Motorcycle Accident

3 Tips for Driving Safely Near Motorcycles

by Staff Blogger | May 15th, 2019

Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable travelers on the road. Because motorcycles lack safety features, motorcyclists face more inherent risks than drivers and passengers in other vehicles, and their helmets and riding gear can only protect them so much during crashes.

Next time you’re on California’s roadways, be alert and aware of any motorcyclists riding near you, and  keep these three tips in mind to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident:

    1. Give motorcycles plenty of space. Don’t follow motorcycles too closely. In the event of an emergency, both you and the motorcyclist in front of you will need plenty of space to stop.
    2. Check your blind spots before merging or changing lanes. Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, and they can sometimes be hard to see. Look twice before moving over.
    3. Use traffic signals when merging. Give motorcyclists fair warning when you plan on changing lanes to avoid a collision.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving the Bay Area

If you or someone you love was harmed in a motorcycle accident, the California motorcycle accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers are here for you. We have more than 35 years of experience helping injury victims throughout California, and we have the knowledge and experience to build a strong claim on your behalf. Contact us today to get started with a free case review.

3 Reasons to Get a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | April 29th, 2019

If you were recently injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be too hurt to go back to work. And when you’re not working, you’re not earning the paychecks your family depends on. That can make it difficult to pay for your day-to-day living expenses, let alone your expensive medical bills.

To make matters worse, the injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are often painful and debilitating. Your priority right now is trying to get better—but you know you need help with your injury-related expenses. That’s where we come in.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you in three important ways:

  1. We’ll collect evidence to determine who was at fault—Insurance companies are often biased against motorcycle accident victims. But even the most biased adjusters can’t argue with cold, hard evidence—and that’s what we’ll collect when we build your claim.
  2. We’ll calculate how much money you’re owed—Because motorcycle accident injuries can be life-threatening, the medical treatments you need may be expensive. In addition, you may be out of work for weeks, months, or even years. Let us calculate exactly how much money you deserve.
  3. We’ll negotiate to get you fair compensation—After we’ve established the accident wasn’t your fault and how much money your claim is worth, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to get you paid. And if the insurance company won’t cooperate, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.

Motorcyclists Face Higher Injury Risks

by Staff Blogger | March 6th, 2019

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that most motorcyclists throughout California are committed to safe riding practices and wearing full gear all the time. Unfortunately, those safety precautions are no match for other motorists’ negligence. Whether they drift into motorcyclists’ lanes or simply fail to look out for motorcyclists, a driver’s careless mistake can result in life-or-death situations for motorcyclists.

Because riders don’t have the outer protection of a vehicle, they face a greater risk of suffering severe injuries if involved in a crash. In fact, recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed and 6 times more likely to suffer injuries than those traveling in passenger vehicles.

How You Can Reduce Your Risks

The California motorcycle accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers have seen the devastating effects of motorcycle accidents, and it’s our goal to help injured motorcyclists get maximum compensation after crashes that weren’t their fault. We also want to educate them on how they can protect themselves and reduce their risks of injury.

Whether you’re cruising around town or riding a longer distance, it’s important to wear all the proper safety gear, including:

  • A DOT-approved or Snell-certified helmet
  • Padded riding pants and jackets
  • Over-the-ankle riding boots
  • Gloves

Motorcyclists can also reduce their risks by following all traffic laws, riding at a safe speed, and riding defensively.

We Serve Injured Motorcyclists in California

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that even the safest, most experienced motorcyclists are vulnerable when other drivers are negligent. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident in California through no fault of your own, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us now for a free case review.

Hurt on Your Motorcycle? The Insurance Company May Be Biased Against You.

by Staff Blogger | December 17th, 2018

Motorcycle accident injuries are often painful and disabling. Even the most well-equipped riders are still at risk of suffering broken bones, road rash, and even paralysis when they’re involved in accidents.

Despite the severity of motorcycle accidents and the challenges that victims often face, insurance companies may be reluctant to give injured riders the compensation they deserve. That’s because they often unfairly blame motorcyclists for their own accidents.

Although most motorcyclists are safety-conscious and extremely careful when they ride, insurance companies and their adjusters may have biases against them. They often think of motorcyclists as reckless and a danger to themselves and others. And when injured riders file claims seeking compensation after accidents that weren’t their fault, the deck may already be stacked against them.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident attorneys know how unfair that bias is against responsible riders. That’s why we do everything in our power to help motorcyclists get a fair shake when they file compensation claims. From gathering evidence that proves riders weren’t at fault, to calculating exactly how much money they deserve and negotiating to help them get it, we’re here to help injured motorcyclists every step of the way.

Don’t let the insurance company deny your claim without giving it a fair and honest review. Call us today for a free consultation, and let our legal team build a case that the insurance company can’t ignore.

Motorcycle Accidents Often Cause Serious Injuries

by Staff Blogger | October 22nd, 2018

If you ride a motorcycle, you know how important it is to protect yourself every time you head out on California’s highways and interstates. That includes riding defensively, always being on the lookout for vehicles, and wearing full safety gear, including an industry-approved helmet, riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots.

