Practice Area: Collisions and Defective Cars

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Car vs. Car
Automobile collisions can occur in many different ways. Many serious injuries and deaths occur as the result of another driver’s conduct. When a driver or passenger is injured because of another driver’s carelessness or recklessness, the injured party has the right to hold the at-fault driver responsible.

Brandi Lawyers recognize that every automobile accident is different, which is why we take a detailed approach in all examining all aspects of a collision in order to obtain maximum compensation for our clients. Our investigation begins immediately by visiting the scene, speaking to witnesses, and preserving the evidence. We work with the industry’s best accident reconstruction experts in order to uncover all potential causes and prove liability.

Whether the collision was caused by an inattentive driver, speeding, failure to obey traffic signs or signals, intoxication, or other general negligence, Brandi Lawyers have a proven track record in taking on insurance companies and negligent drivers to ensure our clients receive full and fair compensation for their injuries.

Public Transit Incidents
Have you been injured in a collision with or as a passenger on a public transit vehicle? The broader term “public transit” includes buses, trains (elevated, subway and ground) ferries, and cable cars. Public transit authorities are governmental agencies, and may have legal immunity, a shorter time within which to bring suit, and administrative remedies which must be strictly complied with. Due to the complex issues regarding sovereign immunity and the severe types of injuries that are often seen in public transit accidents, it is important to work with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney.

We have seen many different types of public transit accidents and the injuries resulting from them. People may be injured when their vehicle collided with a bus, train or cable car. Others may be injured as a passenger when the public transit vehicle you were riding on stopped short or was involved in an accident. No matter how your injuries came about, if they were caused by public transit negligence, we can help you fight for the compensation you need to recover.

Since our offices are based in San Francisco, we know that people in the Bay Area rely on a variety of mass transit options, including Muni, BART, SamTrans, Golden Gate Transit, Golden Gate Ferry, AC Transit and cable cars. Although these and other public transit systems offer many obvious benefits, the size of the vehicles, the speed with which they move and the fact that passengers are not individually seat-belted means that there is ample opportunity for injuries to occur.

Over the years, we have handled many claims against public transit authorities and have developed a solid reputation of success with transit industry insiders. In addition to the personal attention attorneys at the Brandi Law Firm give to each client, we also prepare each case as if it were going to trial.

Pedestrian Incidents
Pedestrians are the least protected commuters on the road. People are no match for vehicles. Often, drivers fail to see pedestrians even in marked crosswalks and other areas where they are to be expected. The key to successfully representing pedestrians in lawsuits is to use experts and other resources to recreate the incident and show that the pedestrian was not at fault.

Suffering through the aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be lengthy, and worrying about medical costs, lost wages and other costs should not be your priority. Our firm is committed to representing your case to the fullest extent, so that you and your family will be taken care of and you can focus on your recovery.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Actions
All California, Nevada and Arizona drivers are required to have car insurance for their own safety and for the protection of other people on the road. Unfortunately, the fact that car insurance is required does not mean that everyone actually has insurance or that they have adequate coverage in the event of an accident.

If you have been injured in a car accident with a driver who has no coverage or policy limits that are not sufficient to cover your losses, we can help. From our San Francisco office, the Brandi Law Firm has handled hundreds of personal injury cases involving uninsured/underinsured motorists.

Under California, Nevada, and Arizona law, drivers are only required to have $15,000 of insurance coverage. With the costs of medical care skyrocketing as they have in recent years, a single trip to the emergency room could potentially reach this limit. Factoring in related expenses such as ongoing rehabilitation, medications, property damage and lost wages, the statutorily required amount becomes grossly inadequate. Because of the ever-increasing gap between required amounts and actual damages caused by car accidents, claims brought under uninsured and underinsured motorist policies are much more common than they were just a few years ago.

If you have your own uninsured/ underinsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, you should be able to get compensation you need by filing a claim. Getting payment, however, often means that you have to take an actively adversarial role against your insurance company. The adversarial system is difficult for many people to deal with, though, and an experienced attorney at the Brandi Law Firm can help.

It is important to keep in mind that insurance companies, even your own provider, aim to protect their bottom line and minimize the amount of compensation they provide. Any statements that you give to company representatives (such as agents and assessors) could actually be detrimental to your claim. Your insurance company may even dispute the extent of your injuries or their relationship to the auto accident.

Truck Incidents
When semi-trucks collide with passenger vehicles, the consequences are often tragic. The size and speed of trucks travelling along our nation’s highways virtually guarantees that a truck accident will cause serious injuries.

Personal injury claims and wrongful death claims related to truck accidents can be particularly complicated, because there may be many layers of liability. For example, the tractor could be owned by one party and the trailer by another. The driver may own the truck him or herself, or may lease it from a trucking company. The driver could be an employee of a trucking company or an independent contractor. The manufacturer of the truck itself or of its component parts could also be liable if a defective part caused the accident.

After the determination of liability has been made, then the cause of the accident must be determined. The crash may have been caused because the driver was fatigued, speeding or inattentive. Other potential causes could be intoxication of the driver, failure of the brakes on the truck, tire blowouts and even negligent design, construction or maintenance of the road where the accident occurred.

The aftermath of a truck accident can include life-changing injuries or even death. Unfortunately, there is nothing even the most skilled attorney can do to change this. A personal injury lawsuit can help protect the interests of the injured, though, and provide the compensation necessary for medical expenses (including hospitalization, surgeries, therapeutic treatments and medical devices like wheelchairs), rehabilitation and lost wages. A lawsuit can also hold companies and individuals accountable for their negligence, carelessness, or intentional wrongdoing and bring about positive changes to prevent future accidents.