Have You Suffered An Injury Due To a Tourist Accident in California?  The Personal Injury Lawyers at Sally Morin Law Will Help You Pursue Full and Fair Compensation!

With its beautiful beaches, picturesque National forests, wine country, major city attractions, thrilling amusement parks, and more, California is one of America’s most popular destinations. Every year, millions of tourists head to California for adventure, sightseeing, relaxation, and even for business travel. 

Unfortunately, not all trips go exactly as planned. California is already a heavily populated state, so when you add tourism to the mix, it can make for some dangerous situations, especially on the roads.  

Getting into an accident in another state as a tourist can be scary, overwhelming, and even confusing. Many people aren’t sure if they should seek legal help in the state where they were injured or if they should return home and get help from a local attorney where they live. 

In most cases, seeking help from a lawyer in the state where the accident occurred is best. At Sally Morin, we have helped countless tourists get the help they need after becoming injured in an accident while visiting California. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, our California tourist accident lawyers can help you secure a high-value settlement that is enough to cover your damages using our years of experience. Don’t hesitate. Reach out to our legal team today for a free case evaluation.


What Causes Tourist Accidents in California?

When you are visiting California as a tourist, an accident can happen in any number of situations. However, some of the most common causes of tourist accidents include:

  • Car Accidents: California is home to some of the most dangerous roads in the country. The state also tends to see higher rates of traffic than other states. As such, it’s quite common for car accidents to occur, and if you are driving in California as a tourist, you could be involved in a motor vehicle collision, especially if you are driving in a densely populated tourist area, such as around Disneyland or any of the beach areas. 
  • Rideshare Accidents: If you fly into California, you will probably use a rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft, to get around. Rideshare services are very popular in this state, but just as regular car accidents can occur, so too can rideshare accidents
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents: Tourists often walk or use city bikes to get around and see the sights. Unfortunately, in densely populated tourist areas, it’s common for pedestrians and cyclists to end up being struck by drivers on the roads. 
  • Hotel Accidents: Hotels, Resorts, and B&Bs all have a responsibility to maintain safe premises for their guests. If you get injured while on the property due to the property owner’s negligent actions, you have a right to file a claim for damages. 
  • Amusement Park Accidents: Amusement parks also have safety standards to uphold. Unfortunately, amusement parks are full of dangerous situations. If you are injured while visiting one of these parks in California, you could have a valid case and may be able to recover compensation to help you pay for your injuries. 
  • Beach Accidents: The beaches of California are a major tourist attraction. As such, they can get quite crowded, both on the beach and in the local area. If you are involved in an accident on or near one of California’s beaches, reach out to an attorney to see if you have a valid case. 
  • Wine Country Accidents: Wine lovers are big fans of California wine country. But there is any number of ways you could get into a tourist accident in these areas—on the vineyards, in tasting rooms, or on the road while driving from one vineyard to the next. 
  • Airport Accidents: Just as California roads can get quite crowded, so too can the airports. It’s not uncommon for airport visitors to find themselves injured due to an accident on airport premises, especially with so many people rushing around to catch their flights or get to their ride on time. 


Common California Tourist Accident Injuries

The injuries you sustain after a tourist accident can vary and will depend on the individual situation. The more severe the accident, the more severe the injuries will be.

Common tourist accident injuries include:

Some tourist accident injuries can even result in death. If that is the case, the family members of the deceased may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.

What Should I Do After Being Injured As a Tourist in California?

If you are injured as a tourist in another state, the steps you take following the accident are crucial and can play an important role in your case.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Even if your health insurance doesn’t cover out-of-state medical expenses, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Delaying medical treatment could put your health at risk, and it could negatively affect your claim. Worry about the medical bills later—you could get them covered with the compensation you are awarded from a personal injury settlement. 

Collect Evidence

Evidence is also crucial in tourist accident cases, especially if you are filing a claim against a major company like the owner of an amusement park or a major hotel chain. So make sure you gather as much evidence as possible to prove what happened. This can include:

  • Photos of the accident scene as a whole
  • Photos of injuries
  • Photos of car damage or other property involved in the accident 
  • Video footage of the accident
  • Witness statements and contact information

Report the Accident 

If you are injured somewhere like a hotel, an amusement park, or a store, make sure you report the accident to someone in charge. If you don’t report what happened, they may try to claim that there is no evidence of any such incident ever occurring when you file a claim against them. 

Hire a California Personal Injury Attorney

After the accident, get in touch with a local California attorney. Some people will wait until they return home to talk to a lawyer from their own state, but this is unwise. You should consult with an attorney where the accident occurred as soon as possible.

The longer you wait to contact an attorney, the harder it could be to prove your case. A local California attorney will also have better knowledge of local laws, regulations, and rules that can benefit you more and help you win your case. 

Even if you have to return home while the case is ongoing, Sally Morin has a streamlined process to help victims from out-of-state. We can easily set up meetings over the phone, chat over email, and can accept and share documents and paperwork digitally. 


Having an Attorney Will Get You More!

The Insurance Research Council found that:

Accident victims with a lawyer receive an average of 3.5 times more than those who are unrepresented.

If you've been in a serious tourist accident and have suffered:

Broken bones





Then speaking with a San Francisco tourist accident lawyer at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers - or completing our FREE online case evaluation - is the first step on the road to recovery.

Seeking Compensation for Your California Tourist Accident Injury

If you are injured as a tourist, you will need to prove the negligence of another party to recover damages. This could involve proving that another driver who hit you was at fault, proving a hotel owner or amusement park owner was negligent, or even proving the fault of a municipality or government agency. 

If you can prove that someone else’s negligence caused the tourist accident and your injuries, you will be able to file a claim against them to recover damages. Damages for tourist accidents can include:

  • Medical expenses 
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Property damage, such as car damage
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium

To recover these damages and obtain a high-value settlement, you will need to work with an experienced attorney. As an out-of-town tourist, it will be challenging for you to argue your case, but a local California attorney can handle the details for you and ensure your rights are protected. 

An Example of a Tourist Accident Case

At Sally Morin, we have handled many tourist accident cases. One such case involved a tourist bicycle accident

A 21-year-old Australian law student was injured while visiting San Francisco. They were visiting their girlfriend in the area and were injured as a result of a poorly constructed bicycle. Our team stepped in to help and was able to recover a $167.5k settlement for the victim. 

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Contact a Qualified California Tourist Accident Attorney

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 into recovering from your injuries. With a trustworthy, experienced tourist accident attorney by your side, there is no reason to worry and stress about your situation.

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"Earlier this year I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle in downtown SF. They truly cared about my case and fought for me the entire way through."

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  • 3. Helpful resources and contacts in San Francisco that you can reach out to
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Were you seriously injured in a car accident in the San Francisco Bay Area? (Seriously meaning a broken bone, traumatic brain injury or injuries requiring surgery and/or hospitalization.)

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If you answered “yes", contact Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers' San Francisco auto accident team to see if we can help.

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Leake L.

SF Moto Accident Client

"Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers... Lauren, Sally and Rebecca were better than family in steering me through the 6 months that followed."

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David D.

San Francisco Client

"Earlier this year I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle in downtown SF. They truly cared about my case and fought for me the entire way through."

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"Personal injury lawyers conjure up images of tacky billboards of a guy with greasy hair and an 800 number. Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers couldn't be any more different and is a breath of fresh air for an experience with any type of attorney."

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