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Catastrophic injury accidents are undeniably traumatizing. One day, you are an “ordinary” person living an “ordinary” life and then, in the blink of an eye, all of that is taken away. When that happens, you may have endured excruciating pain. Your injuries may prevent you from ever again doing the jobs you’d done all your life, and they may forever alter what you are able to do for your family. These kinds of accidents — and the massive harm they cause — may create a need for especially large amounts of compensation to address all of the damage done. If that kind of accident has impacted you, be sure you have the right San Mateo vehicle accident attorney on your side to help you get all the compensation you deserve.

S.R. was one of those catastrophically injured people. The 40-year-old husband and hotel housekeeping worker was driving his motorcycle in Studio City when a Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into him at an intersection. Excruciating pain forced him to lay his bike down on the pavement, according to mynewsla.com.

Despite doctors’ best efforts, they were unable to save S.R.’s foot and lower leg. He underwent a below-the-knee amputation roughly a week after the crash, according to the report.

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The rate of fatal accidents involving at least one motorcycle has been going up for decades. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that people on motorcycles are, per mile driven, roughly 28 times more likely to die on board their bikes as compared to people in cars, trucks or SUVs. Many times, those accidents occur through no fault of the motorcyclist involved. If you’ve been hurt in a crash while you were aboard a motorcycle, don’t wait to take action. Reach out promptly to contact an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney.

One of the more commonly occurring situations that can place a motorcyclist in danger of severe harm is a vehicle whose driver is coming in the opposite direction and contemplating a left turn. If that car, truck or SUV driver goes ahead and turns in front of you, your choices may be few… with none of them good.

You may have to choose between swerving, laying your bike down or trying to stop. All of these options create the possibility of your being thrown from your bike, which places you in serious danger of major injury or death. These include severe road rash, broken bones, brain injury or being run over by another vehicle.

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In your premises liability case, as with any injury case, you have to clear several hurdles. You, of course, have to give the court sufficient proof that shows the defendant was negligent and that this negligence caused you harm. You may also, though, need to avoid things like affirmative defenses and statutory immunity provisions that could defeat an otherwise strong case. Having a skilled San Mateo premises liability attorney by your side throughout the process can greatly increase your chances of clearing these hurdles and achieving success.

Overcoming statutory immunity can be a very big deal in your case because, if the defense can persuade the court that the elements of the statute are all present, then you’ll recover nothing. As an example, there’s M.H.’s premises liability case. M.H., a teenage motorcycle rider, was injured while riding at a motocross track. M.H. suffered severe injuries in a collision with another motorcyclist.

The track was located on property owned the parents of her friend, G.Y., so the girl sued G.Y. and his parents. The girl’s argument in her case was that the motocross track was designed negligently and that it lacked directional signs. These things, according to M.H. led to her collision with the other biker.

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If you ride on the streets and highways enough, you’ve come across a bumper sticker (or stickers) encouraging you to “look twice” to “save a life” when it comes to motorcycles. This is always good advice. Motorcycles, due to their smaller size relative to cars and trucks, are more easily overlooked by other drivers on the road. Motorcyclists, due their vehicles’ exposed nature, are more at risk of catastrophic or fatal injuries when the drivers around them don’t exercise proper care and don’t diligently maintain the necessary lookout. If you have been hurt aboard a motorcycle, make sure you have the legal representation you need from a skilled San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney in order that you can get the compensation you deserve.

An August crash is just the latest tragic reminder of these truths. Two men aboard motorcycles were traveling northbound on Highway 1 near Big Sur early one Monday afternoon. At around the same time, a woman who had parked her Honda vehicle on the west side of Highway 1 began to execute a U-turn. In the process, she turned into the path of the two motorcyclists, according to a Monterey Herald report.

The Honda crashed into both motorcycles, who were believed to be traveling at about 55 mph. The older motorcyclist suffered minor injuries, but the crash killed the younger of the two men. “Alcohol or drugs are not believed to be a factor in the accident,” according to the report.

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Each year, more than 12,000 people are injured and 500 killed aboard motorcycles in California. Those tragically high numbers exist in spite of the fact that many motorcyclists and their passengers engage in proper safety precautions. (Only about 1 in 10 people killed on board motorcycles in this state were not wearing helmets.) In other words, even with protection, motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic or fatal. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, be sure you go out promptly and retain a skilled San Mateo injury attorney, who can help you make sure that you are taking action in a timely manner and getting everything to which the law says you are entitled.

A September crash here in this area is yet another somber reminder of how serious motorcycle crashes are. The precursor to the crash was a vehicle breakdown, according to a CBS SF Bay Area report. The disabled vehicle, a BMW car, was situated in the slow lane of westbound Highway 92 on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Foster City.

A group of motorcyclists who were also traveling westbound on Highway 92 came upon the broken-down vehicle. Two motorcyclists crashed into the BMW. One motorcyclist was thrown off his bike, over the side of the bridge and into the bay. He died as a result. The motorcyclist and a passenger aboard the second bike suffered major injuries, according to the report.

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California has more than 800,000 motorcycles registered in the state and has the largest volume of motorcycle traffic in the U.S. A lot of those motorcycles are here in the Bay Area. Motorcyclists are under several elevated risks on the road, as drivers may be more likely to overlook them, and accidents involving motorcycles may lead to more serious harm to motorcyclists and their passengers. Whether you’re driving a massive SUV or a basic motorcycle, other drivers still have a legal obligation to be attentive and avoid crashing into you. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, be sure you contact a knowledgeable San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney to get the advice you need about your legal rights and options.

