Motorcycles, have become fashionable again, which means motorcycle accident lawyers near San Francisco are busier. The scenic and winding roads of the area are a bad combination when they cause drivers to become distracted and deviate from their lane or brake abruptly.
Motorcycles are difficult enough to see for other drivers without these additional risk factors. From a review of state driving records, it is rare for a motorcyclist to escape from having motorcycle accident injuries in San Francisco. Many are seriously injured and require medical care for months or even years. When that happens, the motorcycle accident lawyers at the Avrek Law Firm are available to defend and assert the legal rights of victims against all negligent parties.
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, and the Highways 01-80 connector ramp.
Top causes of motorcycle accidents in San Francisco
Many factors can contribute to a motorcycle accident:
Driver negligence is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in San Francisco. Other drivers on the road may accelerate or may not give motorcyclists full use of the lane in which they are located. Automobile drivers may forget to check their blind spots before changing lanes and getting on the road to motorcyclists.
The negligence of a city, state, or county may be partially responsible for a motorcycle accident. Failure to keep roads safe can be a serious problem for all users, but especially for motorcyclists, who can be thrown off their motorcycle when passing over poorly paved streets in San Francisco.
It is important to keep in mind that sometimes motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of the motorcyclists themselves. Unfortunately, many people have an innate predisposition against motorcyclists and this causes them to overestimate the frequency of errors caused by them.
Common injuries from motorcycle accidents
According to the Government Responsibility Office, in 2010, 4,502 motorcyclists died and another 82,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents. The average cost of fatal accidents was $1.2 million, while the cost for injuries varied widely between $2,500 and $1.4 million.
The direct costs for these accidents totaled $15 billion in 2010. 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 wearing helmets.
Proving fault in a motorcycle crash/types of bike crashes
Like with any motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accidents can be caused by driving while intoxicated, under the effects of some drug, 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. In road accidents, the person who executes the left turn is usually in fault, unless the other driver is accelerating, in which case they may have partial or total culpability for the accident.
Lane separation – Although some states allow the division of lanes (driving to the center of two lanes between other vehicles in order to avoid traffic jams or to move faster than surrounding traffic), it often takes car drivers by surprise. If they deviate and lose control, they leave little time for a motorcyclist to get out of the way of a crash.
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 a motorcycle accident attorney
In the Avrek Law Firm, we understand all the nuances of motorcycle accident cases and we are prepared to work against the biases so often faced by motorcyclists. We struggle hard to get our clients the compensation they need.
Call us for free to find out how you can best advance your case, or reach out to us on this page so that someone in our staff can contact you right away.
What is my motorcycle accident claim worth? Am I entitled to compensation?
Accident lawyers at the Avrek Law Firm have obtained vast 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. In some cases, there are several exceptions to limitation statutes that may extend or limit prescription periods. There may be requirements for filing special claims for cases against state and local governments. For these reasons, it is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss a crucial deadline.
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.
Many lawyers that estimate that a case has merit will take it without payment in advance. You will take the case on a contingency basis, which means that your lawyers will receive a percentage of what you get, when you recover compensation from your injuries. The average contingency fee is between 25 and 50 percent of the amount awarded.
Motorcycle accident checklist – some steps to follow immediately 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.
What happens to my motorcycle insurance after an accident?
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident you will most likely experiment a 20-30% increase in your motorcycle insurance.