Pearson law firm logo


Issaquah's Pedestrian Accidents Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured as a pedestrian, contact us for an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in the Issaquah area.

Experienced Legal Guidance for Pedestrian Collisions

We have represented several individuals who were walking or jogging and were hit by vehicles. The injuries caused by a collision with a pedestrian can be life-altering and at times, fatal. On top of the physical injuries our clients incur, the emotional trauma can be even worse.

We are here to help.

Managing the liability and insurance aspects of a pedestrian-vehicle collision can be challenging. If you are suffering from an injury, the insurance aspects can be overwhelming.

Reach out to our experienced team and we will be happy to answer questions by offering insurance claim help in the Issaquah area. We will sit down with you to discuss options and explain the pros and cons of moving forward with a legal claim.

Pearson Law Firm is the best law firm anywhere! They fought long and hard and they were polite, gracious, and extremely caring! We were in a bad place before they helped us, now we are living our best life!! WE LOVE PEARSON LAW FIRM! They are FAMILY to us forever!.
— Shelli Chancey

What should I do if I am walking or jogging and I am hit by a car?

  1. If you can, call 911 and report the incident.
  2. If you are injured, tell the police or anyone else who comes to your aid. Accept all aid at the scene since injuries may not be immediately apparent.
  3. Take photos or ask someone else to do it.
  4. Record names and contact information of all persons involved, including any witnesses.
  5. Call Pearson Law Firm in Issaquah. We offer insurance claim help and can answer any questions you may have as you heal and recover from the collision.

Involved in a pedestrian accident?
We're here to help.

Pearson Law Firm Swirl

Pearson Law Firm Logo

When you choose the Pearson Law Firm, you can expect skilled representation rooted in kindness for your situation and backed by over 40 years of experience. Our team values building positive relationships with our clients and we work to demystify the legal process.

We want to make sure you feel safe and informed as we work towards getting you the results you deserve.

Pearson Law Firm Swirl


Washington State Pedestrian Accidents Laws

Determining Liability in Pedestrian Accidents

Both pedestrians and vehicle operators have rights and responsibilities on our streets. The most pertinent laws regarding the obligations of each party include:

  • Drivers and bicyclists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and on crosswalks.

  • Pedestrians must use sidewalks where available. If there are no sidewalks, they must walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.

  • Pedestrians cannot suddenly leave the sidewalk and enter into traffic so that an oncoming vehicle cannot stop.

  • Pedestrians, unless directed otherwise by a traffic or police officer, must obey all traffic signals and traffic control devices.

  • A driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian on any roadway and shall give a warning by sounding the horn when necessary.

  • Drivers must exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person on a roadway.

  • Drivers must stop for pedestrians at intersections to allow pedestrians to cross the road, whether there is a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

  • Pedestrians outside of crosswalks must yield to drivers.

Establishing Negligence

You must show that the at-fault driver was negligent if you have been injured while out as a pedestrian. If the driver broke the law or failed to obey the rules listed above, that can be a strong indication that the driver failed to exercise reasonable care and was negligent.

To prove negligence in Washington, you must establish three elements:

  • The defendant (the at-fault driver) owed the pedestrian a duty of reasonable care;

  • The defendant breached their duty to exercise reasonable care; and

  • The defendant’s breach caused the pedestrian’s injury. 

Comparative Fault in Washington

Washington recognizes a standard of “pure comparative fault.” This means that both the driver and the pedestrian can share in the fault of the accident.

For instance, if you’re a pedestrian who fails to exercise proper care, you could be judged partially (or wholly) at fault for the injuries you suffered. Say you’re walking next to the sidewalk rather than on it, and a driver who is texting while driving strikes you. In a court case, you might be found to be 20% at fault and the driver 80% for distracted driving.

If the total amount awarded is $100,000, the sum will be reduced by your percentage of fault. In other words, you would receive only $80,000. One of our Issaquah pedestrian accident attorneys can help you determine any potential fault that may be used against you in a lawsuit.

Damages Available to the Pedestrian

If you prevail in court in a pedestrian injury case, you could be entitled to both economic and non-economic compensation. Economic damages include your medical expenses, lost wages, and any property damage. Non-economic damages include factors that are not as easily quantifiable, such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium (companionship).

Statute of Limitations

It is important to note that the statute of limitations in Washington for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years. This is why it's so important to reach out to a legal team, like our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys in Issaquah for insurance claim help as soon as you can.

pedestrians walking on street on a rainy night with umbrellas


Pedestrian Accidents Attorneys

Located in Issaquah, our pedestrian accident attorneys at The Pearson Law Firm, P.S. are proud to serve individuals and families in the counties of Pierce, King, Thurston, and Snohomish, and throughout the entire state. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, reach out to our team in Issaquah for insurance claim help, knowledgeable guidance and legal representation. We never charge for an initial consultation.