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Dangerous Roads For Motorcycles

At Choulos Choulos & Wyle, our motorcycle accident legal team considers all potential factors and causes in evaluating our motorcycle accident cases. As attorneys who ride motorcycles and who actively support the motorcycle community, we know that a dangerous roadway or intersection can be a substantial factor in causing or contributing to a single-bike crash, or even a multi-vehicle collision. Too often, the traffic collision report by the reporting police officer looks no further than operator fault for a biker’s sudden loss of control.

Our senior attorneys, through decades of advocacy for survivors of all types of motor vehicle accidents have learned that many roads that might be reasonably safe for cars can be very dangerous for motorcycles. Some roadways have defects that make them dangerous for all vehicles, when factors such as weather, traffic, or other or other dangerous roadway features combine to create a dangerous condition of public property.

Our lawyers have been advocating aggressively for injured motorcyclists and the grieving families harmed by wrongful death for decades, and we want to help you through ethical, aggressive, creative advocacy.






Do Dangerous Roads Cause Motorcycle Crashes?

There were approximately 14,000 total motorcyclist injuries caused by traffic crashes during the latest reporting year in the state, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. We know that 488 motorcyclists lost their lives that same year in traffic crashes.

Dangerous intersections can result in serious injuries for motorcyclists. It is not uncommon for the motorcycle accident lawyers at Choulos, Choulos & Wyle to help clients who have sustained the following as a result of an intersection crash:

Why Do You Need An Attorney For This Case?

Perhaps more so than other types of motorcycle crashes, an accident involving a dangerous intersection or roadway requires assistance from a skilled and experienced attorney. In these cases, a San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer will need to obtain all evidence related to the crash. This can include video surveillance available from the scene, photographic evidence, eyewitness statements, and accident reports.

An attorney may also need to hire roadway experts as well as accident reconstruction experts in order to prove to insurance carriers or a jury that the intersection or roadway was inherently dangerous for motorcyclists. In most cases, injured cyclists will not have the resources available to employ these experts, but a motorcycle accident attorney will. At Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, we have the connections and expertise available to handle every aspect of these cases.

In dangerous intersection cases, it is important to realize that government agencies will have plenty of resources as well as access to legal teams in order to defend themselves. A motorcycle accident lawyer will level the playing field between you and these agencies.

A History of Success in Complex Motorcycle Accident Litigation

Our law firm’s thousands of sizable recoveries for injury victims have included numerous cases involving dangerous Bay Area roadways, such as:

  • A $900,000 recovery from the state of California for a motorcyclist who suffered head injuries in a solo crash caused by a dangerous shoulder on the freeway
  • A $400,000 recovery for a motorcyclist with leg injuries from a crash on a dangerous country road in Napa County

Does Your Situation Justify a Lawsuit Against the State or County?

Every highway, county road, and street in Northern California is unique in some way. Sadly, it often takes a serious accident to expose negligence in road design or maintenance. Some of the types of defective conditions that can justify action against the state, county or other entity responsible for road maintenance include:

  • Dangerous or inadequately marked road construction zones
  • Unmarked holes, bumps and other serious defects in the roadway
  • Highway signs and signals hidden by overgrown vegetation
  • Missing or damaged guardrails on elevated freeways and bridges
  • Malfunctioning railroad crossings
  • Roads that flood, pool or become dangerously slippery during rainfall

Is Compensation Available For This Case?

In the aftermath of a motorcycle crash that was caused by a dangerous roadway or intersection, motorcyclists may be entitled to various types of compensation for their claim. Cases against government entities can be difficult, and the total amount of compensation awarded will vary depending on the specifics of each case. At Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, we will fight to secure the following compensation for a dangerous intersection motorcycle accident claim:

  • Coverage of all medical bills related to the motorcycle accident
  • Lost wages and benefits if a victim cannot work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages

What Is The Statute Of Limitations For A Dangerous Roads Motorcycle Case?

Every state is responsible for placing time limits on how long victims of accidents have to file claims against alleged negligent parties. Typically, the statute of limitations for a motorcycle accident claim will be two years from the date the incident occurs. However, under California tort laws, the timeframe to file claims against government entities is different.

Under state laws, victims must give notice of their intention to file a claim against a government entity within six months of the date of the incident occurring. Since most dangerous roadway and intersection motorcycle accident cases will involve alleged negligence on the part of a government agency, victims will have six months to file their claim. Because of this shortened timeframe, it is vital that you seek assistance from a skilled San Francisco dangerous intersections attorney as soon as possible.

Oakland Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Whether you collided with a car or truck, or a dangerous road condition caused you to lose control and wreck your motorcycle, we will provide a free case evaluation. Our firm is known for a fierce, longstanding commitment to helping motorcycle accident victims and, in the process, making our roadways safer for all.

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