Legal Representation After A Fatal Pedestrian Or Crosswalk Accident
While no amount of money can bring back a loved one from a tragic pedestrian accident, consulting with an experienced law firm can inform you of rights and options that may help alleviate some of your anguish. In addition to finding out if you have grounds to take legal action for the loss of a family member, you may also need to consider
- What your future will be like without a spouse, sibling, parent, or child?
- How will it affect your ability to pay your bills, retire, send your children to college?
- Will you be paying for grief counseling for years to come?
Damages For The Wrongful Death Of A Pedestrian
Many grieving families feel guilty about putting a dollar value on a life or are too distraught with grief to adequately assess their current and future needs. Some may be shocked and dismayed by the fact that they hadn’t planned for such a tragedy with adequate savings and life insurance policies. But with proper representation, bereaved families can obtain the resources they need to move beyond the tragedy. Some of the more common damages that surviving families collect, can include:
- Funeral expenses
- Emergency room fees
- Lost income
- Mental anguish
For more information on the rights of pedestrians and whether a loved one may be the victim of a negligent motorist, contact the Seattle wrongful death attorneys at Pendergast Law who specialize in fighting for the rights of pedestrians and their families.
What Are The Laws Concerning Pedestrians In Washington?
Washington State has very specific laws designed to protect pedestrians from vehicles. Here are some codes to keep in mind regarding the rights of pedestrians:
- Sidewalks – Drivers and bicyclists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks. Also, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on sidewalks when entering or exiting private driveways (RCW 46.61.261).
- Drivers exercise due care – Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary (RCW 46.61.245).
- Stop for pedestrians at intersections – Vehicles shall stop at intersections to allow pedestrians and bicycles to cross the road within a marked or unmarked crosswalk (RCW 46.61.235).
When Should I Contact A Seattle Attorney?
It is vitally important that you contact an experienced counselor about your legal rights and options, particularly at a time of such personal sorrow. The Washington fatal car accident lawyers at Pendergast Law are sensitive and experienced in representing families in their time of loss. Call 888-539-9211 to schedule a comprehensive case evaluation.