Motorcycles, have become fashionable again, which means motorcycle accident lawyers in San Francisco are busier than ever.
According to the Government Responsibility Office, in 2010, 4,502 motorcyclists died and another 82,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents.
There was also more bad news for motorcyclists in the report:
According to the Government Responsibilities Office, motorcyclists have 30 times more possibilities of fatal injuries in car accidents when compared with the occupants of other types of vehicles.
The same source found that motorcyclists without a helmet were more at risk, with 43% more chances to suffer from ‘incapacitating’ injuries and three times as many fatal injuries as motorcyclists that wear helmets.
According to police reports, the most common places for motorcycle accidents in San Francisco are the following:
- Highway 101 at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Highway 29 north of Old Lawley Toll Road
- Highways 01-80 connector ramp
Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in San Francisco
Many factors can contribute to a motorcycle accident:
Poorly maintained roads
Riding a motorcycle is so dangerous because even just the smallest thing like a pothole can cause a biker to crash.
Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Being involved in a motorcycle crash can be a life changing event, and cause financial hardships.
Some of the more common injuries include:
Back and neck injuries
These are just a few of the injuries we see all too often.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash contact Avrek Law. We’re here to help.
Proving Fault In a Motorcycle Crash/ Types of Crashes
Like with any motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accidents can be caused by drunk drivers, speeding, distracted driving, texting, and other forms of dangerous behavior while driving.
A common danger is that other vehicles violate a motorcycle’s right-of-way, resulting in a collision. There are many, many other risks motorcyclists are facing; here we explain the most common in San Francisco:
Left turn – This is one of the most common accidents on motorcycles and occurs when a car makes a left turn in the path of an approaching motorcyclist.
Lane splitting – Although some states allow it (driving on the center of two lanes between other vehicles in order to avoid traffic jams or to move faster than surrounding traffic), it often takes automobile drivers by surprise.
Open-door accidents – Motorcyclists often fail to notice when a passenger vehicle stops and they are hit by a door that opens suddenly.
Vehicle failure – Sometimes manufacturing or repair errors lead to accidents, and such parties can be held liable for damages.
Road hazards and dangerous roads – Unsafe road lighting, safety rails, construction barriers, debris, and other examples of adverse road conditions can lead to disaster for many motorcyclists.
Contact Avrek Law so we can help you.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
At Avrek Law Firm, we understand all the nuances of motorcycle accident cases and we are prepared to work on your behalf.
We fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve.
Call us for a free consultation to find out how you can best advance your case, or reach out to us on this page so that someone from our staff can contact you right away.
What is My Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
The motorcycle accident lawyers at the Avrek Law Firm have obtained compensation for motorcycle accidents for:
- Loss of income
- Loss of future income
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Future Medical Assistance
The Avrek Law Firm motorcycle accident attorneys will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve.
We will deal with insurance companies so you can concentrate on recovering your health.
How Long Do I Have To Take Legal Action?
In general, you have two years from the date of the injury to file your claim.
Californian Law requires you to file a lawsuit within a specified period of time, depending on the nature of the claim and the entity that caused the damage.
This is known as the statute of limitations.
If you do not sue within this timeframe, you will be prevented from filing a claim at all.
Is a Lawyer Necessary and How Much Does It Cost?
An attorney may or may not be necessary depending on the amount of injuries that occurred and the complexity of the motorcycle accident.
If your injury is minor and will not result in any substantial disability or medical care, then you may consider dealing with the case yourself.
However, if you have been seriously injured or are unsure of the outcome of your injury, you should consult a lawyer.
Avrek Law works on a contingency basis, which means that our lawyers will receive a percentage of what you get, when you recover compensation from your injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Checklist – What To Do After An Accident
Call 911 – If you or someone else has suffered a serious injury, it is strongly recommended that you call 911 for urgent medical attention.
If you do not feel you need emergency medical care, it is your choice. However, make sure you go to the doctor promptly.
Call the police – Making a police report on the accident file can be very helpful for your case. Always call the police, especially if there was a serious injury.
Request names – Wait for the police and paramedics, you can start collecting the contact information of all parties involved in the accident as well as the witnesses.
Take photos – If possible, you should take photographs of the scene of the accident, preferably before the cars or your motorcycle move from their original positions.
Call a lawyer – The sooner you contact a motorcycle accident injury lawyer, the better.