When you or a loved one has been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, it is critical that you speak to a skilled and experienced personal injury accident attorney as soon as possible.
If you wait too long, critical physical evidence relating to fault and injury causation may be lost, witnesses may disappear, and memories of police investigators, first responders and witnesses may fade.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our auto injury team of lawyers has spent 55 years recovering money for and helping rebuild the lives of those hurt by the carelessness of others in all types of vehicle accidents.
When the Walkup vehicle accident team accepts your car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle case, our injury specialists immediately begin the process of investigation and evidence collection to secure and preserve evidence. We work with skilled engineers specializing in accident reconstruction, auto engineering and design experts, retired police officers and professional investigators. We have the resources and experience to prove your case.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, call us at 415-906-3764 today.
San Francisco Injury Attorneys Who Handle All Aspects Of Your Claim
We know that being injured in an automobile accident, regardless of the severity, causes anxiety, difficulties and challenges — insurance paperwork, telephone calls from insurance adjusters, doctor's visits, bills, absences from work or school, pain and disability. It is easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed in the face of everything having to deal with a car insurance accident claim.
That's why you need to be represented by respected and experienced personal injury lawyers after a car accident. We have been helping people injured in automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents for more than 55 years. We know the issues that arise. We have dealt with doctors, bill collectors, insurance adjusters and lien holders. We have the experience and the staff to handle every aspect of your case.
We relieve you of the stress of trying to get your claim resolved. We take on the burden of dealing with all of the unwanted paperwork and interaction with the insurance company.
We will handle your case from beginning to end, ensuring that deadlines are met, evidence is documented and everything is in order to speed your claim through the process.
Our goal is to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. We work to protect your financial interests: If the responsible insurance company will not make a reasonable offer, we have the resources, skill and experience to file a lawsuit on your behalf and litigate your claim, and if we still cannot settle your case, we will take it to trial. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have helped thousands of people like you recover the money you have lost, as well as compensation for what you have gone through.
Every year, 300,000 people are injured in motor vehicle crashes on California roadways. If you are one of those people, you need experienced representation. Many people think it's simple to bring an accident claim to recover for their injuries and losses. They expect the responsible insurance company will pay, but in fact, that is often not the case. Often, they are met with stonewalling or lowball tactics. Insurance companies are in the business of making a profit, not making innocent victims whole.
In California, An Injured Person Must Prove Fault In A Claim Against Another Driver
When the San Francisco personal injury specialists at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger accept your motor vehicle accident case, we immediately begin working to prove liability and fault on the part of the wrongdoer.
We collect evidence, talk to experts, obtain photographs, visit the scene and do all of the things necessary so that our team will be able to successfully negotiate with the responsible wrongdoer's insurer and, if necessary, directly with the defendant to reach a fair and just settlement. However, if a favorable settlement is not offered, our team is prepared to bring your case to trial.
If you or a loved one has been injured or died in an accident involving a car, truck or motorcycle, it is critical that you speak to one of the Walkup auto injury attorneys as soon as possible.
Proving Fault And Identifying Sources Of Financial Recovery
The lawyers at Walkup have been working on vehicle cases for 50 years. We have handled cases involving head-on collisions, sideswipes, T-bone accidents, rollovers, rear-end collisions, vehicle fires and all other types of vehicle-related traumatic injuries. We understand the principles involved in motor vehicle accident reconstruction and the injuries that can result from the dynamics of car crashes, whether in a sideswipe, head-on or rear-end collision. We work with skilled civil and mechanical engineers who specialize in automobile accident reconstruction to identify car, truck and SUV design defects that can result in serious injuries.
Contact Our San Francisco Bay Area Law Firm
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have helped thousands of families like yours achieve significant verdicts and settlement offers. See how we have helped past clients; then, contact our office.
Examples Of Successful Representation In Vehicle Collision Cases
Head-On Collision — $8,875,000 Jury Verdict
Our automobile accident trial specialists obtained a jury verdict in Sacramento County on behalf of a young woman injured in a high-speed head-on collision. Our client's car was struck by another automobile that was speeding and making an illegal left turn. We sued the driver of the other car, as well as the rental agency that had provided the car to the negligent operator. Our client sustained a brain injury and was in a coma following the accident. She had multiple fractures of her arms and legs. Her claim included compensation for pain and suffering and difficulty with memory, speech, gait and cognition, as well as out-of-pocket damages, including wage loss. Before the trial, the insurance companies had offered only $150,000 in settlement.
