Bikers Beware – California Highway Patrol Beefs Up Enforcement Efforts

California Highway PatrolIt’s summer in California and, for many, there’s no better feeling than flying down the coast on a motorcycle with the wind in your face. Let’s face it—the scenic beauty and amazing terrain in California are like no other place on earth. Unfortunately, when you’re on a bike, you’re just not as visible as you are in other motor vehicles, and it’s a lot easier to lose control in an emergency. Though statistics show that most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence or carelessness of car and truck drivers, the California Highway patrol has indicated that it will be increasing its efforts to ensure that bikers don’t violate speed limits or other traffic laws.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, local offices of the California Highway Patrol will begin increased enforcement of aggressive driving or speeding laws among motorcyclists, beginning on August 1 and continuing until the end of September. Funding for the program comes from a grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The program will be implemented statewide.

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At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around the 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, Joe Nierenberg 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.

61-Year Old Motorcyclist Dies When Knocked Down by Big Rig on Mission Blvd., Fremont, on 10/8/14

In the early afternoon of October 8, 2014 at approx. 1:18 p.m., a 61 year-old man riding a Kawasaki motorcycle on Mission Boulevard in Fremont (off Highway 880 near Kato Road) was knocked from his motorcycle by the rear axle of a big-rig double tanker trailer. The unfortunate motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries. The big-rig driver left the scene, and a California Highway Patrol investigation is ongoing.

Our firm has successfully handled numerous cases involving wrongful death from motorcycle, automobile, truck 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.

Semis Collide, Driver Killed on Highway 12 in Suisun, CA on 9/3/13

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013 around 5:00 a.m., two semis collided on Highway 12 between Sunset Avenue and Walter Road in Suisun City. One of the semis was loaded with milk. One of the semi drivers suffered fatal injuries. Traffic was disrupted for many hours.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in motor vehicle and truck accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as motorcycle, bus, pedestrian and bicycle 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 a pedestrian accident or auto, motorcycle, bicycle, 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.

Blind Spots and Truck Accidents

Contact a San Francisco and Bay Area Attorney Following a Truck Accident

The blind spot that your car or light truck’s rear view mirror can’t detect is often larger and, consequently, more dangerous on semi trucks and other large trucks. Additionally, tractor trailers have a second blind spot near the rear of the vehicle. Drivers may even fail to see you when your vehicle is directly in front of the due to the truck cabs’ higher elevation. When truck drivers fail to see vehicles and pedestrians in blind spots and accidents occur, victims may be owed compensation.

For almost 30 years the personal injury lawyers of Weber & Nierenberg have assisted car and truck accident victims in Northern California. Our record includes numerous results of $1 million or more. We can answer your questions regarding truck accidents and blind spots and provide effective legal help.

How Blind Spots Can Lead to Serious Accidents

When large trucks turn, they often swing one way in order to turn the other way, in order to achieve a better angle. When truck drivers rely on their rear view mirrors to execute a “swinging turn”, they often rely on both of their rear view mirrors. Since there are blind spots or “no zones” on each side of the truck, “swinging turns” are significantly more dangerous than most driving maneuvers, and innocent pedestrians and other drivers pay the price.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck driver’s negligence involving rear view mirrors and blind spots, we can help by providing knowledgeable and experienced legal help. Our track record has resulted in needed compensation for countless clients injured in truck accident. For a no-charge consultation, contact us at 1-866-288-6010.

Blind Spots and Truck Accidents

Truck Accidents and Blind Spots — Bay Area Personal Injury Attorneys

There are four major blind spots on trucks and 18-wheelers that are commonly involved in truck accidents:

  • The rear of a truck, outside the purview of the truck’s side mirrors
  • Near the front of the truck’s left side, just behind the cabin
  • Near the front of the truck’s right side, outside the purview of the truck’s right-side mirror
  • The very front end of a truck and just off to the right

When car drivers are hit by trucks changing lanes it’s not uncommon for insurance companies and their lawyers to argue that the car driver bears some of the fault for driving in a truck’s blind spot. In rear-end collisions, similar arguments are made, including the claim that if a car driver hadn’t been following too closely in the first place, the accident would not have likely happened.

Insurance Claims, Truck Accidents and Blind Spots

California follows the principle of pure comparative negligence in car accident cases. This means that a car driver can recover damages even if he or she is 99 percent at fault in an accident. However, under the principle of pure comparative negligence, recovery of losses is reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to a driver. For example, if you suffer $100,000 in damages in a truck accident but are found to be 70 percent at fault, you’d be eligible to recover only $30,000.

Now you can see why the issue of whether or not you were driving in a truck’s blind spot might be important for an insurance agent to determine. In fact, it’s not uncommon for insurers to call you shortly after a car or truck accident and ask you questions about what you remember. Here, while the insurance agent may pretend to be concerned about how you’re doing, the real purpose of the call is to gather any information to shift more blame onto you and reduce the amount the insurance company has to pay you in an injury claim.

Driving in a Truck’s Blind Spot Does Not Automatically Make You at Fault

Just because you were hit or sideswiped while driving in a truck’s blind spot does not necessarily make you at fault in an accident with a truck. Truck drivers have a responsibility to change lanes safely, to drive the speed limit and to take precautions in case someone is driving in a blind spot. In cases involving rear-end collisions, trucks can’t make sudden stops or swerve in front of a driver to slow down or merge into traffic. Trucks should also have a “Mansfield Bar” installed on the back of their vehicle to prevent under-riding in rear-end collisions.

Investigate the Cause of a Truck Accident — Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At the San Francisco personal injury law office of Weber & Nierenberg, our car accident attorneys understand how to investigate and reconstruct car accidents with trucks. Working with experienced accident investigators and eyewitness testimony, we can often determine how a truck accident happened and expose negligence on the part of a truck driver.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your case, contact San Francisco truck accident attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg today.

Freak Trucking Accident Kills Woman: Why You Need a Good Lawyer

In 2008, a woman was hospitalized and later killed when some debris struck her windshield and caused a severe head injury. The debris was a 34 pound metal plate. No one knew where the debris came from and no one claimed responsibility.

Eventually, the family retained an attorney, who utilized a team of specialists and investigators to track down the debris and the companies responsible for the accident. There were three companies involved and all three either settled or were found liable in court.

This illustration demonstrates why an experienced personal injury attorney should be retained. First, a less experienced attorney or a person trying to resolve this case on their own may not have discovered all the parties responsible for the accident, and therefore may only have had a partial recovery for less compensation. Second, because multiple parties were involved, a skilled lawyer understands how to examine the various insurance policies and help you maximize the compensation from each party who contributed to the accident. And finally, an experienced attorney has the network of professionals and experts to perform the proper investigation and assist with medical testimony and other trial issues that can make or break a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Therefore, if you have been injured or lost a family member in an accident, such as the freak trucking accident outlined above, you should consult an experienced attorney ASAP. The sooner you retain a lawyer, the sooner an investigation can take place. The closer the proximity in time to the accident, the better it will be for you because witnesses and evidence will be more readily available.

With more than 25 years of experience, Weber & Nierenberg will 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.
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