San Mateo County
The Ohlone Indians were the first inhabitants of what we now call San Mateo. They occupied the area for nearly 4000 years before Spanish explorers arrived in 1776. When Mexico won it’s independence from the Spanish around 1822, California began to experience free trade and large Mexican Rancheros began to form. Early settlers had set up a mission to serve the newly founded Christian faith in the area. In 1849, the mission had been abandoned and San Mateo’s first business enterprise began, the stagecoach stop. The railroad arrived soon after in 1849. It wasn’t long before wealthy families from San Francisco arrived and set up homes.
The county is really large and holds some of California’s most well-known cities including Belmont, San Mateo, Redwood City, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Daly City, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto and Foster City. There are many varieties of flora and fauna in an area so large encompassing mountains, shorelines and forests which showcase nature’s bounty. A visit to Ano Nuevo State Park, Castle Rock Park, Quarry Park, Portola Redwoods. Heritage Grove, Pacifica State Beach, Bean Hollow Beach and Pebble Beach to discover the amazing outdoor adventure in San Mateo. Equestrians, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts galore always find something to do here.
History buffs have much to look forward to in their visit to San Mateo. The History Museum of San Mateo showcases many exhibits both rotating and permanent that tell the story of the area. Visitors are able to view relics of life in San Mateo as far back as when the Indians roamed the land. Ancient farming equipment and tools are on display as well as interactive exhibits to show what life is like the years here. Visitors with an interest in courts and justice will enjoy seeing Courtroom A, opened in 1910. It was the first Superior Court in the county.
There are several transportation options in San Mateo. There are several major highways which include Interstate 280, Interstate 380, U.S. Route 101, State Route 1, State Route 35, State Route 82, State Route 84 and State Route 92.
There are always car accidents in a county of this size and San Mateo is no exception. A box truck and a motorcycle had a collision in September of 2015. The motorcycle had two riders who were critically injured. The driver of the motorcycle attempted to pass the car in front of him, crossed the double yellow lines and was struck by the oncoming box truck.
A 39 year old pedestrian was killed in July on Highway 101. He had exited his vehicle alongside the road and was struck. It is unclear whether he crossed over the guardrail of his own devices or was struck and thrown over the guard rail. A man was killed and a woman arrested in July of 2015 in Pacifica. A female was arrested for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter after striking and killing a man in a head-on collision on highway 1.
Car accidents are devastating regardless of how or why they happen. From loss of income, mobility and even life, a car accident can be next to impossible to recover from. Our offices are knowledgeable in area car accidents and able to represent victims with confidence. Never accept an insurance adjuster’s first offer. Don’t forget, their job is to save their client’s money. They may seem sympathetic to your injuries but their goal is to save their company as much money as possible, regardless of your injuries.