Bothell is a small suburban city, but pedestrian accidents are not a rare occurrence. Pedestrians share the streets of Bothell with motorcycles, bicycles, cars, trucks, taxis, and other vehicles. These vehicles are often operated by distracted drivers or those who simply refuse to follow or observe road rules, especially in crosswalks, and at stoplights and stop signs.
These scenarios often result in auto-pedestrian accidents, which can cause severe injuries or even death for pedestrians.
Knowing a skilled Bothell attorney you can call can help put your mind at ease if you are ever involved in a pedestrian accident.
Dax Jones is a skilled auto-pedestrian attorney in Bothell and has spent many years representing pedestrian accident victims in Pierce, Snohomish, and King Counties. Dax offers his undivided attention to his clients, handling every single aspect of an auto-pedestrian claim on their behalf.
Who is Considered Pedestrians?
Legally speaking, walkers, cyclists, and skateboarders are all considered “pedestrians.” The same laws apply to all of them, so walkers, cyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders are all equally eligible for pedestrian accident claims.
What Are the Options for Injured Pedestrians?
Most people believe that injured walkers, skateboarders, and other pedestrians can only attempt to obtain coverage for their injuries through their health insurance. However, this is a big misconception — in fact, there are many options available for injured pedestrians. Here is a quick overview of some of the possible scenarios for victims involved in an auto-pedestrian accident in Bothell.
First Scenario: The responsible driver has PIP coverage on his vehicle insurance policy.
If the driver who is found at-fault has PIP (personal injury protection) coverage on their insurance policy, you will be able to access it to cover the injuries sustained in the accident. This includes current and future medical bills, lost wages, and inability to work.
Second Scenario: The responsible driver does not have PIP coverage on his car insurance, but you have PIP or uninsured motorist coverage through your own car insurance policy.
If the responsible driver does not have PIP, you can turn to your own car insurance policy. If your policy includes the elective uninsured motorist coverage or PIP, then your insurance will provide the coverage needed to treat any injuries sustained in the pedestrian accident.
Third Scenario: Neither the responsible driver nor you have PIP or uninsured motorist coverage, but you have health insurance.
If you don’t have PIP or uninsured motorist coverage, and neither does the responsible driver, you can turn to your own health insurance. Your health insurance will cover medical treatments, but will not cover lost wages or inability to work.
Fourth Scenario: The responsible driver does not have PIP coverage, and you don’t have uninsured motorist coverage or health insurance.
PIP and uninsured motorist coverage are optional additions to your insurance policy. If the responsible driver did not opt to include them in his policy, and you don’t have PIP, uninsured motorist coverage, or health insurance, you will have to cover medical costs out of your own pocket. In this case, there will be no party with whom you would be able to file a pedestrian accident claim.
Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim in Bothell
Many victims fail to receive enough monetary compensation to cover their treatment because of misconceptions and unwarranted fears. At The Jones Firm, we have encountered many of these fears and misconceptions, the most common ones being:
Fear of maneuvering the legal system, making phone calls, and filing the correct documents – If you are planning on handling your personal injury claim yourself instead of hiring a pedestrian accident attorney, this fear may be warranted.
In case you are working with an experienced attorney, you will not have to worry about any of the hassles of filing a claim. At The Jones Firm, we handle all the phone calls, paperwork, legal processes, and other necessary tasks to file your claim. Our clients are always amazed at how easy it is to file their claim when they work with us. More importantly, they receive a significantly greater amount of monetary compensation for their injuries.
Fear of being perceived as weak – This fear is common among hardworking men and women, who are used to brushing off physical pain. While it may seem brave at the time, discrediting pain sustained from an auto-pedestrian accident can result in grave injuries.
Collisions can result in significant damage, and the effects are not always felt immediately. To prevent future health issues from arising, it’s important to heal properly and undergo the right medical treatment. The best thing to do is to be fully examined by a physician following an auto-pedestrian accident.
Fear that filing a personal injury claim will put them on a “watch list” for insurance companies that will result in unfair rates in the future – If you were not responsible for the auto-pedestrian accident, you will not experience any unfairly raised rates. After all, insurance companies understand accidents happen, and individuals who are not responsible for the accident are not penalized for its occurrence.
Getting the Best Results for Pedestrian Accident Clients in Bothell
Dax Jones has more than 10 years of experience as an auto-pedestrian accident attorney in Bothell. The Jones Firm helps victims and their family members through the tough times following a collision. Dax’s mission is to get the best results for our clients who have been injured in auto-pedestrian accidents.
Unfortunately, there are many cyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders, walkers, and even children who are blamed for accidents. They need help defending themselves and their rights, and Dax Jones is here to provide that help. He pursues every single detail, hiring experts when necessary to ensure that all facts are unearthed so that the responsible party is held accountable.
Contact The Jones Firm and Request a Free Consultation Today
Get in touch with The Jones Firm by filling out our online contact form. Bothell pedestrian accident attorney Dax Jones meets clients whenever and wherever it’s more convenient for them in Snohomish, Pierce, and King Counties. Our initial consultations are free and are not limited to 30 minutes like most law firms, so contact us today!