San Francisco Motorcycle & Bike Accident Law Blog

Failure to see isn't a valid excuse for causing an accident

As the summer weather closes in on California, bicyclists and motorcyclists will head out in droves. This means that drivers will have to watch carefully for these riders. Unfortunately, not all drivers do that. Instead, some drivers slam into bicyclists and motorcyclists and later claim they couldn't see the victims.

Of course, it is possible that glares and obstructed views might lead to difficulty seeing motorcycles and bicycles. Still, that isn't an excuse to crash into one. When you consider the severity of the injuries these bicycle and motorcycle accidents can cause, it should be easy to see why those excuses just don't fly.

Widow alleges botched response to in-flight medical emergency

Going on a business trip isn't something that most people associate with death; however, a business trip and a flight on Southwest Airlines are factors being named in a wrongful death lawsuit. Last year, a 46-year-old financial analyst was traveling to Orange County, California, when he suffered from a pulmonary embolism. The wrongful death lawsuit, which is being filed by his widow, claims that the airline didn't help him and opted to treat him like a passenger who was out of control.

A pulmonary embolism is a condition in which one of the pulmonary arteries to the lungs becomes blocked, usually by a blood clot. Prompt treatment of a pulmonary embolism can greatly reduce the risk of the pulmonary embolism being fatal, notes the Mayo Clinic.

What are the obstacles for motorcycles during the spring?

Enjoying the open road on a motorcycle is the hallmark of a biker. While enjoying the open road, it is vital that you remain safe. If you are a motorcycle rider, knowing how to stay safe is vital as we embark on the lovely spring season.

What are some special circumstances bikers should watch during spring?

Diversion program for biking violations introduced in bill

California law prohibits the use of diversion programs as a means to reduce fines for most traffic violations. The only exception to this law as it stands now is if the violation is written to a minor, is an infraction and doesn't have any fees associated with it. A bill that has been introduced in the California Assembly is seeking to change that.

The bill, A.B. 902, seeks to repeal the portion of the California Vehicle Code that has that stipulation. The bill is aimed at improving bicyclist safety by allowing diversion programs to be used if a cyclist is given a ticket for a traffic violation. The diversion program, a traffic safety class, would be set by the local jurisdiction. If the bill passes, adults and juveniles would be eligible for the program.

No contest plea in fatal accident, automotive company blamed

Losing a loved one in a traffic accident is difficult. Losing five family members is a horrible experience. On Feb. 15, 2014, a traffic accident claimed the life of a mother and her four children. The accident was caused because a woman failed to stop at a stop sign. That woman has recently pleaded no contest to the charges placed against her in connection with the accident.

When the woman ran the stop sign, she plowed into a Ford Explorer. The gas tank of the Explorer disconnected and fuel was leaking. The fuel caught on fire and the Explorer exploded. A witness told the California Highway Patrol that the flames were 15 feet high.

Actions to take after a car accident if you are pregnant

Being pregnant comes with a host of worries and concerns. When a pregnant woman gets into a car accident, there may be additional cause for concern. There are a few things that a woman who is pregnant should know if she is involved in a car accident.

The first thing she should know is that she needs medical care. This is true even if she thinks she made it out of the accident unscathed. While the uterus does offer some protection for the baby, there are several things that can occur that might lead to a medical issue.

California Senate Bill 192 seeks helmet laws, cyclists disagree

The battle between lawmakers and bicyclists about what is safe for adult bicyclists is one that has been ongoing and doesn't seem to have an end in sight. The battle now has a footing in the California Senate thanks to a bill introduced by California State Senator Carol Liu. She has introduced a bill that would require adults on bicycles to wear a helmet or face a fine.

Opponents of Senate Bill 192 say that requirement makes bicycling seem unsafe. The executive director of California Bicycle Coalition says that the best way to increase the safety of bicycling is to give bicyclists a safe place to ride their bikes. He noted that adding bike lanes that are separated by bollards or curbs from the car lanes or reducing the speed of cars can help.

San Francisco participates in the Mayors' Challenge

California is a state that has a lot of nice weather, which gives people here a chance to walk or bike to work, school and other destinations. United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has challenged mayors to help keep cities as safe as possible for pedestrians and bicyclists. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has accepted Secretary Foxx's challenge in an effort to improve safety in our beautiful city.

The call-to-action for the challenge has three components. A local team is formed to advance the goals of accessibility and safety. A public statement must be issued to let the public know about the importance of keeping pedestrians and bicyclists safe. The cities must participate in the Mayors' Challenge Activities.

What are some interesting motorcycle accident statistics?

It is no secret that riding a motorcycle is often a dangerous endeavor. That isn't to say that motorcyclists are unsafe drivers. Motorcycle accidents can happen for a number of reasons, many of which aren't the fault of the motorcycle rider. There is some good news that motorcyclists in California might find very intriguing. The number of motorcyclists killed in motorcycle accidents has decreased in 2013; that's the first time since 2009.

Have motorcycle accident fatalities gone up or down?

Car insurance rate increase reasons signal car accident causes

For people who are driving on the California roadways, taking a look at some of the reasons why insurance rates are increased can provide an interesting look into some of the drivers' habits in the state. In each case of why the rate is hiked up, it is important to note that the driver was partaking in an activity that could harm others on the roadways. That potential for harm makes it more likely that they will be involved in an accident that might cause injuries.

One reason for car insurance rate increases for individual drivers is reckless driving. Getting a ticket for reckless driving can increase a driver's car insurance rate by more than 100 percent in California, which places the state second on the list for highest insurance rate increases for this charge. The rate hike here is higher than the national average of 83.29 percent.