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Tragic San Francisco Motorcycle Serves As Motorcycle Safety Reminder

San Francisco news reports that a 54-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash after the rider collided with a car while driving through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The accident occurred as the motorcyclist was negotiating a curve in the road and hit the car next to him. The man was thrown from his motorcycle and was killed. While the accident remains under investigation, the driver of the car is not expected to be charged in connection with the crash.

According the US Department of Transportation, in 2006 more than 100,000 motorcycle accidents occurred in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over two-thirds of motorcycle fatalities involve a motorcycle and another vehicle. Often another car on the road doesn't see the motorcycle at all, or is unable to avoid a crash once they do see the motorcyclist. Further, crashes often occur as the result of car and motorcycle drivers responding to the same road conditions in different ways, making it difficult for each to anticipate the other driver's actions.

This weekend's tragic accident serves as a reminder about motorcycle safety and the need to take precautions to avoid serious accidents. Motorcycle accidents may occur for a myriad of reasons including, but not limited to, driver error, roadway negligence and defective motorcycle design. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it's important to seek the advice of an experienced Sacramento motorcycle lawyer right away. In many instances, it may be possible to recover damages for your injuries. In the event of a wrongful death, a family may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Driver error may include actions such as a reckless or drunk driving on the part of the motorist, or the motorcycle driver. It's important to remember that even if a motorcyclist is partly at fault for his or her injuries, if another party is also responsible, the injured party may still be able to recover damages.

Roadway negligence refers to defective or faulty roadway design. This may be the lack of appropriate signage, too tight of curves in the road, too steep inclines, or the failure to have sufficient shoulder room. Negligent roadway design refers to any situation where how a road is designed or maintained contributes to an accident.

Another potential sources of motorcycle accidents is the existence of a faulty or defective motorcycle part. In these instances you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the motorcycle dealer or manufacturer. For example, if the brakes or other motorcycle part doesn't function correctly, and this leads to a serious accident, you may be able to recover damages from the responsible party.

For more information about motorcycle accidents or to learn about motorcycle safety tips to prevent motorcycle accidents, please contact the top California motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Website Sued For Negligence For Role In Cyclist's Death

The family of an Oakland man killed in a bicycling accident while speeding down a hill in Berkeley's Tilden Park has filed a negligence lawsuit against a well-known bicycling website, Strava. According to reports, William "Kim" Flint died after trying to keep his time record for racing down the hill. Flint was biking down the hill at about 40 miles per hour. He was fatally injured after he suddenly braked to avoid a car and flipped over.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, its important to seek the advice of an experienced Sacramento bicycle attorney right away. If you have suffered serious personal injuries, it may be possible to recover damages for your harm. Typical bicycle injuries may include:

• head and neck injuries

• spinal cord injuries

• brain injuries

• broken bones

• road rash

In the event of a fatal accident, a surviving family member may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Negligence and wrongful death suits are based on the legal concept that the careless or reckless conduct of anther person or entity lead to another person's harm, or in this instance, death.

Here, the family has filed a negligence claim against the Strava website based on its actions in encouraging bicyclists to bike too fast. The Strava company hosts virtual races and rewards winners who use a GPS system that track their own time and that of competitors. Flint died after he learned someone on the site had beat his time, and he went out to try to reclaim the title. However, Strava failed to inspect the courses or otherwise ensure that they are safe. A representative noted, "They assume no responsibility. They don't put cones out. They don't have anybody monitor and see whether a course, or a specific segment, is dangerous."

If Strava knows or should have known that the course was dangerous but failed to remove it from the site, they may be held liable.

Even if Flint is held partly responsible for his death, his family still may be able to recover damages for his injuries. California is a comparative law state, which means that an injured party (or in this instance the surviving family members) can recover damages for harm caused - even if they are partly to blame. The amount recovered would be reduced by percentage of the injured party's fault.

This bicycle accident is not the only high profile bicycle accident case linked to Strava. Strava has also been implicated in the recent Castro pedestrian death. According to sources, the cyclist who hit the pedestrian was tracking his time on Strava.

For more information about negligence or wrongful death lawsuits, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a Sacramento bicycle accident, contact the top Sacramento bike accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Half Moon Bay Drunk Driving Accident Leads To Serious Personal Injuries

Half Moon Bay news reports that an apparent drunk driving crash has lead to significant injuries. Sources indicate that the car was speeding near the Half Moon Bay Airport when it spun out of control early Saturday morning and collided with a boat and van. The accident then lead to a "two-alarm" structure fire in a warehouse.

