When pedestrians are injured in accidents, the resulting injuries are typically horrific. From brain injuries to paralysis to amputations, there is little question that the impact that results from a motor vehicle hitting a pedestrian is life-altering, and even life-ending.
Oakland Personal Injury attorneys at Winer, McKenna, Burritt & Tillis LLP, our attorneys use a client-centered approach to the law designed to help those who are injured in pedestrian accidents and other motor vehicle accidents recover the compensation they need to obtain medical care, pay their bills and find ways to move on with their lives. Our partners have obtained in excess of $200 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients over more than 60 combined years of experience, during which time they have created a culture of excellence that they instill in every member of our firm.
Causes Of California Pedestrian Accidents
Situations that routinely result in pedestrian injuries and a lifetime of physical complications include:
- Accidents resulting from drivers failing to yield right of way
- Intersection accidents
- Crosswalk accidents
- Distracted driving accidents (driver fails to see pedestrian)
- Drunk driving accidents (driver’s reflexes are impaired)
- Collisions in parking lots
- Drivers speeding through yellow lights or busy intersections
When you are harmed as a pedestrian in these or other situations, you can turn to us and know that your case is in the hands of capable attorneys who have fought for the recovery of clients throughout California.
Pedestrian Accidents Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- If I am injured by a motor vehicle or a loved one is killed as a pedestrian, can I sue the motor vehicle that hit me or my family member?
Yes. As long as you can establish that the motor vehicle driver was at least partially at fault, you are entitled to bring a lawsuit.
- What if I was partially at fault for the accident because I was walking outside of a crosswalk or running across the street?
You can still bring a lawsuit as long as the driver that hit you was also partially at fault. However, your eventual recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault. In other words, if a jury were to award you $1 million but determined you were 50% at fault, your recovery would be reduced by 50% and you would receive $500,000.
- If I am a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle, is there anyone else I can sue other than the motor vehicle driver?
Yes. Anybody whose fault contributed to the accident that caused your injuries can be sued. This can include a public entity if a crossing was in an unsafe condition, the company that repaired the brakes on the motor vehicle that hit you if the brakes were repaired negligently, or any other entity or person that contributed to your injuries.
Call us today at (510) 433-1000 to learn how one of California’s pre-eminent injury law firms can help you. For general information about pedestrian accidents, visit our FAQ page.
Significant Pedestrian Accident Cases
- $1,000,000 — Wrongful Death of Pedestrian
- $515,000 — Pedestrian struck by vehicle causing mild head injuries
Contact The Team At Winer, McKenna, Burritt & Tillis LLP
Call (510) 433-1000, or fill out our online form to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our accomplished Los Angeles-, San Francisco- or Oakland-based pedestrian accident lawyers. We pursue all cases on a contingency fee basis.