Discuss Your Case with Our Oakland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed in vehicle-related accidents each year in the U.S., and another 76,000 are injured. To give you an idea of the scope of the problem, this means that accidents resulting in pedestrian fatalities occur as often as every two hours. Most of these accidents occur in urban areas at night, and in non-intersection locations.
If you have been struck by a car as a pedestrian and have suffered an injury, filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, retaining the services of our pedestrian accident attorneys can ensure that you are fully informed of your legal options and give you the best chance of recovering fair compensation. While you focus on healing, the team at Bennett & Johnson, LLP will handle the rest.
Proving Liability in a Personal Injury Claim
When it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit, liability is the first things you should consider. Usually, accidents are caused by driver negligence, which can come in many forms, including driving under the influence, speeding, running a red light or stop sign, failing to yield to the right of way, etc.
By working together with a pedestrian accident lawyer at our firm, you may be able to prove that the driver of the vehicle involved in your accident showed carelessness by proving the following four criteria:
- DUTY: The driver has a duty to exercise care while driving.
- BREACH: The driver failed in their duty to drive carefully.
- CAUSATION: The driver’s behavior caused an accident.
- DAMAGES: The accident resulted in injury to the plaintiff.
Quick Tips for Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrians should follow a few simple safety tips to help protect themselves from danger, especially if they are walking at night. Wearing light-colored or reflective clothing can make you more visible to drivers. Whenever possible, use crosswalks to cross streets and always obey the signals, even if it seems like no one is around. You should also avoid darting out into traffic or attempting to cross in between parked cars.
Call Bennett & Johnson, LLP for Your Free Consult
The success of your claim can be largely dependent on the quality of the lawyer you choose. By contacting an Oakland auto accident attorney from Bennett & Johnson, LLP, you can be confident that your case has an increased chance of bringing you the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Since 1981, we have recovered over $500 million for our personal injury clients.