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Vroom and Doom: Risks and Tips for Motorcyclists

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]California is home to more than 1.2 million licensed motorcyclists and many more car and truck drivers. With so many motorists on the road, it is important for everyone to drive safely. Motorcycle users must be especially cautious because of their increased exposure to injury and the dangers other drivers present, such as when a car turns in front of a motorcyclist. Unfortunately, accidents are common and the number of victims killed or injured in motorcycle-involved collisions has been rising for the past 10 years in California. According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic-records system, 586 motorcyclists were killed...

Motorcycle Accidents

A Pre-Dawn Motorcycle-Versus-Truck Crash Leaves One California Motorcyclist Dead

Motorcyclists and their passengers are among the most vulnerable people on the road. Many times, motorcycle accidents result in the death of a motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger and, too many times, they are the result of a car, truck, or SUV driver who failed to maintain a proper lookout and made negligent errors due to their failure to notice the motorcycle. If you've been hurt by someone else's negligence while you were aboard a motorcycle, you should be proactive and get in touch with an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyer right away. A fatal motorcycle accident from nearby San...

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State of California Claims Improved Traffic Safety: Is It True?

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The California Office of Traffic Safety reported the good news that overall traffic fatalities in the state were down by 10.3 percent in 2009, the lowest level since statistics were first kept in 1975. Traffic safety seemed to increase overall, with alcohol-impaired fatalities down by 7.6 percent from 2008. Seat belt usage was up even among teen drivers, and motorcycle fatalities declined for the first time since 1998. The euphoria over the appearance of increased traffic safety, however, must be tempered by the reality that traffic accidents still constitute the fifth-leading cause of death in the nation’s largest state....

Motorcycle Accidents

First Few Months Are The Riskiest For Motorcyclists, Study Says

Studies show that, by a wide margin, the most dangerous time for motorcyclists is the first year of ownership, especially the first month. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), riders are approximately four times more likely to be injured or involved in a motorcycle accident during their first year than the entire second year. In another HLDI study of insurance claims made by motorcycle owners, it was found that 22 percent of the 57,000 claims made from 2003 to 2007 were made within the first 30 days after the policy took effect. As time passed by, the claim...

Motorcycle Accidents

A California Motorcyclist Recovers $23M in Damages After a Catastrophic Accident Ended in a Leg Amputation

Catastrophic injury accidents are undeniably traumatizing. One day, you are an “ordinary” person living an “ordinary” life and then, in the blink of an eye, all of that is taken away. When that happens, you may have endured excruciating pain. Your injuries may prevent you from ever again doing the jobs you’d done all your life, and they may forever alter what you are able to do for your family. These kinds of accidents — and the massive harm they cause — may create a need for especially large amounts of compensation to address all of the damage done. If...

Motorcycle Accidents

A Fatal Crash is a Tragic Reminder of the Dangers Motorcyclists Across California Face

The rate of fatal accidents involving at least one motorcycle has been going up for decades. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that people on motorcycles are, per mile driven, roughly 28 times more likely to die on board their bikes as compared to people in cars, trucks or SUVs. Many times, those accidents occur through no fault of the motorcyclist involved. If you’ve been hurt in a crash while you were aboard a motorcycle, don’t wait to take action. Reach out promptly to contact an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney. One of the more...

Motorcycle Accidents

How One California Teen Overcame a Defense Claim of Statutory Immunity in Her Premises Liability Case

In your premises liability case, as with any injury case, you have to clear several hurdles. You, of course, have to give the court sufficient proof that shows the defendant was negligent and that this negligence caused you harm. You may also, though, need to avoid things like affirmative defenses and statutory immunity provisions that could defeat an otherwise strong case. Having a skilled San Mateo premises liability attorney by your side throughout the process can greatly increase your chances of clearing these hurdles and achieving success. Overcoming statutory immunity can be a very big deal in your case because,...

Motorcycle AccidentsandPersonal InjuryandPremises Liability

A Driver’s U-Turn Leaves One Motorcyclist Injured and One Dead in California

If you ride on the streets and highways enough, you’ve come across a bumper sticker (or stickers) encouraging you to “look twice” to “save a life” when it comes to motorcycles. This is always good advice. Motorcycles, due to their smaller size relative to cars and trucks, are more easily overlooked by other drivers on the road. Motorcyclists, due their vehicles’ exposed nature, are more at risk of catastrophic or fatal injuries when the drivers around them don’t exercise proper care and don’t diligently maintain the necessary lookout. If you have been hurt aboard a motorcycle, make sure you have...

Motorcycle Accidents

A Fatal Accident in California is Another Reminder of How Severe Motorcycle Crashes Can Be

Each year, more than 12,000 people are injured and 500 killed aboard motorcycles in California. Those tragically high numbers exist in spite of the fact that many motorcyclists and their passengers engage in proper safety precautions. (Only about 1 in 10 people killed on board motorcycles in this state were not wearing helmets.) In other words, even with protection, motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic or fatal. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, be sure you go out promptly and retain a skilled San Mateo injury attorney, who can help you make sure that...

Motorcycle Accidents

A Recent Bay Area Accident Kills One, And Reminds All of Us of the Dangers California Motorcyclists Face on the Road

California has more than 800,000 motorcycles registered in the state and has the largest volume of motorcycle traffic in the U.S. A lot of those motorcycles are here in the Bay Area. Motorcyclists are under several elevated risks on the road, as drivers may be more likely to overlook them, and accidents involving motorcycles may lead to more serious harm to motorcyclists and their passengers. Whether you’re driving a massive SUV or a basic motorcycle, other drivers still have a legal obligation to be attentive and avoid crashing into you. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, be sure...

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