In 2009, San Francisco ranked second in the country in the rate of auto versus pedestrian accidents. Drivers all too often fail to see pedestrians, or fail to yield right-of-way to pedestrians at intersections. Yet, when these cases reach the insurance claims process, very frequently a driver's sense of denial or indignation, perhaps fueled by sympathetic insurance professionals, results in versions of the collision where the driver's "fault" for the collision is shifted to the pedestrian.
Our office will promptly secure witness statements, obtain traffic signal sequencing charts from the City, photograph the collision scene, and fight back with the facts.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you should be aware that your auto insurance may provide benefits for you. When you are struck by a car as a pedestrian, for insurance purposes you using a motor vehicle at the time of that collision and since your injuries arose out of that use, you may be eligible for uninsured motorist (in the event of a Hit & Run), or under-insured motorist (in the event that the at fault driver's liability insurance limits were less than your own), or Medical Payments benefits under your own auto policy.
Our task as attorneys is to thoroughly investigate and document the facts of your case and then maximize your recovery from all applicable insurance sources.