In as busy a city as San Francisco, it’s no surprise that there are often unexpected car accidents. With over 994,000 vehicles registered as of 2017, there are motor vehicle collisions every day, ranging from mild to severe. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, you know how difficult it can be to deal with such an accident and may be entitled to compensation.

Fortunately, the San Francisco personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw are here to help. We’ve handled our cases with tremendous success since we were founded in 2002. Our top-rated team of personal injury attorneys is prepared to offer you high-quality legal counsel as we build your car accident case.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can begin seeking reimbursement for your damages and compensation for your losses today. Call OnderLaw to speak with one of our attorneys and to schedule a free case evaluation. Don’t allow one more day to stand between you and the compensation you deserve.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

While it’s not impossible to manage a car accident case on your own, filing a suit and building a case can be a lengthy and difficult process. With a OnderLaw attorney, you can trust that we are handling your case as efficiently and professionally as possible. When you choose OnderLaw, you’re choosing over 19 years of hard work and service.

Our attorneys are committed to excellence in every part of the legal process. A big part of this commitment is the way we handle all communication on each client’s behalf. In order to protect your confidential information and to avoid accidental self-incrimination, our attorneys manage all dealings with insurance companies, communication with the courts, and discussions with other parties.

Not only is communication streamlined, but in saying yes to OnderLaw, you are saying yes to a wealth of successful strategies, a wide range of legal connections, and years of winning settlements and awards. Our team of attorneys is dedicated to fighting for justice in every case we take on.

Why Choose OnderLaw?

At OnderLaw, we believe in putting excellence at the heart of everything we do. This excellence has been receiving acclaim since our beginnings in 2002. In 2015, one of our attorneys was invited for membership with Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, a prestigious invitation extended to only 1% of American lawyers. In 2017, recognized our firm as having one of the Top 50 Verdicts in the United States. Whether on the local or national level, OnderLaw has been recognized for our hard work for many years.

Gregory J. Pals, one of our attorneys, has been protecting citizens’ rights since receiving his Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law. Before joining OnderLaw , Pals served as a law clerk, representing injured clients in class action suits and other forms of multidistrict litigation before going on to continue this work as lead counsel on similar cases. Pals’ legal knowledge and attention to detail have made him a valuable part of the OnderLaw team.

Causes of Car Accidents

Just as there are many types of motor vehicles on the road, there are many types of motor vehicle accidents. Such accidents can be caused by a wide range of circumstances. Some causes of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Road hazards
  • Weather conditions
  • Careless or reckless behavior
  • Drugged driving
  • Cell phone use
  • Defective car parts

Types of Car Accidents

As you might expect, motor vehicle accidents come in different varieties. We have represented clients who were victims in these, among other, types of accidents:

  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • T-bone collisions
  • Rear-end collisions

Car Accident Injuries

The aftermath of a collision between vehicles can be shocking, particularly if you sustained injuries in the crash. A few types of injuries a victim of a car accident might sustain include:

  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Concussion
  • Organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injury

Compensation for a Car Accident Claim

When determining how much your car accident case is worth, there are several important factors to consider. For most personal injury claims, clients seek compensation for these types of losses:

  • Economic damages. These damages are more easily quantifiable and are often expressed in fiscal terms. Examples of economic damages include medical expenses, the cost of repairs for property damages, and current or future loss of wages or income. To best document economic damages, keep track of all paystubs, timecards, repairs costs, and medical records.
  • Non-economic damages. These losses are the intangible costs that you might incur as a result of an accident. Examples of non-economic damages include loss of mobility, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, or emotional trauma. To best document noneconomic damages, keep track of any therapy or counseling services you receive. You might also keep a journal detailing the way the injuries you sustained impact your daily life.

In order to find out the value of your claim, contact OnderLaw. We have experience assigning dollar value to intangible losses as well as gathering data to support the economic losses. With our knowledge of other cases, awards, and settlements, we can provide an accurate assessment of the value of your claim.

Negligence in the State of California

Your level of liability is determined by the degree of negligence you exhibited at the time of the accident. Negligence in these circumstances is intentional or accidental reckless or careless behavior that causes or contributes to a car accident.

Because California is a pure comparative negligence state, even if you are found to be liable for 90% of the accident, you may still be able to pursue compensation for the 10% of the accident that wasn’t your fault. When you talk with your attorney, you can discuss the best steps going forward in your case to prove that the other party was liable for your injuries.

California Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits

In the state of California, there is a timeline in place for those who wish to file a lawsuit. Depending on what kind of damages you’re seeking compensation for, there are several statutes of limitation to consider:

  • Those who wish to file a lawsuit for an injury will have a period of two years from the date of the accident to do so.
  • To file a lawsuit for property damage alone, the state gives a period of three years from the date of the accident.
  • If you have been injured or have had property damaged in an accident involving a government agency or employee, the state gives a period of six months to file a suit.

Should you wait until after the statutory deadline for filing a lawsuit has passed, the court will likely dismiss your case. If that happens, you will lose your right to pursue compensation through the court system. The best way to avoid this costly error is to hire OnderLaw and let us worry about the deadlines.

Car Accident Statistics

According to the City of San Francisco’s City Performance Scorecard Traffic Fatalities Report, there were 29 fatalities as a result of car accidents in San Francisco in the year 2019, up from 23 in 2018 and 20 in 2017.

The National Highway Safety Administration’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission reports that in 2016, there were 301 motor vehicle fatalities in the Bay Area. estimates that in 2019, 55 vehicles were involved in fatal accidents, three fatal accidents involved drunk persons, and 22 pedestrians were involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in San Francisco.


If you still have questions regarding a motor vehicle accident in which you were involved, some frequently asked questions have been answered below for your reference.

I’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident. What should I do?

Determine whether anyone involved has need of immediate medical attention. After contacting law enforcement officers and emergency services, take photos of the scene, including images of any injuries and damage to your property. Avoid talking to other parties more than is necessary to avoid any accidental admission of guilt. Contact an attorney to determine how you might seek compensation for any injuries or damages sustained.

How can I get my vehicle accident report?

In most cases, vehicle accident reports become available within ten days of the accident. In the state of California, you can access your crash report with the California Highway Patrol.

How much is my case worth?

Determining the value of your claim is no easy thing. No two claims are alike. Speak with an experienced attorney from OnderLaw regarding your circumstances. Once we know the details, we can estimate what kind of compensation you can expect in your car accident case.

Need Help? Call OnderLaw Today

Car accidents can have devastating effects on those involved, taking a toll both medically and financially. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call OnderLaw today to speak with one of our attorneys regarding your case. Get your free, confidential case evaluation and take the first step towards claiming the justice you deserve.