Taking those steps can significantly reduce your risk of being involved in an accident, but there’s always a chance you’ll be struck by a vehicle. That’s because motorists don’t always look out for motorcycles, especially at intersections or during times of reduced visibility. And while wearing all the gear, all the time can help reduce your chances of suffering serious injuries, the lack of protection and safety features on motorcycles means riders are always vulnerable.

Some of the most common serious injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:

  • Head injuries—Industry-approved motorcycle helmets are designed to significantly reduce the risk of brain injuries or death during crashes. But they can only withstand so much force. When riders are thrown from their bikes or collide with vehicles or other objects, they’re still at risk of suffering debilitating head injuries.
  • Spinal injuries—No safety gear can provide adequate protection for riders’ spines during crashes. Everything from the forces generated at the point of collision to impact with the ground can cause permanent spinal injuries that can result in paralysis.
  • Skin injuries—Any area of skin that’s exposed during motorcycle crashes can be seriously injured. Road rash is a common and painful complication after motorcycle accidents, and it can leave victims suffering and disfigured.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help anyone who was hurt while riding on two wheels. Call us today for a free consultation.

What Compensation Is Available for Motorcycle Accident Victims?

by Staff Blogger | July 16th, 2018

When people are involved in car, truck, and SUV accidents, they’re susceptible to suffering serious injuries, but they also have the benefit of protective safety features. Seat belts and airbags—not to mention the frames of their vehicles—help keep them safe and reduce the severity of their injuries.

Motorcycles, on the other hand, have no protective features whatsoever. It’s up to riders to protect themselves by wearing full safety gear. But even the most well-equipped riders are still vulnerable to suffering disabling and even life-threatening injuries when they’re involved in crashes with other vehicles.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many riders who were injured through no fault of their own get compensation for their accident-related expenses, which often include:

  • Medical bills—Motorcyclists often suffer different injuries than drivers and passengers in four-wheeled vehicles. Their injuries often include head trauma/traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and road rash. Those injuries frequently require extensive rehabilitation and even surgery to treat, and victims may need to be hospitalized for long periods of time.
  • Lost wages—Because of the severity of motorcycle accident-related injuries, many victims are unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even years. Being out of work can be financially devastating for victims and their families, especially when medical bills start piling up.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced legal team right away. The longer you wait to file a compensation claim, the more difficult it may be to get the money you deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation.

Motorcyclists, Watch Out for These Road Hazards

by Staff Blogger | May 7th, 2018

Damaged roadways or accumulated debris on pavement often represent nothing more than minor annoyances for drivers in most vehicles. But for motorcyclists, even minor asphalt damage or obstacles in their path can significantly increase their risks of being involved in accidents.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident lawyers know that one of the biggest threats that motorcyclists face is other drivers, and that’s we why fight hard to get riders compensation when they’re hurt by negligent motorists. But we also know that serious and even life-threatening accidents can occur when motorcyclists lose control of their bikes due to environmental factors.

The next time you head out on your motorcycle, be sure to watch out for these common hazards:

  • Potholes—Small potholes may go unnoticed by drivers in cars, trucks, and SUVs, but they can be extremely hazardous to motorcyclists. Unlike large potholes, which may be visible from a long distance away, small potholes are difficult to see until you’re directly in front of them. You can reduce your risks by slowing down and always keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead.
  • Gravel—Roads that have fallen into disrepair may become gravel-filled, while other roads may be partially or fully gravel by default. Gravel is dangerous for motorcyclists, as it doesn’t generate as much traction for tires as asphalt or concrete. Be cautious when turning on gravel surfaces, as it’s easy to lose control.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Defensive Riding Tips for Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | January 15th, 2018

Defensive driving is one of the best ways to stay safe and avoid accidents in cars, trucks, and SUVs, but it also applies to motorcycles. In fact, being attentive, cautious, and prepared for accidents is especially important for motorcyclists, as they face huge risks every time they ride near other vehicles.

Drivers don’t always look out for motorcyclists, which means many wrecks occur at high speeds. In addition, motorcyclists lack the built-in safety features that other motorists and their passengers enjoy, including airbags and seat belts. Although wearing motorcycle safety gear can help reduce the risk of serious injuries, it can’t eliminate it entirely.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California motorcycle accident lawyers know that motorcycle safety is more than wearing the right gear. You can reduce your risks of being involved in a motorcycle accident by following these tips:

  • Maximizing visibility – Not being seen by other drivers is one of the biggest causes of motorcycle accidents. You can make yourself more easily visible by turning on your headlights, wearing brightly colored clothing and safety gear, and staying out of other vehicles’ blind spots.
  • Slowing down at intersections – A huge number of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections and junctions. Drivers are used to watching for other cars, trucks, and SUVs, but they don’t always look for motorcycles. Reduce your speed and watch the movements of other vehicles any time you enter an intersection.

If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, don’t hesitate to get the legal representation you deserve. We know how to build successful claims, and we’re ready to get to work for you. Call today for a free consultation.

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.

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.