Auto Accident

Stay Safe This New Year’s Eve

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2016

The presents are opened, the relatives have gone home, and another Christmas is officially in the books, though the holiday season is not over yet. New Year’s Eve comes this Saturday, which means San Francisco is gearing up for a celebration to remember. Although a favorite holiday, New Year’s Eve can be a dangerous time to be out on the road. Everyone knows that driving under the influence is a bad idea, but did you know you could be unfit to drive this New Year’s Eve without consuming an ounce of alcohol?

According to a recent study, driving fatigued (with too little sleep) is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Shocked? So were we, but it’s true. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently concluded that driving sleep-deprived is the equivalent of driving after consuming 3-4 alcoholic drinks. Given the mad rush we’ve all just experienced leading up to Christmas, it’s safe to assume that there will be plenty of folks in San Francisco who are sleep deprived this New Year’s Eve.

Thankfully, there are a number of alternatives to getting behind the wheel this New Year’s Eve. From public transportation to ride-sharing services, you have no excuse for driving under the influence or sleep deprived. The car accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers would love to wake up on New Year’s Day to discover that accidents in the San Francisco area overnight were fewer than last year. We plan to do our part. We hope you’ll do the same.

The Good News About Scary Statisitics

by Staff Blogger | December 12th, 2016

Statistics can be both reassuring and scary. For instance, you’re more likely to win the lottery than be involved in a plane crash. That’s reassuring to frequent flyers. In contrast, your chances of dying in a car crash are 1 and 600. That’s pretty scary. And the likelihood of being in a car crash during your lifetime is pretty close to certain.

So that’s the bad news. The good news is if you’re injured in a car accident in Northern California, you have a legal team with more than 35 years of experience ready to step in and help. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve been helping San Francisco car accident victims get the compensation they deserve for decades. That’s much needed compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses. Think you’ll get maximum compensation from the insurance company on your own? Think again.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, get a law firm on your side that knows how to win big. Call our San Francisco car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll fully investigate your crash and work hard to maximize your injury claim. There’s a way out of this mess, and it all starts with a single phone call. Contact us today.

Three Truths About Your Car Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 21st, 2016

Every car accident in San Francisco is different. The people involved are different. The location of the accident is different. And the circumstances leading up to the crash are different. Because of that, it’s safe to say that there are no two accidents exactly alike. However, having been in the personal injury business for more than 30 years, there are a few things our firm can predict about an accident before we know any of the details.

  1. If injuries exist, it’s going to be much more complicated. Minor fender benders are usually pretty simple to resolve. After all, it’s just a property damage claim, and most insurance companies will pay that relatively quickly. Injury crashes are a whole other ballgame, and you can’t expect the insurance company to play fair.
  2. Your first insurance settlement offer may be low. In our experience, insurance company’s initial offer may be much less than the accident victim deserves or otherwise could secure with the help of an attorney.
  3. Having a lawyer on your side will speed up your recovery. Fighting the insurance company for the compensation you deserve can be exhausting. You need to put that energy toward getting better, and with an experienced attorney on your side, you can. A car accident lawyer will deal with the insurance company on your behalf, so you can focus on getting better.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys will fight for every dollar in compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

Impatience Leads to Driving Fatalities

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2016

Over the years, we’ve seen a number of causes for car accidents in San Francisco. From impaired driving to hazard road conditions, there are a million reasons why car accidents happen every single day in our city. However, there’s one cause we encounter far more often than any other, and it’s something that can always be avoided.

It’s called impatience, and we’ve all experienced it out on the road from time to time. It flares up from a host of triggers and has the power to force us to take dangerous actions for the sake of saving a few seconds. Perhaps you’re stuck behind a slower vehicle on a two-lane road or traffic has made you late, so you cross the double lines to pass or swerve into a new lane to make up a few car lengths. Those might seem like reasonable actions at the time. However, there are plenty of severely injured car accident victims who would argue the contrary.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our business is helping injured car accident victims get the legal help they need. We do that by fighting for every dollar in compensation they deserve. We’re also advocates for safer driving. We encourage you this fall to be patient on your daily commute to ensure you never need our help. But if you do, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’re here to help. We’re here for you.

Regret vs. Reward

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2016

We all make decisions based on reward vs. regret. Whether consciously or subconsciously, we all want what’s best for our families and ourselves, so we make decisions to maximize reward and minimize regret. The same is true in personal injury law. As your attorneys, our job is maximize the reward for your injury claim and minimize any regrets you may have after it is all said and done. If you look at our more than 35 years of business, you’ll see our track record over the years for getting that done. However, maximizing reward and minimizing regret in your personal injury case starts with you.

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “You can’t hit the ball if you don’t step up to the plate.” We love that saying, as it perfectly sums up the situation injury victims find themselves in immediately following an accident. Along with dealing with their injuries, they have to make a decision. Am I going to take what the insurance company gives me or am I going to fight for what I deserve? In our experience, those who simply take whatever the insurance company gives them live to regret it down the road. On the other hand, those who decide to fight by calling a lawyer will on average get more money and be better set up financially to recover.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t live to regret going it alone. Call our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys instead for a free consultation. We’re ready to help, so call us today.

Who Am I Bringing a Lawsuit Against?

by Staff Blogger | August 29th, 2016

Personal injury law is all about responsibility. When an individual or corporation’s negligence leads to the injury of an individual, the at-fault party is responsible for compensating the injured. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our job is to make sure the at-fault party lives up to their responsibility and fully compensates the injured to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more. It’s not about punishing someone. It’s about getting what’s fair, which leads to one of the most common questions our firm gets: Who am I bringing the lawsuit against?

