A pedestrian accident can be fatal. If a loved one dies in a pedestrian accident that occurs due to someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. To find out, it helps to meet with a wrongful death lawyer.
BDIW Law is an Oklahoma law firm with more than 65 years of combined legal experience in wrongful death cases and injury claims. Reach out to our team today. When you do, we can review your pedestrian accident and help you determine if you have a valid wrongful death claim.
There Is No Such Thing as a One-Size-Fits-All Pedestrian Accident
A pedestrian accident takes many forms. At BDIW Law, we represent surviving family members in a wide range of pedestrian wrongful death claims.
A negligent driver can get behind the wheel and strike a pedestrian. In this instance, the driver can be held financially responsible for the accident. The pedestrian can sue the driver and request damages in a car accident lawsuit.
Dog Bite Accident
A pet owner may do everything they can to keep their dog away from pedestrians. Regardless, a dog can get loose, bite a pedestrian, and cause an injury. If this happens, the pedestrian can sue the pet owner in a dog bite accident lawsuit.
A person can ride their bicycle and get hit by a car. It is a driver’s responsibility to keep an eye out for bicyclists and other pedestrians. Thus, if a driver was negligent and caused a bike accident, the victim may be able to seek damages.
People can die in pedestrian accidents, and their family members are left dealing with the consequences. However, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit relating to a pedestrian accident. To do so, it pays to partner with a wrongful death attorney.
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The Steps Required to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Pedestrian Accident
In Oklahoma, you have up to two years from the date of a family member’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This means you can request damages from anyone responsible for your family member’s pedestrian accident within two years of the incident. If you wait too long, you lose the opportunity to seek damages at a later date.
If you are ready to file a wrongful death lawsuit relating to a family member’s pedestrian accident, meet with an attorney. You can partner with a lawyer that can explain wrongful death law in detail. The lawyer will make sure your lawsuit is filed in accordance with Oklahoma’s statute of limitations.
Your lawyer will help you pursue the maximum amount of compensatory damages in your wrongful death lawsuit. To calculate your damages, your attorney will ask you to consider the economic and non-economic losses you have incurred since your family member’s death. Your lawyer will encourage you to account for the long-term impact of the loss of your loved one as well.
How Much You Can Get in Damages in a Wrongful Death Case Involving a Pedestrian Accident
There is no restriction on the economic damages you can seek in a wrongful death lawsuit in Oklahoma. You can pursue economic damages relating to your late loved one’s medical bills, lost wages, and other objective losses. With help from your attorney, you can calculate a reasonable amount of economic damages to ask for in your lawsuit.
In terms of non-economic damages in an Oklahoma wrongful death lawsuit, there are no caps, either. You can ask for non-economic damages relating to loss of companionship and other subjective losses. The non-economic damages you request can total tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The team at BDIW Law works closely with our clients to help them determine how much to request in economic and non-economic damages in wrongful death lawsuits. We want you to maximize your compensation. At the same time, we advocate for you and make sure you can present a compelling case to secure your desired damages.
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Expect a Pedestrian Accident Wrongful Death Case to Last Months or Years
You can submit a wrongful death claim shortly after your family member’s death in a pedestrian accident. Yet, the legal system can take time to move forward, and it may be months or years before your case goes to trial. During this period, your attorney will open negotiations with the defendant in the hopes of resolving your case without a trial.
If you receive a settlement offer in your wrongful death case, you have multiple options. At this point, you can accept, reject, or counter the proposal without penalty. It is important to consider your options and make a decision that lines up with your best interests.
There can be instances where a plaintiff feels pressured to accept a settlement offer in a wrongful death case, even if the proposal falls short of their expectations. If you feel pressured to approve an offer, consult with your attorney. You and your lawyer can evaluate a settlement in detail and determine the best course of action.
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Your Attorney Can Help You Navigate the Trial Process
If your wrongful death case goes to trial, your lawyer will present your argument. Meanwhile, the defendant’s attorney will dispute your argument and advocate for their client. It is up to the court to decide if you will be awarded damages.
The court may see your argument and agree with you. In this scenario, the court will award you the damages you request. The defendant is required to pay these damages, and when they do, your case is closed.
Navigating the trial process can be challenging in a wrongful death case involving a pedestrian accident. Your attorney remains accessible at each stage of your trial. If you have any legal concerns or questions, your lawyer can address them.
Get Help with Your Pedestrian Accident Wrongful Death Claim
When it comes to filing a pedestrian accident wrongful death lawsuit in Oklahoma, the team at BDIW Law is here to help you in any way we can. For more information or to request a free case consultation, please contact us today.
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