Oakland Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been harmed in a crash, make sure to contact an Oakland pedestrian accident lawyer. When you have been harmed because of another person’s negligence, you may be owed significant compensation.
The city of Oakland is home to more than 440,000 Californians. It is the largest city in the San Francisco East Bay area. Because of the size of the city, collisions involving motor vehicles are common. When traffic accidents involve pedestrians, the consequences can be dire.
Pedestrian accident victims can experience massive bills and debt in the wake of their injuries. Victims should not have to bear the burdens of the damages that another person caused.
To begin the process of filing a legal claim, consult with an Oakland personal injury lawyer. The accomplished legal team at Cutter Law has plenty of experience representing the victims of pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrian Accidents in Oakland, California
In one recent year, nearly 900 pedestrians were fatally wounded in the state of California. If you have been struck in a traffic collision, you are not alone.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious and catastrophic injuries for victims. Accidents affecting pedestrians 65 years or older have increased by 1.9% in the past several years, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).
California’s fatality rate for pedestrian accidents is significantly than the national average, leading the next highest state by almost 25%. In fact, the state’s OTS states that California leads the nation in pedestrian fatalities.
In the city of Oakland, a small number of roads and intersections account for the majority of devastating traffic accidents. More than half of the serious and fatal collisions in Oakland happen on only 6% of the city’s streets.
The legal team at Cutter Law has a thorough understanding of the laws and statutes that relate to pedestrian accidents in California. We will happily review the facts of your case and help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.
What can a personal injury attorney do?
Most victims are unsure about the specific requirements of a civil legal claim. That is why it is so critical to reach out to an attorney after a collision.
When you contact one of the skilled legal professionals at Cutter Law, we will oversee the following elements of your accident case:
- Collecting relevant evidence to bolster your legal claim
- Determining legal liability in your injury claim
- Accurately calculating the value of your case
- Negotiating forcefully with insurance companies
- Researching relevant statutes and laws
- Filing litigation if negotiations fail
In the aftermath of a pedestrian injury, victims should be able to focus on their physical health and recovery. Hiring an Oakland pedestrian accident lawyer will ensure that you have the best chance of recovering the maximum financial compensation possible.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after an accident?
Every state determines how long pedestrian accident victims have to file a legal claim. This legally mandated time limit is called a “statute of limitations.”
Failing to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires will result in your claim being dismissed. When you hire a knowledgeable pedestrian accident lawyer, they will file all of the required legal paperwork within the relevant time period.
In the state of California, personal injury victims must begin the process of filing a lawsuit within two years of the incident. Do not allow a negligent motorist to be left unaccountable because your lawsuit was not filed within the statute of limitations.
Damages Available to Injured Pedestrians
When a pedestrian is struck by a moving vehicle or otherwise injured in a collision, they might sustain massive amounts of damage. The harms that result from a pedestrian accident can be both monetary and personal in nature.
No matter what types of outcomes you have experienced in the wake of your pedestrian collision, you deserve justice. The monetary payments meant to make up for the harms from a crash are known as “damages.”
A trusted Oakland pedestrian accident attorney can help you to recover damages in your case. Most tort claims involve two main categories of damages. They are known as “economic” and “non-economic” damages.
Explaining Economic Damages
This type of financial compensation is intended to return the accident victim to their previous economic status. In other words, economic damages make up for the injured person’s direct monetary expenses related to the accident.
Common examples of economic damages in California pedestrian accidents include:
- Current and past medical expenses
- Anticipated future medical care needs
- Lost income and missed wages from an inability to work
- Permanent or long-term decreases in earning capacity
- Associated property damage
Victims of pedestrian accidents usually underestimate the amount of money required to meet the resulting financial obligations from an injury. A knowledgeable attorney will ensure that you pursue the maximum amount of economic damages possible in your case.
Explaining Non-Economic Damages
Some of the most devastating consequences of traffic accidents and injuries do not cause victims to experience financial losses. Many of the worst outcomes for pedestrian accident victims in Oakland are personal, emotional, and psychological.
