Federal Regulators Delay Decision about Motorcycle Anti-Lock Brakes

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According to statistics, injury and death on America’s roadways has escalated significantly over the past couple years. Many believe the rise to be tied to the availability of cheap gas, an incentive for people to spend more time on the road. Motorcycle safety advocates say the fatality rate among bikers has remained high, and say that federal regulators have failed to take action on a measure they believe would dramatically decrease the annual number of motorcycle-related deaths: the requirement that all bikes have anti-lock brake systems.

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS), which have been standard issue on most passenger vehicles for more than 25 years, prevent a vehicle’s wheels from locking up when the driver slams on the brakes. When wheels lock up, the driver has far less control and often cannot take any kind of evasive action. With anti-lock braking systems, a vehicle’s wheels will still turn, even though the vehicle speed is reduced.

Motorcycle safety groups have been asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require anti-lock braking systems for years, but the NHTSA has thus far opted not to do so. A spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated that, with anti-lock braking systems installed on all motorcycles, the number of annual fatalities in bike accidents could be reduced by as much as 30%. Regulators were apparently close to making ABS mandatory on motorcycles almost a decade ago, but some regulators backed off, contending that there was “insufficient proof” that the systems were effective. Motorcycle safety groups have called this assertion “disingenuous.”

Though some motorcycle manufacturers have offered ABS as an option, BMW appears to be the only company in the United States to make it standard equipment on all bikes.

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, 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.

Motorcyclist in Fatal Collision with Car, Then Strikes Pedestrian, at McAllister & Van Ness, San Francisco on 1/10/15

Fatal injuries were suffered by a motorcyclist who collided with a car in the afternoon of January 10, 2015 at the intersection of McAllister Street and Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California. After the motorcycle collided with the car, it also struck and injured a pedestrian.

Our firm has successfully handled many motorcycle accident cases, which often result in serious and permanent injuries, or death, and have obtained compensation for the victims or their families from the responsible parties.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are also well-experienced in motorcycle accidents, as well as automobile, truck and bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls, and other accidents including those involving serious injuries or 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.

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.

Motorcyclist Killed in Collision With SUV on Bear Creek Road, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA on 9/9/13

On the afternoon of Monday, September 9, 2013, a man driving a motorcycle was involved in a collision with an SUV on Bear Creek Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries. Reports indicate that the SUV driver was attempting to make a left turn.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in motorcycle accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as auto, bus, truck, 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.

Two Motorcyclists Killed in Collision with Car on Palm Avenue in Fair Oaks, CA on 4/13/13

On Saturday night, April 13, 2013 at about 9:35 p.m., a collision occurred on San Juan Avenue in Fair Oaks between a motorcycle and an auto which was attempting to turn left onto Palm Avenue.

The operator of the motorcycle was thrown from his vehicle and died at the scene. His female passenger was transported to the hospital, but later died from her severe injuries.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in motorcycle accidents, including many that involve wrongful death, as well as auto, bicycle and pedestrian 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 bicycle accident, auto accident, motorcycle 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.

Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Van on Marconi & Fair Oaks, Carmichael, 3/26/13

At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, a motorcyclist and a van collided near the intersection of Marconi Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael, California. The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries, and another motorcyclist was taken to the hospital.

The personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in motorcycle accident cases, including those involving serious injuries, or 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 a motorcycle accident, auto 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.

Jef Leppard – The Bay Area Loses a much Loved Musician

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On June 10 this year, the Bay Area music community lost one of its own as Jeff Davis – a.k.a., Jef Leppard – and his wife Nikki were involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. According to available reports, Jeff and Nikki were struck by a Grey Audi at 30th Avenue and Fulton St. in San Francisco. Nikki was a passenger on the motorcycle and was ejected from the seat. She was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital with serious injuries and was listed in critical condition. Jeff (age 39), unfortunately, was pinned under the Audi and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead on arrival at San Francisco General.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Affects Family and Fans of Jef Leppard

Mr. Davis played in a number of Bay Area heavy metal bands before settling more and more into the role of a much sought after audio engineer. Mr. Davis helped Bay Area bands like Aerial Ruin create a unique sound that helped define each band’s sound vision. Mr. Davis’ passion for his job and the music he loved meant he often spent long hours working directly with band members on track after track of recorded music for little or no compensation. Although Jeff worked full-time during the day, his unwavering commitment to friends and music meant he was more than willing to work late into the night helping the musicians that came to admire and love him.

San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Weber & Nierenberg

Careless or negligent drivers almost always claim they never saw the motorcyclist they hit. As a result, it’s not uncommon for drivers to blame motorcycle riders for accidents that involve them. At Weber & Nierenberg, we’ve represented countless bikers in personal injury cases. We know how to collect evidence, evaluate accident scenes, and reconstruct what happened. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact San Francisco motorcycle accident attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg today.

More Motorcycles On The Road Resulting in More Motorcycle Deaths

With gas prices soaring and people more concerned than ever with saving money due to the economy, it is not surprising that motorcycle sales are on the rise. In fact, motorcycle sales have increased by approximately 30% since 2001. People buy motorcycles because they get great gas mileage, they are cost effective, and bikers are cool.

However, and not surprisingly, with increased motorcycle sales, motorcycle accidents have also risen, as have motorcycle deaths. Motorcycle related deaths have risen an alarming 50% to coincide with the increased sales.

According to statistics, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident than car drivers, with a large percentage coming in the first year of owning a bike because of the lack experience and inability to recognize dangers. Motorcyclists must be extra defensive when riding because regardless of fault, they will likely be severely injured or killed.

Motorcycle accidents and the wrongful death of motorcyclists can occur in many ways, including the following common causes of motorcycle accidents:

  • An automobile strikes a motorcyclist because the car driver is not paying attention
  • A motorcycle accident caused by a defective road condition, such as pothole or road construction with inadequate warning
  • Motorcycle accidents caused by cars driving too close to the motorcycle
  • Accidents cause by motor vehicle drivers failing to stop at a red light or stop sign

We want you to be extra cautious when riding a motorcycle, especially if you are a beginner. Talk to other bikers and learn how to recognize and avoid accidents or car crashes. However, if you have been involved in a motorcycle wreck, or if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle collision, we may be able 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.

 

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