A Pacifica resident, Matthew J. Burnham was driving the car and crashed into the warehouse shortly before 2 a.m. suffering serious personal injuries. Burnham's two passengers were also injured. All three were taken to nearby Stanford Hospital.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident and any other motor vehicle accident, it is important to consult with an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer right away. A top California car accident lawyer can answer your personal injury questions and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Here, Burnham was arrested on a suspicion of driving under the influence and alcohol is considered to be a major factor contributing to the accident.

Alcohol remains one of the top contributing factors to California motor vehicle accidents. In fact, nationwide the leading cause of auto accidents is driver intoxication. 40% of all traffic deaths are linked to alcohol use.

Other factors leading to auto accidents include distracted driving - such as texting while driving, eating while driving or even playing loud music or adjusting the radio. Accidents may also be caused by other forms of reckless driving, i.e. speeding, failing to follow the rules of the road and not looking out for others on the road. Additional factors leading to car crashes include negligent roadway design (where a municipality or other entity creates a "dangerous design" by making curves too tight, inclines too steep, or failing to adequately place lights or warning signs) and improper roadway maintenance.

In fact, numerous factors may cause or contribute to an accident. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as the result of a car crash, a top Sacramento car accident lawyer can begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have lead to your injuries. When one of more parties is negligent, you may be able to recover damages from each party. Even if you may be partly at fault, you still may be able to recover damages where another party is to blame.

Victims of any car accident face medical bills, loss of wages, physical pain, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. If injuries are severe or permanent, families suffer economic loss, mental anguish and the loss of companionship in caring for an injured family member. In the event of death, families are torn apart without any warning.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a California car accident, contact the top Sacramento car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Two Lake Tahoe Ski Accidents Result In Personal Injury Lawsuits

After two skiers were injured in separate Lake Tahoe ski accidents with snowboarders, the skiers have now sued the resort. According to the Sacramento Bee, a personal injury lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the skiers alleging that Vail Resorts, the owner of Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, was responsible for the accident.

If you have suffered any serious accident, consulting with an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer is important to answer your personal injury questions and ensure your rights are protected. Where an accident is caused by another's negligence and you suffer harm, it may be possible to recover compensation including medical expenses, lost wages and emotional distress.

Here, a 54-year-old woman was knocked unconscious and suffered a brain injury when a 20-year-old worker from Argentina collided with the skier. Many factors go into determining whether an individual or company may be held responsible for causing another's injury. Further, in situations similar to this, questions are raised about when an employer be held liable for an employee's act.

In many situations an employer may be held liable for the conduct of their employees. Under a legal doctrine called "respondeat superior," employers are liable for the negligent acts of their employees that occur in the course of their employment. This means that when employees recklessly or negligently cause an accident while carrying out their job duties and injure another person, the employer may be required to compensate the victim. Whether the employer or the employee pays often turns on the question of whether the accident was caused during the "course of employment" or not.

Other times, employers may be found liable for "negligent hiring." This applies to situations where an employee causes harm such as through reckless conduct or criminal behavior and the person harmed alleges that an employer acted carelessly in hiring the dangerous individual and exposing others to harm.

Here, the lawsuit alleges that Vail Resorts was liable because the accident was caused by young inexperienced seasonal employees who lacked training and insurance.

For more information or if you have been harmed in any serious injury accident, contact a top Sacramento personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for a free, initial consultation.

Santa Clara County Drunk Driving Crackdown Successful; Fewer DUI Accidents Reported During Holiday Season Than A Year Ago

Santa Clara County's annual "Avoid the 13" campaign was a success this year - with fewer drunk driving arrests than in previous years. No DUI deaths were reported, although one DUI injury accident occurred in Gilroy. The annual DUI accident campaign is conducted over 17 days in the end of December and seeks to crack down on impaired motorists during the holiday season. The most arrests occurred on New Year's Eve, which typically shows a rise in DUI activity.

The decreased incidence of drunk driving accidents is good news. Unfortunately however, drunk driving accidents still occur far too often in California and throughout the United States. Statistics reveal that drunk driving accidents represent 40% of total traffic deaths, with the highest incidence of drunk driving death occurring between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.

