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Seattle-Tacoma, WA Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

In Seattle and Tacoma, pedestrian accidents and fatalities are on the rise

At one point or another, everyone is a pedestrian. As the expense of driving and insuring a vehicle rise, more and more people choose to walk to their destinations. As the number of pedestrians increases, so do the number of pedestrian accidents. To see where the Seattle and Tacoma regions rank in terms of pedestrian collisions nationally, please go to this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.

Despite safety improvements, pedestrian accidents are common in Seattle and Tacoma

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012:

  • 69% of pedestrians killed in 2012 were males;
  • 73% pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas;
  • 32% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred between 8:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.;
  • 34% of pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 g/dL or higher.

Pedestrian Laws in Washington State

Both motorists and pedestrians can engage in behaviors that cause collisions. According to state pedestrian law as described by the State of Washington Department of Transportation -

Drivers must:

  • exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian at all times.
  • yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • stop or slow down before passing another vehicle stopped in a travel lane until the driver has determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian.
  • in the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for all persons including the guard to completely clear the road before proceeding.

Pedestrians must:

  • use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible.
  • obey official traffic control devices.
  • walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if no sidewalk is available.
  • not cross an intersection diagonally unless the intersection is specifically designed for this.

Get information on pedestrian crashes from the Police Departments in the Seattle-Tacoma region

The Seattle Police Department offers information on accidents, and also provides information on obtaining a police report. You can also submit a public disclosure request to obtain information from the department.

The Tacoma Police Department offers a link to request a police report or a vehicle collision report.

These departments are a good resource to get information after a pedestrian accident.

When someone is injured in a Seattle or Tacoma pedestrian accident, what needs to happen next?

In an injury accident, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost.

The major hospitals in the area include:

Harborview Medical Center - Seattle;

Swedish Hospital - Seattle;

University of Washington Medical Center - Seattle;

Virginia Mason Medical Center - Seattle;

Multi Care Tacoma General Hospital;

St. Joseph Medical Center - Tacoma.

As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.

When a pedestrian collision is serious or fatal, it is crucial to find a Seattle or Tacoma accident lawyer

When a crash is serious or a death occurs in Seattle or Tacoma, the next step is to find an experienced Seattle - Tacoma pedestrian accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and difficult to manage. Having a Seattle - Tacoma personal injury lawyer on board is a great relief to injured people, or to the family left behind when an accident proves fatal.


Daughter, Monica Diane Henley 38 died of injuries sustained from the car accident of October 9, 2016. We are from Washington State and at a loss for how to go about financial recovery. Her father and I, both are in Phoenix, AR to lay to rest our daughter.

I am sorry for the loss of your daughter. No parent should have to go through what you and her father are going through. You asked about financially recovery. There may be options for you to bring a claim for the loss of your daughter. According to the news articles, it appears that responsibility for this accident will be disputed by the driver's insurance company. It is important to act now so that a proper investigation can be conducted to determine who was at fault. This may be a situation where both parties bear some responsibility. Even in that case, you may be entitled to some compensation. You should contact an attorney today to learn more about the process. Our firm ( is located in Washington but I would be happy to answer your questions and help guide you in the right direction. -Erik Ladenburg

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