The team of San Francisco Bay Area bicycle accident attorneys Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers knows that presenting and proving your claim before an insurance company or judge in California can be challenging when you are dealing with injuries.
We are here to help you. If you sustained injuries in a bicycle accident that required ambulance travel, emergency room treatment, hospitalization, or surgery, we can help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
If we handle your case, you can focus on what matters most to you. We will provide you with an efficient, low-stress resolution of your claim. We do all the legwork. We will contact the parties involved (police, medical facilities and loss adjusters) and take care of all the paperwork. You will focus on recovering from your injuries and getting back to your family, your job and your life.Get Started With A FREE EVALUATION
According to the Office of Traffic Safety, San Francisco has more bicycle crashes and deaths than any other large city in California. Although the City is making several street improvements, sadly we are still #1 in bicycle accidents.
Según la San Francisco Mass Transit Authority más del 70% de los accidentes de tráfico graves y fatales en San Francisco ocurren en tan sólo 12% de las calles de nuestra ciudad. No por coincidencia, muchas de esas mismas áreas son también las calles más peligrosas para los ciclistas en San Francisco.
Históricamente, la calle Market Street es una de las más peligrosas de la ciudad para ciclistas y peatones. Las recientes mejoras de la calle Market Street han tratado de hacerla más segura para los ciclistas y peatones. Las mejoras incluyen conos de seguridad que separan el carril de las bicicletas y los carriles elevados a lo largo de ciertos tramos de la Market Street haciendo que las colisiones sean menos probables.
Mission Street has become ‘ground zero’ for a significant number of San Francisco bicycle accidents. The SFMTA says that bike traffic along the stretches on Mission Street has increased by as much as 75% in the last 10 years, which means there is a lot of bike traffic in the city. This is obviously a good thing, but when more vehicles (even pedal-powered) are added to a stretch of road that wasn’t designed for that volume, it invites more accidents.
The SFPD responds to dozens of accidents on Valencia Street each year. The street is dangerous because, like the Mission, it attracts cyclists in San Francisco. It’s fine and flat and ironically due to the clearly marked bike lanes it gives a false sense of security to people on bikes. Improvements have been made to Valencia Street, but it remains a hotbed of bicycle accidents in San Francisco.
The main north-south route to the heart of the city, Polk Street has also seen a significant increase in the volume of bicycle traffic, outpacing the increase in ridership (approximately 3% per year). Not surprisingly, this is the fourth most dangerous street for bicyclists in San Francisco. Although some very nice improvements have been made to Polk Street, it is still such a congested area that bicycle accidents are still a normal part of the “action” on it.
Many of San Francisco’s bicycle accidents occur at intersections. Below we have listed the most dangerous intersections in San Francisco.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, at least 60% of those injured in a bicycle accident in San Francisco are caused by motor vehicles. The 3 main causes are:
As experienced San Francisco bicycle accident lawyers we see the results of these horrific crashes every day and know that it is imperative for injured cyclists to get the financial support they need. Check out some of the results we’ve received in San Francisco bicycle accident cases like these:
As you can see from the three results above, the other party was taking advantage of the cyclist until they hired the law firm of Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyer to put an end to the games. Put Sally and her 5-star team on your side now before it’s too late!
Las víctimas de accidentes que tienen abogado reciben por promedio 3.5 veces más que aquellas sin representación.
If you have been in a bicycle accident that resulted in serious injuries, you need to contact a San Francisco bicycle injury lawyer who knows the laws regarding bicycle traffic and protects your legal rights. Hiring an attorney is the best way to ensure that you get what you deserve from the person or company that caused your injuries.
Although bicycles fall under the California Vehicle Code, which essentially gives them the same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle on the road, bicycle accidents are often difficult to reconstruct. This can lead to inaccurate determinations of fault in police reports, allowing insurance companies to use their own interpretation of events to deny or contest a claim. If you want someone to represent your rights and seek a fair settlement for your injury, who better than an experienced San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer who understands what it’s like to ride the urban environment of SF?
Sally y su equipo quienes transitan en la ciudad entienden a la comunidad ciclista de San Francisco al igual que los retos a los que se enfrentan al compartir las calles con otros vehículos. Podemos identificarnos con la relación conflictiva que existe entre los ciclistas y conductores de vehículos motorizados. La contribución más grande de la firma Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers a la comunidad ciclista es su conocimiento íntimo de la ley y del proceso de reclamos por parte de los seguros para accidentes en bicicleta y su capacidad de usar este conocimiento para asegurar acuerdos justos y completos para sus clientes con reclamos por accidentes en bicicleta de SF.
Perhaps you have initiated a claim with the insurance company yourself. And perhaps the responsible party (or their insurance company) has offered to pay your medical expenses out of pocket. It may be tempting to just take the money and move on. Do not rush.
If you have suffered serious injuries, it may do you more harm than good to handle the case without an attorney! At the very least, you need a free consultation with a personal injury attorney who focuses on San Francisco bicycle accident cases before making any decisions regarding how to resolve your case.
Motor vehicle drivers often offer cyclists quick cash in the hope of not having to report the accident to their insurance company. Do not take part in this type of informal settlement for your bicycle accident UNLESS you suffered no or minimal injuries. Even so, you may want to ask a reputable bicycle lawyer. Even if you don’t live in California, but were injured here, you can hire a California bicycle accident lawyer to help you.
If, on the other hand, you file a claim with the motor vehicle driver’s insurance company, the loss adjuster will often immediately offer you a minimum payment. To receive this payment you will need to sign a release of all claims, which means you will never be able to reopen the claim. If your injuries aren’t 100% healed, you don’t know how they might affect you in the future—or what additional medical care you might need. Can you really agree to a ‘quick and easy’ deal with your as-yet-unknown doctor-to-be and the likelihood of you missing more days of work?
