Motorcycle Accident

California Motorcycle Accident Claims The Life of “Curb Appeal” Host

by Staff Blogger | December 9th, 2013

December 9, 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2008, motorcycle accidents accounted for roughly 14 percent of all highway fatalities. The California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out that such a collision recently resulted in the death of the host of a popular television program.

NBC-Bay Area News reports that Bill Beckwith, the 38-year-old host of the HGTV show “Curb Appeal”, was riding a motorcycle near the intersection of Oak and Steiner streets in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of the city at approximately 8:30 p.m. when he was struck by another vehicle.

The 30-year-old driver who was responsible for causing the crash immediately stopped the vehicle and rendered aid to the victim, but the impact of the collision resulted in the victim sustaining serious injuries. Rescue crews were called to the scene to transport him to a local hospital for further treatment. The victim died shortly after arrival though.

Investigators are continuing to examine what contributing factors may have played a part in the crash.

Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to overcome the loss of a loved one due to an accident caused by another person’s negligence. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest condolences to the family of the man who was killed in this tragic accident.

San Francisco Firefighter May Lose Job For Causing Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 22nd, 2013

July 22, 2013

A 43-year-old San Francisco Fire Department veteran may lose his job after causing an accident that left a motorcyclist injured. Investigators believe the firefighter may have been under the influence of alcohol when he struck the motorcyclist with a ladder truck while responding to an emergency call.

Reports indicate the San Francisco Motorcycle Accident happened on the night of June 29 at the corner of 5th and Howard Streets. The firefighter was driving the truck through the intersection when he struck the motorcycle, leaving the biker with broken ribs and a punctured lung.

According to an article from the San Francisco Gate, the firefighter was instructed to stay in the truck until police arrived because he would have to undergo testing for drug or alcohol consumption. Instead, the firefighter walked away from the scene and went to a local bar. While there, he consumed two pitchers of water.

Two hours later, he returned to the firehouse, where testing showed he had a blood alcohol level of .13.

The department is moving to have the employee fired. However, attorneys for the man say an investigation should be completed before such moves are made.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can be. That’s why the firm is here to help any motorcyclist who has been hurt in a crash that was no fault of their own.

San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Person Seriously Injured

by Staff Blogger | July 1st, 2013

July 1, 2013

San Francisco Motorcycle Accident was responsible for leaving one person seriously injured. The crash happened just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, on U.S. Highway 101, near the Silver Avenue exit.

According to CBS-San Francisco, the motorcyclist and a commercial bus were both traveling south along the highway when they collided. A spokesperson with the California Highway Patrol, CHP Officer Mike Ferguson, explained that the impact of the crash forced the motorcyclist to be ejected from the machine and left him with serious injuries.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital in order to receive further treatment, while the driver of the bus was uninjured in the incident.

The accident highlights the need for motorists and motorcyclists alike to be more aware of the importance of sharing the road with one another. This means motorists should always look twice before moving into or out of traffic. Furthermore, motorcyclists should make every effort to be more visible on the road by wearing reflective clothing and always utilizing a headlight.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers acknowledge the dangers motorcyclists face each time the go for a ride. The firm is here to help anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident that occurs at no fault of their own.

One Person Seriously Injured In San Francisco Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | April 22nd, 2013

April 22, 2013

A San Francisco Motorcycle Accident that occurred earlier this month was responsible for leaving one person injured. Reports indicate the crash occurred at around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, near the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 16 Street in the Mission District of the city.

According to an article published by The San Francisco Appeal, the motorcyclist was passing through the intersection when the machine came into contact with another vehicle. The impact of the collision left the motorcycle stuck beneath the other vehicle that was involved, while the rider was thrown to the asphalt and sustained a serious head injury despite wearing a helmet.

A fire department spokesperson stated the victim was rushed to a local trauma center for treatment to life-threatening injuries.

Investigators say they are continuing to look into what contributing factors may have played a role in the crash.

A study called The Hurt Report found that motor vehicles were responsible for causing a large portion of the accidents motorcycles are involved in. these findings have left many bikers wondering what they can do to prevent collisions from occurring.

The California Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers believe the key to motorcyclist safety is being visible to other motorists. This can be achieved through the use of lighting on a motorcycle or by wearing reflective and light-colored clothing. As weather begins to warm, the firm also urges motorists to be more aware of the greater potential for motorcycles in their surroundings.

