Bay Area Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The Bay Area can be a great place to ride motorcycles. When the weather cooperates and traffic is low, we have some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. However, motorcycles present unique vulnerabilities, particularly in the event of an accident. There is no structural barrier between a rider and the road, a vehicle, or another obstacle. As a result, even minor incidents can result in serious injuries.
Most motorcyclists have a healthy respect for the road and their machines, but that doesn’t always prevent careless actions of others from causing a serious or deadly accident. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you will likely need an attorney’s assistance to understand your rights and how to hold the responsible party accountable for careless behaviors.
At the Law Offices of Sterns & Walker, our Bay Area personal injury lawyers have experience helping victims of motorcycle accidents pursue justice in and around the Bay Area. We understand state motorcycle laws and the complexities that separate motorcycle accidents from other types of vehicle accidents.
California Motorcycle Laws
The state of California requires all motorcycle drivers to hold a valid class M1 or M2 license to operate a motorcycle on public roadways. Our state is one of a handful that allows motorcyclists to share the lane with other vehicles to pass or move through traffic. All vehicles on the roads are required to carry liability insurance, but this doesn’t prevent the many complications arising from uninsured drivers. Motorcyclists who routinely ride in congested areas may want to invest in a policy that provides compensation for uninsured or underinsured drivers.
Complexities of Motorcycle Cases
Attorneys who specialize in motorcycle accidents not only understand the rules and regulations of riding motorcycles on the roads, they also have an understanding of motorcycle handling, insurance, and maintenance.
Motorcycles are less visible on the roads than other vehicles, and their two-wheeled construction makes them more vulnerable to hazards such as potholes and loose gravel. Other vehicle drivers are often responsible for motorcycle accidents, but other parties may hold responsibility for a motorcycle accident, as well. Product manufacturers may be at fault for defective products, and the state may be accountable for negligent road construction or maintenance.
The Law Offices of Sterns & Walker Can Help
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Oakland or San Francisco, our attorneys can determine if moving forward with a case is the best course of action. You may experience emotional, physical, and financial difficulties, and legal action can help you obtain the compensation you need to start healing. The legal system can also be a complex maze of fine print and regulations, so choosing the right team is vital.
Our attorneys take the majority of cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t pay us unless we secure compensation for you. In addition to helping our clients seek justice from the individual responsible for the accident, we also help with insurance concerns after a case. If you have difficulty with the other party’s insurance settlement or your own insurance provider’s settlement offer, we will work hard to ensure the amount you receive is fair.
Please contact our office in Oakland if you have suffered from a serious injury after a motorcycle accident or if you have lost a loved one because of someone’s careless behavior. We have access to the resources and experts needed to maximize your recovery, so you can focus on healing instead of living in anxiety over medical bills and other financial concerns. You have the right to pursue compensation after being injured because of someone’s recklessness, that’s why initial case evaluations are always free at Sterns & Walker.