For many people who are injured in San Francisco car accidents, it’s the first time they’ve ever considered hiring a personal injury lawyer. Sound familiar? Suddenly you’re thrust into a confusing and stressful situation due to someone else’s negligence!
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we work with people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and are seeking the compensation they deserve under California law. We care about you because we live right here in San Francisco, just like you do, and we see firsthand the results of our city’s most severe traffic accidents.
This page is dedicated to helping San Francisco people learn about making personal injury claims for their car accident case. We want to assist you with understanding your options after a severe accident, especially if you are a car accident victim suffering from serious injuries and need to seek adequate financial resources to pay your bills and stay on the road to recovery.
Our car accident attorneys help people secure high-value accident settlements using the experience of the sympathetic legal team at the law office of Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. Read on to learn much more about personal injuries from San Francisco traffic accidents.Get Started With Your FREE CASE EVALUATION
There are almost endless ways people can be seriously injured in traffic accidents in San Francisco Bay Area. Our city’s leaders are trying hard to keep our streets safe, but accidents are unavoidable in northern California with so many people and vehicles packed into the roadways.
Here at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen everything from pedestrians struck by cars while innocently walking down the sidewalk to complex multi-car accidents that involve negligent Uber drivers. We’ve seen cases with drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and even a totally confused delivery driver who tried to drive down a staircase!
Generally speaking, you can divide traffic injury cases into some broad categories. We handle personal injury cases that involve motor vehicle accidents as well as other road accidents where our client is severely injured in:
There are also lots of other types of personal injury accidents that we don’t handle at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. These include assaults, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip-and-fall injuries, and injuries caused by defective products. Even if you suffer from a type of personal injury accident that our firm doesn’t handle, we have a list of the best attorneys in San Francisco we work closely with and can refer you to.
Accident victims with a lawyer receive an average of 3.5 times more than those who are unrepresented.
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A pedestrian or vehicle injury can happen virtually anywhere or anytime in San Francisco. Despite the city’s efforts to create safer streets, certain areas are persistent hotspots for traffic injuries.
Some of our city’s streets with the highest levels of injuries include the James Lick Freeway, 16th Street, 18th Street, Dolores Street, Guerrero Street, Mission Street Van Ness Avenue, Geary Street, Taylor Street, Valencia Street, and Geneva Avenue.
The Vision Zero Project, which aims to reduce traffic deaths to zero in San Francisco, also notes that 13% of San Francisco streets are the locations of 75% of all fatal accidents. These areas include vulnerable places for pedestrians, cyclists, and scooter riders, like The Tenderloin and The Wiggle near Duboce Triangle and the Lower Haight.
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A San Francisco traffic accident is surrounded by chaos and confusion. The day of your accident might very well be the most traumatic day of your life. But after the initial hours of the accident, you may start wondering what your legal rights are and what to do after your accident in terms of paying for your medical bills, car repairs, property damage, and more.
Injured victims aren’t always given much care and consideration by the authorities. You might feel that the cards are stacked against you and nobody is taking your claims seriously. Maybe the other driver is refusing to take responsibility and even the police seem to be brushing off your concerns.
Protecting your rights comes down to doing the right things from the moment your accident happens and getting solid legal advice from an experienced San Francisco car accident lawyer. Below are some general tips for deciding what to do next. We encourage you to contact us for a consultation about your individual situation.
One of the key components of demonstrating both liability and the fact that you were injured is having the police report. Call the police to the scene of the accident or call 911 to tell them you are injured, which will also alert the police.
Never delay in doing this, even if the other party insists that they don’t want to get the police involved. Any delay will make it more difficult for the police to understand what happened. Plus, delays sometimes jeopardize insurance claims and prevent people from being able to recover compensation later.
Also, do not leave the scene of the accident until after the police have completed their investigation and documentation of the accident. Make sure you have the police report number and the name of any police officers responding to the crash.
Your attorney can help you decide what information to provide to the authorities, the insurance company, and other parties – and what to keep to yourself. Give your photos and videos of the accident scene to your lawyer, but don’t share them online or show them to anyone else.
In a legal sense, photos can be of immense value as evidence of damages and liability. Not only do you need photos of the accident itself, but try to get photos of the road conditions and the weather conditions at the time. The more photos, the better!
If possible, capture photos or videos of the intersection or location where the accident occurred, the signage in that location, and any stoplights that are nearby. Gather video evidence from area neighbors, businesses, and government buildings. Your lawyer can help with this.
Request and hang on to the driver’s name, phone number, insurance information, and physical address. This includes their license plate, insurance card, and license. Stay on top of where they’re located. If they move or try to avoid you, make sure you alert your lawyer.
Witness statements are a crucial part of your case, but it’s tricky to interact with them in a way that supports your case and doesn’t create pitfalls. Provide their contact information to your lawyer and avoid speaking with them directly.
