San Francisco Motorcycle & Bike Accident Law Blog

How can pedestrians stay safe?

Walking around San Francisco is a lovely way to see the city. It is important, however, that everyone who decides to stroll about take appropriate steps to remain safe. It is also vitally important that all drivers take the necessary steps to keep pedestrians safe.

Who is likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident?

Various injuries are possible when you are in a car accident

Anyone who has read our blog knows that car accidents can cause injuries. There is a variety of injuries that can occur during a car accident. The types of injuries that actually occur are different from one accident to the next. The severity of the injuries can also vary. Since some injuries might not be apparent right away, anyone who is involved in an accident should know about the different types of injuries that might occur.

Chest and neck injuries can occur in a car accident. These can be caused by accidents like rear-end collisions when the head and neck snap forward and backward. Whiplash is an example of a neck injury that might occur. In some cases, blunt force trauma to the area can cause injuries. For example, collapsed lungs and broken ribs can occur if there is a blow to the chest area.

Putting the emphasis on recovery in personal injury lawsuits

Regardless of how it occurs, being injured through no fault of your own is often a harrowing experience. Victims and their families suffer in several different ways from the injuries themselves to a temporary or permanent loss of independence to emotional or psychological trauma. Another way they suffer is through the loss of income due to missed work and treatment expenses.

One way San Francisco area accident victims can choose to handle their hardships is by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Despite common belief, these types of lawsuits are less about punishing the alleged guilty party and more about promoting total recovery. This includes medical, mental and financial recovery. Here is how recovery can be achieved in a best-case scenario.

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.