Many news reports about distracted driving focus on issues such as cellphone use, electronic gadgets or distractions created by other passengers in a vehicle. San Francisco personal injury attorneys know that distractions come in a wide variety of forms. California’s roads can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists even when drivers are not distracted, as many motorists simply fail to see a motorcycle approaching.
On behalf of everyone at the Dolan Law Firm we would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
As many of you know, the day before Thanksgiving is normally the busiest travel day of the year, and the start of holiday season. According to statistics over 40 million people are expected to take a trip this year, with nearly 90% of them driving. If you are one of the millions of people driving, you may face a multitude of hazards including bad weather, drunk drivers, heavy traffic and other delays. As a result the potential for car accidents is much higher over the next month and a half.
Let’s take a moment to be thankful for what we have, and be careful out there on the road!
Motorcycle accidents often involve situations where a driver did not see the motorcyclist. Many cases may involve distracted driving, while others are just plain inattentiveness, where a driver just does not look for an approaching motorcycle. In an odd twist of fate, a California Highway Patrol officer was recently injured in a motorcycle accident after assisting other drivers at a car accident scene.
A motorcyclist was killed recently after hitting a curb. The rider was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The story highlights the vulnerability a motorcyclist faces while enjoying a bike ride on any California street. The story has more to it than the motorcyclist just hitting a curb. In this story, the motorcyclist was reacting to the alleged driving conduct of another motorist when he struck the curb.
Police and firefighters worked feverishly to rescue a pedestrian accident victim who was pinned by a Muni bus in the Mission District Sunday. The man was struck by the bus at the intersection of Fifth and Mission streets in San Francisco around 12:19 p.m. The man was pinned under two tires after the pedestrian accident. Emergency personnel used wooden planks to lift the bus of the accident victim. Authorities say the man pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
Police report that a motorcyclist suffered serious personal injuries in a hit-and-run accident just after sunset Tuesday. The victim of the hit-and-run motorcycle accident is reportedly a 21-year-old student from the University of Southern California. Police say a burgundy GMC Safari van slammed into the motorcycle and fled without ever looking back.
Harley Davidson is recalling more than 250,000 bikes and sold in the United States due to problems with a switch that could lead to potential rear brake failure. The recall comes after the company fielded a complaint about brake failure on a Trike model motorcycle in June 2010. The company dispatched investigators to a dealership in the South to investigate whether the same issue was involved in a motorcycle accident in Louisiana.
Tragedy can strike in an instant. The nation has had public debate on the dangers of distracted driving. Cellphone use in cars and other forms of distraction have garnered a great deal of public comment in the past few years. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been outspoken on the subject of distracted driving. The issue is that use of cellphones and other entertainment issues can take a driver’s attention away from the road and decrease reaction time.
A San Francisco bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in an early morning bicycle accident Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP officials say the 22-year-old rider was crossing a street in the Mission District around 2:00 a.m. when he was struck by a taxicab. Authorities say the cab driver ran a red light just before the tragic San Francisco bicycle accident.