Safestreets, Inc.

Our vision is for streets to be designed and maintained with a focus on the safety of everyone that uses the street, not just drivers.  Roads are generally designed instead to simply accommodate as many vehicles at the highest speed possible, with little regard for pedestrians or cyclists.  This is why pedestrians account for over one third of all traffic collision fatalities within California.

The firm’s founder, Michael D. Smith, P.E., Esq. is well aware of the overriding focus on vehicles in roadway design.  He is a U.C. Berkley trained professional engineer who practiced roadway design for 9 years prior to becoming an attorney.  Given this background, he was naturally drawn to dangerous roadway litigation.  This is the focus of Safestreets, Inc. 

We feature the technical expertise of Michael Sallaberry, T.E., who is the lead traffic engineer for San Francisco’s world-renowned pedestrian and bicycle safety programs.  His impressive credentials include a voting position on the ten member California Traffic Control Device Committee, which regulates every stripe, sign and signal that is allowed to appear on California’s streets.  No other law firm in California can match our technical expertise.


The firm’s principal has practiced law in California since 2000.  He has litigated and tried to verdict over 30 jury trials.  He is also a civil engineering graduate of U.C. Berkeley who has been licensed as a professional engineer in California for over 26 years.  He worked as a roadway design engineer for 9 years with CH2M, one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the world.  


Mr. Sallaberry has over 20 years of experience in traffic engineering.  His expertise includes design of traffic control devices, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety features and roadway improvements.  He is a civil engineering graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.