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Being hit by a car in San Francisco is definitely not something you ever plan for. None of us leave home expecting to be hit on our way to school, work or the gym. But with around 800 pedestrian accidents annually (just over 2 a day) in San Francisco, SF ranks on the top for pedestrian injuries and deaths.
An auto vs. pedestrian accident simply isn't a fair matchup. A 160 lb. pedestrian has no protection against a 2 ton vehicle. If you or a loved one has been injured we encourage you to contact a San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer ASAP to protect your rights and to help guide you through what will likely be a life changing event.
Sally Morin and her San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer team aren’t like other SF Bay Area personal injury lawyers. When they commit to a client they go "all in!" They handle the whole accident claim process from the moment they accept your case so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. You won't have to deal with the stress of the paperwork, calls from the insurance companies, negotiating with opposing interests and fending off medical bill collectors—the Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers team will take care of everything.
Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers focuses exclusively on traffic accidents in the SF Bay Area. Limiting their practice in this way allows them to pursue a quick and solid resolution for each pedestrian accident client. Our end goal is to get each client "back on their feet" and back to their normal life quickly and with as little stress as possible.
How can we provide this dedicated level of customer service to each client?
We selectively choose to work only with hardworking folks who have suffered major injuries like broken bones, injuries requiring surgery or traumatic brain injury. We work with people who are looking for guidance in getting their lives back on track, not people looking to "make money" from their pedestrian accident. It’s people who keep a positive attitude throughout the accident claims process and refuse to let their accident drag them down that inspire Sally and her team to work tirelessly.
You may already have a preconceived idea of how personal injury attorneys work. It's hard not to with all the ego-centered billboard ads and those plastered on the side of BART trains and MUNI buses. But one conversation with any member of the Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers team and you will dump your preconceived idea and discover a team of empathetic, caring professionals who want to relieve your stress, not add to it.
While Sally and her team can be tenacious in their representation of your interests it is done without ego or drama. Their straight-forward, fact-driven approach shortstops insurance stall tactics and hastens a solid and fair resolution.
If you appreciate straight talk, not legalese, you'll be delighted with your relationship with Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We do not exaggerate the potential value of your pedestrian accident claim simply to get your business. After thorough review of all the facts, we will provide you with an educated opinion of what you can expect based on cases with similar circumstances and current trends. But we will also let you know your case value can change up or down depending on the actions you take or don't take after your accident.
If we choose to handle your San Francisco pedestrian accident case, you do not turn into just a case number. You get our team's focused diligence to resolve your case with as little stress as possible.
We differ from many other San Francisco pedestrian attorney firms in that:
If you are looking for a talented, professional team with a proven record of success in pedestrian accident lawsuits and you value a low stress, no hype experience… you need to submit your case for a free, no obligation evaluate now.
If you've been in a serious pedestrian accident and have suffered:
INJURIES REQUIRING SURGERY
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Then speaking with a San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers - or completing our FREE online case evaluation - is the first step on the road to recovery.
The insurance companies are calling, medical bills are piling up and you need to get back to work. It's very tempting to just take a quick cash offer from the driver's insurance company. But, you probably shouldn't even speak with the insurance adjusters before consulting with a qualified San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer first.
Of course nobody wants to hire a lawyer. You are not one of those "sue happy" people who wants to make a quick buck in their personal injury case. You are reasonable. So why shouldn't you be able to settle with the insurance carrier directly? Well, because insurance adjusters are not reasonable. No matter how nice they might appear to be, they are not on your side. Their job is to save the insurance carrier money by paying you as little as possible. They will try to gain your trust and then use anything you say to them to reduce the value of your case. They will tell you that settling now without a lawyer is in your best interest, because the lawyer will take a part of your settlement. This is a very effective tactic and one of the top reasons insurance companies pay people without attorneys about 1/3 of what they pay those who have solid legal counsel.
Having an Attorney Will Get You More!
If you decide to hire a San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer to tip the scales in your favor, you can't take too long to decide. A lot of what you do early in your case and in your medical recovery process can make a big difference in the end value of your case. Gathering evidence while it's still fresh, getting the right medical team on your case and documenting everything to maximize your settlement, are just a few things your attorney will help you with once you get them on board.
