San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Do I Have a Case?

MJQ Law represents the victims of serious motorcycle accidents in San Francisco and across the Bay Area.

Our skilled San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers take action immediately to secure financial compensation from any careless driver who causes a crash.

We fight to earn victims the support they need to make a full recovery and return to their rides. We also help families who have lost a loved one in a tragic motorcycle accident seek wrongful death support to protect their futures.

Matthew J. Quinlan

Daniel R. Aguilar

Exactly what we do for our motorcycle accident clients in a short, animated video:

Motorcycle Accident Dangers
in the Bay Area

Riders in San Francisco can hop on a motorcycle to head to work or just to catch some sunshine and fresh air. Many motorcyclists head out on weekends for rides down to Santa Cruz or Monterey, or up north along Highway 1 or Highway 101.

Sadly, there’s no route that will be free of reckless drivers. So many drivers drive distracted and aren’t paying enough attention to spot a rider traveling beside them. They can change lanes on The Embarcadero and come over on a rider who was in the blind spot they didn’t check. They can turn left from Divisidero Street in front of riders they didn’t notice were approaching.

These mistakes and others put defenseless motorcyclists in jeopardy each day in the Bay Area. The California Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) tracks motorcycle accidents in San Francisco each year.

In 2020, they recorded 372 motorcycle collisions involving injury in San Francisco. In 2021, that figure rose to 422 crashes. Sadly, motorcycle fatalities also rose over the same period. Eight riders lost their lives in 2020. The lives of 13 riders were claimed in 2021 in San Francisco accidents.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in the San Francisco

After a frightening crash between a motorcycle and a car, truck, or SUV, the lives of those on the motorcycle will be at the most risk.

If possible, riders should get out of harm’s way immediately afterward. That means getting out of the way of traffic where they could get hit again.

911 should be called as soon as victims can manage it.

Once the scene is secure, motorcycle accident victims who are left strong enough should begin to document what happened. This is the first step in building a strong case to prove that a driver was completely at fault.

Unfortunately, car insurance adjusters will be looking to prove otherwise, no matter how clear-cut the fault is.

Try to collect these forms of powerful evidence on your San Francisco motorcycle accident scene:

Do I Have a Case?

Schedule a free consultation to find out!

How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?

This is one of the first and most frequently asked questions we get when meeting motorcyclists who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. The short answer is: it depends.

Any SF motorcycle accident lawyer who tells you otherwise or guarantees a huge payday is likely someone that shouldn’t be trusted. Your attorney would need to investigate the details of your case before being able to determine how much you should be demanding in a motorcycle accident injury settlement..

Working up your case and positively influencing those factors is part of our professional service and something MJQ Law excels at.  Once we have a handle on what we think your case can be worth, we will share that figure with you and then go after more!

It is possible to go over several factors most commonly figure into motorcycle accident claim to determine what your Motorcycle accident settlement check may look like. You could earn compensation for these factors and more:

What Are Some Common Types of Injuries from San Francisco Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accident injuries are often the most serious that we encounter.  Of course, you are more vulnerable on a motorcycle than in a steel car, where you are protected in a vehicle that drastically out-weighs a motorcycle. 

Due to the severe injuries suffered by motorcyclists, it is critical to find a lawyer that is experienced in fighting for liability, and locating and exposing insurance policies to cover your damages – that’s us! 

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we are SF motorcycle accident lawyers that can secure the money to pay for the best care available.  We are experienced in dealing with motorcycle bias and consistently get great settlements for our clients regardless of what the police report says or the inevitable obstacles we will encounter.  We understand you and are motorcycle-minded.  Contact us now for a FREE consultation by submitting an online inquiry.

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I was injured in a motorcycle accident.
Do I need a San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer?

We’re sorry to learn that you were injured in a motorcycle accident, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the you need to hire a San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyer.  Now, most of the calls we get from people that have been involved in motorcycle accidents suffered serious injuries, but if you suffered only minor injuries (soft tissue) and it is clear that the other person was at fault, you may be able to handle your claim with the other person’s insurance company yourself and we will tell you if you fit into that category – we never allow a client to retain us unless we can add value to the process.

Submit an online inquiry for a free consultation to discuss whether you fall into this category.  If you do, we will happily give you some free advice/tips to handling your claim without a lawyer.  That said, if you suffered serious injuries or fault isn’t crystal clear, you need to hire an injury lawyer or else you will likely be costing yourself a lot of money.

 insurance company yourself.

