San Francisco Motorcycle & Bike Accident Law Blog

How can pools be kept safe for children?

Keeping your child safe around swimming pools and other bodies of water is important, because it only takes a few seconds for water to be inhaled and drowning to begin. Adults should always be present when children are in a pool, and for those who are still toddlers, parents should be within arm's reach.

When it comes to taking your child to another person's home or to a community pool, the area should be clean and a responsible lifeguard should be on duty. Not maintaining a safe environment can lead to injuries and even the death of a child.

What is project Vision Zero SF?

The project known as Vision Zero aims to help reduce the number of fatal traffic crashes involving pedestrians to zero by the year 2024. As someone who lives in San Francisco, you know that while this is a program with high expectations, any reduction in the number of pedestrian accidents or fatalities is welcome.

If you are a bicyclist or pedestrian, this program means safety for you. Right now, you may be looking to file a claim with your attorney against someone who struck you in a crosswalk or while you were riding your bike; can you imagine a time when you wouldn't need to be concerned about that kind of life-threatening accident?

Pedestrians with headphones are getting into more accidents

A lot of people love wearing headphones when they walk or go for a jog. It helps them pass the time. It's a way to listen to music, podcasts or books without disturbing anyone else; gone are the days of having a boombox on your shoulder.

However, as enjoyable as this can be, some studies have shown that it's also dangerous. More and more often, pedestrians are getting into accidents while they have these headphone in.

Teen killed when truck passed too close to his bike in California

If you're a cyclist, you know how dangerous it can be if vehicles pass too close to you. You can be bumped off your bicycle or lose control. If you suffer injuries, you then have to work with your attorney to make a claim against the driver, and then you have to prove that the driver was at fault. Your situation may mirror this one, which resulted in a community questioning the safety of the area.

A young teen was recently killed while riding his bicycle, and it's spurred a number of changes in the local area. The 15-year-old male was just a half-mile from the Monta Vista High School and in a residential area.

You can claim compensation for your injuries after a crash

During the hot, sunny days of summer in San Francisco, you've probably enjoyed many days out on your motorcycle. Maybe you were cruising when you were struck by a dangerous driver, or you were hit while you were stopped at a light. Whatever happened, someone else's negligence is to blame for your accident, and that means you have a right to make a claim for compensation.

Injuries suffered during a motorcycle accident can be some of the worst. You may have road rash, a head injury or broken bones, even from a low-impact crash. This single incident could be life-changing for you, and it's the fault of irresponsibility. The driver may claim he didn't see you or notice your vehicle, but that's no excuse for striking another vehicle.

How can we keep kids safe during school days?

The start of the school year means you're going to be spending much more time around schools with heavy flows of traffic during several points during the day. Buses, trucks, cars, motorcycles and other vehicles will be entering the area, which may be congested, to care for students and to take care of the premises. As a pedestrian, these high-traffic areas can be dangerous for you. It's important to know how to keep yourself safe by being aware of your surroundings and what to do if you're injured in order to obtain compensation for your injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked that parents, students and all other drivers remember to be safe during the school year in a recent announcement. The school bus is often the safest way for children to get to school, while walking, biking and public transportation can also be viable options, though they can be more dangerous.

What kinds of distractions are there on the road?

There are three kinds of distracted drivers that put others at risk on the roads. The three types include manual, visual and cognitive distractions. If you're injured in an accident, it's possible that one of these kinds of distractions was the cause.

With cognitive distractions, a driver isn't focused on driving because he or she's doing something else that is mentally distracting. For instance, the driver may be talking to someone next to him or her in the passenger seat or be deep in thought over family issues or other important thoughts. Listening to the radio can be a form of cognitive distraction as well.

2 killed, 2 injured in serious traffic accident resulting in fire

When you get into your car, there's always a potential for a crash. Even if you're as careful as you can be, other drivers may not be abiding by the rules of the road. Particularly dangerous are teen drivers, who may still not be familiar with their vehicles or the rules of the road. Sometimes, younger drivers also like to push the limits and while it may be fun for them, it can often end in disaster. An Aug. 15 report about a crash that took the lives of two people and injured two others brings this situation to reality.

The news reports that a crash took place close to the intersection of Bradshaw and Rogers in South Sacramento that involved two vehicles and resulted in fatalities. A 31-year-old and 26-year-old were inside a 1992 pickup truck driving home from a family event when another vehicle, a Dodge Challenger, traveling at speeds near 100 mph struck their vehicle. Both of them were thrown from the vehicle on impact.

Amputations: Losing a limb to save a life

Amputations are sometimes required after an infection or damage to the body is too severe to repair. Following an amputation, the person who had it may need to go through rehabilitation to learn to walk or use their other limbs again. This requires time, patience, and many medical visits.

If you were in a car or motorcycle accident, then you may have suffered a severe injury on impact. A serious burn from flames that erupt or lacerations can lead to injuries so critical that you need to have your limb amputated. Striking your body on the ground after being thrown from your motorcycle could lead to shattered bones that can't be saved. Another possibility could be that your injury became infected, and even with antibiotics, you couldn't get the infection under control. In that case, losing a limb can save a life.

Pursuing damages in a San Francisco bicycle accident case

The city of San Francisco is a beautiful place to ride a bicycle. However, as enjoyable as the sport is, it also comes with its share of dangers. There a lot of hazards that can cause a bicycle crash, like: roadway hazards, potholes, reckless automobile drivers, reckless bus drivers, and problems with the bicycles themselves. When one of these factors causes a bicyclist to get into an accident, the injurious consequences can be life altering and deadly to say the least.

At the Dolan Law Firm, we have handled numerous bicycle accident claims relating to wrongful injury and wrongful death. Furthermore, out attorneys have a long history of achieving financial recoveries on behalf of our clients. For example, one case -- where our firm successfully obtained an award of $365,000 for our client -- related to a bicyclist who was hurt by a parked motorist opening his door in the cyclist's path. These bike accident cases are often referred to as "being doored."