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San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Because a motorcycle rider’s only protection in a crash is a helmet and clothing, riders often suffer serious head injury, back or spinal cord trauma, or other life-altering injury in a motorcycle accident. Accidents are often caused not by the biker, but by inattentive or reckless drivers of automobiles, trucks, buses and other vehicles. The Walkup law firm has 50 years of experience handling catastrophic injuries, permanent disability and an ongoing need for medical care. Motorcycle riders whose right of way has been violated experience their lives being turned upside down without warning.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers can help you and your family protect your legal rights. We have a track record of standing up to insurance companies, corporations and government entities. We work to get you the full compensation you deserve.

Call us today (415) 981-7210 to schedule a free consultation. Our caring and skilled San Francisco injury attorneys will outline your legal options and discuss the next steps in your case.

Automobile insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of motorcycle accident victims by denying legitimate claims or lowballing settlement offers. When you hire a motorcycle lawyer from Walkup, you hire an ally. We are on your side and willing to fight for full compensation for you and your family.

If you or a family member was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another person, contact Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Injuries Caused By Inattentive Drivers

The negligent driver of a car, truck, bus or other vehicle may fail to yield the right of way to a motorcycle, merge into a motorcyclist’s lane or follow too closely. A driver will often use the excuse that he or she “just did not see the motorcycle” until it was too late or that the motorcycle was going too fast and “came out of nowhere.”

Our Bay Area motorcycle lawyers know that these excuses usually establish the inattention of the driver, not recklessness or negligence on the part of the motorcyclist. We have been successful in showing how inattention, daydreaming, cellphone use, playing with the radio or talking with passengers leads to motorcycle accidents, which result in victims’ recovery for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future or lifelong medical care
  • Future head or spine surgery expenses
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Skilled attendant care
  • Job retraining
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost past and future wages
  • Spousal loss of companionship and support

The lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger are skilled at identifying and recovering against all responsible parties — from negligent automobile drivers to designers of defective helmets and highways — for bikers who suffered a head or other serious injury in a crash.

When a family member has suffered a serious back, brain or head injury in a motorcycle accident, your family needs the help of a compassionate and aggressive injury law firm. The California attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger can help your family obtain fair, just and full compensation by filing a lawsuit or negotiated settlement.

For a free consultation to discuss your case, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online.

Examples Of Our Success In Motorcycle Accident Cases

Left Turn Accident — $5.75 Million Settlement

Walkup Melodia proudly represented a 25-year-old crane mechanic who sustained a spinal cord injury when he was injured riding his motorcycle in San Leandro. The plaintiff was struck by a car making a turn across five lanes of traffic at a blind curve. The driver initially denied liability for the collision, arguing that the plaintiff, who was driving on a suspended license, was at fault because he was driving in excess of the 40 mph speed limit. Additionally, the defendant faulted the plaintiff for failing to timely apply his brakes.

The reconstruction commissioned by our motorcycle lawyers demonstrated that the auto driver had the best, last opportunity to avoid the collision, and that the injury would have been avoided had the driver properly scanned the roadway before driving across five lanes of traffic. During the collision, the plaintiff’s spinal cord was injured when his head hit the side of the vehicle. He sustained fractures to his T2, T3 and C1 vertebrae and was rendered a paraplegic.

Truck Vs. Motorcycle — $4.5 Million Settlement

Our Walkup motorcycle accident lawyers recovered this settlement in the amount of $4.5 million on behalf of a 50-year-old attorney who suffered a left leg below-the-knee amputation when he was struck by a left-turning semi truck. The plaintiff was amnesiac regarding the events of the accident, but had been traveling straight on a downtown street and was approaching a busy intersection. The defendant truck driver had stopped for a red light and was turning left when the collision occurred.

The defendant claimed that the plaintiff was speeding without his lights on and had been drinking earlier in the evening as evidenced by a blood alcohol in excess of .12 when he was admitted to the hospital post-accident. Our motorcycle liability team demonstrated through the testimony of both experts and nonparty witnesses that the headlight of the motorcycle was on at the time of the accident, the defendant’s view of the street on which the plaintiff was approaching was clear and unobstructed, and that the post-impact trajectory of the plaintiff’s motorcycle conclusively proved that he was not speeding. Medical expenses exceeded $450,000.

Motorcycle Accident — Head And Spinal Cord Injuries — $1.6 Million Settlement

Our attorneys represented a 26-year-old Marine who was injured in a motorcycle accident in Southern California. He sustained significant head and spinal injuries when he was struck by a vehicle. The opposing driver claimed that the motorcyclist was speeding and not positioned in the correct place on the roadway. Using experts who specialize in motorcycle reconstruction issues, we were able to reconstruct the accident in such a way as to demonstrate that the motorcyclist was fault-free.

Left-Turning Auto – $800,000 Settlement

We recovered this settlement on behalf of a motorcyclist who was forced to “lay down” her cycle in the face of a left-turning BMW. The defendant BMW operator had turned left in front of the plaintiff to enter a garage located midblock. His view of oncoming traffic was obscured by a stopped MUNI bus. He claimed that he had “inched out” so as to avoid contact with any oncoming vehicles.

The plaintiff testified that the defendant aggressively entered her lane, leaving her nowhere to go. She braked as soon as she saw the nose of the X-5 enter her lane. She sustained multiple fractures and intraabdominal injuries, incurring medical bills in excess of $150,000.

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