Do not accept the settlement, based on what others say, that you are owed (especially the claims adjusters). Make sure you get what you deserve with a San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer by your side.
LESIONES QUE REQUIEREN CIRUGÍA
PASAR LA NOCHE EN EL HOSPITAL
DAÑO CEREBRAL TRAUMÁTICO
MUERTE POR NEGLIGENCIA
How do you know if you really need a lawyer? What does a bicycle accident attorney do that I can’t do myself? Do I have to sue someone if I hire a personal injury law firm? Does getting a lawyer automatically mean my case will go to court? These and other questions prevent some seriously injured cyclists from getting the legal help they really need.
But, as a San Francisco Bay Area bicycle accident law firm with more than 20 years of experience helping cyclists just like you, we can assure you that recovering from your injuries and obtaining the financial payment you deserve will be much easier with the support of an experienced SF bicycle accident attorney.
In fact, the Insurance Research Council found that:
This wide disparity is not due to personal injury lawyers inflating the value of your claim. It’s because insurance companies are experts at taking advantage of unrepresented parties in order to pay as little as possible.
Having a lawyer will not only increase your settlement amount, it will also increase your inner peace!
¿Por qué arriesgarte a sabotear tu reclamo de accidente en San Francisco al intentar resolverlo tú solo?
Si en algún momento durante los primeros 30 días después de firmar con las abogadas en lesiones personales de Sally Morin no estás 100% satisfecho con el servicio brindado por tus abogadas, cancelaremos tu contrato sin costo, para que puedas buscar representación legal con alguien más. Sin preguntas.
¿No estás listo para contratar un abogado? ¿Quieres investigar más para encontrar el mejor abogado de accidentes en bicicleta de San Francisco? Bueno, hay algunas cosas que deberías hacer por el momento para fortalecer tu caso.
#one. Get medical attention right away
If you were seriously injured, you were probably taken by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital for emergency treatment. If not, go get checked now! This is important, not only for your health, but it will also serve as proof that you were injured if you make a claim for your bicycle accident.
Don’t worry about the cost of treatment if you are really injured. In California, necessary and reasonable medical care provided for injuries caused by an at-fault driver will be paid for by their auto insurance when you file a successful claim.
#2. Collect and store evidence
When you are at the scene of the accident, you are expected to take photos, ask for the driver’s contact information as well as their insurance and registration information, and call the SFPD police department to come and fill out a traffic collision report.
Assuming you’re no longer on the scene, let’s talk about what you can do now to collect evidence for your case.
Having solid evidence will make it much easier to get a good settlement when the time comes. If you decide to hire a San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer, they will be able to help you gather and search for all the necessary evidence.
#3. Open a claim with the driver’s insurance
Contact the driver’s insurance company (usually through a 1-800 number) to open a bicycle accident claim. Be careful! Anything you say can and WILL be used against you! You may want to seek the advice of an experienced San Francisco bicycle accident attorney before telling the insurance company anything beyond the basics, such as your name and contact information. But whatever you do… DO NOT give them your Social Security number. That is something they will definitely use against you.
#4. DO NOT post anything about your bike accident on social media
We understand. A serious bicycle accident is not an everyday event for you. You probably want to tell your family and friends what happened and have them support you. But really, you should NOT post your bike accident on social media! It could be harmful to your case.
The driver who caused the accident and their attorney or insurance company will review your social media accounts for anything that might give the impression that your case is weak.
Do not post your bicycle accident or injuries on social media until after consulting a qualified San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer. They will also probably tell you to avoid social media.
#5. put away your bike
Do not repair or dispose of your bicycle until your bicycle accident case is fully resolved, or your attorney tells you that you can. Your bike is crucial evidence in the case. Also, repairing or replacing it is something the insurance company will probably pay for. If you really need to use your bike again, take lots of pictures of it, take it in for repairs, and keep the repair papers for your case.
#6. Do not give recorded statements
Loss adjusters use all sorts of tactics – even recording every conversation with you – to get you to say something that might downplay your injuries, to admit or share responsibility for the accident. Here are some things you can do to avoid hurting your claim:
#7. Hire a San Francisco Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Ok, so we said this was a list of things you should do while you decide which lawyer to hire for your bicycle accident, but now you really need to hire someone to do the heavy lifting and get you a good settlement.
You have suffered serious injuries due to a bicycle crash in the SF Bay Area and hiring a San Francisco bicycle accident lawyer is not high on your list. But as time goes on and things get more complicated, you’ll begin to understand why it’s a good idea to have a lawyer on your side.
Hiring a San Francisco bicycle accident attorney will save you all of this hassle, because they are not new to this. It’s what they do. Isn’t it time you let an expert handle your case, so you can get back to what you do best?
"Me golpeó un carro mientras iba en mi bicicleta y ellas me ayudaron a rehacer mi vida."
"Mientras iba en mi bici en Golden Gate Park me golpeó un carro. Rebecca negoció un acuerdo que fue más allá de mis expectativas."
Probablemente puedes ver que las dificultades de manejar tu reclamo por lesión en bicicleta pueden abrumarte y desanimarte. En vez de estresarte por manejar tu caso tú mismo, logra el mejor comienzo. Nuestro equipo de abogadas de accidentes en bicicleta de San Francisco Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers ha estado ayudando a personas gravemente lesionadas por accidentes en bicicleta de la zona de la Bahía por más de veinte años. Hemos obtenido acuerdos por casos sustanciales de accidente en bicicleta sin ir a la corte, pero también hemos litigado varios casos a lo largo de California con mucho éxito.
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