There has been a huge increase in the number of fatal accidents in the Bay Area during the period from 2010 to 2016. There are many reasons for this, including more drivers who are driving longer distances during their commutes, a decrease in the use of seat belts, and a worrying rise in distracted driving.
There are, however, worse reasons, such as intentionally running red lights, speeding excessively, illegal turns, and the running of stop signs. It’s not just in California, either, but the trend in San Francisco and other areas is alarming.
Nearly 40,000 people die every year on America’s roads, the vast majority of which are in accidents that are easily preventable by simply following the rules of the road, not using phones, and being aware of other people on the road. In San Francisco itself, there were 455 fatalities in 2016. In 2010, there were 318. Both numbers are unacceptable, but a 43 percent rise in deaths is beyond the pale.
San Francisco is taking steps to eliminate this appalling state of affairs, focusing on boosting mass transit and better automobile safety features among its population. Whether or not the city’s efforts will be successful remains to be seen. In the meantime, navigating the choppy waters of a personal injury situation in California can be as troublesome as the late-afternoon traffic along Interstate 5.
In a shared-fault state like California, where it is possible for both the plaintiff and defendant to be assigned partial blame for any accident, it is wise to consult with a lawyer whose focus is personal injury law. The Cartwright Law Firm has been helping clients with their personal injury cases for more than 60 years.
The firm has achieved more than $500 million in favorable jury awards and settlements during those six decades. Although The Cartwright Law Firm certainly cannot promise those kind of results in every case, you can rest assured that the firm will advocate for you in the courtroom, boardroom, or living room to the best of its ability.
As your advocate, the firm will also communicate with insurance companies, opposing counsel, and law enforcement in pursuit of your case. Even during a time that might be the toughest of your life, The Cartwright Law Firm will take steps to ensure the entire process is as hassle-free as possible. To protect your rights fully in the event of an injurious or fatal accident to you or your loved ones, contact us to set up a free initial consultation today.
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