An unidentified man has been arrested on suspicious driving under the influence (DUI) after he struck an injured a female pedestrian in a crosswalk at NE 85th Street and 124th Avenue NE in Kirkland last night.
The pedestrian accident occurred around 11pm.
The injured woman was taken to Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, a Level III trauma center, with head injuries.
If it is determined that the man was DUI, he may be charged with Vehicular Assault. Washington vehicle code RCW 46.61.522 finds that a person can be charged with Vehicular Assault if a person is a seriously injured and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving recklessly.
When a driver is charged with Vehicular Assault, a criminal charge, the victim may also seek compensation in civil court by filing a claim against the negligent driver. In this case, it is advisable to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney who can counsel the victim of their rights. Most personal injury attorneys represent car accident victims on a contingency fee basis meaning that the victim pays no legal fees unless is a settlement is earned.
When to Hire an Attorney
It is not necessary to hire a personal injury attorney in every accident scenario, but in the following instances, an experienced lawyer can help:
- If you sustained a serious injury such a head or brain injury or fractures.
- If your injuries required a hospital stay, surgery or physical therapy.
- If you had to miss more than a couple of days of work.
- If you are contacted by an insurance company or lawyer of the person who hit you, you may need your own attorney to insure your rights are protected.
- If you are asked or pressured to sign a medical release or document that you do not understand.
- If a previous medical condition was exacerbated by the accident.
Bellevue Personal Injury Attorney Represent Car Accident Victims
The Farber Law Group has been practiced personal injury law in Kirkland and Bellevue for more than 30 years. We routinely work to make sure insurance companies and other parties pay all the compensation you are legally entitled to.