Even though we know it can happen any time, in thousands of different ways, no one is prepared for a serious car accident. The diverse mix of traffic patterns, vehicle types, and driving skills in the San Francisco Bay Area is the background for thousands of crashes each year. If you or a loved one is a victim, you can turn to our law firm with confidence.
Few San Francisco car accident lawyers have shown greater commitment and drive in helping survivors get all they deserve than we have at Choulos Choulos & Wyle. Motor vehicle accidents — involving cars, commercial trucks including 18-wheelers, public and private buses, and taxi cabs — have led to many of our largest verdicts and settlements.
Protection of your rights should be a priority second only to getting proper medical attention after any type of car accident. Whatever happened, fault for the crash may be disputed and insurance companies may contest claims or make minimal settlement offers. Our attorneys have deep experience in driver and passenger injury cases arising from:
If our lawyers handle your case, you will get to know us well. We will be here to talk through your needs personally and directly, thoroughly investigate what happened, and seek real justice for you. When you have questions, we are here for you. Our entire staff is focused on supporting clients in every way we can.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were more than 272,000 total motor vehicle crash injuries reported across the state during the latest year of data available. Unfortunately, car accidents are not uncommon in and around crowded areas like San Francisco.
Car accidents have a variety of causes, but we know that the vast majority of them happen due to some sort of driver error. This often includes the failure of a driver to follow traffic laws or speed limits, which can lead to significant accidents. Data shows that there were more than 88,000 total traffic crash injuries attributed to speeding during the latest reporting year.
Of particular concern are drivers who operate while impaired by alcohol or drugs and those who operate while distracted by their phones or other devices. During the latest reporting year in California, more than 27,000 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes, and 30% of all traffic crash fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
Despite numerous public safety campaigns to raise awareness about distracted driving, the use of technology has dramatically increased the number of distracted driving crashes. In a survey by the OTS, drivers in California cited texting and driving and cell phone conversations as the top driving distractions.
There are various types of injuries that can occur in vehicle accidents in the San Francisco area. At Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, we regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
Each of these injuries requires immediate medical assistance and could lead to a victim incurring tremendous medical bills. In some cases, a car accident will lead to a victim being disabled and unable to work or enjoy daily life activities.
In the aftermath of a car accident in San Francisco, victims who are harmed due to another driver’s negligent actions need to know how much compensation they can recover. The total amount of compensation a victim receives after an incident will depend on the specific elements of each case. The San Francisco car accident lawyers at Choulos, Choulos & Wyle regularly help clients secure the following:
Every state places a time limit on how long victims of car accidents have to file lawsuits against alleged negligent parties to recover compensation for their losses. These time limits are called statutes of limitation. In California, the statute of limitations for car accident cases is two years from the date the incident occurred. Any claim filed after this two-year window passes will likely be dismissed, and victims will lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses.
For cases in which a governmental agency is alleged to be at fault (crashes involving state, county, city vehicles, MUNI vehicles, etc.), claims must be filed within six months of the incident occurring.
Please do not debate whether you need a lawyer after a serious Northern California car accident resulting in personal injury or a tragic wrongful death. Contact us for a free consultation. We will look hard at your case and do all we can to help.