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Auto Accident Lawyer in San Francisco

Defending Injury Victims in the Bay Area Since 1980

Free Case Review: Call (415) 940-7176

Car accidents happen every day, many leading to serious injuries for the people involved. Too often, these highway collisions occur due to one or more drivers being distracted, disregarding traffic signs, or even driving drunk. Resulting injuries could have been caused or exacerbated by faulty car parts, such as airbags. If your accident and injuries were preventable, call Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn to discover your legal options.

When you need an auto accident attorney, it’s in your best interests to choose one with a proven track record of success. Here are a few examples of the many car accident cases we have handled for our clients in the Bay Area:

  • $13.4 million for a woman who suffered back injuries in an accident caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel
  • $5.7 million for a fatal drunk driving accident near San Francisco International Airport
  • $3.8 million for a fatal car accident on I-280 in San Francisco
  • $3.7 million for a cab and shuttle bus accident on the 101

Why choose our San Francisco car accident attorneys?

  • We have resolved thousands of cases in the Bay Area
  • Our clients have recovered more than $350 million
  • AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® for ethics & skill
  • 2014 Best Lawyers in America® for Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation

Discuss your options in a free, no-obligation consultation: Contact us today!

Causes of Automobile Accidents

According to data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a significant number of car accidents are attributed to human error. Whether it was the driver who committed an error while operating the vehicle, or a manufacturer who created a faulty vehicle part, the bottom line is somebody made a mistake that led to your accident. Liability can be a tricky issue especially in complex collisions involving multiple parties and commercial vehicles. Our auto accident team can help you investigate your accident and find the answers you need to move forward with your claim.

Below, we break down a few of the major causes of car accidents.

Examples of distracted or irresponsible driver actions that can lead to collisions:

  • Improper car maintenance, bad tires, worn brake pads, and so on
  • Speeding / driving too fast for weather conditions
  • Aggressive driving exhibited in tailgating, passing on the right, and other actions
  • Driving while talking on the phone, eating, applying makeup, or texting
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
  • Road conditions or visibility problems contributing to the collision

It is important to discuss these and other variables with a knowledgeable San Francisco car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The best way to assess your case is to speak with a lawyer, and from there you can make decisions regarding what the next step should be. Our legal team can review the specific causes of your car accidents and your potential sources of compensation. You may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver's insurer or through your own coverage if the other driver is uninsured. Protecting your future requires taking steps today.

Other Types of Motor Vehicle Accident Cases We Handle

Traveling of any sorts can be a daunting experience, but when you factor in the possibility of an accident, it can be gut-wrenching. Injuries caused by transportation accidents can be minor or severe, but regardless of the severity, you need legal representation that can help you seek compensation. These large metal structures can cause damage to you, other people, and property within the blink of an eye.

At RFTM, our car accident lawyers also represent victims in accidents that involve:

  • Buses
  • Boats
  • Aircraft
  • Ride share accidents

Should an accident be caused by an unsafe roadway, we can work to find the negligent party accountable, whether it is the construction company, a government entity, or some other individual. Dangerous or defective roadways contribute to a large number of accidents and when this happens, our San Francisco personal injury attorneys work to help you secure compensation.

Tips When Filing a Car Accident Claim

Here are some important tips to remember when you are filing an auto insurance claim and dealing with insurance companies.

When preparing your claim, remember to:

  • File as soon as possible. There are time limits for personal injury claims, so make sure that you do not miss your deadline. Otherwise, you may lose your right to recover compensation.
  • Include all the necessary information, including evidence of the damage, medical records of your injuries, and other details to support your claim.
  • Contact an attorney. Car accident claims can involve tremendous paperwork and details. Make sure that you prepare it right the first time with the help of an attorney to minimize the chance of a denied claim or underpaid claim.

When insurance companies contact you:

  • You are not obligated to speak with adjusters or on-site investigators sent by an insurance company. Insurance companies may use innocent statements you make against you, which can have a negative effect on your claim.
  • Do not accept the first offer or sign anything without consulting an attorney. Insurers may pressure you to settle quickly by offering you a settlement. Be aware that most initial offers from insurers are far less than what you may actually be entitled to receive.

If you have questions or need help with your claim, contact a car accident lawyer. Our attorneys can handle the claims process for you and make sure that insurance companies are treating your claim fairly.

Your Free Consultation is Risk-Free

When you have questions about any type of personal injury case, it is important that you know of a trustworthy advocate you can call for advice and perspective. Our car accident attorneys at Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn have handled a wide range of car crash claims, including those involving rear end accidents and T-bone collisions. We are prepared to answer your questions, providing a voice of clarity during what may be a confusing time. You can rely on us.

Don't face the aftermath of a car accident alone: Call our team at (415) 940-7176 for your free case review to get started.