Oklahoma Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Are You Eligible for Compensation for Pedestrian Injuries?
Car Accident Help treats fighting on behalf of the injured our calling. We combine practical experience with zealous advocacy to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions. Our Oklahoma car accident attorneys are here to fight for your needs and rights when insurance companies pressure you to settle the case without considering the real costs of your injury or losses. We'll assemble the expert team of professionals to protect your rights and establish your case in court. Most importantly, we will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve in the face of a traumatic life event. Call today at (405) 285-4357.
How Can I Prove Liability in My Oklahoma Pedestrian Accident Case?
The steps you take immediately after the accident may impact your chances at a fair settlement down the line. Hopefully, you have received medical attention, filed a police report, gathered information from everyone at the scene of the accident, taken pictures of damages, etc. Of course, consult with attorney if you haven't already. He or she should conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your case and gather relevant material evidence in addition to expert testimony that supports your claim.
Establishing liability shouldn't be too difficult if the liable party did not flee from the scene and an investigation was conducted in a timely manner. However, if one or both of the above circumstances don't apply to your case, you may encounter some legal obstacles. Again, an attorney is invaluable when it comes to these matters.
What Damages May I Recover in My Oklahoma Pedestrian Injury Claim Case?
Depending on the strength of your claim, you may recover economic damages, such as medical costs and lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment. While there is no cap on economic damages in Oklahoma, there is a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages. Also, if you were partially at fault for the accident, your award may be reduced by an amount that is proportionate to your percentage of fault in the incident, under the state's "modified comparative fault" model.
What are the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents are often severe in nature due to the effect of a vehicle's impact upon the victim's exposed, fragile body, and the statistics corroborate this. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 69,000 pedestrian injuries are reported annually. Nearly 5,000 fatalities are recorded each year due to pedestrian accidents. On average, a pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle collision every eight minutes. Every two minutes, a pedestrian fatality occurs. Clearly, pedestrian accidents are an issue in our vehicle-heavy society.
There are cases in which the pedestrian is at least partially at fault for his or her accident, usually due to inattentiveness or reckless behavior such as crossing streets illegally. However, more often than not, pedestrian accidents occur because of the driver's negligence. The common contributing factors of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving (texting or talking, eating, applying makeup, etc.)
- Failing to stop at a crosswalk
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
Pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur during the late afternoon and early evening hours of the day, most likely due to the combination of high foot traffic and lower levels of visibility during those times.
Contact Our OK Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian, please don't hesitate to contact Car Accident Help anytime, day or night. Call at (405) 285-4357. We serve clients in Oklahoma City, statewide, and nationwide, and will quickly return your e-mail or call to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. You may also fill out a case evaluation form.
- Pedestrian Accident Blogs
- Oklahoma Pedestrian Accidents
- Pedestrian Crash Deaths on the Rise Nationwide
- Report Shows Oklahoma Should Do More to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
- Oklahoma Pedestrian Fatalities Increase by 50 Percent
- Pedestrian Safety - NHTSA
- Resources for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
- Pedestrian Safety
Don't Wreck Twice
You've Already Wrecked Your Car, Now DON'T Wreck Your Case! Get your FREE instant download to learn EXACTLY what you need to do so that you don't wreck twice!Download Now