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.

2 Common Causes of Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | September 11th, 2017

Semi trucks and tractor trailers are vital to the nation’s economy. They’re responsible for transporting goods from one end of the country to the other, making it possible for people to buy the things they need regardless of where they live in the U.S.

But big trucks’ ubiquity and the increasing demand for consumer goods also mean that there are more trucks than ever on the nation’s roadways, including the streets, highways, and interstates in California. And the more trucks there are, the greater the risk all drivers face when they share the road with those 80,000-pound behemoths.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that truck accidents can and do occur under a wide variety of circumstances. However, we also know that two highly common causes often lead to truck crashes:

  • Driver fatigue – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created driver service hour restrictions to help keep fatigued, sleepy, and exhausted truck drivers off the road. Unfortunately, some drivers and trucking companies exceed the FMCSA’s restrictions to increase profits and shorten trips, putting themselves and others at risk.
  • Improper loading – While trucks are designed to carry up to 80,000 pounds, the weight of their loads must be secured and evenly distributed. Even larger, more powerful trucks can struggle or become difficult to drive if their loads shift or become loose during transit. In some cases, trucks with uneven loads can even flip, blocking roadways and causing serious accidents.

No matter what caused your truck accident, it’s important that you contact a California truck accident attorney right away. We can collect valuable evidence that could protect your rights to compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

Auto Accident Compensation

by Staff Blogger | September 4th, 2017

Auto accidents are traumatic in many ways. They can cause victims to suffer painful, disabling, and even life-threatening injuries. But for some victims, the injuries they suffer are just the beginning of the complications they’ll face after their accidents.

Getting treated for car accident-related injuries can be expensive, and more serious injuries lead to higher hospital bills. To make matters worse, many victims suffer injuries that cause them to become temporarily or permanently disabled. That means they can’t go back to work for months, years, or even for the rest of their lives.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California car accident lawyers fight for the rights of injured victims to get compensation for:

  • Medical bills – The costs of transportation to the hospital in an ambulance, emergency surgery, prolonged hospital stays, and physical rehabilitation are expenses that you may not be able to pay for on your own.
  • Lost wages – Your job is your livelihood, and your paycheck keeps you and your loved ones fed, clothed, and sheltered. When you lose your paycheck because of a severe injury, you may resort to spending your savings or even declaring bankruptcy to keep your head above water.

Our legal team believes that innocent victims shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket for accidents that weren’t their fault. Get an advocate on your side, and let us fight for your rights. Call us today for a free consultation.

Wear the Right Gear to Stay Safe on Your Motorcycle.

by Staff Blogger | August 28th, 2017

It’s always motorcycle weather in the Bay Area, and there’s nothing quite like cruising around the city or along the California coast on two wheels. Whether you ride for pleasure or as your primary method of transportation, safety should always be your top priority.

As a motorcyclist, you lack the protection that drivers and passengers in cars, trucks, and SUVs have when they’re involved in collisions. That means it’s up to you to protect yourself in the event of an accident. The best way to reduce your risk of suffering serious and life-threatening injuries is to wear the proper safety gear.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident lawyers know that riders are safest when they wear:

  • Approved and certified helmets – Make sure your helmet is full face and approved by DOT or ECE 22.05-certified.
  • Riding jackets and pants – Jeans and traditional leather jackets don’t offer enough protection against the open road. Padded riding gear helps reduce your risk of injuries.
  • Boots that cover your ankles – Motorcycle boots are designed to protect your toes, feet, and ankles in the event of a crash.
  • Gloves – If you’re thrown from your motorcycle, your hands may be the first part of your body to contact the ground. Keep them safe with high-quality, thick, and padded gloves.

Quality motorcycle gear is designed to be breathable and stylish, which means you can ride in comfort without sacrificing your own safety. If you don’t have the proper gear, make sure you’re fully outfitted before you head out on your next ride.

Drivers don’t always look out for motorcyclists, but wearing full safety gear can help reduce your risks in the event of a crash. However, you may still get seriously hurt. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, we may be able to assist you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Stay Safe on Your Boat.

by Staff Blogger | August 21st, 2017

Summer is winding down, but one of the major perks of living in Northern California is enjoying great boating weather for most of the year. Whether you’re out for a solo cruise or entertaining friends and family, it’s hard to beat a beautiful day on the water.

But boats can be dangerous if you’re not cautious. Boats don’t have the same safety features as cars, trucks, and SUVs, which means accidents can put occupants at high risk of suffering serious injuries.

To reduce your chances of being hurt on your boat or anyone else’s boat this summer and fall, follow these tips:

  • Never drive a boat while or after drinking alcohol. Boating while intoxicated is just as dangerous as driving a vehicle while intoxicated. When you’re over the legal limit, you’re more likely to lose control of your boat and collide with other vessels, docks, or sea walls.
  • Pack enough life jackets for everyone on board. California law requires that all boats 16 feet or longer contain one life jacket for every passenger, as well as a rescue flotation device such as a ring, cushion, or horseshoe buoy. Life jackets are essential in the event of an emergency.

Even if you’re already taking these safety precautions on California’s waterways, not all boaters are as safety-conscious. If you or someone you love was injured in a boating accident, Berg Injury Lawyers wants to help. Our California boat accident attorneys can review your case, and we’ll do our best to protect your rights. Call today for a free consultation.

Common Complications of Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2017

When a person’s brain is damaged during an accident, they may experience subtle or profound changes in their ability to do their job, communicate effectively, or even take care of themselves without assistance. Every traumatic brain injury (TBI) is different and has its own symptoms and life-altering effects.

