Chris Thayer Seattle Personal Injury Attorney
(206) 340-2008
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland. I am here to help you. I have developed this website to provide information about me, the services my law firm provides, and to give the consumer some basic background information and resources relating to personal injury claims in Washington state.

Contact Me

Pedestrian Safety in King County

Posted Saturday, June 3, 2017 by Chris Thayer

A recent study found that pedestrians who take leisurely strolls are more likely to choose safer walking routes than people who are running errands or commuting to work. The study compiled data from a 2008-2009 survey in King County to determine what routes pedestrians took for specific purposes. The data was then compared to maps that estimate the risk of pedestrian collisions.

While pedestrians who choose unsafe routes put themselves at risk of injury, drivers also owe pedestrians a certain duty of care. In fact, Washington has several laws designed to keep pedestrians safe, and if a motorist breaks one of these laws and injures a pedestrian, the pedestrian will likely have a viable personal injury claim.

Washington’s Crosswalk Law

Drivers must stop at intersections to allow pedestrians to cross the road within both marked and unmarked crosswalks (cars must also stop for cyclists crossing the road). It is also illegal to pass a vehicle that is stopped for crossing pedestrians. However, if a pedestrian suddenly steps off a curb and into a vehicle’s path when it is too late for the car to stop, then it is the pedestrian who is at fault.

The Due Care Provision

All drivers must “exercise due care” to avoid colliding with any pedestrian on any roadway, even when the pedestrian is not permitted to be in the roadway. Drivers should warn pedestrians who are in danger by honking their horn. They should also exercise “proper precaution” when the pedestrian is a child or an incapacitated person (such as a person who is on crutches).

Other Pedestrian-Related Traffic Laws

Take note of a few other pedestrian-related laws, including rules that pedestrians must follow:

Contact Us Today

Motorists who break state traffic laws can be found civilly liable for any injuries that they cause. If you are a pedestrian who was injured because of a motorist’s negligence – or complete disregard of state law – you might be entitled to compensation. Contact one of our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.

Chris Thayer Seattle Personal Injury Attorney

For more information, or to schedule an initial, no obligation consultation and case evaluation, please call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008 or complete the contact form below:

*

*



*

Please note: the use of the internet for communications with Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer will not establish an attorney-client relationship and messages containing time-sensitive or confidential information should not be sent via e-mail.

* Indicates a required field