San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

San Francisco and the Bay Area are well known for having some of the most scenic routes to enjoy while riding a motorcycle in California. Even when motorcyclists make every effort to be extra cautious on the roads, distracted and careless drivers of vehicles may not always respect the rules of the road. This disregard for road safety can be traced back to over 80,000 motorcyclists being injured in the United States.

The experienced team of attorneys at The Barnes Firm have handled numerous motorcycle accident cases in San Francisco and across the Bay Area. From the first phone conversation through to the final settlement, the team of attorneys at The Barnes Firm is committed to working hard for you every step of the way. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation.


Thousands of people injured in accidents have trusted The Barnes Firm to help them get the best result possible.


Experience matters. The Barnes Firm’s trusted motorcycle accident lawyers know the techniques that will deliver results.


The Barnes Firm’s experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are trial-tested, and will do whatever it takes to win your case.

Why Choose the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at The Barnes Firm?

At The Barnes Firm, we know that an unexpected motorcycle accident can turn your world upside down, especially after finding out how extensive your injuries may be immediately or over a period of time. Insurance companies will often make an unfair offer to motorcycle accident victims to pay out fast. After being involved in a San Francisco motorcycle accident, you will want a team of experienced attorneys on your side. Our team of motorcycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm will work hard to help you get the best result possible for your case.

San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Causes

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen frequently in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The injuries sustained by motorcyclists in these accidents tend to be more severe than those of a car or truck driver that hits them. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury on the road because they are not protected by a vehicle frame. When a motorcyclist accident occurs, the rider and passenger on a motorcycle are hit directly, which often results in severe injury.

At The Barnes Firm, our team of motorcycle accident attorneys will ask questions about the accident to identify if a vehicle driver was ignoring the laws and rules of the road. More times than not, distracted driving or not following the laws that govern roads can be linked to the cause of most motorcycle accidents. We have helped many clients injured in motorcycle accidents and found the most common causes include:

Left Turn Accidents. A driver making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcyclist is extremely dangerous. Vehicle drivers often fail to estimate the speed and distance of a motorcycle before turning, causing a motorcycle crash to occur.

Distracted Driving. Distracted driving causes over 1 million car accidents per year. Taking your eyes off the road, even just for a second, can cause a fatal accident. Distracted driving gives drivers less time to react. Given the smaller profile of a motorcyclist, delayed reaction time from a driver can cause a severe accident.

Speeding. Speeding endangers everyone on the road, but especially motorcyclists. A speeding car or truck requires more stopping distance. If a motorcycle stops suddenly and a speeding driver cannot slow down, it may result in a rear-end motorcycle accident.

Tailgating. Tailgating a motorcycle can lead to rear-end accidents. Drivers of cars and trucks should provide enough space between a motorcycle to avoid rear-ending them if traffic comes to a sudden stop.

Driving under the influence. Driving under the influence causes delayed reaction time and leads to impairments in vision and vehicle control. Motorcyclists have a higher chance of being hit by an intoxicated driver due to a smaller profile. All DUI related crashes are preventable.

Lane Splitting Law in California

Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides between lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic. According to a report published by The University of California Berkeley, motorcyclists who split lanes in heavy traffic have less chance of being struck from behind by other motorists, are less likely to suffer head injuries, and less likely to sustain fatal injuries in a crash. Other drivers need to be aware of motorcyclist’s lane splitting, especially when switching lanes or coming out of a complete stop. Purposely blocking or impeding a motorcyclist in a way that could cause harm to the rider, or opening a vehicle door to impede a motorcyclist, is illegal.

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If I am Injured in a San Francisco Motorcycle Accident, What Should I do?

After a motorcycle accident, you will likely be in a state of shock and may need medical attention. The most important thing to do is get to safety. Keep your protective gear on and move your motorcycle if you can manage on your own, or with the help of others, to avoid any additional accidents. After moving off the roadway, call 911 and request medical attention if necessary. Take photos of the accident scene, exchange information with the other driver, and request a copy of the police report before leaving the scene. Then, call The Barnes Firm and ask to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney. Our experienced attorneys will work hard to help you get the best result possible. Our successful San Francisco motorcycle accident attorneys have handled motorcycle accident cases involving the following injuries:

Traumatic brain injury or brain damage. Head injuries can cause concussions, brain swelling, or brain damage.

Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can often lead to nerve damage or paralysis.

Lower extremity injuries. Lower extremity injuries are the most common injuries in a motorcycle accident. These injuries often prevent a victim from being able to walk.

Broken bones & fractures. Broken or fractured bones can take several weeks or months to heal.

Road rash. Road rash can happen on knees, legs, elbows, forearms, and hands. Road rash can lead to scarring and/or infection if not properly treated.

The most severe injuries happen when the point of impact is located at the front of the motorcycle. Motorcyclists should always wear proper protective gear, including a helmet. California law requires all riders and passengers of motorcycles wear a helmet while riding. Even with proper gear, the results of a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic. Our team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have after being involved in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco or the Bay Area.

California Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations in California is two years. This means you have two years after your accident or injury discovery to file a personal injury claim. If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call the trusted and experienced attorneys at The Barnes Firm for a FREE consultation today. We can help answer any questions you have regarding filing a motorcycle accident claim in San Francisco or the Bay Area.

Damages to Recover in San Francisco Motorcycle Accidents

After a motorcycle accident, more than just medical expenses can be recovered. The team of San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm can help you get the proper compensation for all damages you deserve. We’ve recovered the following for our motorcycle accident clients:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damages
  • Lost future earnings
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Motorcycle repairs or replacements

Our team of dedicated attorneys will help get you on the road to recovery. Before talking to an insurance company, call The Barnes Firm. Our trusted team of attorneys can help with any questions you may have regarding your accident, insurance, or filing a claim.

Contact a San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Whether the accident resulted in minor or major injuries, contacting an experienced motorcycle accident attorney is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco or the Bay Area, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at The Barnes Firm today. We are available 24/7 to help you go over your legal options and develop a plan to help you get the best result possible.

Call (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation – it could be the best call you make.

Our team of experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm proudly serve San Francisco and surrounding areas: Alameda, Albany, Antioch, Belmont, Benicia, Berkeley, Brentwood, Burlingame, Campbell, Clayton, Concord, Cupertino, Daly City, Danville, Dixon, Dublin, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fairfield, Foster City, Fremont, Gilroy, Half Moon Bay, Hayward, Hercules, Lafayette, Livermore, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Martinez, Menlo Park, Milpitas, Moraga, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Napa, Newark, Novato, Oakland, Oakley, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Piedmont, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Redwood City, Richmond, Rohnert Park, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, and more…

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555 12th Street
Suite #1470
Oakland, CA 94607

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“I had a great experience with The Barnes Law Firm! Michael Horowitz is very professional and provide updates and the case proceeded. I would highly recommend the Barnes Law Firm”

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“Ali Vazirinejad from The Barnes Firm handled my personal injury case and I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer. He was compassionate, patient and comprehensively walked me through each step. He was unbelievably responsive-answering calls and e-mails with good follow up and detail. Because my accident occurred at the beginning of Covid shutdown, the case dragged on for more 2 1/2 years, many times coming to a complete halt. Even so Ali remained communicative, proactive, and in the end negotiated a settlement that was more than expected. I so appreciated his guidance during this difficult time and always felt I was in good, caring hands. I recommend him highly.”

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