The "Avoid the 13" campaign is aimed at reducing this number. During the first nine days of this year's crack down, the Morgan Hills Police Department (MHPD) arrested18 people of a suspicion of DUI.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, it is important to speak to a Sacramento accident attorney immediately to answer your injury questions and determine your next steps. Often the families of victims feel are worried about their next steps, feeling both devastated about the injury and the senseless nature of the accident. Consulting with a knowledgeable Sacramento injury attorney can provide peace of mind along with critical advice during this difficult time.

While those arrested for drunk driving may face criminal penalties, where drunk drivers cause accidents, their actions may be considered negligent and they may be responsible to compensate victims and their families for harm caused. This may include medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

The decrease in drunk driving is good news. Hopefully this trend will continue and fewer drunk driving accidents will occur on California's roadways. For more information, contact an experienced Sacramento drunk driving accident attorney at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for a free initial consultation.

Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Raises Issues Of Liability

A recent motorcycle crash case raised several interesting questions of liability. In Wilson v. Harley-Davidson, Judy Wilson suffered a severe brain injury after her husband, Jack, slammed on the brakes of his motorcycle and she was thrown off the 2008 Harley-Davidson Road Glide touring bike. The motorcycle was not equipped with an anti-lock breaking system (ABS), despite an ABS icon on the motorcycle tachometer. The family of the victim filed a personal injury lawsuit asserting that the lack of or a defective anti-lock braking system caused Wilson's injuries.

If you have been injured in a Sacramento motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Sacramento personal injury attorney to determine your next steps and answer your motorcycle accident questions.

Whenever any accident occurs several factors may be to blame. In some situations, driver error may be at fault. For example, speeding, distracted driving and failing to obey road signs or signals are all common causes of accidents. Further, negligent roadway design or maintenance can lead to a serious accident. Negligent roadway design includes such road issues as the failure to have adequate signs, too steep of curves, the lack of shoulder protection and other dangerous roadway elements. Other times, an accident may be caused by a design defect, defective parts, or other manufacturing issue.

Here, Jack Wilson asserted that when he put on the breaks at 65 mph after the traffic slowed down, his rear wheel locked and tossed his wife 35 feet forward onto the pavement. She suffered severe head injuries requiring a prosthetic skull and permanent brain softening. Representatives of Wilson posit that although Jack Wilson may be partly to blame, the lack of an ABS system was the main cause of her injury. The Wilsons believed that the bike had the ABS system based both on the existence of the ABS icon as well as a representation by a Harley salesman. Here, the case ultimately went to a jury to determine fault.

An experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate the different factors that play a role in any accident and work to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve. For more information or if you or a loved one have been injured in any personal injury accident, contact a knowledgeable Sacramento personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for a free, immediate consultation.

Valley Springs Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Calaveras news reports that a Valley Springs man was died in a Sacramento area motorcycle accident. The man was killed when a Jeep that crossed the double yellow lines collided with his motorcycle. Richard Arnold Crosse was driving his Harley-Davidson eastbound when the accident occurred. Reports indicate that the woman driving the Jeep lost control of her car after taking her eyes off the road by looking down at the speedometer. Crosse's passenger, Adelle Cross, sustained serious personal injuries and was treated at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Sacramento.

Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous - the potential for injury if you are in a motorcycle accident is great. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, it is important to contact an experienced Sacramento injury attorney to protect your rights and discuss your next steps. Where another person is responsible for negligently causing your injuries, you may be able to recovery damages for the harm caused.

According to statistics, more than 100,000 motorcycle accidents occur each year. Further, more than two-thirds of deaths from motorcycle accidents involve motorcycle collisions with another car on the road - often because the car doesn't see the motorcycle at all or is unable to avoid the crash once they do see the motorcyclist.

In order to increase safety on the road and decrease the incidence of motorcycle accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created rider safety initiatives including:

• Encouraging helmet usage as well as other protective clothing such as a leather jackets, long pants and eye gear

• Promotion of motorcycle riding education and licensing

• Efforts to increase motorist's awareness of motorcycles

• Efforts to decrease the number of motorists driving under the influence

Here, the accident is still under investigation.

For more information or if you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact a dedicated Sacramento personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for a confidential consultation.

Sacramento Car Accidents High On Allstate List

Allstate Insurance Company has issued it annual list of safest cities for driving - this includes ranking cities based on factors such as fewest car accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, Northern California cities did not rank very high. According to the list, San Francisco ranks 185, Sacramento 140, Stockton 102 and Modesto 91. ABC News cites traffic and busy freeways as reasons big cities don't fare as well on safety rankings.

