Auto Accident

Car Accident Risks Increase When Daylight Saving Time Ends.

by Staff Blogger | October 23rd, 2017

When daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, clocks will go back one hour. For most people, this means a welcome hour of extra sleep and a brighter, sunnier start to their days. But for others, it could result in serious and even life-threatening car accidents.

Studies show an increased risk of auto accidents when clocks change for both the beginning and end of daylight saving time. In the spring, the increased risks are a result of drivers losing an hour of sleep and being more fatigued behind the wheel.

In the fall, the reasons are more multi-faceted. The increased risks of auto accidents result from:

  • Anticipation of the time change. The change in time is often accompanied by changes in behavior. There may be an increase in the number of intoxicated drivers on the road when daylight saving time ends, especially as more drivers get behind the wheel late at night or early in the morning.
  • Inability to adapt to reduced visibility. The end of daylight saving time means earlier sunrises and earlier sunsets. Drivers who are used to heading home from work with plenty of light may suddenly find themselves driving home in total darkness.

Pedestrians are also at a higher risk for being involved in accidents after the end of daylight saving time, as they may be less likely to follow safety precautions.

No matter when your accident happened, the California car accident lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers want to speak with you. We know what it takes to build strong claims, and it’s our goal to help you. Call today for a free consultation.

Who Has the Right of Way?

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2017

The Federal Highway Administration found that more than 50 percent of fatal or injury-causing auto accidents occur at or near intersections in the U.S. Whether you’re driving in a rural, suburban, or urban area, you’ll likely pass through many intersections on the way to your destination. Because intersections pose such a high risk for drivers, it’s vital to know the right of way rules for when you encounter other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

Some common rules that all drivers should keep in mind include:

  • Drivers at four-way stops get right of way in the order they arrived. Some drivers are confused by who has the right of way at four-way stops. The order is determined by who arrived at the stop sign first or who was next in line first. If you’re unsure, yield to the vehicle on your right.
  • Flashing yellow lights indicate right of way but to proceed with caution. Some traffic lights will flash yellow or red late at night or if they’ve been damaged. If you’re approaching an intersection with flashing yellow lights, you have the right of way, but you should proceed cautiously. If you have flashing red lights, come to a complete stop.
  • Crossing guards determine right of way in school zones. If you’re driving through a school zone, pay close attention to the crossing guard. He or she determines who gets right of way, regardless of stop signs or traffic signals.

The California auto accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers know that many crashes occur because drivers are unfamiliar with right of way laws or because they ignore them. If you were hurt in an accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

Auto Accident Compensation

by Staff Blogger | September 4th, 2017

Auto accidents are traumatic in many ways. They can cause victims to suffer painful, disabling, and even life-threatening injuries. But for some victims, the injuries they suffer are just the beginning of the complications they’ll face after their accidents.

Getting treated for car accident-related injuries can be expensive, and more serious injuries lead to higher hospital bills. To make matters worse, many victims suffer injuries that cause them to become temporarily or permanently disabled. That means they can’t go back to work for months, years, or even for the rest of their lives.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California car accident lawyers fight for the rights of injured victims to get compensation for:

  • Medical bills – The costs of transportation to the hospital in an ambulance, emergency surgery, prolonged hospital stays, and physical rehabilitation are expenses that you may not be able to pay for on your own.
  • Lost wages – Your job is your livelihood, and your paycheck keeps you and your loved ones fed, clothed, and sheltered. When you lose your paycheck because of a severe injury, you may resort to spending your savings or even declaring bankruptcy to keep your head above water.

Our legal team believes that innocent victims shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket for accidents that weren’t their fault. Get an advocate on your side, and let us fight for your rights. Call us today for a free consultation.

2 Common Mistakes that Can Jeopardize an Injury Claim

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2017

Injuries caused by car, truck, boat, and motorcycle accidents can leave victims facing expensive medical bills and months without the paychecks they depend on. Unfortunately, many victims are stuck paying out of pocket after accidents that weren’t their fault—especially when they’re not aware of the tactics insurance adjusters use to reject their claims or reduce their settlements.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury attorneys work hard to protect victims like you from insurance adjusters who want to deny your right to compensation. But we also know that it can be difficult for victims to get money they deserve if they make common mistakes like these:

  1. Waiting too long to see a doctor after the injury occurs – Insurance companies are skeptical of most claims—especially when victims wait days, weeks, or even months to get their injuries examined. We tell clients to go to the doctor right away to protect their health and rights to compensation.
  1. Admitting fault to police, the other driver, or on social media – Injury accidents can be confusing and leave you in shock, confused, and disoriented. It is common for victims to have hazy or even inaccurate memories of the moments leading up to accidents. Admitting fault can disqualify accident victims from receiving compensation—even if evidence later proves you didn’t cause the accident.

Our legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims throughout the Bay Area. From the moment you call us, we’ll work hard to make sure your claim gets the attention and respect it deserves. Get in touch with us today—just fill out an online consultation form.

Holding Your Money Hostage

by Staff Blogger | June 26th, 2017

Imagine if you went to the bank to withdraw your hard-earned money, only to discover the bank is holding it hostage. No matter what you do, the bank refuses to give you a dime, and the law is on their side. Sounds like a nightmare, but accident victims who sign with the insurance company too soon may go through something very similar.

If you’ve been in a serious car accident, chances are the insurance company will reach out to settle your claim before too much time has passed. They do that in the hopes that you’ll settle for less than you might get with an attorney, because once you sign, there’s no going back for more money later. That’s why it’s so important that you get an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney on your side before speaking with the insurance company.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we can determine what your case is actually worth, and we’ll fight for every dollar you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost, and if we take on your case, you’ll get our No Fee Guarantee®, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. Contact us today.

