When a pedestrian is struck by a car, it’s not unusual for the driver and the insurance company blame the victim. The police report is often not helpful to the victim. It usually takes an Oakland pedestrian accident lawyer’s help to hold the driver of the car responsible.
Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Oakland
At the law firm of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, our pedestrian accident attorneys in Oakland represent victims of car-pedestrian accidents in Oakland and the Bay Area. If you have been seriously injured as a pedestrian, call us at (650) 345-8484 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
Determining Fault in Pedestrian Accidents
California is a pure comparative fault state. This means that you can obtain compensation even if you were primarily at fault for a pedestrian accident. As long as the driver of the car bears some responsibility, you can collect compensation for the percentage of fault that can be assigned to the driver.
Some people fail to consult an Oakland pedestrian accident attorney because they think the accident was their fault because they were jaywalking, jogging at night or their child darted out into the street. However, drivers have a duty to watch out for pedestrians. The victim’scomparative fault can reduce compensation, but it doesn’t automatically let the driver off the hook.
Our investigation may reveal driver negligence such as distracted driving, speeding, making an illegal turn or failure to stop at an intersection. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in Oakland have also sued municipalities for poor lighting and other hazards that contributed to a pedestrian accident.
Witnesses are important to pedestrian injury case, but we need to find them while the incident is fresh in their minds. Our lawyers also need to preserve evidence such as photos of skid marks and vehicle damage. For this reason you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact an Oakland Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today!
Call us night or day at (650) 345-8484 or contact our Oakland pedestrian accident lawyers online to arrange a free initial consultation.