Offices in San Francisco and Marin County

Offices in San Francisco and Marin County

Motor Vehicle Accidents

VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

When you suffer a serious injury as a result of a vehicle accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to advise you and aggressively represent you against the insurance companies or negligent driver. Don’t be tricked into believing that the negligent driver’s insurance company is looking out for your interests. They are not. The insurance company’s goal is to either deny your claim or to pay you the least amount possible. Injured victims need experienced legal representation to obtain the highest possible recovery for their injuries.

In all cases, it is essential that accident victims take prompt measures to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and have physicians or other expert witnesses thoroughly evaluate any injuries.

TYPES OF ACCIDENT

McCormack & Erlich handles car accident and other vehicle accident cases involving:

  • Rear end collisions
  • Intersection accidents
  • Hit & run
  • Passenger injuries
  • Driver injuries
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents

Bryan McCormack is a former insurance company representative and former insurance company defense lawyer. He will use his extensive insurance background and legal experience to provide you the best possible representation.

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT

If you have been involved in an accident as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, the following information will help you understand how to act to protect your interests.

If at all possible, gather as much information as you can about the accident, including: 1) How the accident happened; 2) The make and/or model of the other car and its license plate number; 3) The names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses. It is always a good idea to call the police and wait at the scene until they arrive. It is imperative that the police report is accurate and that it reflects your recollection of the events. If you happen to have a camera, try to photograph the scene prior to moving the vehicles (only if safe to do so). Remember, no matter how good you think your memory is, information written down at, or close to, the time of the accident is always more accurate than information recalled at some later time and distance. You should also keep in mind that anything you say to anyone following the accident will be admissible and is not hearsay.

MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR INJURIES

If you are injured, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not you intend on pursuing a claim. Very often an injury will not appear immediately. With the type of injuries suffered in vehicle or pedestrian accidents, pain might not appear for 12 to 48 hours following the accident. Seeking medical treatment is important for you medical well being and for you potential claim. If you don’t seek medical attention in a timely fashion, the other party may argue that your injuries were minor or were not related to the accident.

FAULT

As with other types of accidents, determining who is at fault in a traffic accident depends on who was negligent. Fault issues can be complicated, and an experienced attorney will look to a number of sources, such as police reports, state traffic laws, and witnesses, to help determine who was at fault for your accident.Courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Disobeying traffic signs or signals;
  • Disregarding weather or traffic conditions;
  • Failing to signal while turning;
  • Driving above or below the posted speed limit;
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Failing to drive on the right side of the road; and
  • Driving recklessly or unsafely.

McCormack & Erlich only accept a select number of cases so that we can provide every client with the one-on-one counseling and personal attention you should expect. We work hard to provide personalized service and promptly respond to phone calls and inquiries.

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