In 2019, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reported 52 pedestrian accidents in Hayward that resulted in injuries or death. Many of these incidents involved negligence and were entirely avoidable.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you might be able to recover compensation from them. This compensation could help you pay for your recovery and support your family. A Hayward pedestrian accident lawyer from Nadrich & Cohen will pursue compensation for you while you focus on other matters.
What Damages Can I Recover After a Pedestrian Accident in Hayward?
Pedestrian accidents can leave victims with catastrophic injuries, incurring debt due to medical expenses from which they never fully recover. Unfortunately, a deceased victim’s family may never recover from their loss.
These people deserve compensation for their damages, including their noneconomic, intangible damages. If you, your family, or a loved one suffered due to a pedestrian accident, a personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you claim damages for:
- Medical bills, including those you may have in the future
- Bills for physical and emotional therapy
- Equipment or home modifications for an acquired disability
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
If You Lost a Loved One in a Pedestrian Accident
You may have lost a loved one in a tragic accident. If you did, we’re very sorry for your loss. Recovering wrongful death damages could help you and your family support yourselves during this traumatic period. For example, you could claim such damages as:
- Any outstanding medical bills
- Funeral costs and related costs
- Lost financial support
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship and support
How Do You Prove Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident Case?
To recover your due damages, our team must establish the other party’s negligence in your case, such as driving while impaired or driving recklessly. There’s a lot involved in establishing negligence—from investigating the incident to defending the claimant from accusations of their negligence.
Investigating Your Incident and Finding Evidence for Your Case
An investigation can entail speaking with the authorities about the incident, determining whether anyone witnessed the crash, finding video footage of the accident, and more. Finally, your lawyer will seek evidence for your case.
The evidence may be the police report, a witness statement, traffic camera footage, and your medical records establishing the extent of your injuries. Once your lawyer has foundational evidence for your case, they will seek corroborating evidence, such as testimony from a medical expert.
Showing How the Other Party Was Negligent
As required by California Civil Jury Instructions No. 400, our team will establish how:
- The at-fault driver negligently caused the accident that hurt you while you walked along a Hayward street.
- Their “negligence was a substantial factor in causing (your) harm.”
The evidence your lawyer gathers will establish the other party’s negligence and protect you from any claims you contributed to the accident. Also, your lawyer will know how to counter an insurance adjuster’s tactics to get you to admit fault or show your injuries weren’t as bad as you claim.
How Your Hayward Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Will Protect Your Payout
By protecting you from accusations about your negligence in your case, your lawyer protects your right to an adequate payout for your injuries. Otherwise, a finding that you were partially at fault for the accident would reduce your payout in proportion to your percentage of fault, per California’s comparative negligence law. For instance, if a jury determines you were 20% at fault, you will only receive 80% of your award.
Your attorney also protects your payout by preventing the insurer from pushing a lowball settlement offer that doesn’t sufficiently cover all your damages. Insurance companies prey on desperate victims who need money to pay immediate bills without considering their future expenses.
Instead, your lawyer protects your interests by either negotiating a fair settlement with the insurer or fighting for a fair verdict before a judge and jury.
About Our Hayward Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Since 1990, our personal injury attorneys have worked for people like you in Hayward and throughout California. Over the years, we’ve helped many pedestrian accident and other personal injury victims recover substantial settlements and verdicts.
We’re confident we can help you with your case, too. Your attorney will take over your case, establish the other party’s negligence, and pursue due compensation on your behalf. Also, since your attorney works for you on a contingency basis, you won’t pay your attorney anything unless they recover a payout for you.
Additionally, if you need further medical care, your attorney can refer you to a trusted doctor who could treat you under a medical lien agreement. This arrangement allows you to receive treatment without paying the doctor until your case resolves.
Your Hayward Pedestrian Accident Case May Have a Deadline
If you’re considering filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, you must abide by the filing deadline that applies to the suit. Your lawyer will keep your case progressing to meet the applicable deadline.
Per CCP § 335.1, you have two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The clock starts on the accident date for personal injury claims and the day your loved one died for wrongful death actions.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen for Your Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Hayward
A pedestrian accident case often involves severe injuries and loss of life. In addition, most result from negligence. Our attorneys regularly handle pedestrian accident cases, so we’re extremely confident we can handle your or your loved one’s case. We’ll pursue a fair outcome for you while you focus on getting your life back on track.
During a free consultation with a team member, you’ll learn more about what one of our attorneys will do for you. So, to schedule your free case evaluation, contact Nadrich & Cohen today.