San Jose is generally a pedestrian-friendly city, but poorly maintained sidewalks and reckless drivers can make it a dangerous place for those traveling on foot. If you’ve suffered an injury while walking in San Jose or the surrounding areas, the Law Offices of Richard J. Staskus offers skilled and experienced representation. Founded in 1977, our firm focuses exclusively on personal injury so that we can build the strongest possible case for each client. That singular focus and our tenacious advocacy have resulted in a history of high-dollar settlements and verdicts for the people we’ve represented.
Our firm also represents tourists visiting the Bay Area who’ve been injured in pedestrian accidents. We recognize the challenges of being injured far from home and take steps to minimize the stress and the financial burden to you. We offer you and your family compassionate assistance while you are in the city to ensure you receive the immediate medical care you need, and we deliver responsive representation as your case progresses once you have returned home. We keep you up to date on the status of your case and discuss settlement negotiations by phone, email, conferencing and Skype. Should your case go to trial, our law firm can generally handle all preliminary hearings without the need for you to incur the high costs of travel.
The injuries suffered by pedestrians hit by cars are often serious and may require lengthy medical care. So it’s essential you’re compensated fully for the harm you’ve suffered. The risks of being hit by a car are particularly high in parking lots, where drivers are coming from more than one direction and are often preoccupied as they pull out. If you are hit by a car in California, you can seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy to cover your injuries. You may also file a claim with your own insurer if the driver flees the scene or has inadequate insurance.
The good news is that pedestrian deaths fell in California by 11 percent in 2016. Unfortunately, this positive trend followed two years of rising pedestrian deaths in which the state had the highest number of such fatalities in the country. A number of factors contribute to the approximately 700 pedestrian deaths each year, including drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and failing to yield at crosswalks and intersections. If you’ve lost a family member to a pedestrian accident, we can file a wrongful death claim, seeking both economic and noneconomic damages.
Property owners have a duty to maintain the sidewalks adjacent to their property. Yet, dangerous sidewalks pose a significant hazard to pedestrians in the Bay Area. If you tripped and fell on an uneven or cracked sidewalk, you may have a valid premises liability claim against the property owner. We will investigate the circumstances of your fall and seek full compensation for your injuries.
The damages you can recover in an injury claim depend upon the facts of your case, the extent of your injuries and the liability of the defendants. Common damages that our personal injury firm pursues include:
If you’ve suffered a pedestrian accident in Northern California, you can trust us to offer experienced representation in pursuit of the maximum possible compensation to account for the harm you’ve suffered.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in the Bay Area, our San Jose personal injury firm offers experienced advocacy targeted to your specific needs. To schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Richard J. Staskus, call us at 408-533-1855 or contact us online. Under our contingency fee policy, you do not owe us attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.