The San Francisco Bay Area is interesting in so many ways, whether it's the varied landscape and topography, the fascinating sights, the mild climate with a short rainy season, or the intriguing roadways close enough for a round-trip ride in one day or less. These things converge in the Bay Area better than practically any other place in the world to offer the ideal recreational environment for a motorcycle enthusiast.
There are a ton of fantastic rides you can go on including the Santa Cruz Loop, Niles Canyon/Sunol, Alice’s Restaurant, the Calaveras Reservoir Loop... the list goes on. As the popularity of motorcycle riding rises with such challenging rides combined with the area’s notorious commuter traffic, accidents involving motorcycles and fatalities are sadly also rising.
The Law Firm of O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley specializes in personal injury cases and represents many people who have been severely injured on the road due to the negligence of another individual. The kinds of injuries that riders suffer in a motorcycle accident are most often catastrophic. These include abrasions, brain injuries, severe burns, fractures, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and soft tissue injuries.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in any type of motorcycle accident and as a result needs the advice of a highly skilled lawyer, please contact us today.
Facts About Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcycles are much harder to see on the road and a lot less stable than cars, yet they come with great maneuverability and are generally high performance vehicles. When the motorcycle you are riding on crashes, you have little or no protection so your injuries are going to be severe if not fatal.
The fatality rate is far higher in motorcycle accidents than in any type of motor vehicle. In 2014 the U.S. government estimated that the deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents was more than 27 times that of car accidents for the same miles travelled. Anyone who rides a motorcycle understands the importance of driving defensively. Unfortunately, some accidents simply can’t be avoided no matter what the skills of the motorcyclist are.
- In 2015 alone, 88,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries and another 4,693 were killed in motorcycle accidents across the United States.
- Motorcyclists are approximately 27 times as likely to die in a traffic accident than someone driving or riding in a car.
- Motorcycle deaths had been on the decline since about 1980, but started to increase again in 1998, with the trend continuing on through 2008. Fatalities from motorcycle accidents accounted for 13% of all road fatalities in 2015.
Since cases involving motorcycle accidents are so complex, you need a knowledgeable attorney with a great deal of experience in this area of the law to successfully handle yours. The lawyers at O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley possess the knowledge and experience to gain maximum settlements for your motorcycle related injury. With more than 50 years as trial attorneys, we are not afraid of taking anyone to trial if they have wrongfully injured our client.
The Law Firm of O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley is a highly respected law firm in the legal community and by our clients. We have offices in San Francisco, Contra Costa County and Sacramento, which allows us to represent clients all over Northern California. We offer our knowledge and expertise to you.