Category: Car Accidents

Understanding Hit-and-Run Rideshare Liability in California: Protecting Riders and Drivers

Rideshares are incredibly common on the streets of San Francisco. In fact, by 2017, they already made up 6.5% of all traffic in the city and 20% of trips that start or end within city limits. Those numbers have only increased in the years since.  The popularity of rideshares like Uber and Lyft is closely correlated to increasingly dangerous roads in California. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety

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Uber and Lyft’s New Insurance Policies: What Do They Cover?

Modern rideshare companies have only existed since 2010, and legislation is still catching up. One area where legal regulations are still lacking is civil liability. For years, there was significant debate over when rideshare companies might be liable for injuries caused by their drivers.  Uber and Lyft have finally taken steps to answer these questions themselves. In recent years, these industry giants have begun offering four-stage insurance plans for all

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Determining Liability in Rideshare Crashes

When you get a rideshare, you trust your driver to get you to your destination safely. You trust other road users to follow traffic laws when driving or crossing the road. Unfortunately, drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft can’t always be trusted. In fact, rideshares may be directly responsible for a notable increase in traffic-related deaths since 2011. One study suggested that the uptick in fatal accidents on California

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Guide to San Francisco Rideshare Accidents

Few cities use rideshares as much as San Francisco. According to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, there are as many as 220,000 Uber and Lyft pickups daily within the city borders. With that many rides going on, accidents are inevitable. Rideshare drivers should be held to higher standards on the road because they are responsible for their customers’ safety. However, this is not the case. In fact, the University

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What to Consider If You’ve Been Hurt by a Drunk Driver

Drunk driving accidents are far more likely than you might realize. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 30% of all U.S. adults will be involved in a drunk driving crash at some point in their life. Furthermore, these crashes are responsible for three in every ten traffic-related deaths in the U.S. in 2020.  In multiple-car DUI accidents, sober people are more likely to suffer serious injuries

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How Often Do Auto Accident Settlements Exceed the Policy Limits in California?

Driving a car can be a pleasant experience, but unfortunately, it also carries an element of danger. People get into car accidents all the time. Car accidents can prove fatal; according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 3,606 deaths were recorded in the year 2019. When an accident happens, the people involved look to their respective insurance companies to help pay for immediate damages. Sometimes, insurance alone won’t be enough,

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Average Settlement for a Broken Wrist in a California Car Accident

If you suffered a broken wrist from a car accident caused by the negligence of another, you may wonder, How much will I get for a broken wrist settlement? The answer depends on multiple factors. Various circumstances impact the average settlement for a broken wrist sustained in a car accident in California. After seeking medical attention following a car accident, the most important thing is to contact a personal injury attorney.

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Average Whiplash Settlement in California

When you suffer injuries in a car accident, your injuries may not be visible to the naked eye. This fact does not mean your injuries are not genuine or valid.  Many injuries, like whiplash, don’t often appear visible to those around you. However, a whiplash injury has the potential to cause significant disruption to your life until it heals. In some cases, a whiplash injury leads to permanent issues. You

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I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver in California: Can I Sue?

Are you wondering, I was hit by a drunk driver in California, now what? How do I pay these medical bills? When you’re hit by a drunk driver, what’s the settlement process? What about all the work that I’m missing? Do I have to go through my insurance company? It can be overwhelming trying to cover all the bases. Here, we answer some of those questions and guide you through

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How To Get a Copy of Your California Highway Patrol Accident Report

Hurt in an accident? Your California Highway Patrol Accident Report is a very important piece of evidence in court. Contact Wakeford Law today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation: (415) 569-7495 Obtaining Your CHP Crash Report If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident on a California state highway, you might consider pursuing a legal claim against the at-fault party. If you plan to file an insurance claim or lawsuit,

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