If you have been involved in a car accident in California, it is important to contact a Sacramento auto accident attorney immediately to protect your rights and to determine your next steps. Even though filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind, understanding the steps to take and talking to an experienced Sacramento car accident lawyer can provide you valuable guidance and preserve your options should you decide to file a lawsuit in the future.

Taking the top spot as America's safety driving city is Fort Collins. Fort Collins earned the number one spot for the second year in a row. Based on statistics, an average driver in Fort Collins will have a car accident once every 14 years - nationally the average is once every 10 years.

Many factors may lead to causing a car accident in Sacramento and throughout the country. These include driver error - sometimes caused by negligent or reckless driving such as distracted driving or driving while under the influence. In fact statistics now place distracted driving as causing 80% of all accidents. Drunk driving also leads to significant number of accidents, with DUIs causing nearly 40% of all traffic deaths.

Other causes of auto accidents include defective auto parts - with a record number of recalls blamed this year on parts that were not properly tested or failed to perform as intended. In these situations, it may be possible to file a California product liability lawsuit and recover damages for injuries sustained as the result of a defective part. Another potential contributor to Sacramento car accidents is negligent roadway design. In certain circumstances the design of the road itself may cause an accident, with inadequate signage, improper warnings or lack of proper safety considerations.

Whatever the reason behind an accident, contacting an experienced Sacramento car crash attorney at once is important. By speaking to a knowledgeable Sacramento auto accident lawyer immediately, you can begin an investigation into the causes of an incident and preserve crucial evidence.

As a Sacramento personal injury lawyer, I am hopeful Northern California car accident statistic wills improve. For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a Sacramento car accident, please contact the dedicated Sacramento auto accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for immediate attention.

Man Receives $750,000 Award for Loss Of Papers

As the result of negligence in allowing a wild-fire to burn unattended, the San Jose Mercury News reports that a former a jury has found a former schoolteacher and her relatives responsible for damages caused by one of Santa Clara County's biggest wildfires. The premises accident occurred after Margaret Pavese illegally began burning paper plates in a 55-gallon metal barrel. The Lick fire burned out of control, damaging 47.760 acres, destroying four homes and 20 buildings in the Henry Coe State Park Area. Also destroyed in the fire were papers a San Jose man - Dan Straus - had inherited from Albert Einstein, including calculations jotted down on onionskin and an envelope.

Pavese was sued for negligence as the result of allowing a dangerous condition to exist.

The concept of "premises liability" provides that owners or occupiers of land have a responsibility to keep their property free from dangerous conditions they knew of or should have known of and/or take reasonable precautions to warn of the unreasonably dangerous conditions.

Here, the jury applied a similar theory to determine that despite Margaret accepting sole responsibility for the accident, the duty to exercise reasonable care and the knowledge of the dangerous conditions created liability on behalf of the other family members. As noted by a representative - "Margaret lit the match, but we were able to convince the jury that the Pareses were all negligent. We really felt we lost a historical treasure."

Because each one of the members were found in some way to be responsible for the danger created, each of the individuals were found to be partly at fault.

Negligence involves the concepts of duty and responsibility. Here, where a duty is found to exist on one party, harm for damage caused by the failure to reasonably comply with that duty may be compensable.

For more information, or if you believe you have been harmed through the negligence of another, please contact the dedicated Sacramento personal injury and negligence attorneys at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.

Fatal Portola Bike/Truck Collision Leads To Claim Of Negligence Against San Mateo County

Last year's Portola Valley fatal bicycle accident has now resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver involved in the collision and his employer. The truck versus bicycle accident occurred last November and ended in the death of a 47-year-old Los Altos Hills woman.

The truck driver and his company have now counter-sued, seeking indemnity from San Mateo County. The suit alleged that the accident was "caused by a dangerous condition on public property created on or maintained by the County of San Mateo." A representative of the company notes "The road is poorly designed and can be a 'trap for bicyclists."

If you or a loved one has been injured seriously injured in an accident, it is critical to contact an experienced California personal injury attorney to explore your options and seek compensation for your harm.

Several different sources of fault may exist for one accident, each leading to different theories and avenues of recovery. In some cases, driver error may be to blame. In others, an employer may have negligently hired a driver, or may push drivers to perform under unsafe conditions. And in others, such as is alleged here, roadway design or maintenance may have a direct correlation to an accident.

An experienced accident attorney will investigate all the factors surrounding a particular incident and be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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