San Francisco Car Accident Attorney
Millions Won for Auto Accident Victims in California
Involved in a car accident? You may be able to obtain financial compensation for your physical, emotional, and economic losses – all of which can quickly add up and place tremendous strain on you and your family.
With the potential for causing serious injuries, permanent disability, and death, auto accidents are serious matters for which responsible parties must be held accountable. Ensuring you have qualified legal representation as you seek justice and recompense for your losses can make all the difference.
At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, our award-winning car accident lawyers in San Francisco have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for the injured – including those who suffered harm and losses in a variety of motor vehicle collisions. We have the resources to fight for victims in need.
Reasons to Call Bostwick & Peterson, LLP
- Our team has recovered over $1 billion in compensation for clients.
- We have secured record-breaking verdicts and settlements.
- Our lawyers have been The Best Lawyers in America© and Super Lawyers® Magazine.
- We personally attend to our clients and offer individualized service.
- We work cases on a conditional fee agreement; if we don't win, you don't pay.
Why Work with a Lawyer?
The biggest mistake victims make after being injured in an auto accident is to believe they will be fairly compensated by the at-fault party's insurance company. This simply isn't true.
Insurance companies are in business to make money, and they do whatever they can to minimize claims and the sums they pay out to victims injured by their policyholders
By working with an experienced car crash attorney, you can focus on recovering while a professional handles your claim. You can also improve your chances of being fully compensated.
In fact, statistics show that on average, people who work with attorneys are paid 3.5x more in their personal injury cases than those without legal representation.
WHEN DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR A CAR ACCIDENT?
If you've been injured in a car crash in San Francisco, seeking legal help is essential. Waiting too long could mean that valuable evidence is lost and witnesses may forget critical details. An experienced car accident attorney can collect evidence, conduct interviews with witnesses, and submit legal paperwork in a timely manner, giving you the best chance of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Would you be able to handle such tasks after suffering an injury in one of the Bay Area's many car accidents?
Without legal representation, you also risk being taken advantage of by the at-fault party's insurance company, which minimizes claims and payouts. In fact, statistics show that individuals who work with attorneys are paid, on average, 3.5 times more in their personal injury cases than those without legal representation.
Don't wait to act - hiring an attorney is crucial in protecting your legal rights and ensuring that you are fully compensated for your losses. Contact us today for a free case review and let our award-winning auto accident attorneys in San Francisco fight for you. Remember, we work on a conditional fee agreement - if we don't win, you don't pay.
Cases We Handle
Our San Francisco auto accident lawyers draw from decades of combined experience to help victims injured in all types of car accidents in the Bay Area.
We also focus on representing accident victims with catastrophic injuries - including brain injuries - and families who wish to pursue wrongful death lawsuits after losing loved ones in fatal traffic collisions.
Examples of the types of car accident cases we handle include:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Driver distraction collisions
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Head-on crashes
- Read-end accidents
- Driver error / negligence
- Serious injuries
- Wrongful death
- Defective auto parts
- Commercial truck accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Uninsured motorists
Who Can I Hold Responsible for My Auto Accident?
Determining who can be held financially responsible for your vehicle accident is a case-specific task. At Bostwick & Peterson, we utilize extensive resources to investigate our clients’ accidents, identify how negligence played a role, and determine who we can pursue for damages.
We can speak to potential liability only when we personally evaluate a case. There are too many factors to address – from who and how many people were involved to available insurance coverage – to give any accurate answer without further inquiry. Still, there are examples of parties who can be named as defendants in auto accident claims.
- Motorists who violated traffic laws or were otherwise negligent.
- Companies responsible for truck accidents and crashes involving other commercial vehicles.
- An auto manufacturer or auto parts company responsible for a defective product.
- Landowners who fail to address known hazards on their premises.
- Government entities responsible for accidents involving city transit or other public vehicles.
Car Accident Damages: Fighting for the Maximum Recovery Possible
As a victim of a preventable accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses if you are able to prove that another’s negligence more likely than not caused your injuries.
