Category: Injury & Accident Articles

The Most Common Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are more common than some people realize. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls make up more than eight million emergency rooms visits each year, with slip and falls representing 12%, or over one million of those trips. Effects from these slip and fall incidents can vary widely, depending on the conditions and the age and physical condition of the involved party. Older people are at

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What to Know About Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits

This is a sobering statistic: Throughout the U.S., pedestrian deaths make up 11% of all traffic fatalities. Here in San Francisco, pedestrian deaths account for an astounding 50% of all traffic fatalities. It is largely due to the fact that San Francisco does not have a freeway system to route traffic around the city. It relies on an internal network of highways. In addition, the amount of foot traffic in the

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Understanding Your Rights as a Pedestrian

The way San Francisco was planned is unique. Without major freeways directing traffic around the city, and a substantial amount of foot traffic, it makes for some of the most dangerous conditions for pedestrians anywhere in the country. Elsewhere in the country, about 11% of fatal traffic accidents are pedestrians. In San Francisco that number rises to 50%. Each year, over 800 pedestrians are injured or killed and this has entirely

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Motorcyclist Injury Claims

When motorcycle accidents happen, the injuries that result can be severe. On top of that, motorcyclists are often considered to be reckless regarding traffic laws. That makes filing motorcycle injury claims that much more difficult. If you’ve been in a major motorcycle accident, the attorneys at The Wakeford Law Firm can help. Common Causes for Motorcycle Accidents When motorcycle accidents happen they are sometimes caused by the reckless driving of

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What to Do if You Slip and Fall

It’s important to realize that you can’t always blame a slip and fall accident on the proprietor, property manager, or homeowner. Defendants in slip and fall lawsuits can raise a number of valid defenses against a slip and fall claim. Here, we’ll talk about what you should do if you’re in a slip and fall accident to protect your claim. Negligence in Slip and Fall Accident Lawsuits To prove any

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Injured in an Uber Accident? Here’s What You Need to Know

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized transportation in San Francisco and Marin County. Instead of waiting for a taxi, riders can request front-door service and pay a reasonable fee. Ridesharing services have also allowed thousands of people to make extra money with their cars. However, the rise of Uber and other ridesharing companies has complicated a passenger’s rights in the event of a crash. Usually, when a passenger

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Preparing for a Defense Medical Examination

In a personal injury case, the defense lawyers may demand that the plaintiff attend a defense medical examination (DME) during litigation, wherein a doctor will perform a series of tests and subsequently make a report giving the doctor’s opinions about the plaintiff’s injuries and medical condition (pursuant to Code of Civ. Pro. § 2032.220). A DME is performed in most injury cases. DME’s are used by the defense to attempt to dispute whether

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What Should You Do After Being Bitten by a Dog?

This happens more frequently than you’d expect. Fido looks sweet and innocent, but as it turns out, he’s a vicious beast. Your neighbor may have trained their dog to be a little too vigilant in its duty to protect his home. Fido hops the fence and attacks an otherwise innocent bystander. Dog owners have a legal duty to control their pets, keep them on their property, and socialize them well

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Comparative Fault in California Personal Injury Cases

The vast majority of states in the U.S. recognize that many cases that result in a serious injury are not black and white. That is to say, just because you may be partially at fault in a traffic accident or partially negligent in an action that resulted in an injury, doesn’t mean that the other party is completely off the hook. California allows for what is called “comparative fault” or

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What to Do If You’ve Been Hit by a Car While Riding a Bike

California is one of the most dangerous states in the country for cyclists, and San Francisco and Marin County have some of the highest incidents of bicycle accidents and injuries in the entire state.. On top of that, the Bay Area has a great deal of both foot and bicycle traffic. Ultimately, because of the many dangers present in our area, it is imperative that you recognize the following steps

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