Oakland Car Accident Attorney

Getting into a car accident in Oakland can suddenly change the trajectory of your life. A near-death experience can leave you with emotional and psychological damage, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. You may also suffer serious injuries or disabilities, with expensive related medical bills and lost wages.

The attorneys at Milanfar Law Firm can help you pick up the pieces and move forward after getting into a car crash in Oakland. We will work closely with you to establish a proven legal strategy for optimal case results. Our experienced Oakland lawyers will do everything we can to help you recover and heal in the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision. Contact us today for a free case review.

Why Clients Choose Us

  • We know how to get real case results for our clients. We have more than 20 years of experience in car accident law and a long history of achieving successful settlements and verdicts.
  • Our personal injury lawyers are prepared to take your case to trial, although most car accident claims in Oakland reach settlements. We can overcome any challenge or complication that comes our way.
  • We will put you and your needs first as our client. You will always have direct contact and open communication with your Oakland car accident lawyer.

Oakland Car Accident Resources:

Car Accident Statistics in Oakland

In a recent citywide crash analysis, the City of Oakland found a 76 percent jump in the number of serious to fatal injuries caused by car accidents over a four-year period. The annual cost of traffic accidents in Oakland is estimated at about $900 million. This includes the price of medical bills, property damage repairs, lost work productivity, and other losses. Statistics collected by the California Office of Traffic Safety from 2019 reported 2,431 total fatal and injury accidents in Oakland, of which 176 involved alcohol, 296 were speed related, and 474 were hit and runs.

Main Causes of Vehicle Collisions in Oakland

The majority of severe and fatal injury accidents reported in Oakland take place at intersections (about 75 percent). Vehicles turning left are especially dangerous, with an accident rate that is about four times that of right-turning vehicles. Intersection accidents are typically due to driver error, such as failing to stop at a red light or yield the right-of-way to others. Before you file an insurance claim, you must determine the cause. Other common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Oakland are:

  • Driver inattention or distraction
  • Texting/cell phone use while driving
  • Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while tired
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Making unsafe lane changes or merges
  • Breaking traffic rules and regulations
  • Running red lights and stop signs

Aside from driver error, other examples of negligence are also prevalent in car accident cases. For example, a vehicle could have a dangerous mechanical failure due to poor maintenance or a defective auto part. Another example is a road hazard such as a dip or pothole causing an auto accident. An investigation of your car accident by our lawyers can identify the cause of the crash and the liable party or parties.

What Compensation Is Available for a Car Accident?

At Milanfar Law Firm, our car accident attorneys have obtained successful case results for many different types of motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian collisions. You may be entitled to financial compensation to pay for several past and future losses, including:

  • Hospital bills
  • Lost wages
  • Disability expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Lost quality of life
  • Brain Injury
  • A loved one’s wrongful death

As your lawyers, we are able to help you file an injury claim and will calculate the value of your car accident case so that you don’t settle for less than you deserve. Then, we will provide exceptional representation in the fight for maximum compensation from one or more defendants on your behalf.

What Damages Can I Recover?

There is no amount of compensation paid to Oakland car accident victims if their insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit is successful. Rather, there are several factors that can influence how much is paid out. Some of these factors include:

  • The overall severity of the injuries
  • How long it takes a victim to recover
  • Whether or not an individual is able to work while they recover
  • The level of disability experienced by the victim
  • How much pain and suffering the victim endures
  • Insurance policy limitations
  • Whether or not there was any shared fault for the incident

When working to understand how much compensation you may be able to recover after an Oakland car accident, we recommend you speak to your attorney for guidance. Your lawyer will likely not be able to give you an exact dollar figure, but they may be able to give you a ballpark estimate based on their experience handling similar claims.

Will Shared Fault Affect Your Claim?

Not every vehicle accident will be straightforward and result in only one party at fault for the incident. There are times when two or more parties contribute to a singular vehicle accident, and this can challenge the process of recovering compensation.

California operates under what is called a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that individuals can recover compensation even if they are partially at fault for an incident, even if they are up to 99% at fault. However, the total amount of compensation a person receives if they share fault will be reduced depending on their percentage of fault.

For a simplistic example of how this would work, let us suppose that an individual sustains $100,000 worth of damages after a vehicle accident, but a jury finds that they were 40% responsible for the incident. They can still recover compensation, but they would receive $60,000 instead of the full $100,000.

How Much Does an Oakland Car Accident Lawyer Cost?

A skilled car accident lawyer in Oakland will typically take cases on a contingency fee basis. If you’re not familiar with this type of fee arrangement, it is fairly simple to understand. First, the attorney will take the case and handle all of the costs related to moving forward, including upfront and out-of-pocket costs.

In the event the car accident claim is successful, clients will pay an agreed-upon percentage of the final settlement or jury verdict. This total percentage will be decided before an attorney begins work on the case. In the event an attorney does not win the case, the client will not pay anything at all, including any of the initial fees related to the case.

Time Limit to File a Car Accident Claim in Oakland

It is imperative that car accident victims file their claims as soon as possible. In California, the personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. If a crash victim fails to file a lawsuit within this time frame, they will likely lose the ability to recover any compensation at all. Additionally, insurance carriers involved in the case will also have their own reporting deadlines that must be adhered to in order for a timely claim and insurance settlement payout.


“I have needed Milanfar Law Firm’s services twice. In the first case Shahrad gave me excellent advice on how to approach the issue with the understanding that I preferred to avoid a drawn-out legal process. In the second case, after trying unsuccessfully to resolve the issue on my own, I turned again to Shahrad for help based on how adept he was in helping me the first time. Shahrad’s high emotional intelligence, expert knowledge of the law, and strong work ethic are reflected in his excellent skills. He helped me overcome my own emotional reactions to the situation by focusing strategically on the details that mattered. I would not hesitate to recommend Shahrad as a mediator and lawyer. His responsiveness, deft trial and negotiation skills, as well as professionalism not only helped me get the settlement, I wanted in both cases but eased my stress during very difficult times.”

-Jonathan T.

“I am so glad that I chose Milanfar Law Firm to help me after my car collision. Donavon and Shahrad were exceptionally helpful in keeping me informed on all the legal processes, guiding me through all available options, and ensuring I was aware of the status of my case at every step. They were always accessible for questions and were easy to talk to about concerns.

I wholeheartedly recommend this firm to anyone seeking representation in a car accident case, truck accident case, or police brutality case. They worked diligently to reduce my medical bills and masterfully negotiated to maximize my settlement. They ultimately secured a much larger settlement on my behalf than I anticipated, and I am incredibly pleased with the result.”

-Lewis W.

Areas We Serve

We proudly serve the following neighborhoods in Oakland:

Adams Point | Allendale | Bella Vista | Bushrod | Chinatown | Cleveland Heights | Clinton | Dimond District | Eastmont | Fairfax | Fruitvale | Glenview | Grand Lake | Havenscourt | Jack London Square | Lake Merritt | Laurel | Maxwell Park | Montclair | North Oakland | Oakmore | Piedmont Avenue | Pill Hill | Redwood Heights | Rockridge | Seminary | Shepherd Canyon | Temescal | Trestle Glen | Uptown | West Oakland

Call Our Oakland Car Accident Attorneys Today

Car accidents are highly dangerous events that are almost always preventable. If you’ve been injured in a car crash in Oakland or the surrounding area, the attorneys at Milanfar Law Firm can help you litigate your case with skill that only comes from decades of legal experience. Speak directly to an attorney about how we can help with your particular car accident case during a free consultation. Please call (925) 433-6003 or contact us online anytime.