If you were injured in a San Francisco car accident you didn’t cause, you may have the right to recover compensation from the at-fault party.
Serious injuries require costly medical treatment and prevent you from going back to work. With no way to pay your doctor bills or living expenses, the stress begins to mount quickly. Your situation may become even more dire if you have a family who depends on your income and assistance.
A San Francisco personal injury attorney from The Wakeford Law Firm can help. We handle every aspect of your case, allowing you to focus on getting your health and your life back on track. We provide a no-cost consultation and case evaluation for personal injury victims to help you get started with the legal process.
Our Case Results
Rear End Vehicle Collision
A negligent driver rear-ended our client who suffered a significant back injury resulting in pre-trial settlement of $750,000.
LOW-SPEED REAR END VEHICLE COLLISION
Our client was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a low-speed impact resulting in back surgery. Settlement of his third-party liability and his underinsurance claims resulted in total settlement of $565,000.
Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle
Our client’s mother was struck and killed in a crosswalk resulting in a policy limits settlement of $500,000.
Car Rear Ended By Bus
A bus rear ended our client causing serious back injuries. Result: $125,000.
Disputed Liability Red Light Crash
Our client came to us with a low back injury after having been sued by a motorist in a disputed fault automobile collision. The police report placed fault on our client. They claimed he entered an intersection in his Porsche on a red light. This supposedly was the cause of a collision with a large pickup truck. The truck went on to collide with several more vehicles after the initial collision. The police report included numerous witness statements most of which blamed our client. After the course of the next two years, we took numerous depositions. Eventually, what we had known all along eventually became evident. The police report was wrong and it was actually the driver of the pickup who had run the red light. After multiple days of mandatory settlement conference, just before trial, the other driver’s insurance finally agreed to compensate our client for his back injury and paid $115,000 to settle the case.
While our clients, grandparents and their two grand-kids were driving through an intersection, another vehicle illegally turned left in front of our clients. The insurer for the other driver contended that the claimed injuries were not severe and not caused by the collision. After aggressive advocacy for our clients, we made a policy limits demand and contradicted the insurer’s position regrading our clients’ injuries. The insurer paid its entire policy to our clients.
Although these results may not indicate the possible outcome of your case, you can see that we work tirelessly to get the best possible results for our clients. To learn more about the potential value of your San Francisco car accident claim, call us now at 415.569.7495 or contact us to schedule your free consultation.
Our car accident lawyers represent victims of accidents caused by negligent and reckless driving in San Francisco, Corte Madera, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Sausalito, and the surrounding Marin County areas. Here are some of the most common questions we get asked by our car accident clients.
San Francisco Auto Accident Cases We Handle
We can assist you with any type of motor vehicle injury accident, holding the at-fault party accountable for your physical, emotional, and financial damages.
We regularly help clients who sustained car accident injuries due to:
- Drunk driving,
- Distracted driving,
- Reckless driving,
- Failure to yield,
- Failure to stop,
- Illegal lane changes, and
- Illegal turns.
We can also assist you if you sustained injuries in a vehicle crash due to:
- Poor road maintenance,
- Roadway obstruction,
- Improper signage,
- Obstructed views,
- Automotive defects, and
- Defective vehicle components.
Whatever the cause of your injury accident, we will investigate the crash to identify any party that caused or contributed to the incident. We will document your case, as well as your damages, and negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
For almost two decades, Attorney Wesley Wakeford has stood up for the rights of injured clients, fighting to get them the justice they deserve. We will fight tirelessly for you, helping protect your legal rights and working to recover fair financial compensation for your damages.
Benefits of Working with an Accident Attorney in San Francisco
Although you aren’t legally required to have an attorney for your car accident claim, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer provides myriad benefits.
When you choose The Wakeford Law Firm to assist you with your auto injury case, our services to you include the following.
Investigating Your Case
We put our team of investigators and other resources to work collecting evidence and documenting your case. We know the importance of a well-documented case for helping get the best possible results for our clients.
Establishing Fault & Liability
To build the most persuasive case possible, we gather the necessary documentation and information to prove fault and establish liability for your damages. This helps us hold the at-fault party accountable for their wrongful actions.
