California Highway Patrol Partners in Effort to Reduce Number of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle-Accidents

In partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol has developed and implemented a new motorcycle safety program, known as Have A Good Ride IV (HAGR IV). The program calls for enhanced motorcycle safety enforcement along roadways in California where bike accidents are statistically more common. Those officers will concentrate of the enforcement of those infractions that are most likely to lead to an accident, including speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, lane splitting and making illegal turns.

The program also includes a year-long series of public service campaigns targeted at improving safety and visibility for motorcyclists in California. The program designates May as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” and addresses such issues as the use of helmets and strategies for road-sharing with other motorists.

The initiative is a response, in part to data gathered by California DMV officials showing nearly a million registered motorcycles in the state, and about 1.4 million residents licensed to ride motorcycles. Records show that, in 2017, more than 500 bikers were killed and nearly 15,000 suffered injuries in traffic collisions.

The California Highway Patrol offers training to all motorcyclists through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. There are training facilities across the state. To learn more or to find a place to enroll in the training, go to californiamotorcyclist.com.

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Personal Protective Equipment for Bikers

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There’s nothing that compares to the feeling you get on a motorcycle—the sense of freedom, the wind in your face, you against the elements. But that feeling comes at a cost—the risk of injury is significantly higher on a bike than in a car. For that reason, many bikers choose to use personal equipment (PPE) to minimize the risk of serious injury. Personal protective equipment can serve a number of purposes, from lessening the impact of a fall or increasing visibility (to other motorists) to abrasion control or weather protection. Here are some of the tools bikers use to take some of the potential sting out of riding.

  • An approved helmet—Studies show that more than a third of motorcycle accidents result in impact with the chin bar. A full-face helmet can eliminate most of the trauma caused by this impact. Such a helmet can also reduce the risk of road rash and permanent scarring/disfigurement of the face.
  • Clothing—Many bikers wear heavy-duty jackets and pants, made from leather, Kevlar, Cordura, ballistic nylon or other materials. The jackets usually include extra padding in the elbows and the pants can have similar protective material in the knees. Jackets and pants can also have a hard armor-like shell, often worn by competition riders.
  • Gloves—Gloves are also available in Kevlar, leather and similar materials, and may include special padding around the knuckles. The gloves are typically curved to allow better control on the handlebars.
  • Goggles or a helmet visor—If you don’t wear a full-face helmet, you can still protect your eyes and most of your face with goggles. It’s not uncommon to hit bugs or have small stones kick up from the roadway.
  • Boots—Most motorcycle boots are reinforced around the toes and ankles, either with steel, titanium plating or synthetic materials. Also, make certain the soles are rubber, not leather.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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Safety experts have long known that motorcycle accidents are far more deadly than other types of motor vehicle accidents, with statistics showing the fatality rate to be 35 times that of other motorists per mile driven. You can never fully protect yourself from the carelessness or inattention of other drivers, but understanding the most frequent causes of car-motorcycle accidents may help you anticipate and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Here are the most common factors leading to motorcycle crashes.

Head-On Accidents

In nearly four of every five (78%) of car-motorcycle collisions, an automobile strikes the bike from the front. Such an impact is deadly, accounting for more than half of the deaths in motorcycle accidents (56%). More than half of those accidents happen when the driver of another motor vehicle makes a left turn into the path of the oncoming motorcyclist. When questioned after such an accident, most motorists contend that they never saw the biker until it was too late.

Lane Splitting

Lane splitting is an extremely dangerous tactic, where a motorcyclist passes cars or other motorists by riding between lanes of traffic. Lane splitting makes it extremely difficult for a biker to maneuver, and bikers who are lane splitting may not be visible in a driver’s side-view mirror.

Road Hazards

With just two wheels, a motorcycle is generally less stable than a car. Accordingly, when you unexpectedly hit loose gravel, a pothole or detritus on the road, you can easily lose control and crash.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around SF Bay Area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

The Importance of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists’ Coverage for Motorcyclists

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If you ride a motorcycle, here’s one thing you want to make certain you have—the maximum coverage on your own motor vehicle insurance for uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage.

What is Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists’ Coverage?

With almost every motor vehicle insurance policy, there’s an additional rider that can be purchased (for an additional premium) that provides additional coverage to you should be involved in an accident with a driver who either has no insurance or has limited insurance. It’s a very good idea, as a biker, to purchase this additional coverage, as any injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident will likely be serious. As a result, even if the other driver has insurance, if your injuries are extensive, you may exhaust the limits of liability before all your losses are covered.

There’s a fundamental difference between uninsured motorists and underinsured motorists coverage. An uninsured motorists provision applies when the other driver had no insurance to cover the costs of any injury or property damage. An underinsured motorists’ provision is designed to address those situations where the amount of coverage the at-fault party has will not cover all the losses incurred. For example, you may have traumatic brain injury or spinal cord trauma, with projected costs of health care or other needs of hundreds of thousands of dollars or even a million dollars or more. If the person who cause the accident had a cap of $50,000 on liability for any accident, you may need to pursue a claim against your own policy to get the benefits you need.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring almost 30 years of experience to people in and around Sacramento who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

Critical Steps to Take After a Car Accident!

