Ferndale WA Pedestrian Accident
On May 10, 2018 about 9:40 a.m., Whatcom County Fire District 7 (WCFD7) emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of a Ferndale WA pedestrian accident. A pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle at 1855 Main Street at an intersection of private roads near Excel Physical Therapy, Locker Room Fitness and Coastal Realty. The business park’s roads remained blocked by emergency vehicles for about a half-hour.
Ferndale WA pedestrian accident
A statement by WCFD7 Division Chief Ben Boyko explained that the pedestrian hit by the car was evaluated at the scene and released with only minor scrapes. The motor vehicle involved did not suffer any damage and according to Ferndale Police Sergeant Kevin Davis, the driver was not charged or cited.
Justice for victims of pedestrian accidents
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association show that there are almost 5,000 pedestrian accident deaths in the United States each year plus 78,000 injuries. Forty-six thousand of those injured are children.
Pedestrians have very little to shield themselves in the event of a collision compared to a driver of a motor vehicle. If you or a loved one was the victim of a motor vehicle versus pedestrian accident you may be struggling with devastating injuries causing pain and suffering, time off of work and medical bills. In the worst cases, pedestrians are left with permanent scars or disabilities. An experienced car accident attorney can evaluate your accident, injuries and damages and discuss your legal rights.
Most common type of pedestrian injury in car versus pedestrian accidents
The most common type of pedestrian injury is injury to the head causing traumatic brain injury (TBI). If you believe you may be suffering from TBI due to an accident please contact your health professional for diagnosis.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents involving a motor vehicle
- Inattentive or distracted driver
- Talking or texting on a cell phone
- Talking to another passenger
- Any type of distraction that takes eyes off the road
- Reckless driving
- Cutting corners
- Not stopping at stop signs
- Failing to yield
- Driving too quickly for weather conditions
- Blown tires or malfunctioning brakes
What if the pedestrian was partly at fault?
Because Washington State uses contributory fault law, fault can be shared in a personal injury case. This means that injured persons may only be awarded damages proportionate to the percentage of fault contributed by the defendant and nothing for the amount of fault that they contributed. For example, ifa a pedestrian is jaywalking across a street but the driver is driving too fast for weather conditions than each party may be assigned a percentage of fault when determining a settlement.
If you or a loved one is dealing with an accident or injury through no fault of your own, you have enough on your plate. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!