Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents often times result in catastrophic injuries or death, substantial wage loss, permanent impairment of earning capacity, pain, suffering, and a permanent loss of enjoyment of life.

Any driver shall yield the right-of-way, slowing or stopping, if necessary, for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within the cross-walk where the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or approaching so closely from the opposite half other half of the roadway to in danger.   It is the duty of the driver approaching a crosswalk to maintain continuous observation in order to avoid injuring a pedestrian if the pedestrian was seen or should have been seen by the driver.   A driver is negligent as a matter of law if he fails to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk in the absence of evidence of unusual circumstances. 

When any driver fails to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the street within a marked and/or unmarked crosswalk, the driver unreasonably endangers the public.  When the driver violates the basic rule of community safety and injures a pedestrian, the driver is responsible for all the harms and losses caused to a pedestrian. 

The Harlan Law Firm has substantial experience in delivering full and fair compensation to pedestrians struck by drivers that failed to follow the rules.

Successful Outcomes:

  • Client struck by a vehicle while walking across the street within a marked intersection suffered a severely broken ankle necessitate surgery.  After trial had commenced, client accepted an offer made by driver’s insurance company.  Total settlement exceeded $900,000.00
  • Client struck while cross street within a marked crosswalk by public transportation bus and suffered a sprained ankle.  Client incurred less than $2,000.00 in medical bills and was off work for 2 days.  The Harlan Law Firm negotiated settlement with bus company for $30,000.00. 


The Harlan Law Firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients pay no legal fees unless we recover for them the compensation they deserve.

If you are seeking legal advice after being injured by the negligence of a driver, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. Call (360) 735-8200 or email

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— Justin, a DUI client,

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