Tips for Finding the Right Motorcycle Helmet

by Staff Blogger | November 20th, 2017

Because motorcycles don’t have any built-in safety features, it’s up to motorcyclists to wear the right gear to protect themselves. Riding jackets, riding pants, gloves, and boots are all vital pieces of safety equipment, but no piece of gear is as important as a helmet. Riders who wear helmets can significantly reduce their risk of disabling and life-threatening injuries when they’re involved in accidents.

As important as helmets are, it’s equally important for riders to find the right helmets. When helmets don’t meet proper standards or don’t fit correctly, they may be less effective during accidents. A few tips to help you find the right helmet include:

  • Buying a full-face helmet that is snug but not too tight – Full-face helmets include movable face shields. Smaller helmets are much less effective at protecting riders during crashes. Helmets should be snug but not too tight, and riders should never feel excess pressure or tightness when wearing helmets.
  • Making sure the helmet is certified – There are three types of motorcycle helmet certification: DOT, ECE 22.05, and Snell. All have different requirements and guidelines, and all are designed to provide high levels of protection during accidents.
  • Replacing a helmet immediately if you’re involved in an accident – Helmets are only designed to absorb one major impact. Afterward, their structural integrity is compromised, making them less effective at protecting riders.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident lawyers know that helmets save the lives of countless motorcyclists every year. We also know that even the most well-equipped bikers can suffer serious injuries when drivers are negligent.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a careless driver, call our office today for a free consultation.

What We Look for in Dog Bite Cases

by Staff Blogger | November 13th, 2017

Dog bites can be painful, traumatic, and even disabling. In severe cases, dog bites can even be life-threatening, especially if they become infected or when victims are small children or elderly adults.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that dogs bring joy to many families. But we also know that dogs have the potential to bite and cause serious injuries. Like most states, California has specific laws and ordinances concerning dogs to help protect guests on private and public property from bite-related injuries. When those laws or ordinances are violated, people can get hurt.

If you or someone you love was injured by a dog, get in touch with our California dog bite lawyers today. When evaluating dog bite claims, we look for the following facts to help build a strong case:

  • The dog wasn’t properly leashed. If the dog wasn’t on a leash or was on a leash that wasn’t compliant with state or local laws, we can use this information as evidence for a claim.
  • The dog wasn’t in an enclosure. In certain circumstances, a dog must be enclosed if not on a leash. When dogs are allowed to roam freely on private or public property, they can bite and seriously injure guests and visitors. We can investigate to find out if a dog owner violated these regulations.

Evidence can quickly disappear after a dog bite injury, so it’s important to get a legal advocate on your side right away. Call our office today for a free consultation.

Compensation for Brain Injury Victims

by Staff Blogger | November 6th, 2017

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’re proud to provide legal representation to victims of a variety of accidents and injuries, including auto accidents, truck accidents, drug injuries, and drunk driving accidents, just to name a few.

And while every accident or injury has the potential to be serious and even life-threatening, we know that accidents that affect the brain can be especially devastating. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can range from mild concussions to permanent brain damage. Victims who suffer TBIs can be left with profound physical and mental disabilities, and some even permanently lose their ability to live independently.

If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury because of another person’s negligence, we want to speak with you. It’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation for a variety of expenses, including:

  • Medical bills – TBIs require extensive medical treatment and intervention that health insurance may not fully cover—which can leave victims and their families in a financial bind.
  • Lost wages – Because TBIs can affect victims physically and mentally, it’s common for people who suffered brain injuries to be unable to go back to work.
  • Pain and suffering – TBIs can make it impossible for victims to enjoy their hobbies, and their quality of life and the quality of life of their caregivers can decrease dramatically.

