Sammamish is not as busy as other big cities in King County, which encourages more pedestrians to wander the streets. However, this also means that auto-pedestrian accidents are a common occurrence.
Pedestrians share roads with cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, and distracted drivers usually cause accidents. These result in severe injuries for pedestrians, and sometimes even death.
If you are a victim of a pedestrian accident, Dax Jones is here to help you as your Sammamish attorney. Dax is a skilled auto-pedestrian accident lawyer and has years of experience representing injured individuals in Sammamish. He will handle all aspects of your auto-pedestrian accident case, while you focus on making a fast recovery.
Who is Considered a Pedestrian?
Legally speaking, all cyclists and walkers alike are considered “pedestrians”. Both of them are eligible for personal injury claims, and the same principles apply to both.
What if I’m Injured in an Auto-Pedestrian Accident?
Many people are under the impression that walkers, skateboarders, cyclists, and other pedestrians can only obtain coverage for their injuries from their health insurance. This is not the case — as a matter of fact there are several options you can pursue if you are involved in an auto-pedestrian accident in Sammamish.
Scenario #1: Driver has Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on his insurance policy.
If the driver of the vehicle has an insurance plan that includes Personal Injury Protection (PIP), you can access it to cover medical treatment and other expenses due to the accident. This includes hospital bills, missed wages, and inability to work as a result of the injuries sustained.
Scenario #2: The driver does not have PIP on his insurance policy, but your insurance includes uninsured motorist coverage or PIP.
If the driver does not have PIP coverage on his insurance policy, you can check out your own insurance. As an elective, you may have chosen uninsured motorist coverage or PIP, and these can provide the coverage you need in order to treat the injuries suffered.
Scenario #3: Neither the driver or you have PIP or uninsured motorist coverage, but you have health insurance.
If you don’t have uninsured motorist coverage or PIP, and neither does the driver, you can always turn to your respective health insurance policies to cover all medical treatments. This covers hospital bills and other treatment needed after the accident.
Scenario #4: Neither the driver or you have PIP or uninsured motorist coverage, and you don’t have health insurance.
Uninsured motorist coverage and PIP are optional add-ons to your insurance policies. If neither you or the driver have these extra features, there will be no party with whom you can file the claim against. Unfortunately, you will have to cover medical expenses and required treatment out of your own pocket.
Common Misconceptions About Pedestrian Accidents
There are many unwarranted fears and many misconceptions about personal injury claims. This leads to victims not getting the compensation they deserve. At The Jones Firm, we have encountered many of these misconceptions and the most common are:
Fear of navigating the legal system, making the right phone calls and filing important documents – Unless you are trying to handle your personal injury claim yourself, this fear is completely unwarranted. If you decide to work with The Jones Firm, we will handle all of the paperwork, phone calls, legal processes and other necessary steps to file your claim. Our clients are always delighted to work with us because they can focus on making a fast recovery while getting greater remuneration for the suffering and injuries sustained.
Fear of appearing weak for being in pain – This may be the most common fear of them all, and hardworking men and women are usually the ones who succumb to it. Not showing any signs of pain might seem brave, but many physical issues can arise as a result of an accident. Getting the right treatment is pivotal, so make sure you get the right treatment and medical attention.
Fear of being put on insurance companies’ “watch list” which will result in higher insurance rates – You should not worry about getting unfair insurance rates as insurance companies understand accidents happen. Individuals who are not at fault are not penalized for the consequences, so don’t worry about getting unfair rates in the future.
Getting The Compensation You Deserve
Dax Jones has more than 10 years of experience helping auto-pedestrian accident victims in Sammamish. He helps victims and their families get through the whole ordeal following the accident. Dax has one mission: getting the best results for our clients.
Walkers, joggers, skateboarders, cyclists, and even children are unfairly blamed for accidents. They usually need help defending themselves and their rights, and Dax Jones is the attorney for the job. Dax will track down every single detail on the case in order to accurately present the facts. He will make sure the responsible party is held accountable by hiring experts at critical points of the claim.
Contact Dax Jones for a Free Consultation
Dax Jones meets with his clients in Sammamish wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them. You can get an initial consultation with Dax at no cost, and it’s not limited to 30 minutes like most law firms. Get in contact with The Jones Firm by filling out our online contact form. Contact us today!