Calculating Your Settlement Value
We identify all your economic and non-economic losses and document them accordingly. This helps ensure we’re fighting to get you all the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
We submit your claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company and negotiate to obtain the best possible settlement offer. In most cases, we can obtain a fair settlement offer without having to file a lawsuit.
If the insurance company refuses to negotiate a fair settlement, we won’t hesitate to file a civil suit and take your case to court. We communicate these intentions clearly to the insurance company and their lawyers, so they know we are more than willing to litigate your case if necessary.
Throughout the legal process, we are there for you. We provide proactive communication and the answers you need to make informed decisions. Having an attorney on your side is always a wise choice. In San Francisco, the hazards and risks of our streets and roads make this even more important.
San Francisco Auto Accident & Injury Statistics
Despite a host of civic and community initiatives to reduce the risks of driving in San Francisco, our streets and roadways continue to pose a substantial risk to motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.
In late 2019, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that our city was experiencing a spike in critical injuries and traffic fatalities. Vision Zero SF maintains an interactive database of traffic fatalities in San Francisco, specifically for those incidents that occur on city streets. Data provided by the City and County of San Francisco (SFGOV) indicates a substantial increase in traffic fatalities from 2018 to 2019.
Data reported by SFGOV indicates that the top five motorist behaviors that lead to injury accidents are:
- Failure to yield while turning,
- Running a stop sign,
- Running a red light, and
- Failure to yield to pedestrians/bicyclists.
We have so many reasons to love living and working in the Bay Area, but roadway safety remains a source of risk for everyone. No matter how careful you might be behind the wheel—or on your bike, on your motorcycle, or on foot—you cannot control the actions of other drivers. When an injury accident occurs, having the right attorney on your side can make all the difference.
Talk with a San Francisco Accident Attorney Today
Although you may be experiencing fear about your health and your future, you don’t have to face this situation alone. At The Wakeford Law Firm, we are committed to helping you get the resources you need to recover from your injuries and get your life back on track.
To schedule a free consultation and case review with our San Francisco car accident lawyers, call or contact us now.
Talking to our San Francisco auto accident lawyers is the best way to get the information you need about your injury accident claim. Meanwhile, please read on for answers to some of the most common questions our clients ask about how to pursue a car accident injury settlement.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim?
The time you have to file your claim is dictated by the California statute of limitations. In most cases, you have only two years from the date of a motor vehicle collision to file a lawsuit for personal injury. The statute of limitations has some exceptions that you should be aware of. For example, if a government agency was at fault for your accident, you have only six months to file suit. Talking to an auto accident attorney in San Francisco will help ensure you don’t jeopardize your legal right to recover compensation.
What Is the Average Car Accident Settlement in San Francisco?
Injuries sustained in a car accident can range from scrapes and bruises to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and damage to internal organs. Because no two injury accidents are alike, we can’t narrow down any type of average car accident settlement value.
Depending on the details of your case, you could be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. If you sustained a catastrophic or life-threatening injury, or if you sustained permanent disability or disfigurement, your claim’s value could be higher.
The best way to determine what your claim’s value might be is to review the details of your case with a San Francisco car accident lawyer.
How Long Will My Case Take to Settle?
As difficult as it is to estimate an average settlement value for an injury accident, the time required to settle your claim can vary significantly. Typically, the more extensive your injuries, the longer it could take to resolve your case. You need your settlement to help tide you over until you recover, but rushing a complex injury case is never a good idea. Your attorney will want to be sure all your injuries and other damages have been identified. Otherwise you could lose the opportunity to recover compensation.
If your case goes to court, the time required for resolution will be even longer. For that reason, car accident attorneys generally prefer to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company whenever possible.
When Should You Contact a Car Accident Lawyer?
The sooner you can get your attorney to work on your case, the better. It is easier to gather evidence and build a persuasive case while the evidence—and the witnesses’ memories—are freshest.
The insurance company may contact you and ask for a recorded statement. They may attempt to offer you an undervalued settlement to reduce their liability. Before you give any statement or accept any offer, contact The Wakeford Law Firms to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced San Francisco car accident lawyer.