San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Lawyers and Injury Attorneys
Award-Winning San Francisco Lawyers Who Specialize In Pedestrian Accidents
- Ranked Best Personal Injury Attorneys in San Francisco by Expertise.com
- 2020 Top 10 Pedestrian Accident Settlements in California Award Winner TopVerdict.com
- Ranked 2021 Northern California Super Lawyer by SuperLawyers.com
The lawyer you choose to represent you in a pedestrian accident case can make a substantial difference in maximizing the value and success of your case. Choosing the right lawyer is absolutely crucial, and experience matters. The Hassell Law Group is consistently ranked among the best accident and personal injury lawyers in San Francisco and The Bay Area, having won numerous professional awards and accolades. With an undefeated record at trial and over 85 years of combined legal experience, we are experts in resolving personal injury claims in our clients’ favor.
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An outstanding record of success for pedestrian accident victims
We are San Francisco pedestrian accident lawyers with a longstanding reputation of being determined and tenacious fighters for our clients and we hold an outstanding record of success for Bay Area pedestrian accident victims. If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.
Pedestrian accidents in San Francisco and the Bay Area
In San Francisco and The Bay Area, many people walk to and from work, school, public transit, and as a means of regular exercise and enjoyment. Unfortunately, our roads have become extremely congested and are dangerous with many reckless, inattentive, and distracted drivers. From 2008-2017 alone, 7,127 pedestrians were killed in accidents in California, an increase of 38.4% from the prior period. During the same period, pedestrians made up 22% of all California vehicle-related fatalities. In 2019, the City of San Francisco declared a state of emergency for traffic safety after the 26th pedestrian accident death in the first 11 months of 2019 alone. Every day, at least three people are hit by cars while walking in San Francisco. Larger sized vehicles like SUVs and distractions like smartphone use while driving are said to account for some of the increase in pedestrian accident fatalities. These shocking figures do not account for the many pedestrians who are seriously injured in an accident and survive. California is now ranked as the 16th most dangerous state for pedestrians. The lawyers at The Hassell Law Group are members of WalkSF, a San Francisco pedestrian advocacy organization that works to make our streets safer for pedestrians.
Obtaining compensation for pedestrian accident victims
Drivers who choose to disregard the rules of the road and endanger others should be held accountable when they cause injury. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured, or if a loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, we can help you.
Insurance companies for negligent drivers may try to limit or reduce the amount of money they pay out or even deny your claim entirely. For this reason, hiring the highly experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at The Hassell Law Group is your best option, and costs you nothing upfront. We have a longstanding reputation of being tenacious fighters for pedestrians, and we consistently achieve outstanding case results for our clients. You pay no attorney’s fees unless we recover.
When involved in a pedestrian accident that results in injury, it is essential that you receive representation from top-rated lawyers who are highly experienced in all areas of pedestrian accident law. The pedestrian accident lawyers at The Hassell Law Group will work to ensure that all of your claims are fully pursued and you are properly compensated. Delays in obtaining legal counsel on your case can reduce the value of your case. The best decision you can make is to hire a skilled lawyer immediately. We have helped countless people who have been injured in pedestrian accidents get the compensation they deserve. Let us help you.
Damages that are recoverable after a pedestrian accident include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress
- Compensation for disability and disfigurement
- Loss of earning capacity
- Future wage loss
- Future medical bills and long-term care if needed
- Loss of consortium for your spouse
- Compensation for damage to any of your personal property
What you do just after being injured in a pedestrian accident can have a very significant impact on your case. Hiring an experienced lawyer immediately is your best option. Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers will fight to ensure you are compensated and achieve the best possible outcome. Please contact our office today for a free no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.
Recommended steps to take after you have been in a pedestrian accident:
- Call the Police, and get a Police report. (Dial 911) and wait for a Police Officer to arrive at the scene so that you can file an accident report, even if you don’t think you’re injured. Often people don’t realize they are injured until several hours or days after a pedestrian accident has occurred. Make sure to tell the Police and the 911 operator of any symptoms you are having. Be sure Police interview you and the party who hit you and any witnesses who saw the accident. Tell the police officer all of the details of what happened. Take down the responding officer’s name and badge number. A Police report will be important later when pursuing a claim against the insurance company of the party who hit you.