Hiring the best San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney for your case can make a big difference in how the next 4-24 months of your life will go. Be sure to choose an expert who will minimize your stress, take the load off your shoulders and put laser-focus on getting you the best settlement possible, without dragging you through needless litigation or taking your case to trial simply to "prove themselves."
Sally Morin and her team of legal experts have been helping accident victims in California for over 20 years. As dedicated personal injury attorneys in San Francisco, they have won hundreds of significant settlements for innocent people hit by cars in San Francisco.
Examples of cases our team of San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyers have won:
With a Walk Score of 86, San Francisco ranks as "very walkable." However, over 800 pedestrians are hit by cars in San Francisco each year. According to the Office of Transportation Safety, San Francisco is #1 (as in BAD) for pedestrians injuries and deaths of those over 65 years old and #2 overall for large California city pedestrian injuries and deaths.
The Bay Area, and San Francisco in particular, is a very pedestrian accessible area. Although this is convenient, and a major reason many of us choose live here; there are a high number of pedestrian accidents each year (nearly 900!) Along with the benefits of being a pedestrian (decreased transportation expenses, increased physical activity and supporting the environment) come the risks of being involved in a pedestrian accident.
Not surprisingly, pedestrian accidents in San Francisco occur mostly downtown, particularly in the Mission District, Tenderloin and streets south of Market Street and most frequently during rush hours.
There are many reasons why pedestrian accidents occur in San Francisco including texting and cell phone use. Drivers simply do not accord the same respect to pedestrians that they do to other automobiles. Most likely that's because pedestrians can't do the same kind of damage as an automobile when a car/pedestrian collision occurs.
If you’ve been hit by a car in San Francisco you need an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney on your side. Of course the motorist's insurance carrier may try to "befriend" you and offer a payout for your injuries, but your pedestrian accident claim is likely be worth way more than they'll try to offer you. These quick settlements usually don't include compensation for all of your damage like lost earnings, your full past and future medical costs, amounts you may have paid someone to help you do your household chores or the monetary value of you not being able to do those things even if you didn't hire anyone to. Under California law, you are entitled to compensation for these items.
Having an 5-star rated San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyer team like Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers on your side will give you the leverage you need to get the financial resolution you deserve!
If at any time within the first 30 days of signing with Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers you are not 100% satisfied with the quality and care of service you receive from our attorneys, we will cancel your contract at no cost so that you can seek different representation. No questions asked.
If you've suffered serious injuries as a pedestrian in San Francisco and don't know what to do next, here's our suggestions for the first things you should do to protect yourself and solidify your pedestrian accident claim.
For the San Francisco police department to show up at the scene of your accident, there need to be reported injuries. They won't come for a "non-injury" accident. Although you should report the accident to the police and cooperate with them, don't make statements to any private investigators or insurance personnel concerning the accident prior to contacting your San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney.
Although the police can help you round up the information you'll need to build your pedestrian case, you can't rely on the cops alone for this.
The police will be busy at the scene of the accident. They may miss crucial eyewitnesses and other pieces of important evidence. If you can, take photos of the scene, the car (and the license plate) that hit you. At a minimum, you should get the insurance, driver's license and vehicle information from any drivers involved in the accident. If you are physically able, you should take photos of the accident scene (cell phones are good for this purpose) and later of your injuries.
Many motorists will claim that they didn't see the pedestrian prior to the accident. Therefore, it is very important to get the names and contact information of eyewitnesses who saw what happened. If other pedestrians were in a crosswalk, for example, they might be able to remember if the traffic lights indicated it was safe to cross at the time you crossed the street or if the car that hit you stopped for a red traffic light. Witnesses can make or break a pedestrian accident case in San Francisco.
If you have serious injuries, this is a no-brainer. The ambulance will arrive and immediately take you to the hospital - no questions asked. But, if you suffered less obvious injuries, you will have to make a decision about emergency medical care. You really should get checked by a doctor as soon as possible after the accident so that you can accurately document your injuries.
We know this is tempting. Your friends and family would want to know this. They'd want to support you. But, posting on social media isn't the way to get the support you need. (Just send a text.) Social media posts can easily be found by the opposing party, their insurance adjuster and attorney and be manipulated to minimize your injuries and how much money you get in your claim.
