San Francisco Motorcycle & Bike Accident Law Blog

Officer struck while helping at accident scene in Sacramento

Car accidents can happen for many reasons, but when a driver is negligent and purposefully gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, you deserve to be able to be compensated for the injuries you suffer as a result. Drunk drivers or those influenced by drugs are incredibly dangerous to others; they can't stop as quickly, may drive erratically, and may even pass out behind the wheel.

One of the jobs most dangerous on the highway is being a Highway Patrol officer. These officers are often exposed as pedestrians on the highway, and even when scenes of accidents are clearly marked, other drivers don't always stop. That means helping on victim could result in the officers themselves being injured.

Filing a claim after a pedestrian accident on a highway

You don't often think of a highway as a place for pedestrians, and that's for good reason. Vehicles travel very quickly, making it dangerous and difficult for anyone to cross the road. On top of that, highways don't have pedestrian walkways, so there's nowhere for a person to get away from the traffic.

Pedestrian accidents can still happen on highways, and in some cases, you can file a claim if you're hit. There are a few reasons you may be on the highway; your car may have broken down, and you need to check the engine, you may have been in an accident and are standing to the side of it, or you may have blown a tire or stopped for someone else with car trouble.

Your motorcycle accident: Get the compensation you need

Riding a motorcycle can be freeing; you feel the elements, have more freedom to maneuver and can go places larger vehicles can't. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle doesn't offer you the same protections as a larger vehicle. For instance, if you slide on the road, it's more likely that you'll be thrown from your vehicle than be able to recover and continue on your way.

Most of the time, when you're in an accident with another vehicle, you'll be able to file a claim as long as the other person is at fault. For instance, if a driver turns left in front of you, there's a good chance that the other driver is going to be at fault for your accident. The only exceptions to this rule are if you were speeding or ran a red light; otherwise, cars turning left in front of you most likely did not see you or misjudged how far away you were.

You deserve the best representation after a car accident

After you're involved in a car accident, you're faced with an uncertain future. You may be dealing with new medical conditions, disabilities, damage to your vehicle and other concerns. What should you do immediately after your accident, though, to make sure you have the best chance of a fair settlement or payout?

The first thing you need to do is to remember to stay at the scene and request medical help. Having a medical professional review your health at this point is vital, so you can prove the extent of your injuries and get the treatment you need. Remember to check on all drivers or passengers involved in the wreck; don't move anyone from the vehicles unless there is a direct hazard that could lead to further injuries.

You can file a claim after getting into a bike accident

Living in San Francisco, you probably enjoy a bike ride occasionally. Maybe you ride to work or school, too. Unfortunately, the roads aren't always safe for people like yourself, even if you take precautions against getting into an accident.

The City of San Francisco knows that there are dangers for cyclists and pedestrians. Although some initiatives have been used, if you're hit or hurt, it's important that you seek compensation. You need to make sure you get the money you need to recover without concern for lost wages or medical bills.

Truck driver strikes multiple cars in pile up collision

It's clear to many that when you're driving around large trucks, accidents can be devastating and take place suddenly. If you're in stop-and-go traffic, this can be particularly difficult for truck drivers, since the vehicles are harder to stop and start as quickly as smaller vehicles.

Despite that fact, it's the responsibility of the driver to make sure he or she is paying attention and slowing down enough to prevent an accident. Looking away from the road, failing to brake soon enough, or failing to stop all together can result in serious injuries, multiple vehicles being impacted, and potentially people being killed.

What do you do following a car accident?

If you're involved in an auto accident, there are a number of things you need to do. First, you need to make sure you get the medical care you need. That's the most important thing.

After you're treated for any serious medical concerns or illnesses from the crash, you can start to look into your case with your attorney. The first thing you'll want to do is start gathering information. You need information about witnesses, the insurance information for the other driver, the names and addresses of the drivers involved in the crash and the other car's make, year, model and license plate number. If you can get the vehicle identification number, that can also be helpful.

Family sues multiple entities for woman's death in crosswalk

When you lose a loved one in an accident, one of the things you can do is file a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit is designed to help you recover costs associated with your loved one's death as well as for the suffering he or she may have gone through. Whether it's medical bills, funeral costs, or lost wages, the claim can be made to recover most reasonable expenses.

A family in California who lost their loved one has decided to sue not only the driver who killed the woman but also Covina, the State, the County, and West Covina for the woman's wrongful death. She had been crossing in a crosswalk when she was struck and killed; her family believes the intersection was not safe.

How impact speed changes the risks in an accident

When looking at a pedestrian accidents, one of the biggest factors that contributes to the outcome—and the likelihood of either serious injuries or the death of the pedestrian—is impact speed. Studies have been carried out for years to find out how the speed of the vehicle changes the situation and what can be done to keep people safe.

One study found that the risk of a severe injury hit 10 percent if a car was traveling at just 16 miles per hour when it hit a person. This is well under most speed limits, even in residential areas where people are often present.

You can prove negligence in a cycling accident

Who can be held liable for a bicycling accident? In many cases, it's motor vehicle drivers who are not wary of a bicyclist's right to be on the roads. Liability for biking injuries comes down to negligence in many situations, so proving that the driver involved was negligent is key to your case.

The first thing your attorney will ask you is if the driver caused the accident that resulted in your injuries. If so, was it recklessness that caused the accident? Second, your attorney may ask if you contributed to the accident in any way. Were you in the right lane, using signaling for turns and otherwise obeying traffic laws?