Riding a motorcycle in San Francisco is awesome! You can get places more quickly and with the ease and convenience your friends envy. And parking… it’s a dream compared to that of your car-dependent compadres.
But the convenience can be dangerous! San Francisco is rated by the Office of Traffic Safety as the #1 large city in California for motorcycle accident related injuries and deaths.
There are almost 25,000 motorcycles registered in San Francisco County alone. Ridership has increased steadily for years as motorcycles have become more socially acceptable and fuel-efficient alternative transportation. However, motorcycles can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Every year there are nearly 4,000 fatal motorcycle crashes nationwide, with almost 500 of those in California. That number has continued to climb steadily even as the number of overall traffic accidents in the U.S. has decreased. In fact, while motorcycles comprise 2% of all registered vehicles, riders (drivers and passengers) are 37 times more likely to die than those in automobiles.Get Started With A FREE CONSULTATION
While motorcycle safety awareness campaigns have painted a picture of distracted or inattentive automobile drivers as the culprits responsible for the majority of these accidents, motorcyclists themselves are actually at fault in 69% of all motorcycle accident cases in California.
Data collected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) reveals that there are nearly 500 annual motorcycle fatalities in California. Only half of those involve other vehicles.
A NHTSA Pilot Study found that a motorcycle rider’s experience level also has a significant effect on their likelihood of being involved in a crash. The vast majority of motorcycle accidents in San Francisco involve riders who have had had their motorcycle license for less than a year.
Those crashes can result in serious physical, financial and emotional set-backs for people like you and your family. Often leading you to the difficult search for a San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer.
If you’re a motorcycle rider, ride safely and ride smart. If you’re a car or truck driver, watch out for motorcycles and you could save a life. Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of accident and potentially reduce the severity of any injuries you may suffer.
Accident victims with a lawyer receive an average of 3.5 times more than those who are unrepresented.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco that wasn’t your fault, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. However, there are a number of other things you should do to protect yourself and safeguard your financial security.
This includes name, address, registration number (license plate), insurance info, etc.. The police may collect some or all of this information for the police report but doing so yourself ensures you have it when you (and your motorcycle accident attorney) need it.
Many people with relatively minor injuries are tempted to waive treatment and ambulance rides because of the the high medical bills that follow, but you may not even know how badly you’re injured until you see a doctor.
Many times at fault drivers will offer money to victims in order to avoid the “hassle” of dealing with insurance companies, personal injury lawyers, and courtrooms. Don’t take it. It is most always less than you’re legally entitled to and can damage your chances of receiving compensation if you decide to file a lawsuit in the future.
If you answered “yes” to these questions, Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers – with over 2 decades of experience handling motorcycle injury cases and a 5-star rating as a San Francisco personal injury law firm – is a great fit for you.
Contact the law office of Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at 877-380-8852 to discuss your case.
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San Francisco can be an exciting and convenient city in which to ride a motorcycle. However, it’s quite different from the open roads of rural California. Our overcrowded and often narrow streets are prime real estate for motorcycle accidents and injury. If you find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco the first thing you should do after receiving necessary emergency medical attention is to contact a San Francisco motorcycle injury lawyer.
Why call someone dedicated to the field of motorcycle accidents? Why not call any general personal injury attorney? You need to call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in San Francisco because investigating motorcycle accidents and determining liability are unique processes different from automotive or other types of injury accidents. You need a motorcycle injury attorney with experience in these cases to insure your case is handled efficiently and that you receive a fair and full settlement. You need an attorney like Sally Morin, a former San Francisco motorcyclist herself, who has extensive experience in handling motorcycle injury claims. She has handled several dozens of motorcycle accident cases in the San Francisco Bay Area, including very serious motorcycle injury cases involving her friends and colleagues.
Sally and her team understand the concerns and issues of California motorcycle accident victims. They understand that these concerns can range from the inconvenience of not having your bike back quickly to the life-changing financial, physical and mental challenges that come with a serious motorcycle injury. Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers’ down to earth, straight forward approach to lawyering is designed to minimize client stress while addressing their very real concerns at the same time.
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If at any time within the first 30 days of signing with Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers you are not 100% satisfied with the quality and care of service you receive from our attorneys, we will cancel your contract at no cost so that you can seek different representation. No questions asked.
We’ve created a list of the top 10 things you should know when looking to hire a San Francisco motorcycle attorney.
We’ve created a list of the top 10 things you should know when looking to hire a San Francisco motorcycle attorney.