Monetary compensation for these types of losses is known as “non-economic” damages. These are also called “general” damages.
Some of the typical examples of non-economic damages in pedestrian injury claims include compensation for:
- Psychological distress and anguish
- Anxiety, panic attacks, and depression
- Partial or total disability
- Disfiguring injuries or scarring
- Physical pain and suffering
It can be difficult to calculate an accurate amount of non-economic damages in a pedestrian accident case. You cannot check receipts and invoices for non-economic damages, so insurance companies often try to undermine these payments.
Do not let this happen in your case. When you contact the skilled team at Cutter Law, we will carefully review the relevant circumstances of your case.
Our injury lawyers will pursue the maximum non-economic damages in your tort claim. Victims deserve financial repayments for these intangible harms that injuries cause.
Who may be liable?
In a tort claim, determining legal liability is complex. Because of this, victims should make sure to secure legal representation as quickly as possible.
A knowledgeable California tort lawyer will use the evidence in your case to determine which parties are legally at fault. For instance, suppose that you were struck by a vehicle while walking on 38th Avenue.
If the motorist was driving in an erratic or negligent manner, they might be liable for the financial and personal losses that result from the car accident. Your legal counsel will help you to determine the damages for which you are owed payment.
Under California state law, drivers are required to carry certain minimum amounts of automobile insurance. As stated by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), required minimums of liability insurance in California are:
- $15,000 of coverage for injury to a single person
- $30,000 of coverage for injury to multiple people
- $5,000 of coverage for related property damage
This type of insurance coverage is intended to compensate the victim of the at-fault party’s actions.
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Medical malpractice jury verdict on behalf of a young woman who suffered a spinal cord injury after doctors failed to diagnose a tumor on her spine.
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Brooks Cutter and Margot Cutter won a $2.4 million dollar verdict on behalf of the children of a man who died after a staff doctor at a hospital lied and transferred a patient to another hospital that was not equipped to handle the patient.
Attorneys Todd Walburg and Celine Cutter represented a cyclist in Sonoma County, California who suffered a broken jaw and a mild traumatic brain injury after she rode her bike through a large pothole.
What if I was partially at fault for my pedestrian accident?
In some pedestrian accidents, the victim bears some of the fault for the incident. California operates on a “comparative fault” approach to motor vehicle accidents.
According to California’s comparative negligence law, if you bear some of the responsibility for the accident in which you were injured, your recovery will be adjusted to reflect your level of liability. For instance, suppose that you were 10% responsible for an accident resulting in $100,000 in damages.
In this case, you would only be able to recover 90%, or $90,000, in compensation. Speak with a skilled attorney to discuss the question of liability in your case.
When to Contact a Lawyer
When you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Oakland, you should contact a tort attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you secure legal representation, the better odds you have of recovering compensation.
A knowledgeable legal professional will help you take the right steps to recover the money that you deserve.
What is the cost of a lawyer?
Trusted tort lawyers are paid through contingency fees. This means that a portion of the recovery from your pedestrian accident case will be allocated to cover attorneys’ fees.
In other words, accident victims should not have to pay anything unless they receive the financial damages that they are rightfully owed.
What makes Cutter Law the best choice?
The attorneys at Cutter Law have a reputation for excellence. Our firm has been locally and nationally recognized for our defense of victims’ rights.
In one recent successful case, attorney John Roussas secured $678,000 in compensation for a victim of a pedestrian accident. This claimant sustained damage to their knee and pelvis after being struck by a vehicle.
Contact Cutter Law Today
Do not let the statute of limitations on your pedestrian accident case expire. Reach out to the dedicated legal team at Cutter Law in Oakland, CA.
When you hire our firm, you can rest assured that your accident or injury case is in good hands. We will fight diligently to pursue the maximum financial compensation possible in your case.
Contact our office today to schedule a free legal consultation to discuss the facts of your Oakland pedestrian accident case. Let Cutter Law work for you!
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