Motorcycle & Bicycle Accidents

The Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel represents victims of motorcycle and bicycle accidents throughout the Bay Area. Due to the exposed nature of bicycle and motorcycle riders when traveling on public roads, the potential for serious injury is greater than that in auto and truck accidents. We can help you assert your equal right to the road and seek recovery for an injury that was the result of another motorist’s negligence or recklessness.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are much less protected than automobile drivers and often sustain injuries in accidents that are catastrophic in nature. Common motorcycle injuries include traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, severely broken bones, burns, and even wrongful death.

Motorcycle riders have the same rights as other motorists. Other motorists on the road often drive negligently and fail to signal when turning or changing lanes, or fail to yield to an oncoming motorcycle. Nonetheless, observers are often quick to place blame for an accident on the rider. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include defective parts or dangerous roadway conditions such as oil spills, debris, potholes, and construction sites. We perform a thorough investigation into all possible causes of an accident, sometimes identifying multiple sources of recovery to help clients obtain full compensation for their injuries.

California is one of the only states where lane splitting, or driving in between two lanes of automobile traffic, is legal if performed safely and carefully. Thus, a motorcyclist involved in an accident while lane splitting can still potentially recover for damages if another motorist was at fault. This recovery may be reduced if the jury finds that the motorcyclist was partially at fault or not lane splitting carefully.

Bicycle Accidents

We understand the unique aspects of cycling and how to investigate this specific type of accident. Accident reports are often incomplete and may even incorrectly indicate that the bicyclist was at fault. We conduct a thorough investigation for every client, uncovering the real causes of the accident to obtain the maximum recovery you deserve. Many bicycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers who either fail to yield, misjudge the distance between their vehicle and the bicycle, fail to signal before changing lanes, or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Dangerous road conditions often pose a greater risk of injury to bicycle riders than motorists, as bikes are more susceptible to accidents caused by dangers such as potholes, construction zones, and inadequate or obstructed signage. Even if the police report says you were at fault or fails to mention any potential dangerous road condition, we can investigate the accident site to determine whether conditions were to blame for your accident.

Bicycle accidents may also be caused by a defective bicycle part, such as a gear, brake, or wheel. You should keep as many of the parts of the bicycle as possible after an accident. If our investigation reveals that a defective part was the cause of your accident, we can then pursue a claim against the manufacturer of the bicycle or the defective part.

Seek Experienced Personal Injury Representation

If you or your loved one was injured in a motorcycle or bicycle accident, you need an attorney with experience handling personal injury claims specific to these types of accidents. Contact the Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel today for a free initial consultation regarding your motorcycle or bike accident.