Get on Google Street View Maps and take some screenshots of the street or intersection in San Francisco where you pedestrian accident took place. These images (make sure they are recent) will help establish the scene of the accident clearly when you go to prove your case.
Canvas local business to find out if they have any surveillance cameras that point into the area where you were hit. Many San Francisco traffic accident cases have been saved by this kind of footage. Most California police also wear body-cams. Be sure to get that footage!
Often pedestrians who are injured believe they can deal with the negligent party's insurance agency themselves. The insurance adjuster will initially seem caring and helpful saying they want to pay you a fair amount as quickly as possible. However, they will take your recorded statement and potentially have you examined by their own doctor and use this information to significantly reduce the amount that you would have received if you had an attorney. Whatever you do, don't give up your Social Security Number and do not allow them to record any of your conversations.
When innocent pedestrians get hit by a car in San Francisco, they’re simply not aware of how much their injuries may really be worth. The sad fact is that insurance companies create what they call “actuary tables” which list (in detail) how much each policy will pay for specific injuries. If you lose a limb, you get X dollars. You’re paralyzed from the waist down, you get Y dollars. It’s sadistic and doesn’t take into account any of the pain and suffering or emotional trauma victims of pedestrian accidents in The Bay Area suffer.
But there are better reasons not to discuss your case directly with the at fault party’s insurance company other than the heartlessness of their compensatory practices.
These companies will also often throw victims low-ball offers in order to get them to sign off quickly. While it may be difficult to resist the promise of fast money, such initial offers often don’t take into account the full scope of your injuries or the total duration of your recovery time.
Aggressive insurance companies will take advantage of your emotional stress and try to get you to say or admit things that could potentially lower the amount you’re entitled to. And once the proverbial cat is out of the bag, there may be no way for you to take that information back. (And because California is a comparative negligence state, any statement you make could have a dramatic effect on your case.)
Not only will getting a top-rated San Francisco pedestrian injury attorney on your side increase the amount of money you will end up with when all is said and done, but it will also help reduce your stress and anxiety about how to handle your pedestrian accident claim. If you hire the best, they'll take care of everything so you can get back to what's important to you.
Why are so many people hit by cars in San Francisco? The answer is a complicated one factoring in geography, socio-political pressure, and the distraction of modern society.
San Francisco is known around the world as “The City of 7 Hills.” And while the experts debate the exact number of hills in San Francisco, there is no debate about how difficult it is to build a modern metropolis with crowded streets on and around these natural obstacles. Add that particular geography in with the fact the city itself has been booming since before The California Gold Rush and it’s not hard to see why tightly packed neighborhoods forced to accept modern traffic flow can become hotspots for pedestrian accidents.
San Francisco is one of the few large cities in the country that relies on highways rather than freeways. While the distinction is subtle, freeways funnel traffic out and around the heart of the city while highways tend to let all of that traffic cut right through the heart—where all the people are. Modern San Francisco is now stuck with an outdated system of roadways with more than a few traffic “pinch points.”
Statistics collected by the NHTSA show that distracted driving contributed to over 10% of all fatal accidents and over 17% of all injurious auto accidents nationwide with those number increasing. While cellphones are perhaps the most notorious distraction in the car, there are other devices and activities that take our eyes off the road. Accidents have been caused by people eating, applying makeup, and even reading the newspaper while they allegedly “control” a two-ton automobile!
You may be wondering if we’re the best San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys for you.
You probably found us due to our over 150 5-star California client reviews. You won’t see our faces on the sides of a MUNI bus, on a downtown billboard or a corner SF Examiner newsstand ad. We don’t focus on puffing up our own egos or trying to entice you with false promises in flashy ads. Instead, we dedicate our time to providing the best possible customer service, and it shows in our client reviews.
“Quality over quantity” is what we look at when considering new clients. And this is how we can offer each client with the focused care and attention they deserve when they are dealing with a terrible accident.
"Lauren, Sally and Rebecca were better than family in steering me through the 6 months that followed."
If you are looking for a San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney who will work hard, respond to your emails and calls, collaborate with you and keep it real, try Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers' honest approach to pedestrian accident claim handling.
Don’t buy the hype of those overstated TV and billboard ads, become one of our San Francisco pedestrian accident clients, and you’ll immediately know you made the right choice!
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