A recent Bay Area accident is a tragic example of how serious motorcycle accidents often are. According to KPIX, M.D. was a motorcyclist traveling on a six-lane road in South San Jose. As he headed north, the driver of a southbound Jeep attempted a left-hand turn onto a two-lane road. The Jeep crossed directly into the motorcycle’s path and the vehicles slammed into one another. The impact threw M.D. from his bike and he died at the scene, according to the report. Police quickly ruled out intoxication as a possible cause of the accident.

How does a driver who was neither drunk nor high turn right into the path of an oncoming vehicle? There are several possible explanations. Many drivers are guilty of driving while distracted, with their cell phone or other electronic device serving as the distraction. Other drivers may drive with a certain degree of diminished attention that, while allowing them to see cars or trucks, allows them to miss vehicles like motorcycles.

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If you are a motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger hurt in a collision with a car, truck or SUV, you may be entitled to sue and collect substantial compensation. Going to court and achieving a successful outcome (either through judgment or a settlement) can be extremely necessary, as you may have received (and will incur) a large amount of medical bills and related costs (such as physical therapy and rehab,) and you may have lost a significant amount of earnings due to an extended absence from work. To be sure you are getting all of the compensation you need and that the law says you deserve, be sure you have obtained legal representation from a knowledgeable San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney.

Earlier this month, a fatal motorcycle crash in San Diego County led to one man’s death and another man’s arrest on felony charges. Patch.com reported that R.E., who was driving a truck that was hauling a trailer, approached a road that had a “right turn only” sign. Despite the sign, the truck driver attempted a left turn. A motorcyclist hit the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police charged the driver of the truck with vehicular manslaughter.

Although that crash happened in San Diego County, many other injury or fatality-causing motorcycle accidents regularly occur in San Mateo County and the surrounding areas. Statistics show that driving on California’s highways, roads and streets can be very dangerous for motorcyclists. In 2017, there were more than 16,500 motorcycle accidents, which caused more than 15,500 injuries and 541 deaths. Those numbers represent an upward trend. In the 10 years between 2006 and 2016, motorcycle deaths more than doubled.

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Today, video cameras are seemingly everywhere, whether it is a cell phone, a laptop or tablet, a digital camera or a GoPro. While there are some potentially troubling privacy implications of video cameras’ prevalence, they do sometimes prove invaluable benefits, including possibly providing the key evidence you need to win your motorcycle accident injury case. Whether or not you have video footage among your pieces of evidence, it is essential to have an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney on your side. Your attorney can help you take the proof you have, whatever that evidence is, and use it to its maximum potential.

Just a few years ago, a person injured in auto accident due to the negligence of another driver might rely on still photographs, eyewitness testimony or the expert opinions of an accident reconstructionist as his evidence. This might be particularly difficult to track down if your accident happened on the freeway. (As an important side note: even if you were hurt in a freeway accident and you don’t have video evidence, you definitely should still consult counsel, as a skilled attorney may still be able to accumulate enough evidence to put together a winning case and get a positive result for you.)

If, however, a jury has live-action video footage of every second of your crash, and every moment leading up to it, you may have an even stronger case. A recently concluded case, which was reported by ABC 7, demonstrated exactly that. M.R. was a motorcyclist traveling along the 405 freeway in Los Angeles County when the driver of a sedan allegedly changed lanes abruptly and without signaling. The sedan driver’s lane change sent M.R. careening across three lanes of traffic and slamming into a flatbed trailer, according to the report.

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Operating a motorcycle, especially here among the beautiful scenery of Northern California can provide many benefits, allowing the rider to relax, unwind and enjoy the open air. Unfortunately, being a motorcyclist also carries some serious risks. Negligent or reckless drivers pose a threat to everyone on the roads, but motorcyclists and their passengers face a special danger. A motorcyclist’s accident can often inflict extensive, catastrophic or even fatal injuries.

Your motorcycle accident can harm you in many ways, including a mountain of past and future medical expenses, a long period of time out of work (and missing that income) and a lot of long-lasting pain and suffering. You need to know where to turn to begin the process of obtaining the compensation you deserve, and that process should start with contacting an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney.

Sacramento’s FOX 40 reported on one accident that highlights this truth in terrible and graphic clarity. D.S., a former cameraman for the cable TV show “Deadliest Catch,” was driving his motorcycle in Placer County with his 10-year-old son on board. A suspected drunk driver reportedly crossed the center line of the road, entered D.S.’s lane and slammed into the motorcycle head-on.

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Motorcycle accidents often are seriously harmful or even fatal for the motorcyclist involved. If you’ve been hurt while driving your motorcycle (or a loved one has been killed on his motorcycle,) you have certain legal options and you need to be sure that your legal advocate is a knowledgeable San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney who thoroughly understands the unique aspects of a motorcycle crash and the peculiar needs of a motorcyclist.

P. R.-V.’s accident, which occurred in 2017, is a story that is all too familiar to motorcyclists. According to a NBC 7 report, the man was driving his motorcycle down Main Street in Chula Vista when the driver of a SUV failed to see him and pulled out of the driveway of a storage facility. The SUV pulled directly into the motorcycle’s path and the two collided. According to at least one witness, the woman driving the SUV “stopped for 10 seconds,” but subsequently took off. The 30-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene.

The police eventually found the SUV after a few days and, several weeks after that, apprehended the hit-and-run driver. This man’s wife and child were fortunate that law enforcement officers were eventually able to track down the driver who collided with the motorcyclist. If the driver had never been located, it would have been vastly more difficult for the widow to obtain a successful outcome in court.

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