In San Francisco, traffic related fatalities rose by 11% year over year from 2008 – 2009. Nationwide the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported approximately 5,811,000 total automobile accidents during the year 2008. Car accidents are a common occurrence for California drivers; the state actually had the highest reported number of auto-related fatalities in 2009. Simply stated, car accidents can wreak havoc on the lives of the victims involved. Automobiles are left mangled and destroyed. The lives of those injured are often held to the same fate.
Arguably the most common term brought up concerning car accidents is “negligence”. What it means to be negligent is not always simple. Upon entering a car and driving it down the road, drivers have a “duty of care” to other motorists and pedestrians. This means that they must obey state and local laws that are in place in order to ensure the safety of those around them. These laws are in effect solely to save lives and to prevent injury. When a driver fails to uphold their duty of care (also called a “breach of duty”), or does not exert reasonable care, they are guilty of negligence. Common acts of negligence that contribute to car accidents in San Francisco are:
- Illegal U-Turns
- Texting / Using Cell Phone while Driving
- Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)
- Ignoring Traffic Signs
- Distracted Driving
- Improper Vehicle Maintenance
It should be noted that the aforementioned acts are only a small sampling of the many different types of driver negligence. Primarily the most common ones are listed. All acts of negligence can cause serious personal injury, tremendous suffering, and even death.
Alcohol often plays a contributing role in car accidents in San Francisco. In California as a whole, there were 214,811 DUI arrests in 2008. In that same year there were over 3,000 traffic fatalities as a result of drivers who were under the influence of alcohol. Drunk drivers represent a significant threat to Californians. As listed above, driving under the influence (drugs or alcohol) is an act of negligence.
Car accidents can radically change lives. Tragically, they also end lives. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a car accident, contact one of our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys today. Here at Alexander Law Group, LLP, we have decades of extensive experience handling car accident cases. Our firm has helped clients recover millions of dollars in damages for the pain and suffering they have incurred as a result of their car accidents. Below you’ll find a brief recount of a few of the cases we have won for our clients.
- $275,000 recovered for a 20 year old in a car accident where a driver violated a stop sign.
- $3.5 million recovered for a 19 year old passenger involved in a roll-over.
- $950,000 recovered for a woman whose vehicle was struck head on.
- $11 million recovered for a father and daughter involved in a rear-end collision.
* Because all cases are different, these figures do not represent a guarantee of outcome.
The San Francisco car accident attorneys at Alexander Law Group will passionately work with you to procure all possible monetary compensation you are entitled to after your injury. Our goal is to help our clients receive proper compensation for their pain and suffering as the result of car accidents. We realize that this is a difficult time for you and know it can be hard to associate a dollar amount to an injury. Fortunately, this is an area our attorneys specialize in. Our results speak for themselves. You can reach one of our San Francisco car accident attorneys at 1.888.777.1776. Alternatively, you can reach us by e-mail and we will get back to you promptly.
When our firm accepts cases, we operate on a contingent fee basis. Simply stated, if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay anything.
After your car accident, you need knowledgeable attorneys on your side. We are here to help you with your car accident case. We have the experience needed to succeed. We are here to fight for you.
Please call or contact us today.