San Francisco Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
The San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys at Callaway & Wolf have handled many pedestrian injury cases across the Bay Area. Usually pedestrians are struck when crossing streets, but sometimes they are hit while walking on the sidewalk. Since California drivers have an overarching legal duty to yield the right of way to pedestrians, Callaway & Wolf have had many successful results in pedestrian accident cases in San Francisco, Alameda, and throughout the Bay Area where the pedestrian was jaywalking, or crossing against a red light.
Pedestrian Injuries & Liability in California
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, nearly 5,000 pedestrians per year are killed in accidents after being hit by cars or trucks when walking across the street. Pedestrian accidents occur most often in urban areas, such as San Francisco and Oakland. In cases where the pedestrian violated the California Vehicle Code, the pedestrian injury lawyers at Callaway & Wolf look to the conduct of the driver. If a pedestrian is jaywalking, or crossing against a red light, for example, we investigate how long the driver had to observe the pedestrian, and avoid the accident. The driver’s speed is also a key fact. So, even if a pedestrian may have some fault, a successful settlement can often be reached, since the vehicle driver also has a responsibility to drive safely and be alert.
Wrongful Death Settlements
In one wrongful death case handled by Callaway & Wolf, a settlement was obtained for the family of a man who was crossing a roadway against a red light, while intoxicated by alcohol and methamphetamine. Although the police report showed that the driver of the SUV that hit the victim was driving within the speed limit, and not at fault, our investigation showed that he was actually speeding. If you or a family member was injured on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, contact our pedestrian injury lawyers in San Francisco today.
Personal Injury Cases Involving Hit-and-Run Drivers
Many California pedestrian injury cases involve hit-and-run drivers. In hit- and-run cases, the first objective is to get a description or license plate and track down the driver. If the hit-and-run driver cannot be found, a claim may be made under the victim’s uninsured motorist coverage in his or her own car insurance policy. Gathering important evidence, such as interviewing witnesses and photographing the scene, are just some of the important work that should be done immediately in a pedestrian accident case.
Contact a Lawyer Experienced in Pedestrian Accidents
If you have been injured as a pedestrian, contact one of the experienced injury lawyers at Callaway & Wolf for a free consultation. Call (415) 541-0300, or contact us online by clicking here.