When you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you don’t want to jeopardize your rights by failing to preserve critical evidence or making statements that can be used against you. In the uncertain moments following a collision, you can easily lose track of your thoughts and make crucial mistakes. This article outlines the steps you need to take after a car crash to protect your rights.

Before You Leave the Scene of the Accident

The first thing you need to do after an accident is verify the extent of any injuries to you or your passengers. Check immediately to see that everyone is conscious and can move under their own power. If a passenger is unconscious or cannot move, leave them alone unless they are in danger of further injury. EMT personnel will be better equipped to take care of them. If anyone is unconscious or need immediate medical attention, call 911.

Your next step should be to move your vehicle out of harm’s way, if possible. Your safety is the most important factor at this point. Don’t worry about being able to show how the accident occurred. Accident reconstruction specialists can put the pieces together even if the vehicles have been moved.

If you have not yet called law enforcement officers, telephone them and stay in your car until they arrive (unless it is unsafe to do so). You may have a lot of nervous energy after the accident and may be inclined to talk more than you should or want to. Don’t spend unnecessary time in conversation with other drivers. You may say something that will be held against you in court.

Once police officers arrive, gather relevant information from them, such as name, badge number and jurisdiction. Provide them with any information they request, including identification and proof of insurance. Do not volunteer information, but provide clear answers to their questions.

Before you leave the scene of the accident, you should also ask other drivers for important information, including name, address, phone number, insurance provider and policy number. If you have a camera, you should take as many pictures as you can, showing damages to other vehicles or other property, personal injuries, skid marks and important road signs or signals.

After You Leave the Scene of the Accident

Your first inclination after leaving the scene of the accident may be to contact your insurance carrier. Instead, you should call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies have a vested interest in paying as little as possible for your injury. An attorney will put your needs first, seeking full and fair compensation for your losses. Your attorney may also act as your liaison with your insurer, making certain you get full and fair compensation for all your losses.

If you have not sought medical care at the scene of the accident, you may want to take yourself to the hospital or a clinic, so that you get a documented report of any immediately observable injuries. If your injuries are minor, you should nonetheless set up an appointment with your doctor to get a full examination.

You will need to notify your insurance provider in a timely manner. Don’t sign anything, however, without talking with an attorney.

A San Francisco personal injury law firm can help

Unfortunately, no matter how many advances have been made in transportation, accidents still happen and individuals can become seriously injured. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a public transportation accident contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your injury case.

Young Cyclist Collided with Car on Green Valley Road, Danville, on 1/28/15

Serious injuries were suffered by a teenager bicycling on Green Valley Road near Hope Lane in Danville, California, when he collided with a car.

The young man’s injuries were sufficiently serious that he was removed by helicopter ambulance to the hospital.

Our firm has successfully handled several cases like this, which often result in serous and permanent injuries, and have obtained compensation for the victims from the responsible parties.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are also well-experienced in bicycle accidents, as well as automobile and motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls, and other accidents including those involving wrongful death, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding injuries or wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident, fall or other type of personal injury or wrongful death, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

11-Year Old Passenger Dies When SUV Veers Off Road and Hits Tree off Interstate 280 in Burlingame, CA on 9/13/14

On September 13, 2014 in the early morning hours, an 11-year old passenger in a SUV suffered fatal injuries when the SUV veered off the roadway, down an embankment and struck a tree.

Our firm has successfully handled numerous cases involving wrongful death from vehicle and other accidents, obtaining compensation for the families of the victims from the responsible parties.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in automobile and motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents including those involving wrongful death, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding injuries or wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

3 Die in Rollover Accident on I-680 at Lake Herman Road in Benicia on 8/26/14

On Tuesday afternoon, August 26, 2014, three people were killed when their Acura veered into a ditch near the exit for Lake Herman Road off I-180 in Benicia.

Our firm has successfully handled numerous cases involving wrongful death from vehicle and other accidents, obtaining compensation for the families of the victims from the responsible parties.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents including those involving wrongful death, as well as automobile, motorcycle, bus, and truck accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding injuries or wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Bicyclist vs. Pedestrian Collision on Ralston Avenue in Belmont on 8/24/14

On Sunday afternoon, August 24, 2014, a bicyclist riding at the intersection of Ralston Avenue and Davis Drive in Belmont, California, collided with a 66 year-old female pedestrian. Both parties suffered injuries.

Our firm has successfully handled numerous cases involving bicycle and pedestrian accidents, obtaining compensation for the victims from the responsible parties.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents including those involving wrongful death, as well as automobile, motorcycle, bus, and truck accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding injuries or wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Injuries Suffered in Auto Collision on Northgate & 27th St., Oakland, CA, on 8/22/14

On Friday afternoon, August 22, 2014, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a collision between a Pontiac Grand Am and a Buick SUV occurred at the intersection of Northgate Avenue and 27th Street in Oakland.

The injured victims of this collision have a right to seek compensation from the responsible parties. Our firm has successfully handled many auto collision cases.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in automobile accidents and other types of injury claims, including those involving wrongful death, pedestrians, motorcycle, bicycle, bus, and truck accident cases. We will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

 
 
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