Focused, Strategic Attorney Representation After Your San Francisco, Oakland and Bay Area Car Accident
Highly Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in California
Everyone who travels San Francisco, Oakland, and Bay Area roadways is at risk because of many factors, but becoming a victim of an intersection accident, t-bone crash, rear-end impact, highway pileup or other car crash is almost always unexpected. If you have been injured in a car accident, or if a loved one has been injured or killed in a collision, financial worries may arise about how you will pay your bills, work, take care of your family, and be financially solvent while you are going through the healing process or grieving the loss of a loved one. At Dunn & Panagotacos LLP, we can alleviate some of your financial stresses and concerns so you can focus on recovery or grieve properly.
When You’ve Been Seriously Injured in A Car Accident or A Loved One Was Killed, the Accomplished Dunn & Panagotacos LLP Trial Lawyers Can Help You Obtain the Financial Compensation You Deserve
Our attorneys represent motor vehicle accident victims with compassion and determination to recover every available dollar for our clients. With the Dunn & Panagotacos team of lawyers on your side, you can count on us to offer essential guidance and apply our extensive personal injury litigation experience to help you obtain just compensation for your injuries.
Dunn & Panagotacos Attorneys Are Ready To Help You Now If You’ve Been Injured in A Car Accident
With offices in San Francisco and Walnut Creek, you will have convenient access to our attorneys when you need them.
We have extensive experience working on behalf of individuals injured in a car accident, including, for example, those whose injuries include
▪Back or neck damage
▪Wounds, scrapes, cuts
▪Chest or internal injuries
▪Traumatic brain injury
▪Spinal cord damage
Besides the physical injuries a car accident caused, you may also suffer from mental anguish and stress because you can’t work, have lost your job and income, have mounting medical expenses, and the bills are piling up. After experiencing the trauma of a car accident, you may also suffer from post-traumatic stress.
Tragically, in San Francisco in 2017, there were over 200 people seriously injured in vehicle accidents, including 20 fatalities.
Dunn & Panagotacos attorneys will handle your entire car accident claim and dedicate themselves to getting you the money you need to heal and restore your life.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Area
As experienced car accident attorneys, we know that vehicle collisions can be caused not just by the other driver, but also many other conditions. Knowing every factor that may have caused your accident is essential to being able to effectively and successfully fight for the monetary compensation you deserve.
These are some of the most common causes of car accidents:
Distracted Driving: Since the first cars were on the road in 1893, accidents have occurred because a driver was distracted. But now with the advent of technology integrated with driving, the rise in distracted driving collisions is alarming. Drivers may be distracted by programming a GPS device, talking on the phone (including hands-free), watching videos, and more. Our experienced legal team has sophisticated technology methods that can determine what actually was going on when the other driver’s car collided with yours.
Traffic Law Violations: Disobeying traffic signals and stop signs, speeding, accelerating through yellow lights, improper turns, including U-turns, failing to signal at turns, and other types of illegal driving maneuvers cause serious car accidents. Speeding is the number one cause of serious car accidents.
Driver Impairment: Long known to be a major factor in horrific car accidents and fatalities, driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs is a major contributor to victim injuries and fatalities. Even driving under the influence of legal, prescribed drugs that impair senses and judgment may be equally illegal and dangerous. Further, driver fatigue also can impair the ability to drive safely.
Vehicle Manufacturer Defects: Car accidents may also be caused by vehicle manufacturing and design defects. Serious accidents occur when a hood flies up, tires blow out or break, tail lights short-circuit, brakes and suspension systems fail and more. Even if your accident involved only your car, your car’s manufacturer may, under certain circumstances, be held responsible for your injuries and damages.
Road Design and Maintenance: Nearly 75 percent of San Francisco, Oakland, and Bay Area roads are in poor condition, according to a San Francisco Business Journal report. When car accidents are caused by inadequate street lights, faulty traffic signals, potholes and other road defects, poorly designed and misplaced medians or inadequate street lights, a city, county, or state agency may be held responsible for your damages.
Road Construction: To avoid car accidents around road construction, the construction company or agency managing the project should properly alert drivers to lane closures with adequately placed cones, signs, and directions. When this doesn’t happen, and a car accident occurs as a result, private companies or government agencies may be held responsible for your accident damages.
How to Determine which Law Firm is the Best Choice for Your Car Accident Case
After you’ve recovered from the initial shock of a serious car accident on San Francisco’s, Oakland’s or the Bay Area’s roads, quickly involving an experienced, qualified car accident attorney can make the difference between winning and losing your case.
But with so many car accident attorneys in San Francisco and Walnut Creek to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?
Our legal team brings multiple perspectives on auto accident claims, enabling a thorough and exhaustive view of your case. Our lawyers have insurance defense as well as plaintiff-side trial experience, high-level financial knowledge and an intense drive to reward the trust you place in us. We are here to help after your serious auto accident.
5 Important Things to Consider When Hiring a San Francisco Bay Area Car Accident Attorney
- Experience and Reputation: The car accident attorney you hire should have the experience necessary to win your case, backed by a reputation of substantial, high-dollar settlements and results.
- Financial Resources: After a serious car accident, it may be necessary to hire private investigators and expert witnesses as well as conduct depositions of accident scene witnesses among other things to establish what is a fair settlement for your current, future, and possibly long-term treatment. The law firm you hire should have the financial resources and wherewithal to cover these costs up-front until you win your case.
- Communication and Focus: It’s important that the law firm you hire for your car accident case has excellent communication skills and listens attentively to your situation and concerns. You should feel comfortable asking questions, and your attorney should provide you with reasonable access to them and their legal team throughout the process.
- Support Staff: Pursuing a personal injury car accident claim is a complex, time-consuming process. The law firm you hire should be well-staffed beyond attorneys with paralegals, legal assistants, and other administrative staff who can provide the necessary support to the attorneys in order to win a successful settlement.
- No Up-Front Costs & A Free Consultation: Most reputable car accident attorneys will only take your case if they believe, in fact, that another party or insurance company should be legally required to pay you compensation for your injuries. Therefore, they should be willing to wait for payment until after they obtain a settlement for you or otherwise win your case. Your initial agreement should clarify what fee they’ll take from the amount of your win.
The highly skilled, focused, engaged car accident attorneys at Dunn & Panagotacos are known for their aggressive and effective negotiations with insurance companies and the litigation skills necessary for what may be a vigorous fight for the maximum financial recovery allowed by law for victims injured in car accidents. With a proven track record of multi-million-dollar wins, you can trust that we’ll fight vigorously and vigilantly for your rightful, just monetary compensation.
Statute of Limitations and Filing Deadlines Are Strict for Car Accident Claims, So Time is of the Essence
For your 100% free, compassionate, no obligation car accident case evaluation, call us today at 415-982-2100 to speak personally with a member of Dunn & Panagotacos’ qualified San Francisco and Bay Area team of car accident attorneys. Or if you prefer, send us a note on our contact form.
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