San Francisco Car Accident Attorneys
Have You Been Hurt in the Bay Area? We Can Help!
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a car, truck, motorcycle or other motor vehicle, your life has probably been thrown into turmoil. Not only do you have to go through the painstaking process of dealing with your insurance company and that of the other driver, but you may have to take time off of work to receive medical treatment and recover from your injuries.
You need someone by your side who can guide you through this difficult process and ensure you receive the compensation you need to cover your expenses and get your life back on track. The Scarlett Law Group has been helping accident victims in the Bay Area for over 25 years. Our attorneys have been listed amount the Best Lawyers in America® and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States.
At the Scarlett Law Group, we handle all types of auto accidents:
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- DUI accidents
Our San Francisco car accident lawyers are standing by to listen to your story. Call (415) 688-2176 for a FREE consultation. We are here to protect your rights and fight for maximum compensation.
Do I Really Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
It is a common misconception that auto accident victims do not need to hire an attorney. Until the victim of an accident retains an attorney, the insurance company knows that the person they are dealing with is not prepared to take their case to court; and, as such, they are unlikely to offer fair compensation.
According to statistics, auto accident victims who work with an attorney are likely to recover three times more than those who settle without legal representation.
Some people attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance carrier themselves. In most instances, the individual is first met with feigned concern by the carrier, who then steadfastly proceeds to build a case against him or her in order to protect their bottom line. The result is that the injured person does not receive the compensation they need, and are left paying the cost of their expenses on their own.
Overcoming Juror Bias in Car Accident Cases
Today, it is difficult to find jurors who have not been involved in some type of auto accident, or who do not know someone who has. Juror’s experiences often shape their views on accidents, the injuries resulting therefrom, and the lawsuits that are pursued by those who are injured. Insurance companies have, likewise, done much to taint prospective jurors’ attitudes about those who pursue lawsuits.
Accordingly, the Scarlett Law Group does much to overcome juror bias.
During trial, we often utilize biomechanical engineers to demonstrate the incredible amount of force an accident can have upon the body. Accident reconstructionists are utilized to re-enact the accident, and medical specialists provide the jury with information about the injuries sustained, and the residual impact of those injuries. In short, our firm takes the necessary steps to properly present a case to the jury.
Establishing Negligence in a Car Accident Case
In California, all motorists must exercise the degree of care and caution that an ordinarily careful and prudent person, acting in the same or similar circumstances, would exercise for the safety of others traveling on the road. It is well established that a motorist must, at all times, use ordinary care to avoid colliding with another, and must be alert and watchful so as not to place themselves in danger.
An injured motorist can establish their claim through the legal theory of negligence per se. Generally, in order to establish negligence per se, the injured party must show that the defendant violated a statute, ordinance, or regulation. The violation of that statute must have proximately caused the injury.
An example of negligence per se follows: A motorist suddenly stops her car without first giving an appropriate signal to the driver of the vehicle which was immediately behind her. The driver behind her collided with her vehicle – there being no showing that she did not have a reasonable opportunity to give the required signal before stopping. Under virtually these circumstances, a court in California found that the motorist’s failure to give signal of her intention to stop constituted negligence per se.
What to Do After a Serious Auto Accident
Following an accident, make sure you exchange information with the other driver. Do not discuss the accident with anyone or admit fault. Assuming you are able, take down the name, address, operator’s license number, date of birth, insurance information, and phone number of the other driver.
Write down the names, addresses, and numbers of anyone else who witnessed the accident. Note the make, body type, and license number of the other vehicle. Also make note of any damage.
If any injuries or property damage occurred in the accident, call the police and cooperate with them when they arrive at the scene. Make sure to note the date and time of the accident, and write down the location (street intersection or highway marker) closest to the actual point of impact for your records.
Lastly, report the accident to your insurance agent immediately. Obtain a claim number from your agent as soon as is possible. Likewise, obtain a police report number from the officers at the scene and make note to follow up and obtain a copy of the report. This will be very important for your case.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, call the Scarlett Law Group for the help you need. With a determined focus to represent those catastrophically injured, and those suffering the loss of a loved one, our car accident lawyers in San Francisco can fight for you when you need it most.
Call the Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 to speak with a car accident attorney in San Francisco. Your initial consultations is FREE.