San Francisco is the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California. It’s also the only integrated City and County in the state. Meaning, the city and county are merged into one entity. San Francisco is a beautiful city known for it’s cool summers, fog, steep hills, the Golden Gate bridge, cable cars and Alcatraz.
Not all is wonderful in San Francisco however. Famous for being only 7 miles by 7 miles, it is the 2nd most densely populated city in the United States behind New York City. This leads to very congested roadways and lots of accidents and injuries.
On a per mile driven basis, San Francisco has the highest rate of death or injury in traffic accidents. In 2012, there were over 4,042 people killed or injured in a traffic accident.
It’s even worse for pedestrians. San Francisco has the most pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths, regardless of population. It is very dangerous for pedestrians in the city. In late 2013/early 2014, there was a surge in pedestrian fatalities. The surge was so alarming the city implemented a Vision Zero program, whose aim is to eliminate all traffic fatalities.
If you are injured by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to a significant financial settlement. The insurance companies will try to take advantage of unrepresented victims, and will play games to ensure they pay out as little as possible. They are a for-profit company, so their goal is to take in as much as possible in premiums, and then deny as much possible when an accident occurs.
Their strategy is to delay, deny, and defend. That means they will not do what’s right, but only what’s right for them. That means delaying the claims process as much as possible. Denying a claim if they can. Defending the claim in court if necessary.
Do not give them an advantage. Act fast to preserve evidence and your rights. There are strict deadlines for some claims, that you cannot recover from. Consultations with experienced personal injury lawyers are free so don’t wait. Call right away.