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San Francisco Auto Accident Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights

It seems more and more common these days to be involved in a traffic accident. Even minor traffic accidents can result in obligations for a driver, and even minor injuries can give rise to rights to compensation for a driver. California personal injury law, especially as it relates to automobile accidents, can be complicated. And if you think you probably won’t be involved in a traffic accident, think again. California is the nation’s most populous state, and it sees its fair share of traffic accidents. In a single year, California saw:

  • Nearly 4,000 people killed in traffic accidents, with more than 3,500 fatal crashes
  • More than 277,000 people injured on the road in nearly 200,000 crashes involving injuries

These figures do not include the thousands of traffic accidents involving only property damage, but those accidents matter, as well. Every traffic accident has the potential for injury. Many injuries do not immediately present symptoms, particularly soft tissue injuries, but can have lasting effects. 

If you have been involved in a traffic accident in the San Francisco area, you should consult a San Francisco auto accident lawyer. The legal team of Bogaards Law is ready to assist you. Contact us today.

California Auto Accident Law

California state law has a number of requirements not seen in many other states. For instance, under state law, a driver involved in a traffic accident resulting in any injuries – or deaths, of course – must report the accident in writing to the California Highway Patrol or the local police department where the accident happened. If a police officer comes to the scene, the officer will satisfy the requirement. However, state law also requires a driver involved in an accident that results in an injury, no matter how slight, to report the accident to the state Department of Motor vehicles within ten days. Deaths obviously also must be reported, but so must any crash involving property damage of more than $1,000.

Further, California is a “pure” comparative negligence state, meaning that you can recover for damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident, but that recovery will be reduced by the percentage of your own fault. If you suffered $1,000 in damages but were 90% at fault, you could only recover $100. Navigating these rules likely will require the assistance of a San Francisco traffic accident attorney, who, among other things, may be able to help show that your percentage of fault is lower, or perhaps even zero.

Given the complexities of modern traffic accident law and challenging insurance claims, most people have a difficult time representing themselves when they have a traffic accident claim. Even if you feel qualified to handle insurance issues and legal issues – you probably aren’t – you could have injuries severe enough to prevent you from doing so. With issues like future damages and the like also in the mix, you are best served by consulting a San Francisco auto accident lawyer.

Discuss Your Situation With a San Francisco Auto Accident Lawyer as Soon as Possible

If you have been involved in a traffic accident in the San Francisco area, you should contact the San Francisco traffic accident attorneys of Bogaards Law. They are ready to help you.

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