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San Francisco Car Accident Lawyer

From simple car accidents to boating accidents and plane crashes, The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc. provides comprehensive legal services to people with auto accidents injury in San Francisco. We represent injury victims as well as families who have lost loved ones to wrongful death in an accident.

Our firm has a full-time, in-house investigator who can determine who was at fault for your accident. In many cases, he can visit the scene of the accident to collect evidence before it disappears. If you have been injured, call our car accident lawyer Bay Area right away so we can begin working for you.

Complete Auto Accident And Injury Representation of our San Francisco Lawyers

Our San Francisco car accident lawyers have experience with accidents involving:

We work diligently to recover compensation for all of your losses, including medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage and related expenses. To expound, we define each compensation to give you an understanding on what you and your family are entitled to receive.

Medical bills

Our lawyers ensure you get reimbursement for all your medical expenses — meaning all payments related to your accidents. This includes your hospital stays, medication, and physical therapy. You can request compensation to assist your future medical bills if your injuries need ongoing medical care.

Lost income

You will be paid for the time you are unable to work while you’re recovering from the accident. Your future loss of wages will also be included, meaning if your injury doesn’t allow you to perform your job then you are paid as part of your future income.

You can sue for loss of future income if you are forced to find other lower paying work due to your injury.

Pain and suffering

Ask this question: How much would you pay to be healthy and free of pain once again? That is why our car accident lawyer will make sure you get compensated for the physical and emotional trauma you experienced during the accident and the recovery process. It is because you deserve to be paid for your recovery.

In some cases such as injuries or deaths caused by drunk drivers, we will seek punitive damages as well. Though a rare case, such damages are usually awarded when the driver’s conduct was irresponsible. He may be asked to pay punitive damages to deter bad behavior.

Our San Francisco car accident lawyers understand the damage that vehicle accidents can cause. We have represented people with every type of catastrophic injury, including injuries that resulted in permanent disability. Our goal is to obtain the compensation you and your family needs to move forward after an accident. To maximize your compensation, we strive to resolve claims without the need for a trial. However, our skilled trial attorneys will be prepared to take your case to court when that is in your best interests.

Today, cases of auto accident injuries in San Francisco are on the rise as more individuals suffer from injuries due to reckless driving. Representing victims has always been The Cartwright Law Firm’s advocacy. Because, we believe in taking further steps to get what you and your family deserves: justice, a fair settlement, and a formidable representation to fight your case in court.


The extent of a person’s injuries is not always obvious shortly after an accident. Don’t agree to a settlement before you talk to a lawyer or medical doctor. Avoid discussions with insurance claims adjusters who will urge you to agree to a settlement. Remember, anything you sign may prevent you from recovering further damages at a later date. To protect your rights, it’s important to take the following steps immediately after your accident:

  • Consult with a San Francisco car accident lawyer
  • Don’t provide insurers with a written or recorded statement
  • Don’t release your medical records to an insurance company
  • Take photographs of your injuries and the damage done to your car
  • Keep copies of any drawings or diagrams given to you by your doctor

Please Contact Our San Francisco Car Accident Lawyers

If you do find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident, however, there are some things you should be informed about that can make what comes afterward work to better your outcome. We urge you to read our ” What to Do In Case of An Accident” by clicking on the link. And then give us a call.

The Cartwright Law Firm Inc. has won settlements for our clients for decades now.  Contact us online, or call the best car accident lawyer Bay Area has to offer, at 415-433-0444 or 707-901-3020 in the North Bay to seek legal help. You can also avail for our free consultation to learn more about the direction of your case!

Yes! Eyewitnesses often provide the most important elements of what happened leading up to and during an accident, while police and other first responders nearly always arrive after the fact. Further, the police do not always get statements from every available witness, and seldom take any statements when they believe the accident caused no, or very minor, injuries. But the police are not medical professionals, and just because they see no injury doesn’t mean you don’t have an injury. Remember, witnesses may be critical to the outcome of your case. Try to get the names and contact information from all witnesses for your own records – don’t just rely on the first responders.

No, you should not expect that they will do so. Unless an accident is considered major – involving major injuries and possibly death, the police seldom do any kind of scene investigation, except to get some statements, and then usually from only a few witnesses, if that. If you are able to take your own photos or have someone else do so, such evidence can make a real difference in how an insurance company can be convinced to reconsider their initial snap-judgments about the incident. Be sure to get both close-ups of damage, and wider scene photos from as many angles as possible. If the accident happens at night, try to take photos of the lighting conditions, as this may have been a factor in the accident. Be sure you or your friend has the time/date stamp feature enabled on the camera.

This depends on whether you actually are injured or not. Take some time before exiting your vehicle after the collision, unless there is a danger of fire. Many soft-tissue injuries do not immediately make themselves felt, so spend a few minutes assessing how you feel. Did your neck snap back and forth during the collision? Were you thrown to the side? Did your airbag deploy with such force that you feel winded or dizzy? Many injuries begin from the kinds of violent jerks and twists that a hard impact can cause. And they may not make themselves felt for days or weeks. You also need to know that in many locales, the police will not even write a report of the accident if they feel no one was injured. And this can have a negative effect on how your or the other driver’s insurance company responds to any claims.

Yes, the Department of Motor Vehicles. It is a requirement that anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident – regardless of fault – file an SR-1 form with the California Department of Motor Vehicles – “California law requires traffic accidents on a California street/highway or private property to be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days if there was an injury, death or property damage in excess of $750. Untimely reporting could result in DMV suspending a driver license.” The SR-1 form is available to download from the California DMV website at https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/forms/sr/sr1.pdf

Their name, driver’s license, address, phone, insurance policy information. And write down any statements they make about the accident, regardless of whether they take responsibility for the accident or not.

Yes, it is always a good idea to contact an attorney as soon after an accident as possible. An attorney can begin the process of investigating the accident, contacting witnesses and obtaining statements, and following up with your and the other driver’s insurance companies promptly and in a manner that can assure better responsiveness from the insurance companies. An attorney can also make sure that photos of both or all vehicles are preserved or taken in the first place. Such photos can help to fully establish fault. Trying to handle it yourself might put you in a situation where you cannot later contest the insurance company’s decisions. Be sure to never sign any release from the insurance company until you have first had an attorney look at the entire issue.

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