That’s a good question without a short answer. When we file a lawsuit in a car accident case, the way the case reads on court documents is “your name v. the at-fault driver’s name.” However, in most cases, regardless of the outcome of the settlement and/or trial, the at-fault driver won’t pay you anything out of pocket; their insurance company will. And that’s who we will be going after on your behalf—the at-fault driver’s insurance company. It all comes back to responsibility. If the at-fault driver has insurance, their insurance company has the responsibility to compensate you for your injuries, and we’ll fight to make sure they do.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you have a right to compensation, and as your attorneys, we’ll protect that right. Give us a call today for a free consultation and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

What to Expect at Your Free Consultation

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2016

You’ve been injured in a serious car accident and have decided to call an attorney. Good for you. No matter your situation, that’s always the right move after a car wreck. But what can you expect from your initial consultation? At Berg Injury Lawyers, you can expect answers to the tough questions you’ve been wrestling with since your accident. Our team of empathetic and experienced attorneys will listen to your story, carefully consider the best course of action for you and your family, and then advise you in that direction.

Here’s one thing you’ll never get from that initial consultation: a bill. Every consultation at Berg Injury Lawyers is completely free of charge with no obligation attached. That means if we don’t feel like we can help, we won’t charge you a dime for our time, nor will we try to pressure you into becoming a client. We simply give you the information you need to make a solid decision on your next move. If that includes becoming a client at Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ll work to the completion of your case on a contingency fee agreement. That means you owe no upfront fees, and if we don’t win, you won’t pay us anything. We call it the No Fee Guarantee®.

Making the decision to call an attorney is a big one, but you’ll be glad you did. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys today for your free consultation.

Protecting San Francisco From the Unexpected

by Staff Blogger | July 29th, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if you could predict when the bad things in life are going to happen? Wouldn’t it be incredible to have your own weather person informing you every morning of the day’s dangers, giving you the foresight to avoid life’s pitfalls? As personal injury lawyers, we’d love to have that ability as well, as we could save thousands of San Francisco families the pain and heartache that come from severe accidents.

Unfortunately, that power doesn’t exist, which is why we’ve all become accustomed to expecting the unexpected. And when the unexpected comes in the form of a serious accident, San Francisco car accident victims turn to us to get them the compensation they deserve. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting the insurance company and defending those who can’t fight for themselves. That’s a heritage we’re proud of, and we’ll continue to build upon it for the next 30 years.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, get a law firm on your side with the experience to get you maximum compensation in the least amount of time. Call our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys for a free consultation. The conversation is free, and there’s absolutely no obligation attached. And if you do become a client, you won’t pay us anything until we get money for you. That’s the No Fee Guarantee.

Tips for Testifying in Your Personal Injury Case

by Dave Rumsey | July 25th, 2016

You did the right thing after your accident and called our Northern California car accident attorneys. Now you can focus on your recovery while we focus on getting you paid for your injuries. Although we’re working hard on your behalf to maximize your claim, there is one step in the process we can’t do for you: the deposition.

A deposition is an under-oath interview with the opposing attorney. He/she will ask you a number of questions about your accident and your injuries to determine the best defense against you. That’s why it’s vitally important that you do well at your deposition, as the rest of your case may be impacted by your answers.

Here are our 3 top tips for giving a good deposition:

  1. Think before you answer. The opposing attorney may ask questions that are intended to trip you up. Don’t fall for it. Take a moment after every question is asked to process before you answer. There’s no benefit to answering quickly, so take your time.
  2. Tell the truth. This is your first opportunity under oath to tell your side of the story. Stick to the truth and don’t embellish any details. In our experience, embellishments or lies always come out at trial. Don’t risk losing your case over false testimony. Stick to the facts.
  3. Revise your answers if necessary. Although we would prefer that you answer every question with 100% accuracy, we understand that sometimes nerves can interfere with our memories. If you happen to misspeak in the answer of a question, don’t be afraid to correct yourself. It’s much better to set the record straight in a deposition than to be forced to on the witness stand.

Here’s a bonus tip: Be well rested. No amount of preparation can counteract a poor night’s sleep before a deposition. Eat a good meal the evening before and get plenty of rest so you’re alert and ready when you sit down at the table. And don’t worry. Your attorney at Berg Injury Lawyers will be sitting right next to you the whole time.

Standing Against Profits Over People

by Staff Blogger | July 18th, 2016

Insurance companies make a lot of money. In fact, it’s one of the most lucrative industries in the U.S. Their business model is simple. You convince consumers to purchase insurance from your company by promising to be on their side or hold them in good hands when the unexpected happens. You collect premiums until that day comes and then pay them as little as possible for their claim. If you take in more premiums than you pay out in claims, you could stand to make billions in profit every year. And insurance companies do.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we respect any business that makes a profit from offering a good product at a fair price. However, when that business puts profit before people, then we have a problem. As personal injury lawyers, our job is to keep the insurance companies honest. Injury victims turn to us to collect every dollar they’re entitled to from the insurance company after a serious accident, and we’ve been doing just that for more than 30 years.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t let the insurance company profit from your misfortune. Call our experienced San Francisco car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll fight to protect your rights to compensation and work to get you every dollar you deserve for your injuries.