Serious injury motorcycle accidents in San Francisco are more commonplace than any other large city in California. With so many motorcycle accidents in the City, you can expect that there is a good selection of highly qualified San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers to choose from.
A very important thing to look for when hiring an attorney for your motorcycle accident case is a lawyer who will treat you like an individual, not just a number. Quality customer service is not just something that restaurants and hotels need to strive for. Whichever SF motorcycle accident firm you hire, they should provide you with a high level of attention and service throughout your motorcycle accident claim process. You need an attorney who will be by your side through the entire case, not just when they sign you up and collect their fee.
Most clients who come to us at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers never thought they would need to hire a San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer, but once they did, the stress was lifted. They were no longer alone!
Although standard California auto insurance can sometimes cover pedestrians and cyclists, it won’t cover you when you’re riding your motorcycle. There are specific exclusions, because you are required to carry separate motorcycle insurance coverage. Unless you have this coverage, you may not be able to cover your medical expenses (or any of the damages you may cause or suffer) in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco. Any San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer will tell you that without this coverage you most definitely won’t be able to get any compensation for the pain and suffering from your motorcycle crash. Even if you only ride on occasion or on long weekends, or even just once… you need specific motorcycle insurance.
All this talk about having your own motorcycle insurance doesn’t mean you’ll be using your insurance coverage if someone else caused your motorcycle accident. In those cases you will get paid from the at-fault party’s insurance company for property damages, lost earnings, your medical expenses and pain and suffering.
California is what is called a comparative negligence state. That means when we determine liability for an accident between two vehicles, each party in the accident is attributed with a percentage of the fault (or liability) for the crash. That percentage of liability is crucial in determining how much money you might be entitled to for your San Francisco motorcycle accident.
Your financial recovery might be reduced by the percentage of fault that you contributed to the accident, but it likely be eliminated altogether – unless you are found 100% at fault. In dozens of instances, our experienced San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer team has successfully reversed liability findings that were initially against our clients. Motorcyclists often get a raw deal from the cops, eyewitnesses and drivers. Getting the best San Francisco motorcycle crash lawyer can give you the leverage you need to tip the scales in your favor.
As explained above, Sally began her career as a San Francisco District Attorney trying cases in court. However, the majority of San Francisco motorcycle accident claims are settled outside the court system.
Not dragging their motorcycle accident case through the process of filing a lawsuit, contentious litigation and a trial is often welcomed by motorcycle accident victims who could use the money from a fair settlement now rather than much later. But, it’s a fine line. Getting the best possible motorcycle settlement isn’t always about just getting the quickest possible settlement.
You should always get a consultation from a top-rated San Francisco motorcycle attorney before you accept any payout or settlement. Why? Because the amount you’re offered without a lawyer may not be as much as you’re entitled to.
The things you say at the scene of the accident – either to the motorist who hit you or to witnesses or the police can be twisted and used against you. The same goes for any conversations you have with the insurance companies involved in the case.
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we are very familiar with the tricks used by the insurance industry to shift fault for accidents onto motorcyclists. That’s why we strongly recommend you only volunteer the essential information such as your name, contact details, and insurance information to anyone other than your San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer.
If the San Francisco PD asks you for more information, you’ll probably want to cooperate with them, but be careful not to admit fault or say anything about your speed, unless you are 100% certain of how fast you were going. Also, if the driver’s insurance company contacts you, don’t give them any statements – especially recorded. The best thing to do is just refer them to your SF motorcycle attorney.
Several of the leading insurance companies use complex computer software applications to determine what they are willing to pay motorcycle accident victims. The human element is lost in this process. The insurance adjusters input a few pieces of data and their computer tells them what you and your case are worth.
Although it would be nice if these billion dollar insurance companies used a more personal approach to case valuation, they are not going to. You have to give them as much of the right information as possible so that their mega-computer spits out the biggest number feasible for your case. If you don’t, you will just get a bottom-line offer that doesn’t take into account all the damages suffered in a motorcycle accident such as:
You need to ask for all damages allowed by California law for your motorcycle claim. However, getting a bigger payout isn’t easy. That’s why hiring a good San Francisco motorcycle crash lawyer is crucial.
Even though most San Francisco motorcycle accident cases do not have to go to court to be resolved, you want to be sure you hire a motorcycle lawyer who has plenty of litigation experience in San Francisco AND is willing to take your case to court if that’s what is required to get you a fair result.