Seek health care for your injuries and follow your doctors’ orders. Avoid the temptation to throw away bills and other documents out of frustration. We understand that you’re frustrated, but you’ll need as much documentation as possible to prove your injuries and enumerate the compensation you’re due.
It’s vital to continue seeing your doctors without skipping appointments. Consistency in treatment, including showing proof of treatment, is key in the period after your accident. Insurance companies want to see this kind of proof before they pay.
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"WOW. Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers over-performed. I was injured in a car accident earlier this year and worked with Lauren. She was available to speak whenever I needed her and answered any/all questions I had through the process. Although the case took a little longer than expected, I never had to worry about them being on top over everything. I received a great settlement and Lauren was even nice enough to bump it up by a few bucks to make it a beautiful even number. Thank you, Lauren!! I highly recommend!"
Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers can handle the complicated legal issues involved in your claim so that you can put all of your focus and energy on recovering from your injuries. With a trustworthy, experienced personal injury attorney by your side, there is no reason to worry and stress about your situation.
Here’s how the process works. During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss everything that is going to occur over the following weeks and months. This includes the potential outcome that you can expect from your case, as well as things that you might be able to do to strengthen your claim. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions all along the way.
Next, we’ll investigate the traffic crash itself, gathering the valuable evidence you will need for your case so that you will have the best possible chance of succeeding and getting you the settlement you deserve. We’re very experienced at creating a strong, solid case for compensation.
We’ll help you create a demand letter that tells the other side what you’re requesting and why you should receive it. There will be a period where we go back and forth with the other side, negotiating carefully to get you the best possible outcome.
Eventually, we will either come to a settlement or the other side will insist on going to court. Most of the time, these cases can be resolved without going to court. However, sometimes the other person is extremely stubborn or the insurance company thinks a judge or jury will be sympathetic to them for some reason. Either way, your lawyer from Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers will be there by your side.
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"Following a terrible and life changing bicycle injury accident I worked with Rebecca Taylor and her legal assistants to successfully settle a claim against a negligent party. I started my own legal search here on Yelp with the idea that all injury lawyers were shady - I was proven so wrong. Delighted to find an all female firm I reached out. I had never worked with a lawyer previously at this level, and I'm so grateful that I got to work with Rebecca. She is responsive, empathetic and organized. Most importantly she defended my case when it required a strong voice and listened to me to about what I needed/wanted. In the shock of the initial accident I didn't think I even needed a lawyer - but now in retrospect I realize how vital it was. It was critical for someone to collect all the assets surrounding my case, lead the investigative effort on what might be available to demand, and share my story with the other parties involved in a compelling, honest and pro-active manner. It felt like we were a team throughout the whole process and I never felt like Rebecca didn't have my interests front of mind. Although I hope I never have to work again with Rebecca, in my mind there would be NO hesitation to."
If your injuries arose due to the negligence of another motorist, you could very well be entitled to financial compensation. The best way to go about getting proper compensation for your injuries, medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering is to file an accident claim with the proper insurance company involved in your accident.
Beware! The insurance company will likely try to minimize the actual amount they pay you. Insurance companies have experienced representatives who contact injured victims and try to get them to settle for lowball offers. They may act friendly but try to talk you out of pursuing the high-value claim you really deserve. Only your lawyer is actually working in your best interests.
Your personal injury lawyer can help maximize the value of your claim by doing things like gathering documentation, inviting expert witness testimony, including future lost wages, and placing the proper value on your emotional distress and suffering. Hiring a personal injury lawyer to file a lawsuit is a great value! Plus, you don’t pay us until your case is resolved.
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"I was struck by someone who ran a red light. Busted my knee, almost totaled my brand new car, and brought me a lot of troubles. After negotiating with an adjuster and being offered $200 bucks as compensation for my knee pain. I decided I needed a lawyer. I am so glad I contacted Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. Rebecca called me just minutes after I had reached out to them. Communication was very easy and I was aware of everything that was going on throughout the whole case. They really helped me get through one of the worst times of my life. I am 100% satisfied with the way I was treated and the outcome of my case. If you need a good team of lawyers on your side, look no further! Thank you very much Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers!"
If you’re ready to take action on making your personal injury accident claim, here are some things you can do next.
You’ll find a sympathetic group of talented lawyers at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We understand the agony of traffic accidents and we’re here to help you get the resources you need to rest and recover. Contact us now for a FREE online case evaluation.
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After a personal injury in a car accident, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many areas of the law, including San Francisco personal injury car accidents. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering while we handle the legal details.
We truly care about the people of San Francisco and California. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation or call 833-SALLY-SF.
Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers is an all female team of customer-focused, five-star California personal injury attorneys who exclusively handle traffic accident settlement negotiation. They have California offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Oakland.