Motorcycle Accident

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.

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.

Proving Fault in a San Francisco Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | June 12th, 2017

Motorcycle accidents are different from other types of accidents. In our experience, it can be harder to prove exactly what took place before the accident, leaving the motorcyclist in a potentially vulnerable situation. That situation is made even worse if the victim decides to deal with the insurance company on their own. If the accident report is hazy as to who is at fault, the insurance company may use it as an excuse to pay little to nothing for the motorcyclist’s injuries.

That’s why calling an experienced San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney is so important. Getting what is fair for your motorcycle accident can be extremely difficult on your own. You’ve just been in a traumatic and life-altering motor vehicle wreck. You have a long physical recovery ahead of you, which you need to focus on. Let an attorney handle the insurance company on your behalf so you can deal with what’s most important: getting better.

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We have years of experience helping motorcycle victims in San Francisco get the compensation they deserve, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Contact us today.

The One Danger You Can’t Avoid

by Staff Blogger | March 13th, 2017

There’s nothing like an afternoon ride on a sunny day. Motorcycle enthusiasts understand that better than anyone. Whether you’re a daily commuter or a weekend warrior, it’s hard to match the freedom you feel when shifting from second to third and really letting the engine out. There are always dangers associated with getting out on the road, but you’re a seasoned rider and can weather anything thrown your way except for one—a careless driver.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen the damage a careless driver can do out on the road. That damage is compounded significantly when a motorcycle is involved. Even the safest rider can’t avoid every negligent driver in San Francisco, and if you’ve been hit by one of these drivers, getting the compensation you deserve can be difficult on your own. Even if you are up for a battle with the insurance company, they have the advantage. They’ve processed thousands of motorcycle accident cases. They know how to minimize your claim and make you feel good about it.

Don’t fall for it.

Call our experienced San Francisco motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free, no obligation consultation. We know how to determine what your case is truly worth, and we’ll fight to get you every dollar you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Berg Injury Lawyers today.

Making Our Roads Safer for Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | August 8th, 2016

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you probably know of Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR), a non-profit organization that exists to create and preserve backcountry dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel. They’ve mapped out adventures in more than 10 states and are currently developing a California route. Given the incredible scenery that Northern California has to offer, we would be willing to bet that a good deal of that route will come through our area.

Organizations like BDR remind us that the motorcycle community is growing, and with that growth comes new responsibilities for both riders and other drivers on the road. Like BDR, we’re committed to keeping riders safe in the state of California. Whereas BDR does so by creating solid routes and providing detailed information on how to equip yourself for the trip, we protect motorcyclists by holding negligent drivers who injure them accountable. We believe that every motorcycle accident injury claim we handle makes our roads a bit safer for motorcyclists, and we’re proud to do our part.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, give our San Francisco motorcycle attorneys a call for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the cause of your accident and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Our phone lines are open 24/7, so give us a call today and let us put our extensive experience to work for you.

Motorcyclists More Likely to Die on California Roads

by Staff Blogger | June 20th, 2016

Motorcycle enthusiasts know that California has some of the best roads for riding. Whether you’re looking for a scenic highway along the coast or an off-road adventure through the mountains, California boasts some of the best riding in the country. Safety is an important factor, which is why California requires every rider to wear a helmet, no exceptions. Unfortunately even the safest riders are still involved in accidents, many of which are not their fault.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash and 5 times more likely to be injured. In fact, more than 4,500 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2014, and negligent drivers caused many of those accidents. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we believe motorcyclists have the right to ride California without having to worry about negligent drivers, which is why we fight for the rights of motorcycle accident victims who have been injured by careless drivers.

If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, call our San Francisco motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll fully investigate the cause of your accident and hold the responsible party accountable. You deserve to be paid for your injuries, and we’ll fight to make sure you are.

6 Motorcycle Safety Tips for California Riders

by Staff Blogger | February 15th, 2016

As spring approaches, there will be lots of opportunities to get out on your bike, and California has the best roads to ride. But as you prepare to pull out your bike, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

Here are 6 safety tips to consider before you get out on the road.

