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Types of Motorcycle Accidents in San Francisco

Motorcycle accidents in San Francisco can be devastating and usually, it is the motorcyclist who sustains the most serious injuries. Just like any other motor vehicle accident, each motorcycle crash is unique. However, most types of motorcycle accidents are due to the negligence of a motor vehicle driver. Anytime a motorcyclist has been injured by someone else, he or she may be eligible for compensation, and a San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer can help a victim get what he or she needs to recover. Below are the most common types of motorcycle accidents that are valid grounds for a claim.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on motorcycle accidents are typically a result of a motorist crossing the centerline of the road and hitting a motorcycle in the oncoming lane of traffic. This happens most often because the motorist loses control of the vehicle due to drunk driving, drowsy driving, or distracted driving.

Rear-End Collisions

Like other rear-end collisions, these types of motorcycle accidents occur when the front of a vehicle strikes the back of a motorcycle. These are often very minor accidents when they involve two passenger vehicles. When they involve a motorcycle, though, the results can be catastrophic. This is again due to the fact that bikers are so exposed and therefore susceptible to serious injury. If you have been rear-ended by a car, contact a motorcycle accident attorney in San Francisco right away.

Left-Turn Collisions

These accidents are typically caused by drivers making a left turn at an intersection. They fail to see a motorcyclist traveling straight through the intersection and end up hitting the biker on the side. These accidents are sometimes difficult to prove because drivers typically state the biker was speeding and should not have been in the intersection when the turn was made. A San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer can refute these claims so crash victims get maximum compensation.

Sideswipe Collisions

Sideswipe accidents occur mainly in heavy traffic, which is a common occurrence in San Francisco. Drivers attempt to change lanes and once again fail to see motorcyclists. This is typically because drivers do not check their blind spots before changing lanes. In other instances, drivers may veer from their lanes because they are distracted or driving recklessly.

Poor Infrastructure

Potholes, debris, and other obstacles in the road cause many motorcycle accidents in San Francisco. When a crash occurs due to poorly maintained roads, improper road design, or any other defects in infrastructure, accident victims can hold the government liable for paying compensation. These claims are extremely complex, however, so those hurt should always speak to an attorney before filing their claim.

Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident?

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you are likely suffering from serious injuries. Those injuries me not only be painful, but also costly to treat. At Willoughby Brod, we are motorcycle accident attorneys in San Francisco who can help. We are dedicated to helping accident victims by aggressively pursuing negligent parties and holding insurance companies liable for paying compensation. We will take care of every part of your claim so you can focus on your recovery. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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