Bay Area Personal Injury Blog - Mary Alexander & Associates

What are my Options as a Passenger Injured in a Car Accident?

If you are a passenger injured in a car accident, you also have rights. In fact, you may be in a position to receive more compensation than any of the drivers. If for instance, both drivers are partly at fault, the compensation awarded may be limited. If you have suffered injuries as a passenger, you first need to establish who was at fault. This is where our personal injury lawyers in San Francisco, CA come in. In most cases, none of the drivers will admit fault willingly. There is a need for an investigation to ascertain the party liable to cover for your injuries.

Making Third Party Injury Claims

As a passenger injured in a car accident, you can make an injury claim to the following parties:

• The insurance provider of the owner or driver of the car you were traveling in.

• The insurance provider of the other driver involved in the auto accident.

A claim to any of these insurance policies is considered a third party claim because you would be making a claim to another insurance provider other than your own. As a passenger injured in a car accident, it is also possible for you to sue both insurers. This can happen when the compensation received is not sufficient to cover for the injuries you have suffered. Our lawyers can help you sue for full compensation and receive the maximum amount allowed in injury claims.

The Need for a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you get involved in an injury, one of the things you contemplate is whether to hire the services of an accident injury lawyer. It is important to note that, even in straight forward cases complications can arise along the way. Personal injury laws also differ from one state to another. In light of this, you need a lawyer who has extensive knowledge of the law. Another hurdle in these cases is calculating the compensation. You may not be in a position to know how much your case is worth. The competent lawyers of Mary Alexander & Associates will review your case and advise you on the best way forward. Contact us and let our experience work for you.

Premises Liability in San Francisco

You may have heard of the phrase premises liability, but you might not know what it means. Premises liability means that a property owner has to keep their property safe for the people who enter it. In San Francisco, the amount of care that a property owner must take depends on whether the property is for business or personal use.

What types of accidents count?

Premises liability isn’t just for slip and falls. While that’s a large area of premises liability, it also involves construction accidents, dog bites, and even falling objects. Any time a person suffers an injury because of an unsafe condition on a property, there may be premises liability in San Francisco.

Business Owners

Business owners have the highest duty to take care of their property. That’s because they’re inviting people to come onto the property for their own benefit. Premises liability in San Francisco can apply when a business owner doesn’t take care to inspect their property and discover conditions that might cause injury. That is, a business owner has an affirmative duty to find and correct potential dangers.

Property for Non-Commercial Use

Private people don’t have the same premises liability in San Francisco that business owners have. That is, when a person comes on a property for the mutual benefit of both the owner and the guest, the owner doesn’t have to inspect the property. In that case, the property owner has a reasonable period of time to find a danger. Then, they need to correct the problem or warn the guest.

What about trespassers?

A property owner owes the least duty to a trespasser. It’s true that a trespasser can ask for premises liability in San Francisco under limited conditions, but the standards are very high. A property owner just can’t leave traps or obvious dangers.


If a person gets hurt because of unsafe premises, they may be able to recover damages. These damages can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. No two cases are alike, and a victim must carefully bring their case to court to make a full recovery. Contact Mary Alexander & Associates today for a free consultation.

Bike Accidents in San Francisco

The number of bicycle trips made in San Francisco per day is estimated to be more than 82,000. Despite its reputation as a bike-friendly city, there are still many bike accidents in San Francisco. Careless motorists can easily cause serious injuries when they collide with bicyclists. If you have been in an accident caused by a negligent driver and suffered injuries, Mary Alexander & Associates can help. Entire blog

Is There an Increase in Motorcycle Accidents in the Summertime?

As a motorcycle rider, you probably want to avoid an accident if at all possible. If you are thinking about hitting the road a lot this summer on your bike, you could be concerned about the potential for motorcycle accidents. Yes, it is true that they happen, but there are ways to protect yourself. There are also steps that you can take if you do get into an accident, such as working with a personal injury lawyer.

Are There More Motorcycle Accidents in the Summertime?