In addition to gathering the evidence to support your claims, it is also very important to detail just how significantly you were impacted by your accident.
Working with medical providers, financial experts, and other professionals helps us assess all physical, financial, and emotional losses our clients incurred as a result of their crashes – and allows us to help them seek the maximum financial recovery possible.
Examples of damages you may recover in a personal injury claim:
- Lost wages / lost future earnings
- Hospital and medical expenses
- Compensation for future medical needs
- Pain and suffering / emotional anguish
- Property loss / property damage
Get Answers to Other Important Questions
What is the statute of limitations for a car accident claim?
You have two years from the date of the car accident to file a personal injury claim.
The other driver did not have auto insurance. Now what?
If you are insured in the state of California, you most likely carry uninsured motorist coverage in addition to your regular policy coverage. Your uninsured motorist coverage will compensate you for damages incurred from the accident.
How do I pay my medical bills?
You may have to use your private healthcare medical insurance and/or pay your medical bills first for coverage until a settlement is reached. California is a fault auto accident state, which means that the at-fault driver is responsible for paying for the damages from the accident. If a settlement is made, your health insurance may request reimbursement out of your final settlement. Your car accident attorney will help you with this.
How much is my car accident claim is worth?
No two auto accidents are the same and, therefore, many factors are taken into consideration when determining the value of a claim. As your lawyer works through the case, they will have a better idea of how much your settlement will be.
What can I expect when your law firm takes on my case?
We will formulate a plan and take into consideration the following:
- The extent of injuries resulting from the accident
- If the parties liable are individual drivers or part of a corporation (i.e., if the person involved in the accident was driving on the job)
- All insurance companies involved
- If there are multiple liable parties
How much will your firm charge to represent me?
We will work on your case on a contingency fee agreement; if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
There is no charge for our time or legal services unless your car accident case is concluded successfully. If we handle your case, we do everything in our power to help you receive a successful verdict or settlement.
You stand to lose nothing but may be able to gain a lot.
What information can I provide to help my case?
You will need to provide the police report, contact information for witnesses and/or statements, photos and/or notes of the accident, and records of any medical visits that are related to the accident.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
There may be many factors that affect how long your case takes, but most attorneys who are familiar with car accident cases should be able to provide you with a general timeline. When you contact Bostwick & Peterson, we can discuss the specifics of your case.
The insurance company is offering me money. Should I take it?
Do not give a statement, sign or accept anything from the at-fault party’s insurance before consulting with your San Francisco car accident attorney.
Request a FREE Evaluation of Your Motor Vehicle Accident Case
Bostwick & Peterson leverages decades of collective experience to help our clients secure the compensation to which they are entitled. Our car accident lawyers proudly serve clients throughout San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond – and are standing by to respond immediately to your call for help.
During a FREE consultation, we can help you understand your legal rights, whether you may be entitled to financial compensation, and what we can do to help you through the personal injury claim process and toward a full recovery of your damages.
Invitation-only organization of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the U.S.
Former President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the U.S.
James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson have been named top-rated medical malpractice attorneys in Northern California.
Invitation-only group of the nation’s top civil lawyers and judges.
James Bostwick is a nationally certified medical malpractice specialist and founding member.
Recognized since its inception in 1983 by this peer-reviewed publication, comprised of the best legal talent in the world.
Recognized for professional excellence with impressive ratings from clients and peers.
James Bostwick & Erik Peterson are listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
An exclusive group limited to less than 1% of U.S. attorneys who have won multi-million dollar results.
James Bostwick inducted into the Hall of Fame and featured among the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America.
More than $1 billion recovered for our clients
Since January 2018, the firm has twice broken the California record for the largest medical malpractice settlement
James Bostwick was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® in 2012
James Bostwick is a Nationally Certified Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability
Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® since its inception in 1983
James Bostwick received the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit"
James Bostwick is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, limited to the nation’s top 100 plaintiff lawyers
Record-setting verdicts and settlements in five states for medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents