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Serious Motorcycle Accidents in San Francisco

One Killed, One Seriously Injured in Bay Area Motorcycle Accidents

Serious Motorcycle Accident

This past July, we learned again about the risks faced by motorcyclists in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Even though there have been national campaigns to heighten awareness of the presence of bikers on the roadways, many motor vehicle operators simply fail to pay requisite attention and travel into the path of a motorcycle.

In early July, a motorcyclist was traveling on Park Presidio Boulevard in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park when he came around a curve and was struck by a car in the lane next to him. The impact of the crash threw him from his bike and he was run over by the car next to him. He died at the hospital from his injuries.

In a separate incident, another motorcyclist lost control of his bike on Highway 1 north of the city of Bolinas. He was thrown into the path of another vehicle, and suffered a broken leg and severe cuts and abrasions.
When you have been injured while riding on a motorcycle, even if you were hurt in a single bike accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. The accident may have been caused by the negligence of another driver, who forced you off the road. It may also be the result of defects in the roadway, or poorly designed or manufactured components on your bike.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

We offer a free initial consultation to anyone who has suffered a personal injury, including a motorcycle accident injury. Call our office toll free at 1-866-288-6010 or send us an e-mail to set up an appointment.

Bicycle Crash Victim Was Renowned Scientist

Famed Scientist Killed in Bicycle Accident in Berkeley

Helmet & Gloves

In July, 2012, renowned scientist Shlomo Bentin was killed when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a dump truck in downtown Berkeley, California. A neuropsychologist known for his research and insights into how the human brain works, Bentin was a professor of psychology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. He was visiting Berkeley to conduct experiments with professors at the University of California.

Details of the accident were sketchy, but witnesses say Professor Bentin was riding his bicycle in the 2100 block of Bancroft Way when he collided with a dump truck. The truck driver initially left the scene of the accident, apparently unaware that he had struck Bentin. A passing motorcyclist followed him and he returned to the scene of the accident, where he was interviewed by police. Law enforcement officers confirmed that Bentin was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but that the helmet was shattered in the collision.

Bentin’s death only illustrates the challenges that bicyclists face when traveling on the roadways in California. Though there have been national campaigns to increase awareness of the presence of cyclists, the fact that the driver of the dump truck was unaware that he had struck a bicyclist is all too familiar. Many bicyclists follow all appropriate safety procedures, and still incur serious and catastrophic injury, or even death, because of the carelessness or recklessness of motorists.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

We offer a free initial consultation to anyone who has suffered a personal injury, including individuals who have been hurt in bicycle accidents. Call our office toll free at 1-866-288-6010 or send us an e-mail to set up an appointment.

 
 
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