Accidents in Vancouver happen in a variety of ways. Generally, due to the reckless actions of others involved, they can result in serious, potentially disabling, and even life-threatening personal injuries. In these cases, you are entitled to compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit for the medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses you suffer. The following are the four common ways personal injuries in Vancouver are most likely to occur.
1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports that over 50,000 people are injured in our area due to motor vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcyclists each year. For over 500 of these victims, personal injuries they suffer end up proving fatal. Speeding, aggressive driving, running red lights, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are often to blame.
When another driver’s actions are to blame for a crash or collision, your first step in seeking compensation is generally through an insurance claim. If the other driver is uninsured, your injuries are severe, or a reasonable settlement cannot be reached, your best option may be to file a personal injury lawsuit against them.
2. Pedestrian Accidents
Alongside car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents in Vancouver are a serious concern. According to a January 29, 2020 KGW 8 News report, city officials report that our area has a higher proportion of pedestrian accidents than all other western Washington cities. With little to protect them in collisions involving motorists, injuries suffered by pedestrians are more likely to be severe.
Speeding and distracted driving are the leading causes of these crashes. Pedestrians have the same rights as any other road user in filing either an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
3. Bicycle Accidents
There are plenty of Vancouver residents who enjoy bicycling, either as a hobby, a fun form of physical fitness, or as an environmentally-friendly means of travel. Alongside pedestrians, they are among the most vulnerable road users.
Governing reports that Washington State ranks at the halfway point compared to other areas when it comes to potentially fatal bike accidents. These impact hundreds of people throughout our area each year, leaving them with serious personal injuries. Unfortunately, hit and runs are a common factor in these cases. Having an experienced Vancouver personal injury attorney investigate your case helps ensure at-fault drivers are held accountable.
5. Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. More than just minor mishaps, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports that they are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Wet floors, crowded aisles, poorly lit steps, and uneven walkways are among the leading causes. Negligent property owners can be held accountable either through their property insurance or through a personal injury claim.
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When the actions of others endanger you or your loved ones, the Johnston Law Firm P.C. helps you hold them accountable. Call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Vancouver personal attorneys online and request a consultation today.