If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury, don’t wait to get the experienced legal representation you deserve. Call our California brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

What We Look for in Truck Accident Cases

by Staff Blogger | October 30th, 2017

Tractor trailers can be 50-feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When they’re involved in accidents with cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs, the drivers and passengers in those vehicles are at high risk of suffering debilitating injuries that can put them out of work for weeks, months, or even years.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help innocent victims get the compensation they deserve after serious tractor trailer accidents. Our California truck accident lawyers have experience handling semi truck crash cases, and we know what to look for to build strong claims, including evidence such as:

  • Hours of service logs – Truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can work within specific time frames without having days off or taking breaks. We check service logs after accidents to verify that truck drivers didn’t violate industry regulations.
  • Truck weight limit violations – Trucks are rated for specific maximum cargo weights. Truck drivers and truck companies may exceed those limits to increase profits, but overloaded trucks can be difficult to drive and control. We can determine if the truck involved in an accident was overloaded.
  • Driver licensure and training – Driving a big rig is difficult. It requires extensive training along with good vision, quick reflexes, and sound judgment. But some truck companies hire drivers who are inexperienced or unlicensed. We can determine if the driver involved in an accident met the proper training and licensure standards needed to get behind the wheel.

Time is of the essence when pursuing a claim for compensation after a truck accident. Evidence can quickly disappear, and statutes of limitations may run out. Call today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.

Car Accident Risks Increase When Daylight Saving Time Ends.

by Staff Blogger | October 23rd, 2017

When daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, clocks will go back one hour. For most people, this means a welcome hour of extra sleep and a brighter, sunnier start to their days. But for others, it could result in serious and even life-threatening car accidents.

Studies show an increased risk of auto accidents when clocks change for both the beginning and end of daylight saving time. In the spring, the increased risks are a result of drivers losing an hour of sleep and being more fatigued behind the wheel.

In the fall, the reasons are more multi-faceted. The increased risks of auto accidents result from:

  • Anticipation of the time change. The change in time is often accompanied by changes in behavior. There may be an increase in the number of intoxicated drivers on the road when daylight saving time ends, especially as more drivers get behind the wheel late at night or early in the morning.
  • Inability to adapt to reduced visibility. The end of daylight saving time means earlier sunrises and earlier sunsets. Drivers who are used to heading home from work with plenty of light may suddenly find themselves driving home in total darkness.

Pedestrians are also at a higher risk for being involved in accidents after the end of daylight saving time, as they may be less likely to follow safety precautions.

No matter when your accident happened, the California car accident lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers want to speak with you. We know what it takes to build strong claims, and it’s our goal to help you. Call today for a free consultation.

Symptoms of Defective Medical Devices

by Staff Blogger | October 16th, 2017

Medical devices can bring life-changing relief from pain and other symptoms caused by illnesses and health conditions. But because they’re foreign objects that are inserted into the body, there’s always a risk that something will go wrong.

Some medical devices are known to pose dangers to those who receive them due to manufacturing defects, surgical errors, or low-quality materials. When medical devices fail or are defective, patients can be at risk of developing life-threatening complications.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective medical device lawyers want to help anyone who has been harmed by a medical device. Symptoms of defective medical devices include:

  • Bleeding – Medical devices can shift or break apart inside the body, causing tissue or organ damage, which results in severe bleeding.
  • Pain – One of the first symptoms that patients may notice if their medical devices are defective is pain. It can range from minor to excruciating, and it may be severe enough to put them out of work.
  • Infection – Medical devices aren’t always sterile. They can cause injuries that create a risk of serious infections, which can lead to systemic complications.

If you or someone you love suspects that your medical device is defective, call your doctor right away to get a full examination. Then, get in touch with an experienced law firm. We’re here to help 24/7, and our consultations are always free.

Who Should You Talk to if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

by Staff Blogger | October 9th, 2017

When loved ones develop long-term health problems that they aren’t capable of handling on their own, nursing homes can help bring their families peace of mind. Whether a loved one’s health and independence is compromised due to age or illness, the process of finding a quality nursing home facility can be a difficult transition for everyone involved.

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one can be made easier simply by knowing that they will be in a place with around-the-clock care and personalized attention. However, not all nursing homes meet the standards people expect. In fact, some are understaffed, under-budgeted, or staffed by untrained workers who neglect and even abuse residents.

If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it’s important to talk to the following people:

  • Your loved one – Ask your loved one what happened and get as much information as possible, including when the abuse occurred and whether it has happened before.
  • Nursing home management – Ask to speak with a manager or supervisor at the nursing home right away. Make sure they are aware of any potentially dangerous conditions, staff behaviors, or oversights.
  • A California nursing home abuse lawyer – All California nursing home residents have rights granted by the state, and our legal team wants to help protect your loved one’s rights.