San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Person Injured

by Staff Blogger | March 4th, 2013

March 4, 2013

San Francisco Motorcycle Accident caused by a piece of equipment falling from a tractor-trailer was responsible for leaving one person injured. According to CBS-San Francisco, the crash occurred on Friday, February 8, at around 6:30 a.m., near the exit for Treasure Island along the Bay Bridge.

A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, Officer James Evans, explained the motorcycle was following the tractor-trailer along the westbound lanes of the highway when the drive shaft of the truck broke free and fell into the road in front of the bike. The motorcyclist did not have time to react to the falling debris and the bike collided with the debris. The impact of the collision caused the motorcyclist to be thrown from the machine, leaving him with minor injuries.

The crash leaves many wondering who is at fault for the collision. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain if the piece that fell off the truck is confirmed by investigators to have been the cause of the accident, the owner of the truck and those responsible for its maintenance may be found negligent.

The firm recognizes the complexities of investigating such a crash. That is why they encourage anyone who has been involved in a motor vehicle crash at no fault of their own to contact an attorney immediately to discuss their case.

Several Tips To Keep Motorists Safe During High Speed Pursuits

by Staff Blogger | January 16th, 2012

January 16, 2012

High-speed vehicle pursuits down the highway gets our adrenaline pumping in the movies. But what if you found yourself to be the helpless bystander of a real car chase during your daily commute? This happens almost on a daily basis across California, and observations have shown that most motorists don’t know what to do.

An article in The Sacramento Bee described a chase that occurred several weeks ago along California’s Highway 99. News footage shows that as the chase progresses, the cars around the chase acted as if nothing was happening. They stayed at the same speed and made no efforts to get out of the way.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that one reason this occurs is that drivers don’t scan their mirrors often enough. They suggest that motorists check all of their mirrors every 15-20 seconds.

If you find yourself in the middle of a high-speed pursuit, CHP Trooper Mike Bradley stated that you should not slow down, but turn on your right blinker and work your way over to the shoulder of the highway. If you see a crime scene ahead, pull over and stop well behind officer vehicles.

The California auto accident attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers fight for victims who have been injured in accidents and support community safety campaigns throughout the year in order to prevent accidents. If you are the victim of a car accident, contact an experienced attorney today.

Alameda Law Firm Offers Free Cab Rides Home on New Years Eve

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2011

December 26, 2011

In recent years, the holidays have become an increasingly dangerous time of year for driving in California. According to The Los Angeles Times, six people died on California highways over this past holiday weekend, and the California Highway Patrol made 889 suspected drunken driving arrests.

The California drunk driving victim attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are sponsoring a campaign in order to help combat the growing number of drunk drivers during the holidays. The firm will be offering free cab rides home to those who have been drinking on New Years Eve.

This will be the seventh year that the law firm has sponsored the Safe And Sober Cab Ride program, which offers a maximum $35 cab fair home to anyone needing a ride. The rides are provided only to a person’s residence, not to another drinking location. The cabs will be running from 10:00 PM Saturday, December 31 to 4:00 AM Sunday, January 1.

Call one of the following cab companies and tell them your ride home is on Berg Injury Lawyers:

  • Sacramento — Call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a restaurant, hotel, or bar within downtown Sacramento to qualify for a free ride.
  • Alameda, Oakland & Berkeley — Call Veterans Cab at (800) 281‐4488. Any fare exceeding $35 must be paid in cash.
  • San Francisco — Call Luxor Cab at (415) 282‐4141.

Richmond Teen Killed, Two Others Injured During Illegal Street Race

by Staff Blogger | November 7th, 2011

November 7, 2011

In Richmond this weekend a local teen died and two others were injured in an illegal street race crash. The Contra Costa Times reported yesterday that the accident happened around 1:15 Sunday morning, along a stretch of Richmond Parkway.

The street glistened as the two cars, a Nissan Altima and a BMW, floated down the asphalt that was freshly drenched with rain. The vehicles were locked neck-and-neck, when the 21-year-old driver of the Nissan hit a wet patch, lost control, and hit his friend’s BMW. The impact caused the BMW to spin out of control and flip several times before hitting a pole.

The driver of the BMW died at the scene of the crash, while his two passengers were urgently rushed to the John Muir Medical Center by helicopter in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan was unharmed, but investigators arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

California issued 800 citations in 2001 for illegal racing-related infractions–a number that has grown significantly every year since. Now, it is estimated that 49 people are hurt and killed for every 1,000 individuals who participate in illegal street races.

The California Car Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to encourage anyone hurt in an accident at no fault of their own to contact them immediately for a free evaluation of your case.