People who suffer from TBIs can experience a wide range of complications, but most can be divided into three categories:

  • Cognitive problems – When parts of the brain responsible for cognition are injured, victims can experience difficulties with things like memory, learning and reasoning, and communication issues such as difficulty understanding speech or writing.
  • Behavioral problems – Some TBI victims may act differently than they did before their accidents. They may suddenly have difficulty with self-control, lack behavioral awareness, or engage in risky behavior. In addition, their emotional states may change rapidly, and they may be prone to depression, anxiety, and anger.
  • Physical problems – Because the brain is responsible for so many bodily processes, TBI victims can experience a host of physical symptoms. They may suffer nerve damage—especially in their eyes or facial muscles—and they may develop problems with their senses, including altered taste, ringing in their ears, blurry vision, and difficulty keeping their balance.

When TBIs are severe, victims can even experience altered consciousness, including fainting spells, coma, and even brain death.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California brain injury lawyers know that people can suffer TBIs in a variety of circumstances, including car accidents, boat accidents, motorcycle accidents, and more. If you or someone you love suffered a TBI because of another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your options.

Don’t Accept a Lowball Settlement.

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2017

When you get hurt because of another person’s negligence, you may need extensive medical treatment. But this can keep you out of work for weeks, months, or even years. Losing the paycheck you rely on can make keeping up with day-to-day living expenses difficult, and it only gets harder once your medical bills begin to add up.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that many victims are most concerned about how they’re going to pay for their initial medical bills and their families’ cost of living in the aftermath of their injuries.

Unfortunately, we also know that insurance companies take advantage of the “sticker shock” many victims experience when they get their first medical bills. That’s why they’re able to offer lowball settlement offers, which many victims accept.

Having an experienced California personal injury lawyer on your side can help protect you from accepting unfair deals from the insurance company. We’ll work hard to help you get maximum compensation by:

  • Gathering evidence that proves you weren’t at fault – Insurance companies are reluctant to pay full settlements if they can’t prove that a victim wasn’t at fault for his or her injuries.
  • Calculating your current and future accident-related expenses – The expenses you’re facing right now can seem overwhelming, but they may just be the tip of the iceberg. We’ll determine the potential costs of your time away from work, rehabilitation, and follow-up surgeries and treatments and do our best to help you get these expenses covered by insurance.

Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you when you’re still in shock after your accident. Contact our legal team for a free consultation, and let us level the playing field for you and your loved ones.

2 Common Mistakes that Can Jeopardize an Injury Claim

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2017

Injuries caused by car, truck, boat, and motorcycle accidents can leave victims facing expensive medical bills and months without the paychecks they depend on. Unfortunately, many victims are stuck paying out of pocket after accidents that weren’t their fault—especially when they’re not aware of the tactics insurance adjusters use to reject their claims or reduce their settlements.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury attorneys work hard to protect victims like you from insurance adjusters who want to deny your right to compensation. But we also know that it can be difficult for victims to get money they deserve if they make common mistakes like these:

  1. Waiting too long to see a doctor after the injury occurs – Insurance companies are skeptical of most claims—especially when victims wait days, weeks, or even months to get their injuries examined. We tell clients to go to the doctor right away to protect their health and rights to compensation.
  1. Admitting fault to police, the other driver, or on social media – Injury accidents can be confusing and leave you in shock, confused, and disoriented. It is common for victims to have hazy or even inaccurate memories of the moments leading up to accidents. Admitting fault can disqualify accident victims from receiving compensation—even if evidence later proves you didn’t cause the accident.

Our legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims throughout the Bay Area. From the moment you call us, we’ll work hard to make sure your claim gets the attention and respect it deserves. Get in touch with us today—just fill out an online consultation form.

Know the Truck “No Zones”

by Staff Blogger | July 24th, 2017

Driving near a semi-truck or tractor trailer can be a nerve-wracking experience. Not only do big trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds and have much longer stopping distances than cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs, but they also have huge blind spots that can put other drivers at risk.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that truck drivers have limited visibility on all four sides of their vehicles—which are areas called “No Zones.”

These areas include:

  • 20 feet in front of the truck’s cabin
  • One lane width directly underneath and behind the driver side of the truck
  • Two lane widths directly underneath and behind the passenger side of the truck
  • 30 feet behind the truck’s trailer

Because truck “No Zones” are so large, it’s important for drivers to be aware of them when they drive near big rigs. One key to remember is that if you can’t see a truck driver’s mirrors, there’s a good chance he can’t see your vehicle.

“No Zones” are just one factor that can contribute to truck accidents. Negligence on behalf of the truck driver, owner, or company can also lead to serious crashes that cause victims to suffer serious injuries. If you or someone you love was hurt in a big truck accident, Berg Injury Lawyers is here to help. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

Big Rigs Barreling Down California Roads

by Staff Blogger | July 17th, 2017

The weight of a tractor trailer is the equivalent of twenty normal cars. That’s up to 80,000 lbs. of pure muscle barreling down the highway toward its destination. Most of the time, these behemoths make their deliveries without incident due to the skill and experience of the operator. Unfortunately, accidents involving big trucks happen more than you might think, and the results are often devastating.

The focus needed to safely operate a big rig is substantial. Drivers must be attentive at all times to ensure their own safety, the safety of their load, and the safety of every other driver on the road. When a fatigued driver gets behind the wheel, they put California lives at risk. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen firsthand the destruction a big truck can cause a family and its community. That’s why we fight so hard to defend the rights of injury victims who’ve been hit by a truck driver. They deserve maximum compensation for what they’ve been through, are going through, and have yet to endure.

If you’ve been injured in a big truck accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation to you, and if we feel we can help, we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation in the least amount of time. Don’t try to fight the big trucking company alone. Contact us today for a free consultation.