Finding out that your loved one was abused or neglected while living in a nursing home is devastating, but we’re here to help. Call Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Injuries.

by Staff Blogger | October 2nd, 2017

Dogs are joyful and loyal additions to many families. But even the most well-trained and well-behaved dogs can still be unpredictable at times, and they may become aggressive or even bite those around them.

Most cities and communities in California have laws that require all dogs to be kept on leashes when they’re in public. However, those laws aren’t always followed, and some potentially aggressive dogs roam freely or on leashes that are too long, putting others at risk.

If you or someone you love was injured by a dog, our California dog bite injury lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for your bite-related expenses. Dog bites can be painful, disabling, and can include complications such as:

  • Infection – Dogs’ mouths are full of bacteria. When they bite, their long and sharp teeth can push some of that bacteria deep inside the skin and into the bloodstream, creating the potential for serious infections.
  • Nerve damage – Many dog bite victims are attacked on their hands or arms. These are vulnerable areas of the body due to their blood supply and number of nerves. Dog bites can cause severe bleeding and nerve damage, resulting in permanent disability.

Dog owners have a responsibility to others when they take their pets out in public, and that means following their local leash laws. When they fail to do so, others are risk of suffering serious injuries.

Berg Injury Lawyers knows how debilitating dog bite injuries can be, and we’re dedicated to helping victims get the money they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Who Has the Right of Way?

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2017

The Federal Highway Administration found that more than 50 percent of fatal or injury-causing auto accidents occur at or near intersections in the U.S. Whether you’re driving in a rural, suburban, or urban area, you’ll likely pass through many intersections on the way to your destination. Because intersections pose such a high risk for drivers, it’s vital to know the right of way rules for when you encounter other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

Some common rules that all drivers should keep in mind include:

  • Drivers at four-way stops get right of way in the order they arrived. Some drivers are confused by who has the right of way at four-way stops. The order is determined by who arrived at the stop sign first or who was next in line first. If you’re unsure, yield to the vehicle on your right.
  • Flashing yellow lights indicate right of way but to proceed with caution. Some traffic lights will flash yellow or red late at night or if they’ve been damaged. If you’re approaching an intersection with flashing yellow lights, you have the right of way, but you should proceed cautiously. If you have flashing red lights, come to a complete stop.
  • Crossing guards determine right of way in school zones. If you’re driving through a school zone, pay close attention to the crossing guard. He or she determines who gets right of way, regardless of stop signs or traffic signals.

The California auto accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers know that many crashes occur because drivers are unfamiliar with right of way laws or because they ignore them. If you were hurt in an accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

Motorcyclists: Beware of Left-Turning Vehicles.

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2017

As a motorcyclist, you face many threats every time you head out on California’s roadways. From potholes and slick roads to speeding drivers and fallen tree limbs, even a leisurely cruise through town can be fraught with peril if you aren’t cautious and committed to safe riding.

And while all of those pose significant danger to motorcyclists like you, many riders are unaware of another common cause of deadly accidents: left-turning vehicles. Because drivers are accustomed to looking for other vehicles, they’re more likely to make left turns directly in the path of oncoming motorcyclists than they are in the path of oncoming cars, trucks, and SUVs.

You can help protect yourself from these types of accidents by:

  • Traveling at a safe speed. Riding at or below the speed limit gives you more time to react when a potentially dangerous situation occurs—including times when drivers turn left and cut you off. It’s especially important to reduce your speed as you approach intersections and areas where vehicles frequently cut across multiple lanes of traffic to make left turns.
  • Using proper breaking techniques. Not all left-turn motorcycle accidents involve collisions between a vehicle and a motorcycle. Motorcyclists often suffer injuries in these scenarios because they’re forced to apply their brakes to slow down or stop to avoid hitting the vehicle. Proper braking techniques can help keep you upright and off the pavement, even during situations that require an immediate reduction in speed.

Berg Injury Lawyers’ team of California motorcycle accident lawyers knows that there are many factors that can cause disabling and life-threatening motorcycle accidents. If your accident was caused by a careless driver, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.

To find out how we may be able to assist you, call us today for a free consultation.