Motorcycle accidents happen every day in Oakland. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Motorcycle Accident the injured victim should seek prompt medical attention.
Even if you can “walk away” from the accident it’s a good idea to visit an emergency room promptly to get checked out. Some injuries may not start to show symptoms until hours or days after the accident.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident and were injured, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim. Call GJEL Accident Attorneys today for a free case evaluation. You won’t pay unless and until we win your case and we offer free case evaluations.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. The most common incidents we see are unsafe roads, other distracted drivers, pets, and truck vs. motorcycles.
When a car or truck hits a motorcycle it usually happens when drivers are distracted or not paying attention while driving their cars. Whether this is because they’re texting and driving or just not aware of the lane splitting laws in California, they can happen in the blink of an eye.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries Can Be Severe
Unfortunately, with motorcycle accidents, the rider has much less protection than your average car which can lead to serious injuries after an accident. Typically after a motorcycle accident, the rider may experience serious injuries such as:
• Brain injuries
• Broken bones
• Lacerations from the impact
• Loss of skin
Getting prompt medical attention after an accident needs to be your number one priority. Brain trauma can be hard to diagnose at first and cause severe permanent damage.
Factors That Make Oakland More Dangerous for Driving
The Oakland area has been expanding rapidly over the past few years. Housing prices in San Francisco have been skyrocketing and Oakland has been a popular destination for new families moving to the bay area.
With all of these new people come new dangers including many people who are not familiar with the driving conditions around the city and the not used to the number of motorists on the road.
If you add this in with the fact that many people are commuting every day to areas outside of the main city, it’s easy to see why the roads can be more dangerous than in other cites.
Here are some of the factors that make Oakland more dangerous than other northern California cities for riding a motorcycle.
• Lack of visibility. When the fog rolls in, visibility can be impaired.
• Drivers new to the area. Unfamiliar roads can make many drivers nervous on the road.
• Distracted drivers. Since Oakland has so many visitors and new people moving to the area, they’re not as familiar with the laws such as the hands free law in California.
Most Dangerous Zip Codes & Intersections in Oakland
Accidents can happen at any time and anyplace. However, some areas are more dangerous than others and commonly experience more accidents than the average intersection or freeway. Here are the most dangerous areas in Oakland for Motorcycles.
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Recent Motorcycle Accidents
5/9/19 – A man on a motorcycle was killed after crashing into a vehicle at the intersection of 12th and Willow Street.
5/13/19 – An Oakland man riding his motorcycle crashed into a BMW X3 in the Polk Gulch Neighborhood. He later died of his injuries after being taken to the hospital.
4/30/19 – Police tried to pullover a motorcycle speeding through the Bay Bridge near the toll plaza on the Oakland side. During the chase the man crashed and died of his injuries.
4/19/19 – A motorcyclist collided with a car in North Oakland near the 6000 block of Claremont Avenue at Hillegass Avenue. The man was taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.
8/3/18 – The middle lanes of the Westbound Bay Bridge were closed after a big rig crashed with a motorcycle. Serious injuries were reported at the scene.
9/17/18 – A man riding his motorcycle collided with a vehicle near the intersection of 27th and West Street in West Oakland. Police said he was seriously injured at the scene.
9/24/19 – A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was injured in an accident with a car on I-80 near the Carlson Boulevard 0n-ramp.
4/26/18 – A motorcycle collided with a train in East Oakland near 99th Avenue. The motorcyclist suffered non life-threatening injuries.
3/19/19 – A man was killed after pulling his motorcycle in front of a big rig on the ramp to southbound highway 238.
5/9/19 – A pickup truck collided with a motorcycle in West Oakland near 12th and Willow Street. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene and the other driver had serious injuries.