- Make sure to record all contact information and insurance information for the other party as well as any witnesses who saw the accident. Take down the license plate number, names, and phone numbers on your phone in a note-taking app, or simply text or email those details to yourself. If you are injured ask a bystander to do it for you. Get the insurance company name and policy number for the party who hit you. Write down as many details of the accident as soon as possible so you don’t forget them over time. Include everything the other driver and any witnesses said or told you, anything you said, how the accident happened, and any symptoms you have.
- Take photographs. Take pictures of the accident scene, the position of the vehicle, any damage to the vehicle, the license plate of the vehicle, and the driver’s license and other party’s insurance card, as well as of any visible injuries or bleeding you have. If possible, take pictures of the vehicle that hit you before it is moved out of the roadway.
- Don’t discuss the accident with the other party or make any statements about the accident. Many drivers will seem nice at the time and will even admit fault only to later deny they hit you or say that you were to blame for the accident. Make a note of anything they say to you or you overhear them telling others. Good note-taking can be very useful in pursuing your claim.
- Seek immediate medical treatment at the scene of the accident. Ask the Police to call for paramedics to take you to the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital, tell the doctors and medical staff what happened and detail all of your symptoms, pain, and injuries. Be sure to go into full detail about any and all areas of your body that are injured, hurting, or require any medical attention.
- Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company (or give a recorded statement to your own insurance company) or the other party involved in the accident. Do not discuss your case with anyone without first consulting your lawyer. What may appear to be an innocent remark on your part as to how the accident occurred, or how you were injured, can be distorted or changed by others – especially the other party’s insurance company. If anyone does contact you about your case, refer that party to our office or consult with us before you answer any questions.
- Do not provide a recorded statement. Do not provide a recorded statement to your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company unless your lawyer is present. You are not legally obligated to provide a statement without your lawyer being present. Do not sign any papers without having your lawyer review them first.
- Hire an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer. The highly skilled pedestrian accident lawyers at The Hassell Law Group will position your case for the best possible outcome.
- Don’t discard damaged property such as ripped clothing, broken eyeglasses, and any other damaged personal items. Don’t clean your clothing. These items can be critical evidence your lawyer may need later to prove and win your claim.
- Record any after-effects of the accident, and be sure to go to all medical appointments. It is recommended that you keep a journal each day of your pain, injuries, and each doctor’s visit and related medical appointments.
- Document Everything. Documenting your medical care, any medical payments you make, pain and symptoms, all will be of value to you in your case. Record them while they are fresh in your mind. Make a record of your injuries and complaints you have. Be sure to keep track of:
- Any prescribed treatment
- Any physical limitations, sleep issues, headaches, dizziness, bleeding, or other injury symptoms
- Any pain and suffering including when it occurs – when bending, sitting, etc.
- Whether or not you can work, or work without pain
- When you first return to work, document your condition at that time and whether or not you are able to perform your regular duties
- Medical Expenses: Be sure you inform our office of the names and addresses of all doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers that have treated you as a result of the pedestrian accident. If you spend money on prescriptions or medical supplies, be sure to obtain receipts. The medical expenses you incur are an important factor to determine and prove the extent of the injuries you have sustained and the value of your claim. In order to settle your claim, we will need any bills and receipts you have received. We will request medical records directly from your medical providers.
- Loss of Earnings and Dates Missed from Work: Be sure to document any total and partial days missed from work. Insurance companies won’t pay for wage loss unless the time off of work was authorized by a medical provider. Make sure to get your medical provider to write you a disability slip for all periods of work missed following an accident. Insurance companies also may not pay for time off of work if the time is taken long after the accident occurred unless authorized by your medical provider. If you need to take time off work due to your injuries, take time off immediately following the accident and get a doctor’s note in order to ensure that you will recover those lost wages. We will also need to have the name and address of your employer at the time of the accident so they can verify loss of earnings. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need skilled legal representation to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our office as soon as possible after a pedestrian accident has occurred.
The general information provided on this website should not be considered legal advice, and does not constitute legal advice. For legal advice, you should consult directly with an attorney. If you contact us by telephone, email, letter, or by contact form submission through this website, please note that such communication does not create or constitute an attorney client relationship. We cannot act as your attorney until we are hired as your attorney by a formal written agreement.