Berkeley Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

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Berkeley lies on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, bordering Oakland and Emeryville to the south. It is home to the University of California, Berkeley. With a population of 120,763 in 2020, Berkeley is the 52nd largest city in the Golden State.

In a large city like Berkeley, traffic collisions are inevitable. If you or a family member has suffered severe injuries in an accident, you may need the insights of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Reach out to our legal team at (510) 631-0200 for a free case evaluation.

Traffic Accident Statistics in Berkeley

According to new data, Berkeley had seen more deadly traffic crashes and injuries in 2021 than in 2020. Eight people were killed in traffic accidents in Berkeley in 2021 compared to two the year before, an increase of 34 percent in traffic collisions overall. The Berkeley Police Department said it was the highest traffic deaths since 1984. There were also 433 accidents that resulted in injuries, a 37 percent increase over injury crashes in 2020. 

Most Dangerous Intersections in Berkeley

Berkeley police shared a list of the top 10 intersections with the highest number of accidents in 2021. They include:

  • Ashby Avenue & San Pablo Avenue
  • Ashby Avenue & Shattuck Avenue
  • Ashby Avenue & Martin Luther King Jr. Way
  • University Avenue & 6th Street
  • University Avenue & Sacramento Street
  • University Avenue & Martin Luther King Jr. Way
  • Eastshore Highway & Gilman Street
  • Cedar Street & Shattuck Avenue
Handling Cases in Berkeley

Population increases come with downsides such as higher numbers of significant car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents. While we handle many different personal injury cases, our emphasis is on large, complex cases. However, no matter how large an incident is, it can cause significant suffering for those involved.

If you are unsure about your case, give our Berkeley car accident lawyers a call. We can review the circumstances and direct you to a competent local lawyer if we do not handle it.

Injuries Are Not Always Apparent

While many injuries are clearly seen from the moment the accident happens, others take time to manifest themselves. Treatment may not be successful or may take longer than expected. While going through extended treatment is hard enough, the expense can be overwhelming. If the case is settled before the extent of an injury and the length and success of treatment are known, the settlement amount may fall far short.

We often advise clients to wait to settle on an offer or proceed to court. The sad fact is, once an offer is accepted, the client signs a waiver saying that no further litigation in the case is possible. There are times when you can move forward quickly and times when it is better to have the entire picture in front of you. The key is knowing the difference.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Personal injury is an umbrella term that encompasses many different types. They include:

All personal injury cases have in common that someone was negligent, and someone else was injured. There are basic tenets. First, negligence must be proven. It is not enough to say someone is careless. It is necessary to prove that negligence happened and resulted in injury and that the injury caused financial loss.

Watch the YouTube video below to discuss how our injury attorneys apply a holistic approach to personal injury law.

Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Berkeley, CA

We know the toll accidents take on our lives. Our legal team at AutoAccident.com uses every tool to examine the accident, from the negligence that caused it to the damages that resulted. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please reach out to our Berkeley personal injury lawyers at (510) 631-0200 (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 5.20.22]

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