San Francisco Motorcycle & Bike Accident Law Blog

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?

Do riders get injured or killed more as they age?

Motorcyclists have never had it easy on the roads; drivers who don't see them can hit them and cause serious or fatal injuries. The motorcycles themselves don't offer protection against being hit, and the weight of a vehicle against a human body can be devastating. Even if the motorcyclist is thrown, hitting the ground at a high speed can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and other injuries that need to be covered by the negligent driver's insurance coverage.

What's also concerning is this: As the ages of motorcyclists grow, the rate of injury increases rapidly. Findings have shown that there is an increase in the number of male motorcycle riders getting injured or killed on the roads.

How common are pedestrian accidents in San Francisco?

Walking results in some accidents; as you try to cross the street, drivers who don't pay attention could fail to slow or stop in time, causing a pedestrian accident, injury, or death. Each year, 100 or more people are either killed or seriously hurt in traffic violence incidents, and 800 people are hurt or killed while being struck by cars every year.

In San Francisco, you're not immune to these dangers. In fact, 100 percent of all trips will result in you walking, at least when you're starting or ending the trip. Even a short walk from your car into your home, from the car into a building, or across a parking lot can expose you to hazards such as other drivers. Around 25 percent of the trips you take in the city are less than a mile, which is an easy walking distance, but that distance still exposes you to the dangers of vehicles on the roads.