Seattle’s main traffic arteries throughout the city are where car accidents most often happen. These streets are also the most common sites for fatal accidents, including pedestrian accidents.
Specific streets noted for their high volume of traffic accidents include Lake City Way, Aurora Avenue North, and Rainier Avenue South. However, car accidents can occur on any street in Seattle when motorists, pedestrians, the city, or others’ negligence results in a collision.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and need legal assistance, consider reaching out to a Seattle car accident lawyer to protect your rights and seek compensation.
Several areas and roadways should place you on high alert as a pedestrian or motorist, including:
The likelihood of a motor vehicle accident is, in many cases, little more than a numbers game. The more vehicles that travel on a given road, the more likely that road will see an accident.
High-traffic roadways may also:
When an accident happens on a busy road, other motorists may not stop in time to avoid secondary collisions. High-traffic roads may pose a higher likelihood of multi-vehicle, chain-reaction accidents.
When Seattle has reduced speed limits on its arterial roads, researchers have discovered lower rates of accident-related injuries. This finding reinforces what we already know to be true: Speeding contributes to both the frequency and severity of auto accidents.
Roadways with high speed limits, including but not limited to highways, may see more total accidents than roads with lower speed limits.
As a city that has embraced environmentally-friendly means of travel, bicyclists, scooter riders, and motorists are often nearby. Embracing non-motorized travel requires that Seattle provide safe bike lanes, wide sidewalks, and other conditions to keep bicyclists, walkers, and scooter riders safe.
If a roadway does not provide enough room for non-motorists to travel safely, it may pose a high risk of pedestrian accidents.
93 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occur on arterial streets. The source that reported this finding also reported that areas with high poverty rates (increasingly common in Seattle) may pose a high accident risk, especially collisions between motorists and pedestrians.
Those in impoverished areas may be more likely to be walking or biking on or near the street, as they may lack their own motor vehicle. More pedestrians near a roadway generally mean a higher risk of a pedestrian accident.
Roads that do not have adequate signage put motorists and pedestrians in danger.
Danger can arise when a road or intersection lacks:
Signs that fall or traffic lights that don’t work present significant threats to motorist and pedestrian safety.
Seattle’s streets rank among the most flawed in the nation, as the city’s residents and visitors must regularly dodge potholes and other blemishes.
Uneven pavement, potholes, cracks, and other road-related hazards can cause accidents when:
The City of Seattle or another responsible party may be financially liable when substandard road conditions contribute to a collision.
Streets in Seattle undergoing substantial construction may be safer in the long term.
During construction, however, these streets may have increased hazards, including:
While a car accident may be more likely to occur on an arterial road, at an intersection, and in certain other high-risk areas of Seattle, auto accidents happen every day all across the city.
Regardless of where you are driving, walking, or riding in Seattle, you may be involved in an accident because:
Motorists cause most accidents, and collisions in Seattle often result from a motorist:
If a motorist hit your vehicle or struck you as a pedestrian, the motorist’s insurer may be liable for your accident-related damages. You may even hold the motorist personally liable if you pursue a lawsuit.
Pedestrians in Seattle do not have the strongest reputation for predictability and have undoubtedly caused many accidents in the Emerald City. A pedestrian who darts into the roadway for no apparent reason, jaywalks, veers out of the bike lane, or does anything else that disrupts traffic may cause a collision.
A motorist may strike the pedestrian, swerve and hit another vehicle, or swerve and hit a fixed object. In any of these cases, the pedestrian may be liable for causing the accident. If the pedestrian lacks insurance or financial means, you may receive compensation through your own auto insurer.
The City of Seattle may be liable if hazardous road conditions cause an accident.
Such conditions may include:
Municipalities, including Seattle, must keep roads and traffic infrastructure in good condition. If you’ve driven in Seattle, you know the city does not always live up to this mandate. If your accident resulted from unsafe road conditions, the city may need to cover your damages.
If a defective vehicle is the cause of an accident, liable parties can include:
Countless vehicles on Seattle’s roads contain defects that will eventually wreak havoc. When such a defect injures you, an attorney can identify liable parties and see fair compensation for your damages.
The two primary ways to seek compensation after a Seattle car accident are:
In many cases, a car accident victim will file an insurance claim, engage in negotiations, and file a lawsuit because the insurer won’t offer a fair settlement. A car accident lawyer can review your circumstances and pursue a claim or lawsuit.
There are several reasons why car accident victims in Seattle and elsewhere hire lawyers to fight for their financial recovery.
Some of the common reasons why you might hire a car accident lawyer include:
Many car accident victims hire an attorney for a combination of reasons rather than a single one. A capable firm will explain the value they offer and should make your decision easy.
The right attorney will oversee every detail of your insurance claim or lawsuit, which may require them to:
Lawyers must establish liability for an accident to determine who owes whom compensation.
Your attorney may determine and document liability using:
Injury lawyers secure evidence of liability as quickly as possible. The fact that some evidence may only be available for a limited time (video footage and eyewitness accounts being prime examples) should motivate you to hire a lawyer as soon as possible.
Before negotiating a settlement, your lawyer will document and calculate your accident-related losses.
Useful documentation may include:
Your lawyer will work to prove each of your accident-related losses in the greatest possible detail.
Settlements are the preferred way to resolve car accident claims and lawsuits. Your attorney will review settlement offers with you and continue negotiating until they receive a fair offer.
If your attorney does not receive a fair offer from insurers, they may file a lawsuit on your behalf. Your lawyer will discuss this possibility if your claim or lawsuit reaches a crossroads between accepting the best settlement offer and going to court.
These are the big-picture responsibilities a car accident lawyer typically handles. Your attorney will also lead communications, draft and submit paperwork, provide routine case updates, and advise you on every aspect of the claim or lawsuit.
Your recoverable damages may include:
Each car accident victim has different injuries, mental health symptoms, and property costs. Your attorney will evaluate your losses and calculate the value of a fair settlement.
Your lawyer likely faces a timeline for filing a claim or lawsuit. Don’t wait to hire a personal injury attorney and allow them to fight for your financial recovery in Seattle.
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