There’s no need to wonder if you’re eligible to file a claim, though. Reach out to The Law Offices of Matthew J. Quinlan for a free consultation to discuss whether you have a case.  If you do, we will happily help you determine the best way to handle your claim.  We never take on cases that we can’t add value to.  In other words, if you can’t likely earn more by hiring us, it doesn’t make sense for you to hire a personal injury lawyer.  That said, if you suffered more serious injuries or an insurance company is unfairly blaming you for what happened, you will need to hire an injury lawyer or else you will likely be costing yourself a lot of money.

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What are some common types of motorcycle accidents you handle?

(1) Cars Turning Left

This is the most common cause of all motorcycle accidents (42% of all motorcycle vs. car accidents). This happens most frequently when cars make a left-hand turn across a lane in which a motorcycle is proceeding straight, resulting in a T-bone accident.  These types of accidents can also occur when a motorcycle is passing the car on the left.  These accident happen because the driver of the car fails to see the motorcycle.  Beyond wearing visible clothing, using appropriate lights and driving responsibly, there is very little a motorcyclist can do to avoid these dangerous accidents.  Almost always, the driver of the car is found to be at fault for these accidents unless the motorcyclist is deemed to have been speeding or driving recklessly.

(2) Road Hazards

Due to the less stable nature of motorcycles, they are at a higher risk of danger when encountering unexpected objects on the road or irregular surfaces, such as potholes and slick pavement.  When motorcyclists are injured by road hazards, someone is typically to blame.  Did the hazard fall from a truck?  If so, we will track it’s origin and hold the company responsible that failed to safely and properly secure their load. (Tip: make sure to save and photograph the hazard on the roadway.  It is critical evidence.) Was the roadway in a state of disrepair?  If so, we will go after the governmental agency responsible for maintaining it.

(3) Lane Splitting

Lane splitting is perfectly legal in California when done safely.  That said, ~17% of all motorcycle vs. car accidents involve lane-splitting, so it can be a dangerous maneuver.  Ironically, accidents involving lane-splitting tended to leave the motorcyclists less injured than other types of motorcycle vs. car collisions – perhaps due to the reduced speed present when lane-splitting occurs ( think: rush hour traffic).  Studies have shown that motorcyclists are not subject to increased likelihood of injury if their lane-splitting speeds are 15 mph slower than the flow of traffic.  Perhaps not coincidentally, California Highway Patrol typically will cite lane-splitters if they are traveling more than 15mph faster than the flow of traffic (CVC 22350: Unsafe Speed For Conditions).  Still, motorcyclists should use extra caution when lane-splitting.  In a 2012 study conducted by the California Office for Traffic Safety, almost half of all drivers said they thought lane-splitting was illegal, two-thirds said they disapproved of it, and 7% admitted they had swerved to block a motorcycle trying to lane-split (<– unbelievable!).

Even though lane splitting is legal in California, you should know that when accidents happen, motorcyclist usually are found to be at fault despite the fact that CVC 21658 states that drivers can only change lanes when it is reasonably safe to do so (that includes ensuring a motorcycle isn’t legally lane-splitting).  Again, this is one place where the public bias against motorcycles makes things more difficult for injured riders. However, often times after we thoroughly investigate these types of cases, we are able to establish that it was the car driver who caused the accident in violation of CVC 21658, allowing for our clients to be fully compensated for their injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions
After San Francisco Motorcycle Accidents

You must still demand injury compensation. California law requires riders and passengers to wear motorcycle helmets. But victims without helmets, struck by careless drivers, can still earn support for their injuries.

California allows motorcycle crash victims to file claims up to two years after a crash. However, victims should act quickly, because evidence can disappear and witnesses can be difficult to reach after just a few months.

You still deserve the best legal representation. In fact, you won’t need any money now to hire our motorcycle accident lawyers. MJQ Law doesn’t get paid unless we win your case. Then, our fee comes out your award.

Contact a San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Lawyer as Soon as Possible

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle crash caused by a negligent driver, don’t trust insurance companies to automatically do the right thing and provide support. Allow The Law Offices of Matthew J. Quinlan to deal with the most frustrating parts of injury claims and insurance hassles so you can focus on getting better.

Contact our offices for a free motorcycle accident case consultation that comes with no obligation to you or your family. Let us work to get the most out of your San Francisco motorcycle accident settlement. You should never have to pay medical bills out of your own pocket due to a reckless driver’s mistake.

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