Believe it or not, there is actually an increase in both motorcycle accidents and automobile accidents during the summer months. A few things could contribute to this, including the fact that people can be more prone to head on long road trips or otherwise hit the road when the weather is nice. Entire blog

Top 5 Summertime Injuries

Summer can be a lot of fun. Swimming, traveling, cookouts and concerts are just a few of the things that we look forward to during the warm and welcome summer months. Unfortunately, summer can come with a few common summertime injuries. Here are the top five ways that people get hurt during the summer:


According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children. Drowning can happen so fast that adults may not react before it’s too late. Not only should swimmers and the adults that watch children be aware of their surroundings, but businesses and organizations offering swimming activities should make sure that their facilities have proper safety precautions as well as trained and qualified staff. Entire blog

Safety Tips for Summer Road Trips

Summertime is a great time to step outside of your safety and comfort zone and find ways to explore the world at large. While trips, both abroad and internationally can be incredibly rewarding and life changing, they can also be dangerous if you don’t follow proper safety protocol.

When traveling during summer road trips, the following steps can help you to be safe.

– Have your car inspected before you leave on your summer road trips in order to make sure that it is proper working order and not likely to break down unexpectedly.

– Plan out a route to drive on so that you are unlikely to be lost and distracted while on the road. Being lost on the road is likely to add to confusion and increase the chance that you get into an accident.

– Look up the rules of the road if you will be traveling in a foreign country that has different driving rules. Be sure to understand the areas that are riskier than other areas and use public transportation or taxis in these locations if possible.

– Make sure that any individuals who will be sharing the driving responsibility with you will have some familiarity with the vehicle that they will be driving on the road trip and won’t be confused operating the vehicle.

– Make sure that you have sufficient rest stops and are not overly tired, hungry, or dehydrated while on a summer road trip. Don’t push yourself to fast or far and pressure yourself to go too fast to get to a location on time.

– Be sure to avoid drugs and alcohol on the road or on your trip as they can have a significantly negative impact on your driving.

Summer road trips can be enjoyable and a great way to step outside the routine that is part of your everyday life. Being safe while doing so is important to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, as well as other drivers on the road. Be responsible and safe this summer while on the road with these safety tips.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Many people are often unaware that they are even habitual distracted drivers. Something so little as checking on your child in the backseat or turning the radio station, for two seconds your eyes are not focused on that road ahead of you, an accident occurs. What’s even scarier is that it’s the leading cause of death amongst teens in the U.S. We need to all become more aware of this selfish action and save our families, and anyone else.

Fortunately, there are ways that we can be more precautious and more aware about distracted driving. Cell phones seem to be a huge problem and it’s quite simple, the call or text can wait. If it’s that important, pull over and take the call. If you are a parent, talk to your kids about how important it is to pay attention to the road, especially when friends are in the car. Grow a trust and bond with them through driving and things can be a lot safer. There are even pretend car crash videos that will make anyone think twice about not paying attention ever again. Which then leads us to eating and drinking while driving. We don’t think that taking our hands off the wheel, or looking down for whatever it is we need in our car, for 5 seconds is that long. But think about how fast you are going and the distance a car can go in that amount of time, you could have double or even tripled a football field.

In closing, we need to spread more awareness. If you are in the car with someone and they begin to text or take a call, stand up for yourself and tell them it can wait. Not only are they putting you at risk, but themselves, and others that are driving near. Paying attention while driving is the main focus in being a successful driver. Now that you have the knowledge, you have the power to help save lives and make people aware of the dangers of what will happen if you drive while being distracted.

Ford Recall for Engine Fire Risk and Door Latch Failures

On March 29, 2017,  Ford announced a recall of 570,000 vehicles due to problems related to potential fires in the engines, and door latches that will not stay shut. Both of these problems create safety concerns, and any personal injuries or property damages caused provide the possibility of lawsuits against Ford Motor. The fact that the company is issuing the recall is an admission that there is a problem which can cause injury.

A Ford recall does not mean that injuries have occurred, but it does indicate a cause for concern among owners of the affected automobiles subject to potential engine fires, which include 2014 Escape SUVs, 2014-2015 compact Fiesta ST, 2013-2014 Fusion midsize, and 2013-2015 Transit Connect small van. Registered owners of 2014 Fiesta, 2013-2014 Fusion, and 2014 Lincoln MKZ will be notified about faulty door latches as well as the other vehicles listed herein. Entire blog

California Wrongful Death Attorneys

A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as a result of an accident caused by another person’s negligence. Survivors of the victim can file a wrongful death claim and seek compensation for losses as a result of losing their loved one. A wrongful death claim can occur as a result of several legal situations including; medical malpractice, occupational hazard, or automobile malfunction. Wrongful death claims are commonly sought by family members or those that are financially dependent upon the deceased victim.  Entire blog

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