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A UC Berkeley undergraduate student was killed last week when her motorcycle collided with the back of a vehicle in San Francisco.

Jessica Christie, an English major, was riding east on Broadway when she crashed at the intersection of Broadway and Stockton Street early in the morning. According to the SF Police Department, she was transported to the hospital where she died of injuries.

“I don’t have the words to express how saddened all of us in the English Department are by this, and I know this news can be hard to cope with,” said Katherine Schramm, an undergraduate advisor at UC Berkeley.

At Allegiance Law, we know that motorcyclists face many dangers on the roadways. While we do not know the exact cause of this accident, we want to be here to help if you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle incident.

When you need a San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney, you can count on us to fight for the compensation you deserve.

The Reality

There is no denying that California is a popular place for motorcycle riders. We have nearly 900,000 registered motorcycles in the state. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injuries in vehicle accidents than other people on the roadways.

For the latest reporting year, there were 548 fatalities and 13,656 injuries to motorcyclists in accidents. While we know that not all of these were caused by other people’s negligence, many of them were.

When a motorcyclist is struck, they absorb most of the impact with their bodies. This can lead to severe internal injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Major lacerations or amputations
  • Broken or dislocated bones

All of these injuries require emergent and extensive medical care and will often be followed up by long rehabilitation times. All of this can be very costly over time.

Will your insurance cover all of this?

Why They Happen

Many drivers are careless when motorcyclists are riding near them. They simply do not treat them as vehicles and fail to give motorcyclists the space they need to safely operate. There is a reason that signs urge drivers to “share the road” with motorcyclists.

Motorcycle riders face dangers from the same things that affect all motorists: speeding and aggressive drivers, distracted drivers, and impaired drivers.

The difference is that these accidents cause much more bodily harm when they occur.

What You Can Do

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident and you think it was caused by someone else’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. At Allegiance Law, our knowledgeable and experienced team will get to work, fighting to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include help with medical costs, lost income if you cannot work, as well as punitive damages. If you need a San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.

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