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Motorcycle Accidents in San Luis Obispo

Nearly 3,000 riders die every year in motorcycle accidents and California riders share what some would consider to be a disproportionate percentage of those fatalities when compared to other states. In the vast majority of motorcycle accidents in San Luis Obispo, the motorcyclist was operating according to the rules of the road at the time of the accident.

San Luis Obispo Motorcycle Accident Liability

Negligence is defined as any action or inaction that results in avoidable damage to person or property. In cases involving motorcycle accidents, it is the injured party’s responsibility to show that their injury was the result of carelessness or thoughtlessness on the part of the defendant or defendants. In San Luis Obispo, California, if a driver of any motor vehicle is not exercising reasonable care and a motorcyclist becomes injured, the driver is likely to be found negligent and, likewise, liable in the accident.

Some actions that contribute to driver negligence in San Luis Obispo motorcycle accidents include:

  • Violating traffic laws
  • Failing to adhere to the rules of the road
  • Failing to take appropriate steps to reduce risk
  • Generally unsafe driving habits
  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Road Rage
  • Driving a vehicle in a known state of disrepair

Winning Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Proving negligence is typically a four-part process. As a plaintiff in a motorcycle accident case, you need to be able to show all of the following to secure a settlement or judgment in your favor.

First, you must be able to prove that the operator of the other vehicle had a duty of care toward you while operating. In most cases, there is little question as to whether this was so. Next, you must show that the driver failed in his or her duty of care. Then, you have to prove that it was the other operator who caused the injury. Finally, you must prove that you were the one injured as a result of the other driver’s negligence. The last is also almost never in dispute given available police reports, medical records, etc.

While it may sound simple, building a strong, winnable case is anything but. It is for this reason that you need an experienced attorney who will fight hard to prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve for your injury.

Only an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can accurately examine all the evidence, build a strong case, and collect the money you deserve. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and think you have a case, don’t delay. Call James McKiernan Lawyers right now and speak to an attorney with a proven track record of winning personal injury cases involving motorcycle accidents.

JML June Newsletter: Adults Are Key to Preventing Playground Injuries

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Kids Depend on Us to Keep Them Safe

Summer, playgrounds and kids: It’s a magic combination of exercise, social interaction and just plain fun. The last thing any of us want to see is a child injured while at a playground. But unfortunately it happens nearly 200,000 times a year. The good news, as we discuss in this month’s newsletter, is that adults can play a key role in preventing playground injuries. Inspect playground equipment and report shoddy maintenance to school or park leadership. Then supervise your kids while they play. You might even want to join your kids for a little swinging, climbing or sliding yourself!

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Adults Are Key to Preventing Playground Injuries

School’s out for summer, and kids are bursting to get outside and hit area playgrounds. No surprise then that June is a particularly dangerous month for playground injuries. Before you let those kiddos loose, learn how adults are the key to playground safety with tips on equipment, clothing and safe behavior.


5 to 9

Children ages five to nine have the highest rate of emergency room visits among the more than 200,000 kids injured each year on playgrounds.


Keep Your Kids Safe With the Danger Rangers

The first step to protecting young children from playground injury is to talk to them about safety. Before they hit the monkey bars, take a minute to watch this video with the kids in your life.



Kids with disabilities have a hard time finding playgrounds that are safe and accessible, but this app may change all that.

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Top 5 Summertime Accidents in Southern California

While we love summer and everything that comes with it, summertime accidents are unfortunately too common. Despite our best efforts, summer can come with dangers. Here are the top five summertime accidents in Southern California:

1. Bicycle injuries

Perhaps there’s nothing more fun for a child than hopping on a bicycle in the summer and enjoying a taste of freedom. However, safety hazards on roads and sidewalks can lead to bike injuries. Bicycle injuries are a problem for adults too. Too often, drivers don’t use the care that they should, and the results are tragic.

2. Vehicle accidents

Some of the most common summertime accidents are vehicle accidents. More time on the roads, younger drivers and more construction projects can all lead to an uptick in crashes in the summer months. The hot weather even leads to an increase in mechanical failures that can contribute to summertime crashes.

3. Swimming injuries

Too often, swimmers jump in head first in shallow water without thinking about the dangers. Diving into shallow water can cause head injuries that are often traumatic. Children and adults alike spend more time in the water during the hot, summer months, and this can lead to an increase in injuries from swimming and diving.

4. Unexpected falls

Summer is the time that we’re out and about. We’re jogging, using skateboards, hiking through the mountains and performing home maintenance on tall ladders. All of these activities can lead to summertime accidents. Too often, there are hazards or obstructions that people don’t see until it’s too late. Unexpected falls and trips can result in cuts, bruises, broken bones and concussions.

5. Amusement park injuries

It makes sense that more amusement park injuries happen in the summer because people go to amusement parks in much higher numbers during the summer. Bumps and bruises are common on amusement park rides, but people can suffer far more serious injuries. Young children are often able to wiggle out of restraints on amusement park rides, so it’s not just teenagers or adults who are at risk. Amusement park injuries can happen off the rides as well. Park owners need to keep their parks free from hazards and debris.

To speak with a personal injury attorney in Southern California, contact James Mckiernan Lawyers.


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