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Car Accident

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San Francisco Car Accident Attorneys

Defending Injury Victims in the Bay Area Since 1980

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 also have been caused or exacerbated by faulty car parts, such as airbags.

Why Choose Our San Francisco Car Accident Attorneys?

  • We Have Resolved Thousands of Cases in the Bay Area
  • Our Clients Have Recovered More than $500 Million
  • AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® for Ethics & Skill
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation

If your car accident and injuries were preventable, call Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn at (415) 940-7176 to discuss your options in a free consultation.

  • Car Crash $24,000,000
  • Auto Accident $13,400,000
  • Martinez V. State of CA $11,400,000
  • Illegal Car Rental – Drunk Driver Causes Fatal Accident $5,700,000
  • Husband/Father Killed-Tractor-trailer Rig Highway Accident $4,600,000

Tips When Filing a Car Accident Claim

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

  • 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 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 your statements 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 Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn. Our lawyers handle all auto accident claims for you on a contingency fee basis, making sure that insurance companies are treating your claim fairly at no financial risk to you.

A Legacy of Results in the Bay Area

When you need our auto accident attorneys, 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:

  • $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

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
  • Poor road conditions or visibility problems contributing to the collision

It is important to discuss these and other variables with our knowledgeable team of attorneys as soon as possible. The best way to assess your case is to speak with our lawyers, and from there you can make decisions regarding what the next step should be. Our legal team can review the specific causes of your accident 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.

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  • “I cannot thank you enough for the pure excellence.”

    - Michelle
  • “I am very grateful for all the hard work all the staff did. GREAT STAFF!”

    - Guadalupe Hernandez
  • “I valued the clear communication, prompt replies, and frank interaction.”

    - Jackie Q.
  • “They approach each case with creativity and care.”

    - Michael J Ney, McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Brothers LLP
  • “They work tirelessly to uncover the evidence necessary to obtain the very best result for the injured people they represent.”

    - Heidi Taylor, Law Offices of Heidi Taylor

80+ Years of Experience On your side

Meet Your Team of Established & Award-Winning Attorneys
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    Ronald H. Rouda


    If practice makes perfect, then Ron should be getting close. In 2010 he celebrated 50 years in practice. But he is far from slowing down. He continues to combine his wealth of experience with an insatiable curiosity and desire for justice, making him one of the most respected (and feared) trial lawyers in California. Rouda is the firm’s founding partner. He has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. 

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    John M. Feder


    John’s tenacity and compassion are unmatched. He develops strong bonds with his clients and their families. John’s boundless energy and his dedication to his clients make for a combination that is difficult to beat. This is reflected in the impressive results he has obtained for his clients over the last 40 years. Outside of work John enjoys traveling, waterskiing, bicycling and other outdoor activities with his wife and children.

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    Timothy G. Tietjen


    Mr. Tietjen’s 35+ year career history is star-studded with remarkable victories and multimillion-dollar settlements for his clients. One of his most notable cases involves a worker who was badly electrocuted while performing his duties; the result was a $29 million dollar settlement – one of the largest ever recovered for a personal injury case in California. Mr. Tietjen enjoys several hobbies in his free time.
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    Cynthia McGuinn


    Cynthia’s skills in the courtroom are the envy of many attorneys and she has the trial record to prove it—a number of her jury trials have resulted in eight-figure verdicts and in 2015 she earned the record for the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Sonoma County. Cynthia has an A.V. Preeminent® rating for ethics and legal talent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Her jury verdict results are available upon request.

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    June P. Bashant


    A Bay Area consumer safety and wrongful death attorney, June’s client-centered focus is dedicated to providing the emotional support and resources her clients need to restore security to their lives following a catastrophic injury. June’s work on behalf of her clients has resulted in improved safety standards and consumer protections – leveling the playing field when powerful corporations act irresponsibly or negligently.
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    Mandissa Logan


    Mandissa joined the personal injury law firm Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn in 2011, and soon gained experience in a wide array of cases, from equestrian accidents to retail space injuries. Before joining the firm, Mandissa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Yale University. She earned a law degree from Emory University where she became deeply committed to plaintiffs' advocacy. 

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    Robert Igleheart


    Born in Brussels, Belgium and moving throughout Europe and Asia, Robert Igleheart finally landed in San Francisco, California where he attended the University of San Francisco for finance. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to continue his education at Loyola University in New Orleans for a Juris Doctor and Masters in Business. Robert enjoys traveling and exploring cultures and is an avid outdoor adventurer.

An Experienced Team
You Can Trust

Your Initial Consultation is Risk-Free

When you have questions about any type of personal injury case, it is important that you turn to a trustworthy advocate who can provide skilled advice and perspective. Our San Francisco 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 us at (415) 940-7176 for your free case review.

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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, we also represent victims in accidents that involve:

If an accident is 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 skilled team of attorneys can work to help you secure compensation.

Why hire us?

  • Largest Settlements In The Bay Area
  • 150+ Years of Collective Experience
  • No Attorneys' Fees Unless We Win
  • Nationally Accredited Counsel
  • Top-Rated by U.S. News–Best Lawyers®
  • Over $500 Million Recovered

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