  1. Always wear a helmet—No matter where you live or what the state laws are regarding helmets, you should always wear one. It is your best defense against traumatic brain injuries in the event of an accident.
  2. Know your limits—Staying within your riding comfort zone can help you avoid dangerous situations on your bike. Never push your limits.
  3. Keep a safe distance—Give cars in front of you at least 4-5 car lengths. This will give you plenty of time to stop if they have to slam on their brakes.
  4. Use both brakes—You have two sets of brakes for a reason. Use both the front and the back. Locking up your front wheel will almost certainly lead to a crash.
  5. Use Signals—Before turns, use your turn signals and hand signals. The more the drivers around you know of your intentions, the safer you will be.
  6. Know the weather—Before getting out for a ride, check the weather to make sure you don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation. If you do encounter inclement weather, get somewhere safe and wait it out.

Even the safest riders can’t always avoid an accident. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck, give our San Francisco motorcycle accident attorneys a call for a free consultation. We’ll do everything within our power to get compensation for your injuries.

Why Are California Motorcycle Accidents Increasing in the Bay Area?

by Staff Blogger | September 15th, 2015

The Bay Area has recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of highway accidents involving motorcycles. Our California motorcycle accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers explain that a recent investigation looked into the phenomenon in hopes of uncovering a cause for the string of crashes.

It began at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, when the first report of a San Francisco motorcycle accident was received. By 9 a.m, there were a total of 14 such collisions with eight involving injuries.

As officials and experts began to look into the cause of the accidents, they found lane splitting at higher speeds may be to blame. Steven Guderian, a former highway safety specialist for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, explained in an article posted by CBS San Francisco that motorcyclists who split or share a lane while traveling at speeds of seven to 10 miles faster than other traffic significantly increase their chances of being involved in a serious accident. Guderian added that lane spitting is a practice that should only be used by motorcyclists traveling at lower speeds.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that not all motorcycle accidents can be prevented, but following a few simple safety suggestions can help to keep you safe while you ride. That’s why our California personal injury lawyers urge you to:

  • Always Wear a Helmet– Utilizing a helmet each time you ride can help you reduce your chances of injury in an accident by as much as 40 percent. It can also reduce your odds of being killed in a collision by approximately 65 percent.
  • Only Split Lanes in Slower Traffic– Lane splitting is legal in California; however, caution should be used when riding in this manner. That’s why the California Highway Patrol suggests never splitting lanes when traffic is traveling faster than 30 miles per hour. Also never travel more than 10 miles per hour faster than the vehicles around you.
  • Be Vigilant– It’s often difficult for drivers to spot oncoming motorcyclists, so be aware of the vehicles and drivers around you anytime you’re on a motorcycle.


Safety Courses Help Reduce California Motorcycle Accident Numbers

by Staff Blogger | August 25th, 2015

Riding a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous because motorized bikes offer riders little protection from harm in the event of an accident. That’s why getting educated on how to properly operate a motorcycle before beginning to ride is so important.

Our California motorcycle accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers believe one of the best ways to get a formal education on how to ride a motorcycle is to take one of the motorcycle safety courses being offered by the State of California.

The course was recently offered at the East Campus of Modesto Junior College. It begins with six hours of classroom instruction, which typically covers the parts and make-up of a motorcycle, as well as a discussion of basic safety gear. Once participants have grasped these concepts, instructors take the students outside for 10 hours of hands-on instruction while riding along a closed track. Participants will learn the fundamentals of cornering, emergency braking, and the effects of impairment during these sessions.

Most importantly, the class can benefit riders of all experience levels. An article from The Modesto Bee discussed how riders participating in the most recent class ranged in experience level from beginners to motorcycle veterans.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know the impact these classes can have on motorcycle safety across our state. That’s why our California personal injury attorneys encourage all motorcyclists to sign up and take a motorcycle safety course as soon as possible.