San Francisco Car Accidents


Auto accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles are one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States a present a considerable cause for concern for San Francisco residents.

Car accidents make up the majority of personal injury claims in San Francisco. In 2018, traffic accidents took 48 lives per every 100,000 people. 

Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can result in serious, life-changing injuries. Depending on the types of injuries you sustain, you may require expensive medical care such as reconstructive surgery, vocational rehabilitation, permanent medical equipment, and medications. You may also suffer lost income and a diminished quality of life. Injuries include:

  • head injury
  • traumatic brain injury
  • chest injury
  • back injury
  • whiplash
  • spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • amputation of limbs
  • fractures
  • soft tissue damage (muscles, tendons, ligaments) 
  • burns
  • deep cuts/lacerations

Causes of Car Accidents in San Francisco

There are various reasons that car accidents occur in San Francisco.

Distracted Driving

One of the most common causes is distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention away from driving, such as talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. A distracted driver endangers everyone else on the road because they are unable to devote their full attention to driving.


Driving over the speed limit not only increases the probability of being involved in an automobile accident but also increases the likelihood that the incident will result in serious injury or death. 

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving can be extremely dangerous, causing others to dodge their vehicles. It can include unsafe lane changes, wrong-way driving, road rage, turning in an unsafe way and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drunk driving ranks among the highest causes of fatalities. 


One serious psychological consequence often associated with Auto accidents is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To read more about this, please click here.

How we can help

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in San Francisco, you may have a personal injury case if you can prove that the collision was caused by the driver of the other vehicle, a problem with an unsafe roadway, or a defect with the vehicle. You may be entitled to loss of income, property damage, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Auto accident claims, especially those involving multiple vehicles or roadway or vehicle defects, may be highly complex. They may involve pursuing cases against large powerful corporations, public entities, and insurance companies.  Therefore you need a law firm such as ours, with extensive experience and the resources to handle such cases and maximize your recovery.

Contact Taschner Law today for a Free Consultation or and see how we can help!

According to KRON News:

"Here are the top 10 most dangerous intersections in the San Jose area:

  Street 1 Street 2 Neighbor- hood Crashes Fatal-
1 Mclaughlin Av Story Rd Ferrari
34 0 45
2 Almaden Expwy Blossom Hill Rd South San
18 0 33
3 Capitol Expwy Ocala Av Alum Rock 12 1 26
4 Blossom Hill Rd Winfield Bl Edenvale 19 1 29
5 Quimby
Tully Rd East San
18 0 34
6 Rt 101 Tully Rd San Jose 31 0 29
7 Blossom
Hill Rd
Monterey Rd Cambrian 21 0 28
8 Capitol Expwy Senter Rd South San Jose 14 0 26
9 Senter Rd Tully Rd South San Jose 17 0 20
10 Capitol Expwy Story Rd Alum Rock 17 0 21
11 King Rd Story Rd Alum Rock 16 0 21
12 Capitol Expwy Quimby Rd Evergreen 15 0 21
13 Oakland Rd Rt 101 San Jose 18 0 19
14 Roberts Av Story Rd Central San Jose 12 0 19
15 Leigh Av Parkmoor Av Central San
13 0 21
16 Bird Av Rt 280 Auzerais –
23 0 18
17 King Rd Tully Rd East San
17 1 17
18 Capitol
Tully Rd Evergreen 13 0 21
19 Monterey
Senter Rd Edenvale 15 0 20
20 Huran Dr Tully Rd Evergreen 14 0 18

Thousands of intersection-related crashes occur in San Jose. with over 100 deaths and 10,000 injured in recent years.

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