Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Oakland
Representing Injured Californians Since 1994
Northern California, and specifically the Bay Area, is one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians. Despite recently ramped-up efforts in and around San Francisco to help eliminate traffic-related deaths and promote pedestrian and cyclist safety, more pedestrians died in the city in 2019 than the previous year, according to a report from KCBS Radio.
If you or someone you loved was involved in a pedestrian-vehicle collision, your life has likely turned upside down. At Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center, we understand the devastating impact these accidents have, both on victims and their loved ones. While we know that no amount of financial recovery can ever truly “compensate” you for what you have been through, we also believe that you deserve justice and a chance to heal. Our Oakland pedestrian accident lawyers are here to help you fight for the rightful compensation you are owed for your medical bills, lost wages, lost future earnings, disability, pain and suffering, and other damages. All of our attorneys and staff are members of the local community, and we are deeply committed to serving our community by representing victims of negligence and holding liable parties accountable.
Put over 130 years of collective legal experience on your side; contact Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center online or by phone at (888) 740-6434 for a free and confidential consultation.
Are Motorists Always at Fault for Pedestrian Accidents?
You may have heard the phrase, “pedestrians always have the right-of-way,” and while it’s true that motorists are responsible for doing everything they reasonably can to avoid a collision with a pedestrian, pedestrians also have a duty to follow applicable laws and rules of the road. Specifically, pedestrians must obey all traffic control devices, such as do-not-walk signals, red lights, stop signs, and crossing guards. Pedestrians should also avoid crossing streets outside of intersections and should always use crosswalks when they are available. The state of California makes it illegal to “jaywalk,” or cross a street that does not have a marked crosswalk or intersection; pedestrians who are found to have been jaywalking or committing any other violation when they were hit may have a harder time recovering compensation in a personal injury case.
That being said, pedestrians are simply no match for large, heavy vehicles and, as such, motorists should always take every available precaution to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Far too often, pedestrians are severely injured or killed because a motorist was speeding, drunk, distracted, or simply not paying attention.
What Damages Are Available in Pedestrian Accident Cases?
Sadly, many pedestrians who are struck by motor vehicles sustain catastrophic bodily injuries. These injuries can lead to a lifetime of medical bills and other financial challenges. By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek fair and just compensation for those damages.
While each case is different, and the exact damages you may be able to recover will depend on the specifics of your case, many pedestrian accident victims are able to recover the following damages:
All medical expenses related to the accident, including:
- Initial emergency medical treatment
- Ambulance, emergency room, and hospital fees
- Diagnostic services
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Medications/pain management
- Medical devices and equipment
Lost wages and/or income, including:
- Lost current wages from time taken off work to receive medical treatment
- Lost wages incurred during recovery
- Lost future earnings/loss of earning ability due to disability
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Treatment for trauma, including counseling
- Inconvenience and disfigurement
Additionally, the family members of those wrongfully killed in pedestrian accidents can seek compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Recovery in such cases often includes compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, anguish, loss of companionship, loss of support, lost wages/income, and more.
Let Our Team Fight for You
The aftermath of a pedestrian accident is often overwhelming. At Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center, we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you and your recovery. When you work with us, you don’t just get one attorney on your case. Instead, an entire team of legal professionals is dedicated to helping you get back on your feet and secure the maximum compensation you are owed. The last thing you should have to worry about right now is navigating the civil law system. Let our Oakland pedestrian accident attorneys fight for you.