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In the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Mateo has a collection of historic buildings, beautiful parks and entertainment that draw in young professionals as well as families.

Top San Mateo employers include Franklin Templeton Investments and San Mateo Medical Center, yet San Mateo's economy also revolves around technology employers such as Facebook, Google and Salesforce.

San Mateo is home to the College of San Mateo, which has about 10,000 students. It is nestled in the northern corridor of Silicon Valley on a gorgeous 153 acre site located in the San Mateo hills. Students and staff enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of San Francisco Bay.


When it comes to driving in San Mateo, UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System tells the story of how people suffer San Mateo injuries by giving us the numbers.

Even when you're careful, and try to follow all the rules, when someone else is careless, you'll end up hurt in a San Mateo auto accident.

Did you get hit at one of these main San Mateo streets crossing one of these common crash intersections?

East Third Avenue or East Fourth Avenue crossing one of these streets:

  • Between South Fremont and South Delaware

  • South Delaware

  • South Claremont

  • South Railroad

  • North B. Street

  • North Ellsworth Avenue

Or, was your crash on El Camino Real at the intersection of:

  • East Third Avenue
  • West Fourth Avenue

If so, you're not alone. These are some of the top San Mateo intersections where accidents happen, and people suffer personal injuries.

Most (61.1%) San Mateo crashes happen on the highway. This number is higher than most Bay Area locations - for example, only 32.6% of Redwood City crashes happen on the highway.  In San Mateo, speed plays a big role - 46.14% of all San Mateocrashes involved someone who was speeding!

If you were injured anywhere in San Mateo, it's a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable San Mateo 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 San Mateo and its nearby areas.

Now, more from the Transportation Injury Mapping System. I pulled the San Mateo numbers for years 2015 to 2019.

The takeaway:

Most San Mateo crashes happen on the highway, and most are rear-enders and speeding is involved:

The details:

In San Mateo, here are the number and type of crashes from 2015 to 2019. Most accidents were auto versus auto, with the remaining 22.7% involving a pedestrian, bicycle or motorcycle:

  • Total Crashes • 1,680
  • Deaths • 11
  • Injured • 2,207
  • Highway Crashes • 1,027 • 61.1%
  • Pedestrians • 166 • 9.9%
  • Bicycles • 88 • 5.2%
  • Motorcycles • 127 • 7.6%

Most San Mateo crashes are rear-enders:

Type of San Mateo Crash
Number of This Type
Rear End 808 48.10%
Broadside 271 16.13%
Sideswipe 201 11.96%
Vehicle/Ped. 135 8.04%
Hit Object 118 7.02%
Head-On 67 3.99%
Other 40 2.38%
Overturned 29 1.73%
Not Stated 11 0.65%
The cause of most San Mateo accidents is speeding - 46.14% of the time!
The next two most common causes are the 13.03% of people who make a bad turn (like an illegal U-turn), and those 8.31% of San Mateo drivers who fail to yield the right of way to another vehicle.
Traffic law broken before a San Mateo crash 
Number of violations
Unsafe Speed 772 46.14%
Improper Turning 218 13.03%
Automobile Right of Way 139 8.31%
Pedestrian Right of Way 108 6.46%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug    100 5.98%
Unsafe Lane Change 93 5.56%
Traffic Signals and Signs 54 3.23%
Unknown 41 2.45%
Wrong Side of Road 33 1.97%
Pedestrian Violation 25 1.49%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 23 1.37%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 20 1.20%
Following Too Closely 16 0.96%
Other Hazardous Violation 16 0.96%
Improper Passing 9 0.54%
Impeding Traffic 4 0.24%
Other Improper Driving 2 0.12%
San Mateo personal injury clients, please call me at (408) 214-5555 or here: message me.

If you got hurt in San Mateo, 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 San Mateo, here are the San Mateo County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day. Please scroll down to find San Mateo.

Many injury accident cases get resolved without going to court.

Other cases have to be fought through the court.

In San Mateo, injury accident cases get filed and handled in the Civil Division of the San Mateo County Courts. In 1998, all San Mateo County Trial Courts were unified to form the San Mateo County Superior Court.

This happened because the voters approved a constitutional amendment letting San Mateo County judges merge their superior and municipal courts. Before then, superior court and municipal court were separate.

Currently, San Mateo auto accident and injury cases are heard in the court located in Redwood City. Accident and injury cases are called civil cases, unless they happen at work. If they happen at work, they're called workers compensation.

If you got hurt in San Mateo, I can help. Here are some of the San Mateo crash types that I can handle:

If you are going to fight your San Mateo injury case in court, your civil case will be heard at this courthouse, the Redwood City Civil Court:

Hall of Justice & Records
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1662

(650) 261-5100

Website: San Mateo County Superior Court

The Hall of Justice & Records in Redwood City hears auto accident and personal injury cases that happened in:

  • Atherton
  • Belmont
  • Brisbane
  • Burlingame
  • Colma
  • Daly City
  • East Palo Alto
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Hillsborough
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Moss Beach
  • Pacifica
  • Portola Valley
  • Redwood City
  • San Bruno
  • San Carlos
  • San Mateo
  • South San Francisco
  • Woodside

If you were injured in a San Mateo 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 San Mateo and the surrounding areas:

Need the hours and parking at the Redwood City Civil Court?

Here's what you need to know about the Redwood City Civil Court parking and hours.

If you got hurt in San Mateo 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 San Mateo personal injury attorney, founder, owner and attorney of Gardner Law, a San Mateo personal auto accident and injury law office. 

I represent people with personal injury and wrongful death cases in San Mateo county

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

Call Renée Today

For one-on-one and personalized representation in serious personal injury auto accidents, wrongful death auto accidents, consumer protection or "cleaning" your criminal record, call (408) 214-5555 or fill out my contact form.