While many Bay Area lawyers may be perfectly capable of making an insurance claim to get a quick low-end settlement, those same lawyers may not be willing take your case to court if that what it takes to get you a solid result. Many motorcycle lawyers will just drop your case or send you to another Bay Area motorcycle injury law firm that will litigate the case. That’s why when you’re looking for a motorcycle accident attorney in San Francisco it’s important to find one up front who is no stranger to courtroom litigation.
Sally Morin has been defending motorcyclists for over 20 years, and has successfully litigated many cases in San Francisco Superior Court. While Sally and her Team understand that it’s in the best interest of most motorcycle accident victims to settle out of court, if taking your case to the next level via litigation is the best option for you then Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers is ready, willing, and able to do so.
Hiring a top San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer to negotiate a good settlement with the motorist’s insurance carrier will save you a lot of time and stress. Since your accident, you probably already have way too much stress and not nearly enough time.
When you are recovering from a serious motorcycle accident, you need to focus on rehabbing from your injuries and getting back to your pre-accident life. You certainly don’t need the additional stress of:
You are better off hiring a top-rated San Francisco motorcycle crash lawyer to do all of that for you, so you can focus on healing, getting back to work and trying to live your normal life.
The California statute of limitations for personal injury cases dictates how long you have to file your SF motorcycle injury claim with the courts.
Victims of California motorcycle accidents only have 2 years to file bodily injury claims and three years for property damage claims. Note that these time limits are even stricter (6 months only) if you are making a claim against a governmental entity – like a City of San Francisco agency – or one of its employees. Even though this may seem like plenty of time, it’s not!
The time it takes to recover from even the most basic injuries like bone fractures can take many weeks to months. Then, if the injuries are more serious and require surgery, it could be months of treatment – surgery, rehab and maybe future hardware removal surgery – before you can stabilize your injuries and begin to get back to how you were before the accident.
And as these days, weeks and months pass you have to deal with everything that comes with being in a serious motorcycle accident: financial pressure, bill collectors, insurance companies calling and getting to and from your medical appointments without being able to ride your motorcycle. All of this on top of your normal daily responsibilities.
Before you know it, time is up and it’s too late to make your claim for the compensation you deserve.
Of course you will ask for your past damages related to your SF motorcycle crash like your medical expenses, lost earnings and cost to fix your bike. However, California law also entitles you to compensation for all provable future losses.
If your injuries were serious, you most likely will suffer some future damages. Any good San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to prove these damages such as future medical treatment or future pain and suffering. They can even go as far as showing how your permanent or long-term injuries from your motorcycle crash could negatively affect your future earnings at your job.
These future damages are an important element to your overall financial recovery in your motorcycle accident case, so you want to be sure you get the best motorcycle accident lawyer in San Francisco to help you prove up your case.
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"Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers... Lauren, Sally and Rebecca were better than family in steering me through the 6 months that followed."
We’re not like other motorcycle accident attorneys in San Francisco. You won’t see us advertising on the sides of MUNI buses, freeway billboards or local TV and radio. Our reputation, effectiveness and 5-star customer service has San Francisco motorcycle accident victims contacting us daily. We are fortunate enough to be able to be really selective with who we choose to represent! We carefully hand-select each of our clients. That way, we can form the super solid attorney-client relationships.
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"Earlier this year I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle in downtown SF. They truly cared about my case and fought for me the entire way through."
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We only do serious traffic accidents. We limit our practice strictly to major injuries resulting from car, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents. This allows the team to focus on developments in a single area of law and develop an unmatched level of expertise.
We don’t take every case. We don’t accept “nuisance claims” from potential clients who are motivated purely by financial gain or revenge. Our clients are people whose lives have been significantly disrupted by their injuries.
We are the perfect lawyers for people who don’t want one. Our clients tend to be people who didn’t want a lawyer or at least never thought they would need to hire one. But, the severity of their accident gave them no choice. We won’t litigate unnecessarily or drag you to a trial you never wanted. We aren’t doing this for our own egos, we are doing this for you! If you’re going to be stuck with a personal injury lawyer, it may as well be us.
We are attentive and responsive. You are not just a case number at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. With our “quality over quantity” approach to cases, you and your case will get the full attention it deserves. We WILL return your calls and emails and keep you updated on the status of your case.
We collaborate with you when big decisions need to be made. It’s your case. We will check with you on important decisions like settlement offers, filing a lawsuit or going to trial.
We increase your “net settlement” value. Not only will we work to get you the highest settlement possible, but we will also negotiate with your healthcare providers to reduce their charges, so you end up with more of your settlement money.
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