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Hayward is called the “Heart of the Bay”. Living in Hayward gives easy access to nearby San Francisco, San Jose, Mountain View, and the rest of Silicon Valley. It's not too far to drive from Hayward to a job in local tech. For those who prefer not to drive to work, there are two BART stations in Hayward.

Due to an increase in Hayward mixed-use apartments, Hayward is becoming an affordable alternative to more expensive areas like San Francisco. Hayward attracts a mix of residents, from millennials, young families, and residents who have lived in Hayward for generations.

In recent years, Hayward has attracted new businesses and established companies alike. The draw is that Hayward is a place with robust transportation and infrastructure for large production facilities.

It's also a place for nature lovers because of its more than 15 local Hayward parks.

The Hayward Regional Shoreline has 1,841 acres of salt, fresh, and brackish water marshes, seasonal wetlands, and public trails. It's a bird-watchers dream and has breathtaking views of the bay.


But, when it comes to driving it comes to driving in Hayward, accidents happen. Even though you're careful, and try to follow all the rules, when someone else is careless, you'll end up getting hurt.

When it comes to getting hurt in a Hayward traffic crash, UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS for short) tells the story of how people suffer Hayward injuries.

More than 1 out of every 2 Hayward crashes happens on the highway.

Speed plays a big role - 41.03% of all Hayward crashes involved someone who was speeding!

Were you in a crash on 880 and 92? If so, you're not alone.

TIMS says:

  • 880 is the most accident prone Hayward roadway where people suffered traffic crashes between 2015 and 2020.
  • 880 and 92 is the most accident prone Hayward intersection.

880 (the Nimitz Freeway) is a real hot spot when it comes to Hayward accidents:

  • 35.15%, or 1,400, of Hayward's 3,872 total crashes from 2015 to 2020 happened on Interstate 880. 
  • Even worse, 68% of all Hayward highway crashes happened on 880 during this 5 year period. 

If you were injured anywhere in Hayward, it's a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable Hayward auto accident personal injury attorney. I am Renée Yvonne Gardner and I fight accident and injury cases. I have been the voice of injured clients for 15 years. I have dedicated my career to fighting for people who get injured in Hayward and its nearby areas.

Now, more from TIMS for the period from 2015 to 2020:

The takeaway:

Most Hayward crashes happen on the highway and most Hayward accidents are broadsides (t-bone crashes). Speeding is frequently involved.

The details:

In Hayward, here are the number and type of crashes from 2015 to 2020:

  • Total Crashes • 3,872

  • Deaths • 57

  • Injured • 5,010


  • Highway Crashes • 2,036 • 52.6%

  • Pedestrians • 315 • 8.1%

  • Bicycles • 155 • 4.0%

  • Motorcycles • 366 • 9.5%

When it comes to traffic accidents in Hayward most accidents are rear-enders; 46.62% of crashes. The next most common Hayward crash is a "t-bone", or a broadside crash, when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another one. Broadsides make up 16.3% of all Hayward crashes. 

Type of Hayward Crash
of Total 
Rear End 1,805 46.62%
Broadside 631 16.30%
Sideswipe 445 11.49%
Hit Object 349 9.01%
Vehicle/Ped. 306 7.90%
Head-On 186 4.80%
Overturned 96 2.48%
Other 48 1.24%
Not Stated 6 0.15%

The same study said that the top two dangerous driver behaviors associated with Hayward crashes:

  • driving too fast
  • illegal turns (for example, an illegal U-turn)
Traffic law broken in Hayward right before the crash
Number of times
of Total 
Unsafe Speed 1,576 41.03%
Improper Turning 456 11.87%
Unsafe Lane Change 279 7.26%
DUI or Bicycling Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug           267 6.95%
Automobile Right of Way 253 6.59%
Traffic Signals and Signs 239 6.22%
Pedestrian Right of Way 165 4.30%
Following Too Closely 162 4.22%
Pedestrian Violation 90 2.34%
Unknown 80 2.08%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 67 1.74%
Wrong Side of Road 65 1.69%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 45 1.17%
Other Hazardous Violation 39 1.02%
Improper Passing 35 0.91%
Other Improper Driving 21 0.55%
Hazardous Parking 1 0.03%
Other Equipment 1 0.03%
If you got hurt in Hayward, I can help. Here are some of the Hayward crash types that I can handle:

If you were injured in Hayward, it's a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable Alameda auto accident personal injury attorney. I am Renée Yvonne Gardner. I have fought for injured clients for 15 years. I have dedicated my career to fighting for people who get injured in Alameda and the nearby areas.

Hayward personal injury clients, please call me at (408) 214-5555 or here:

If you got hurt in Hayward, keep in mind that it's important to hire a good attorney from the start. The insurance adjuster is not your friend - even your own insurance company will look for the cheapest way to get rid of your claim. After you get injured, it's important to seek medical care right away. Some injuries can only be found by a doctor. Other injuries get worse if they don't get treated on time.

If you suffered personal injuries in Hayward, here are the Alameda County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day. Please scroll down to find Hayward.

Do Most Hayward Auto Accident Cases Go To Court?

Many Hayward auto accident and personal injury accident cases get resolved without going to court. Other case have to be fought through the court. In Hayward, injury accident cases get filed and handled in the Civil Division of the Alameda County Courts.

In 1998, all Alameda County Trial Courts were unified to form the Alameda County Superior Court. This happened because the voters approved a constitutional amendment letting Alameda County judges merge their superior and municipal courts. Before then, superior court and municipal court were separate.

Currently, Hayward auto accident and injury cases are heard in courts located in Oakland. Accident and injury cases are called civil cases, unless they happen at work. If they happen at work, they're called workers compensation. The only workers compensation cases that I handle are those that result in the death of the worker. Those cases are called death benefits cases.

Here is the contact information for the Hayward Police Department in case you need to reach them regarding the accident:

Hayward Police Department
300 W. Winton Ave.
Hayward, CA 94544-1137
Non-Emergency:(510) 293-7000

But, if your accident happened on a Hayward highway (like 880), here is the contact information for the CHP. They handle accidents that happen out on the highway:

CHP Hayward
2434 Whipple Road
Hayward, CA 94544-7808
Non-emergency: (510) 489-1500

If you are going to fight your Hayward accident case in court, your civil case will be heard at this courthouse:

René C. Davidson Courthouse
1225 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94612-4278
Phone: (510) 891-6000 

If you were injured in a Hayward accident, please contact me for a free consultation at (408) 214-5555 or here: message me here.

Here are just some of the injuries I handle in Hayward and the surrounding areas:

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Here's what you need to know about the Oakland civil court hours and parking.


If you got hurt in Hayward and need a good attorney now, who will fight for you, please call me now at (408) 214-5555 or send me a message send me a message.

Let's talk about your case - the consultation is free.

My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner

I am a Hayward personal injury attorney. 

I am the founder, owner and attorney of Gardner Law, a Hayward personal auto accident and injury law office. 

I represent people with personal injury and wrongful death cases in Hayward. 

Source for Alameda accident data: Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Safe Transportation Research and Education CenterUniversity of California, Berkeley. 2021

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