What Is Fair Compensation?

by Staff Blogger | May 25th, 2017

One question you should ask yourself after a serious car accident is, “What is fair compensation for my injuries?” The answer may seem obvious, but in actuality, it’s quite complicated. There are a number of factors to consider that you may not be aware of, such as the current costs of follow-up medical testing or the number of days you’re going to be out of work during your recovery. Even our personal injury attorneys, who have been handling similar cases for years, spend a significant amount of time working to find an answer to that question.

That’s why the worst words an accident victim can say to the insurance company is “that seems fair.” Insurance companies love it when an accident victim utters those words, because it means they will take much less than they truly deserve. It is vitally important that you not sign anything from the insurance company until you’ve spoken with an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney. It could be the difference between winning big and leaving a lot of money on the table.

If you’ve been injured, call our San Francisco car accident lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll review your case at no charge. And if you become a client, you’ll get our No Fee Guarantee, which means you won’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. Contact us today.

The Power of Spin in Personal Injury Cases

by Staff Blogger | May 1st, 2017

If we learned anything from the recent presidential election, it is that truth is subjective and facts hold less weight than we thought. All it takes is a kernel of doubt for people to believe almost anything. In its more benign forms, it’s called spin. Every political candidate knows the power and necessity of spin, and so do insurance companies.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and aren’t taking the insurance company’s first offer, chances are you have a lawyer on your side. That might seem like a reasonable decision considering your injuries, but to the insurance company, it’s an act of war. They’ll pull out their full arsenal of legal resources to try and minimize your claim. One way they can do that is to try and prove you’re not as injured as you claim. For that, they often turn to social media.

Let’s say after months of physical therapy, you finally get out of the house to spend the day with friends. Although you’re still in a great amount of pain and distress, you post to social media that you had a great day at the park, the fair, or the mall. The insurance company may use that innocent post against you if your case goes to trial. That’s why it’s important that you refrain from social media until after your personal injury case is complete. It could make all the difference.

To learn more about what you should and shouldn’t do after your car accident, call our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Justice Doesn’t Just Happen

by Staff Blogger | April 10th, 2017

Justice is an interesting word. Webster defines it as, “The maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.” That’s an eloquent way of saying what is right wins out in the end, despite conflicting claims. In a personal injury case, this often means the victim is compensated for the acts of the negligent person or organization that caused them harm. Unfortunately, justice doesn’t just happen.

In our opinion, the most convincing argument anyone can make for why you should call an attorney after your car accident is that obtaining experienced legal counsel gives you the best chance of getting justice for what you’ve been through. On your own, the odds are stacked against you from the start. First, you must determine what your accident is truly worth (an uphill battle on your own) and then figure out how to convince the insurance company to pay you that amount. And you have to do both quickly and without error while trying to recover from your injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, make the right move and give us a call. Our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys can determine what your case is truly worth, and we’re ready to fight to get you every dollar. Don’t compromise justice in your injury claim. Call us today.

Car Accident Claims: You Get One Chance to Get it Right

by Staff Blogger | March 20th, 2017

When starting something new, you may hear the advice to “fake it until you make it.” From a career standpoint, that’s pretty good advice, as demonstrating confidence in the workplace can be just as important as demonstrating competence. After all, most careers allow for trial and error. In other words, you can make mistakes, learn from them, and apply them to future opportunities. However, that definitely does not apply to personal injury claims.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you get one chance, and one chance only, to get your injury claim right. The insurance company representing the person who caused your injuries should be responsible for all expenses related to your accident. Their main motivation is minimizing your claim by paying out as little as possible for your injuries, and they’ve become really good at doing just that. All they have to do is convince you that their settlement offer is as good as it gets, and once you sign, they’re off the hook for any future expenses.

More medical bills? Not their problem.
Lost wages? You’re on your own.
Compensation for pain and suffering? Forget about it.

So how do you maximize your injury claim the first time? Call an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney for starters. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve been helping injured folks in the Bay Area for more than 30 years. We know how to determine what your case is truly worth and we’ll fight to get you every dollar you deserve. Don’t take a chance with your family’s future by going it alone. Contact us today.

Three Questions to Ask Yourself After an Accident

by Staff Blogger | February 27th, 2017

“Do I have a case?” is the question we get most often. That’s why folks in San Francisco call an attorney in the first place—to find out if their injuries warrant an injury claim. In your initial consultation, the personal injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers will listen closely to your story, as well as ask a number of questions to determine whether or not you have a case. However, there are 3 questions you can ask yourself before your consultation to determine whether or not you may have a personal injury case.

Was the accident someone else’s fault? If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a claim against that individual and/or their insurance company. However, if the accident was your fault, there’s probably not a lot we can do to help.

Did you sustain injuries? It sounds obvious, but it’s worth saying. An injury claim requires injuries. If you were simply inconvenienced and not injured, you may not have a viable personal injury case.

Have you undergone or do you expect to need medical treatment? The largest part of most personal injury claims are medical expenses. If you did not or don’t expect to have any medical treatment costs associated with your accident, you may not have a claim.

However, if you answered yes to the questions above, call our San Francisco personal injury attorneys immediately for your free consultation. Chances are you have a strong personal injury case, and we’d be honored to represent you. As your law firm, we’ll work to get you compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact us today for your no cost, no obligation consultation.