Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to being injured by the negligence of other drivers. Professional bus and truck drivers, as well as everyday automobile drivers owe a reasonable duty of care to pedestrians. What that means is that drivers must exercise reasonable care in watching out for pedestrians, whether on the roadway, in a parking lot, a crosswalk, or a driveway. Failure to exercise such care is negligence; when that negligent action results in a pedestrian being injured, that negligent driver is responsible for those injuries and that pedestrian may be entitled to fair compensation.
Injuries suffered by pedestrians can range from soft tissue injuries, to broken bones, to spinal injuries, loss of limbs, serious internal trauma, or even death.
Sometimes the negligent and responsible party acts even more irresponsibly, and leaves the scene of the collision. Commonly referred to as “Hit and Run,” in Washington State, this is a crime and can greatly affect how your claim is handled, depending on whether the responsible party is ever identified, for example, and/or you have sufficient Uninsured Motorist Protection.
If you are a pedestrian and injured in a collision due to another person’s negligence, you should seek medical attention immediately, then call Puget Law Group to schedule a complimentary strategy session with our lead injury attorney Casey Arbenz. Casey has extensive experience handling vehicle injury accidents of all kinds, and in the courtroom as well. Casey and all of us at PLG will take your case personally and provide you with fervent representation.
Personal injury appellate victory
Casey successfully convinced the Court of Appeals to reverse a finding of summary judgement against his client who was injured while riding her bike on the Foothills Trail. The defendant (Pierce County) had claimed immunity.
Thanks to Casey’s good work, his client would get her day in court at the highest State level.
“Casey took my case even though he wasn’t sure about it. It was kind of a weird case. He was really supportive and made me feel like he was on my side even though the facts were not always completely clear. He is patient, friendly and knowledgeable. And he managed to get me everything I wanted out of the situation.”