San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Attorney Scott Righthand

Work with a Veteran Motorcyclist

Attorney Scott Righthand is a veteran rider and has been a San Francisco Bay Area resident for more than 30 years. You can trust that he knows the ins and outs of riding on the Bay Area's largest thoroughfares and windiest back roads. With this knowledge, Attorney Righthand is able to understand how motorcyclists are prone to more serious injuries than operators of other vehicles because they travel everywhere that cars go but the rider is exposed and without the protections automobiles are designed to give occupants.

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Examples of Our Motor Vehicle Accident Cases

  • $4,750,000.00 –
    Our client suffered from quadriplegia following a single vehicle accident being run-off the road

  • $1,500,00.00 --
    Our client was hurt in a bicycle vs. motor vehicle accident and sustained a leg / ankle injury

  • $1,100,000.00
    Our client was injured in a T-bone motorcycle accident after a U-turn on a two lane road

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Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can lead to very serious injuries, sometimes resulting in permanent complications. This is often because motorcycles do not have the safety features found in a car—such as seat belts and air bags. They are lighter and smaller than other vehicles, are more vulnerable to unfavorable weather conditions, and they can be difficult for other drivers to see, especially when in a "blind spot."

Some of the most serious injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident include:

Although symptoms might not appear directly after the accident, they can be debilitating. Beyond this, motorcycle accidents have a higher probability of being fatal relative to other types of vehicular accidents. Helmets and protective clothing are all that stands between a rider and the pavement.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation by working with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer from our team.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents have causes that are unique to motorcycles, along with potential causes that contribute to all types of vehicular accidents. Hazardous conditions for rider can include:

  • Inclement weather;
  • Cable car tracks;
  • Speeding trucks or other vehicles;
  • Reckless and drunk drivers;
  • Unsafe road conditions or poor highway design; and
  • Negligent drivers who failed to see the motorcycle.

What to Do Following an Accident

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, there are a few preliminary steps you can take to increase your chances of receiving fair compensation. These steps include:

  • Obtain critical information from the person who hit you
  • Do your best to relate your side of the accident to the police officer for a report
  • Seek medical attention immediately and do not refuse medical assistance )
  • Take photos of the damage to your vehicle and other vehicles involved if possible
  • Report the accident and your injury right away
  • Do not give statements to insurance people who represent the other party
  • Contact an attorney right away

What Types of Damages Are Recoverable?

In motorcycle accident claims, the following may be recoverable:

  • Past & Future Medical Costs
  • Property Damage
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Loss of Past & Future Earnings
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

In some cases, punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, may even be recoverable. These are different than other form of damages because they are not awarded to compensate the plaintiff; rather, they are awarded to punish the defendant. For example, if a motorcycle accident was caused by a drunk driver, punitive damages may be awarded to punish and deter drunk driving.

Why Do I Need to Hire an Attorney?

Do not make the mistake of thinking that the insurance company is your friend. To make money, insurance companies try to limit how much they pay out—or avoid paying claims at all. In many cases, the insurance company may make you think that you don’t need a lawyer; they can then trick you into giving a recorded statement, delay having the investigation performed, and persuade you into seeing their doctors. You, therefore, need to have a skilled lawyer in your corner who can even the playing field.

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At the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., we know that motorcycle riders can be stigmatized by other drivers and jury members who tend to think that all riders are reckless and out of control. We know that this is often not true and we know how to effectively prevent those negative stereotypes from affecting your personal injury case. Attorney Righthand is a motorcycle enthusiast and rider just like you. He can help to ensure that your case receives the highest amount of compensation available.

Contact a San Francisco motorcycle attorney today by completing a free case evaluation form now!

Further Reading

Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Guidelines Tossed in California

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