Safestreets Consulting, 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.  This is exemplified in cities like San Francisco where many of the roadway features incorporate the latest in traffic safety standards and techniques, such as bikeways protected from motor vehicles and bicycle traffic signals.

Compared to urban cities like San Francisco, the roadways in most communities reflect far less consideration for the safety of people walking and biking.   The firm’s founder, Michael D. Smith, Esq., P.E., experienced this firsthand following his relocation from San Francisco to Southern California in 2015.  He was fortunate to only receive bruises, abrasions, and a broken collarbone after being struck by a car on his bicycle in his own neighborhood, where the streets are wide and encourage unsafe speed.  Many others are not so lucky.  The Los Angeles Times reports that pedestrians account for nearly half of traffic collision fatalities within the city.

Unfortunately for many crash victims, they wait too long to make their unsafe roadway claims.  The law only allows six months for these often highly complex claims to be made.  This necessitates the prompt assistance of legal counsel who understand the nuances of roadway design litigation, as well as evaluation by specialized engineering consultants.  Safestreets Law Group was formed to fill this need and features Michael Sallaberry, T.E., one of the leading pedestrian and bicycle design experts in the nation.  Mr. Sallaberry is perhaps best known as the engineer responsible for the aforementioned world-renowned bicycle and pedestrian safety programs in San Francisco.  He also serves as one of only ten voting members on the prestigious California Traffic Control Device Committee, which regulates every stripe, sign and signal that is allowed to appear on California’s streets.  Safestreets Law Group uniquely combines this world-class traffic engineering expertise with attorneys who focus on dangerous roadway litigation.


The firm’s principal has been licensed as a California attorney since 2000.  He has conducted over 30 jury trials and is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of dangerous roadway litigation.  He is also a roadway engineering expert who has been licensed as a professional engineer in California for over 26 years.  He began his career out of U.C. Berkeley as a roadway design engineer with CH2M, one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the world.   He gained extensive experience in roadway design over the course of his nine years with CH2M and has particular expertise in signing and striping, roadway geometrics and traffic signal design.  


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.


Ms. Melody-Rosenfeld has been licensed as an attorney in California since 2003.  She is a highly experienced civil litigator and an outstanding legal writer.  She is a graduate of Loyola Law School.