No one is more vulnerable to injury in a car or truck accident than a pedestrian who is standing, walking, jogging, or running alongside or across a road. Nothing protects a pedestrian from the impact of a motor vehicle during a crash, and injuries can be catastrophic or fatal. A pedestrian who survives a motor vehicle accident is likely to face a long and difficult road to recovery.
At the Cain Law Office, our dedicated Oklahoma City pedestrian accident attorneys work with injured crash victims to fight for the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. With more than 20 years of experience, founder Monty Cain and our legal team are widely recognized for going above and beyond for our deserving clients, often helping people find medical providers when their family doctor can’t see them. Plus, Monty’s litigation skills have earned us recognition among the National Association of Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about what type of compensation you may be entitled to after a pedestrian accident. Our law firm pursues personal injury claims on a contingency-fee basis, which means you won’t pay us a fee until we obtain compensation for you.
Why You Need a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Because pedestrians are vulnerable to severe injuries in a crash, insurance companies may jump at the chance to offer a settlement right off the bat. However, that settlement will not take into account the long-term consequences of your injuries, as well as the ongoing financial burdens that you will have to cope with.
Our Oklahoma City pedestrian accidents lawyers work quickly to evaluate your case and to put your future into perspective. We don’t want you to be cheated out of compensation that we know you will need. You can count on our team to:
- Investigate your accident and identify legally responsible (liable) parties. In most cases, a single driver will be held liable. However, depending on the circumstances of your wreck, there may be multiple parties who have an obligation to compensate you.
- Identify all insurance coverage that can be applied to your accident and injuries, whether issued to liable parties or to you. This may include uninsured motorist (UM) coverage under your policy.
- Analyze your medical records to determine the full extent of your injuries and your recovery prognosis. We will enlist the help of independent medical professionals to consult on how your injuries will affect you into the future.
- Calculate all your expenses related to the accident. A proper claim includes past, current, and future medical expenses, as well as lost income. In cases of disabling injuries, we work with medical, vocational, and economic consultants to identify future medical and/or life care needs and the lifetime cost of your diminished earning capacity.
- Calculate a fair payment for your pain and suffering. Determining an amount for “noneconomic damages” is a judgement call, but it can be based on such factors as type of injury(s) and medical procedures required, length of recovery time, any disability or disfigurement, and medications required. We can also consult with you and those around you about your experience. However, Oklahoma caps noneconomic damages at $350,000, unless we can prove the defendant acted recklessly or the claim involves a wrongful death.
- Aggressively negotiate claims with appropriate insurance carriers. Armed with evidence of how you have been impacted by this crash, we will fiercely negotiate for full and prompt payment of your claim.
- Pursue payment through personal injury lawsuit(s). When a proper pedestrian accident settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, we file a formal lawsuit for compensation from parties responsible for your injuries and losses. Keep in mind that lawsuits name individuals, but almost all money recovered in a lawsuit is paid by an insurance company.
Although most pedestrian injury cases are settled out of court, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who is prepared to see your case through to a verdict. You should know that it is not possible in the first days and weeks after a serious accident to know the true costs of significant injuries. That’s why when an insurance company offers a personal injury settlement quickly, it is a low-ball payment based on past claims, not on your specific case.
Do not sign any statement or accept any payment from an insurance company until you have our seasoned OKC pedestrian accident attorneys review your case. The offer is probably too low, and by accepting it, you could be signing away your rights to additional compensation you deserve.
How Can Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Help You?
At the Cain Law Office, we want to see you achieve a full recovery from your pedestrian accident. Our entire legal team and support staff work to ensure our clients have the support they need during this difficult time. When you contact our personal injury law firm, you can trust us to:
- Set up a free initial legal consultation. Our first meeting is at no cost and with no further obligation from you. We can meet in at our offices in Oklahoma City or Edmond, or wherever else is best for you.
- Get started on your case with no upfront fees. Our firm will pursue your claim on a contingency-fee basis. If we see a way to obtain compensation for you, we will cover all costs of investigating your case and filing insurance claims, and not charge you a cent until we recover money for you. Then our fee will be an agreed-upon percentage of the total settlement or jury award. If we do not win your case, you’ll pay no attorney fees. This arrangement protects you and incentivizes us.
- Manage all aspects of your insurance claim. We’ll deal with insurers for you and take care of the leg work necessary to obtain police reports and other accident evidence, medical records, medical receipts, etc.
- Respond immediately to your questions and concerns. You can count on us to answer your calls and return your emails promptly, including at night and during weekends.
- Ensure you have additional assistance if you need it. We are long-time Oklahoma City residents with a network of community contacts. We can help with referrals for general or specialized medical care, vocational rehabilitation counseling, in-home care or assistance, or anything else you may need. Just ask us.
- Keep you informed about your case. We will update you regularly on what’s happening in your case. We’ll advise you of any settlement offers, but all decisions will be up to you. If we must go to court, we will make sure you understand what to expect during a trial.
- Deal with insurers, creditors, and others for you. When we take your case, we become your legal representatives and advocates. In all matters related to your accident, injuries, recovery, and legal claim, we ask you to refer questions to us, your attorneys.
Contact us today to get started on your claim, and let our Oklahoma pedestrian accident lawyers fight for the money you need to move forward after an accident.
Can a Pedestrian Be at Fault for an Accident?
Motorists have an obligation to watch for pedestrians and to take action to ensure their safety. A driver must yield the right of way by slowing down or stopping for a pedestrian crossing the street. A motorist is also expected to warn a pedestrian he or she is approaching by honking the horn if there is danger of an accident. Drivers must also exercise caution when approaching a child or a confused or incapacitated adult in or near the roadway.
Pedestrians have rules to follow, too, such as crossing at intersections with the lights and in crosswalks, and facing traffic while walking along a road.
It is not unusual for those involved in a pedestrian accident to blame one another. In cases of serious injury, an independent accident investigation is often necessary in order for the injured pedestrian to hold a careless or reckless driver accountable. The Cain Law Office can help you with this significant work, and we will fight for maximum compensation from a negligent driver who has caused you or your loved one harm.