Archives for August 2010

Motorcyclists: Rodney Dangerfields on the Road

Many of you may recall comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who rose to fame with his slogan “No Respect”. This slogan seems to hold true for motorcyclists on the road today. Cars and trucks show motorcyclists “no respect” as many seem to feel the burden is on the smaller motorcycle to watch out for them and make the necessary adjustments‚Ķrules of the road be damned.

What these automobile and truck drivers fail to realize is that while they will likely fare better than a motorcycle rider in an accident (less severe injuries), they may not fare better in a court of law. Personal injury laws and state wrongful death statutes award motorcycle accident victims compensation for injuries or death that was not their fault, but rather the fault of a reckless or negligent motor vehicle driver.

Motorcycle riders need to remember the old saying that: “whether the pitcher hits the stone, or the stone hits the pitcher, it is not going to be good for the pitcher.” In other words, if a motorcycle rider is involved in a motorcycle accident, regardless of who is at fault, it is not going to be good for the motorcycle rider.

Likewise, as more states are campaigning to heighten motorcycle awareness, drivers of trucks, cars and other motor vehicles need to be aware of motorcyclists, especially in the spring, summer and fall seasons, when there are a multitude of bikers on the road. A serious injury resulting from a motorcycle accident, means serious compensation to individuals and families involved in motorcycle accidents caused by careless drivers.

For motor vehicle drivers, please pay attention to the road and your surroundings at all times. Beware of distractions, including cell phones, other passengers and electronic devices. Causing a motorcycle accident, or any other accident cannot only endanger your life, the lives of passengers and the lives of those in the vehicle you crash into, but can also haunt you for the rest of your life, not to mention the financial costs in compensating accident victims if you are found to be at fault.

If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident or any other motor vehicle accident and want to understand your rights and your options, you should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer. A skilled attorney can provide you with the information and advice you need to make informed decisions.

Be cautious and always watch out for the “other person”. However, if you are injured in a motorcycle accident or other motor vehicle accident, we are here to help.

With more than 25 years of experience, Weber & Nierenberg gives every case personal attention from the day of your first consultation until the day your case is resolved by way of settlement or trial.

For more information contact the experienced San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Weber & Nierenberg at 1-866-288-6010 for a free consultation.

Too Young to Die: How to Avoid Teen Car Accidents and Teenage Auto Accident Fatalities

According to statistics provided by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35% of teen deaths are caused by traffic accidents. Parents know there is nothing more heartbreaking than having a child cut down in the prime of their life. Teens think they are invulnerable and accidental deaths are things that happen to “other people,” not them.

Nevertheless, there are steps you can take to help your teenager avoid a car accident, which may save lives and heartache. The best courses of action you can take include seatbelt use, education on limiting distractions and a zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use.

Avoiding a Car Accident Fatality by Buckling Your Seatbelt: This is one step you can take long before your teenager obtains their drivers license. It is never too early to establish a good habit, and buckling in every time you get in a car is a good habit to acquire. Many states have seatbelt laws that require everyone in a vehicle to buckle their seatbelt or risk a high fine. Their slogan is “Click it or ticket!” Regardless of whether your state requires seatbelt use, if you get your children in the habit of using their seatbelt every time they get in the car, it will become second nature and could end up saving their lives someday.

Education on Limiting Distractions: Talk to your children about things they need to do when driving. Most importantly, they need to pay attention to the road and there surroundings. That means avoiding as many distractions as possible. There is an old saying in driver’s education that when you are driving, your best friend becomes your worst enemy. That is because friends tend to distract drivers, although not intentionally, they still can be a major distraction, including having a driver turn to face their friend when engaged in a conversation.

Cell phones are another distraction. Although many of know we should not talk or text while driving, even having a cell phone ring or a text message beep often creates a curiosity that can be overwhelming. It is recommended that cell phones be turned off or silenced while driving, or at least give your cell phone to another passenger to tell you who is calling or texting.

Drugs, Drinking and Driving Is a Recipe for Disaster: Drug and alcohol use, especially among teenagers, is one of the leading causes of traffic accident fatalities. According to the NHTSA:

  • Each year thousands of teens are killed or injured in traffic crashes as a result of underage drinking.
  • During 2006, 7,643 15- to 20-year-old drivers and motorcycle operators were involved in fatal traffic crashes across the Nation, 1,377 (18 percent) of whom had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, despite the fact that it is illegal for teens to drive after drinking any alcohol.
  • Nationally, 64 percent of all drivers or motorcycle operators ages 15 to 20 who were involved in fatal traffic crashes and had a BAC of .08 or higher died as a result of the crash.

Teenagers have their whole life ahead of them, help them make sure they don’t do anything to unnecessarily jeopardize their future. Help them to be responsible drivers.

If your teenager is unfortunate enough to get into a car accident and is seriously injured or killed, an experienced attorney can provide you with counsel and representation. Although we represent accident victims and their families, our preference would be to help you avoid an auto accident in the first place.

With more than 26 years of experience, the attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg give every case personal attention from the day of your first consultation until the day your case is resolved by way of settlement or trial.
For more information contact a personal injury lawyer at Weber & Nierenberg by calling 1-866-288-6010
for a free consultation.

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