San Francisco Motorcycle & Bike Accident Law Blog

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."

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.