Unsafe Lane Change— $7.75 Million Settlement
Our auto accident litigation team obtained a $7.75 million settlement in the wrongful death of a father and husband of 47 years. The decedent lost his life in an automobile collision on a rural Arizona highway. The Bay Area couple was forced to correct their SUV toward the soft dirt shoulder on the left side of the roadway after a National Package semi made an unsafe lane change into their lane. The couple, securely in their own lane, was traveling next to the semi when the big rig began to merge into their lane. Our client's husband lost control when the big rig entered his lane and the SUV went into an uncontrolled roll, inflicting fatal injuries. Walkup attorneys proved that the semi driver was at fault due to the unsafe lane change, even though there was no physical contact between the two vehicles.
Wrongful Death Car Accident — $7.36 Million Jury Verdict
The wrongful death trial lawyers at Walkup Melodia represented the parents of an 8-year-old girl who was killed in a Redwood City car accident. The crash also injured the girl's mother and 10-year-old sister.
The evidence presented during the four-week trial indicated that the at-fault driver was intoxicated and traveling around 85 mph at the time of the accident. Although the at-fault driver had the right of way, the attorneys at Walkup were able to prove that the accident would not have happened if the driver had been obeying the speed limit.
Auto Vs. Livestock — $4 Million Settlement
Our motor vehicle team negotiated a $4 million settlement on behalf of a motorist who sustained catastrophic injuries when her car struck an escaped horse on a suburban roadway. The plaintiff sustained a closed head injury with multiple areas of hemorrhage and a Grade III open tibial fracture after three horses escaped from their pasture on the property of a family-owned winery and ran into the middle of a public street. Our client's head injury has left her with irritability and memory difficulties. The defendant argued that the horses had been set free by vandals and that a wrangler had secured the horses in their pasture less than 24 hours before they escaped. The defendant relied on pieces of cut barbed wire found in the pasture to argue that a third party had purposely opened a gate in the middle of the night and let the horses out. Using experts in metallurgy, Walkup car accident lawyers demonstrated that the wire fragments at the scene had been cut long before the horses escaped.
Cross-Median Accident — $2.75 Million Settlement
Our automobile accident attorneys obtained a settlement on behalf of the surviving wife and children of a 39-year-old San Francisco businessman who died when his car was struck head on by another vehicle that had catapulted over the center divider of northbound Highway 101. The accident occurred when a Jeep traveling in the opposite direction went out of control and climbed up and over the median. The settlement was contributed to both by the offending driver and the state of California. Our lawyers proved that the other driver was negligent and that the median divider, as designed and built, was in violation of state of California design requirements.
Car Strikes Pedestrian — $2.25 Million Settlement
Our pedestrian injury team reached a mediated settlement of $2.25 million on behalf of a 71-year-old retiree. The plaintiff had immigrated to San Francisco from China in 1980. She was struck while crossing the street at the intersection of Turk and Leavenworth. The defendant driver initially told police that the woman had darted in front of his car, but during discovery admitted that he did not see the plaintiff prior to impact. The speed of the impact was minor, but caused the plaintiff to fall and strike her head. She suffered a basilar skull fracture with diffuse axonal injury. She was hospitalized one week at San Francisco General Hospital for pain management and then released. The total paid medical bills were less than $50,000 and there was no wage loss claim. Our lawyers successfully demonstrated that the plaintiff had suffered a profound injury notwithstanding the minimal economic damages. Working with medical experts and using family and friends to verify the impact of the brain injury, they created a video presentation that illustrated how the plaintiff's brain injury changed her life.
Big Rig Head-On — $2 Million Settlement
Our truck accident team negotiated a settlement in the amount of $2 million on behalf of the surviving wife and two children of a 42-year-old man who died when his automobile was struck head on by a semi truck on State Route 65 outside of Lincoln, California. Our clients sought recovery for future and lost earnings as well as for the loss of love, comfort and society of their husband and father. As part of the settlement, our attorneys also worked with the workers' compensation carrier for the decedent. The case was settled after being filed in Sacramento County Superior Court.
Auto Vs. Truck Collision — $1,265,000 Settlement
Our big rig litigation team obtained a settlement in the amount of $1,265,000 on behalf of the mother, wife and children of a 38-year-old Bay Area resident who was killed in an automobile versus truck collision. The decedent worked at the San Francisco Public Library and provided the sole means of support to his wife and two sons. On the evening in question, he was riding as a passenger in an automobile driven by a friend as they traveled south on Interstate 5 to a business meeting. The friend lost control of his vehicle. It rolled over and ended up straddling the two lanes. During the rollover, a major cloud of dust was generated, blinding oncoming drivers. One of those drivers was operating a semi, which struck the decedent's vehicle after it had come to rest. Walkup's truck accident litigators proved that the truck driver's reactions were too slow and his speed too fast for the conditions.