San Francisco Motorcycle & Bike Accident Law Blog

Is California dangerous for bicyclists?

Riding a bicycle is a great way to help the environment, to cut down on traffic congestion and to get in shape, but it's also potentially dangerous. Getting hit by a car could lead to you needing to file a lawsuit to claim compensation for your own personal injuries. How dangerous is it in California, though? Should you have to worry?

As a California resident, you have the right to know that the state has earned a reputation for being the most dangerous in the United States for bicyclists. Findings by the Governors Highway Safety Association showed that between 2010 and 2012, bicycle deaths had increased by 16 percent across the United States, and with 338 cyclists killed in California, California took the title for the most dangerous state.

Serious injuries stem from 2 accidents

A pair of accidents landed two women in the hospital with what are said to be serious injures. Though both accidents happened in San Francisco, they are not at all related to one another, as one accident happened in the downtown area, while the other took place in the Sunset District.

In one accident, a young woman was apparently crossing the street when she was hit by a car. She is 19 years old. The police said she was moving through an intersection. As a result of being hit, she broke her leg and she also suffered a head injury.

Driverless Google car involved in collision with injuries

Google has announced that a self-driving Google car was involved in a crash in Mountain View, California. The self-driving Lexus SUV was struck from behind by another vehicle. Three employees of the tech giant who were riding inside the SUV said they suffered minor whiplash in the incident; however, they were approved to return to work the next day. The motorist in the vehicle that struck the Google car also complained of back and neck injuries.

California has approved self-driving cars to be tested on its roadways, but it requires that a driver be at the wheel of all automated cars for the purpose of maneuvering the vehicle in the event of an emergency. Usually, Google also puts a second employee in the car to make notes of the driving experience en route. In this accident, a third employee happened to be riding in the back seat of the car.

Horrific California car crash injures 6 pedestrians

A tragic car accident killed at least one pedestrian last month. The incident happened on a Friday afternoon in Viejo, California, at approximately 3:30 p.m., not far from Redwood Parkway.

A police sergeant claimed that a 65-year-old man in a sedan, lost control of his vehicle and drove up onto a sidewalk. His vehicle then crashed into a bus stop and struck a 50-year-old man, who had been waiting at the stop. The 50-year-old man was lucky to survive.

Injuries and expenses of motorcycle accidents can cause problems

Last week, we discussed how motorcycle accidents can lead to serious burns. Those burns, as well as other injuries, can lead to multiple trips to the doctor, physical therapy appointments and other appointments. All of those appointments come at a cost. When you factor in the loss of income if you are unable to work because of the accident, the financial impact of the accident can be great.

We know how much motorcyclists enjoy spending time on the open road. That time shouldn't be cut short because of drivers who don't pay attention to what is happening on the road. The injuries and related financial strain can put a lot of pressure on you and your loved ones.

Aggressive representation of injured San Francisco bicyclists

Most San Francisco bicyclists are extremely careful when they take to our city's roadways. Indeed, they have to be. When a cyclist gets into an accident with an automobile, they are at a devastating disadvantage. Due to the size and weight of the typical motor vehicle, the injuries suffered by a bicyclist in such a crash can be disabling and fatal. Meanwhile, car drivers usually do not even suffer a scratch.

At the Dolan Law firm, we have extensive experiences and a wide array of special resources that can help bicyclists who have suffered a serious injury in a car crash that happened due to no fault of their own. We can also help the family members of bicyclists who were killed in such accidents.

Burns after a motorcycle accident might require medical care

Motorcycle accidents can cause a host of injuries. One possible injury is a burn. When a motorcycle is struck by another vehicle, there is a chance that the gas tank may explode or that either the motorcycle or the vehicle will catch on fire. In either case, a burn might occur.

There are three degrees of burns that you should know about. A first-degree burn is the least serious, while a third-degree burn is the most serious. In many cases, a first-degree burn can be treated with basic first aid. Second-degree burns and third-degree burns usually require medical treatment.

Seek compensation for your loved one's wrongful death

Losing a loved one because another person was negligent is a horrible experience for anyone to go through. These cases are often very tragic. While it might not help any of those left behind to cope with their loved one's death, it might be possible for the immediate family members of the deceased person to seek compensation for that death.

We know that you are likely to have questions about whether a wrongful death lawsuit is something you should explore. We can go over the facts of your case with you to help you learn if your case would be considered a wrongful death case and if it is, we can help you learn how to proceed with your claims for compensation.

Alleged drunk driver kills 4 in horrible accident

Drinking and driving is never something that is acceptable. When a driver decides to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking, that driver is putting the lives of everyone else on the roadway is his or her hands. This point was proven in a horrifying way on May 12.

On that night, a man decided to get behind the wheel of his 1997 Ford Mustang allegedly after drinking. While he was driving through a hard turn, he ran into a concrete drainage ditch. He survived, but his passengers didn't. He is now facing criminal charges for those deaths.

What should I know about post-traumatic stress disorder?

Being in an accident means that you will likely feel some mental and emotional changes after the accident. Those changes are normal; however, if they don't abate as time goes on, you might be suffering from a serious mental health issue known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

What can cause PTSD?