills, retire, or send your children to college, etc?
- Will you be paying for grief counseling for years to come?
No amount of money can ever overcome the loss of a loved one. But the reality is that financial considerations don’t go away in the event of a tragedy, and if your ability to live a full and happy life has been harmed by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to be properly compensated.
If a relative or loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, you might expect to receive funeral expenses, emergency room fees, lost income, and/or mental anguish. Many people are hesitant to pursue legal action, however, because they don’t want to think they are putting a price tag on a loved one’s life.
That is why you need to consult with a professional and experienced legal team who can clearly and empathetically explain what your rights are and help advise you on the best course of action for you and your family. While no one can bring back your loved one, we might be able to alleviate some of your anguish and help provide security for your future.
Contact the Seattle pedestrian accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. to learn about what your rights are and how you can pursue legal recourse. Call 888-539-9211 today to schedule a free consultation.