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.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 nationally:
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 Motor Vehicles -
The various local police departments offer information on accidents that occur in their city limits, including:
Mount Vernon Police Department;
These departments are a good resource to get information after a pedestrian accident.
When a pedestrian is injured, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospital in the area include Everett's Providence Regional Medical Center and Bellingham's St. Joseph Medical Center.
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy. Since insurance policies often have unique provisions to deal with pedestrian-accident injuries, it is important to review the policy and speak with the insurance adjuster to get clarification on coverage.
When an injury is serious or a death occurs, the next step is to find an experienced Everett - Bellingham pedestrian accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and can be hard to manage without legal help. Since personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency basis, meaning that there are no up-front costs and all fees are paid when the claim is settled, there is no downside to speaking with an Everett - Bellingham personal injury attorney right away, to get help for an injured pedestrian.
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