October 14th, 2019|
Riding a motorcycle has several advantages over driving a passenger vehicle. First, motorcycles are far quicker and more agile than most cars, trucks, and SUVs. They’re also extremely fuel efficient and easy to maintain. But they have one big drawback as well: the risk they pose to riders.
Put simply, motorcycles are unsafe during crashes. Around 31 percent of automobile crashes result in injuries, but only 0.29 percent result in fatalities. However, nearly 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in injuries, and 4.24 percent result in fatalities. The chances of being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident are high, and when it happens, it’s important to have experienced legal representation on your side.
Motorcycle accidents are often extremely expensive to recover from, and victims often feel the financial repercussions for years. They may need expensive medical treatments both upfront and well into the future, and they may be too hurt to go back to work for long periods of time. To make matters worse, insurance companies are often skeptical of motorcycle accident injury claims. Their bias means they frequently view motorcyclists as being at fault for their own crashes, even when evidence suggests otherwise.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident, it’s vital to have an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney working in your corner. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our legal team knows the challenges that motorcyclists face after crashes, and we do everything we can to help them get maximum compensation.
Contact us today. We have years of experience helping injured riders just like you, and we know what it takes to win.
July 31st, 2019|
Because motorcycles lack safety features, riders’ only preemptive option for protecting themselves is riding gear like helmets, jackets, gloves, and boots. But even the most well-equipped riders still face serious risks when they’re involved in accidents.
If you were recently hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may have suffered severe injuries that require extensive medical treatments. Those medical treatments can be hard on your finances, especially when your injuries make it difficult or impossible for you to go back to work. If that’s the case for you, you may need to file a personal injury claim to get the compensation you deserve. That’s where we come in.
How We’ll Help You Navigate Your Compensation Claim
At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how painful and traumatic motorcycle accidents can be. When you’re recovering from serious injuries, the last thing you want to do is deal with the insurance company and going back and forth on getting a fair settlement. Our California motorcycle accident lawyers can handle every aspect of your claim while you focus on getting better.
When we take on your claim, we’ll collect evidence to prove you weren’t at fault for the crash. Then, we’ll determine how much money you’re owed for your current and future accident-related expenses, including your medical bills and lost wages. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve.
Get an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Law Firm on Your Side
Insurance companies are often biased against motorcyclists. They wrongly assume that most motorcyclists are at fault for their own crashes, and that can make it difficult for injured riders to get fair compensation on their own. Hiring a law firm with experience dealing with insurance companies can help you get proper compensation.
Our attorneys understand what you’re going through, and we know how insurance companies often treat motorcyclists. We can protect you, your loved ones, and your rights to full compensation starting the day you call us. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.