Helping injured victims on the Central Coast since 1988

At McCarthy & Kroes, we fight to protect the rights of bicyclists and to help you obtain the compensation you need after sustaining an injury or losing a loved one in an accident in Ventura, Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo counties. As a cyclist, bicycle accident attorney Patrick McCarthy understands firsthand the issues cyclists face and the serious repercussions of an injury accident. As a result, he works hard to help you obtain the compensation you need.

Liability and common causes of accidents

More than 670 pedalcyclists, including riders of bicycles and other two-wheel non-motorized vehicles, tricycles and unicycles, were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2011. The number of bike accident deaths increased by 9 percent over the year before.

With the number of bike accidents on the rise, it is clear that cycling is a dangerous activity. At McCarthy & Kroes, our attorneys use experience gained during 25 years in practice to help you obtain the compensation you need for medical treatment, lost wages and other harm after an accident caused by others. Our accident attorney provides reliable assistance for victims of all bicycle accidents caused by street defects, dangerous bike design, defective bike wheels and other products, and all types of accidents caused by driver negligence:

  • Bike lane accidents
  • Alcohol use while driving or bicycling
  • Opening car doors into cyclists
  • Turning in to cyclists going in or out of driveways
  • Unsafe turns or lane changes
  • Failure to yield or stop
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Turning into oncoming cyclists
  • Sideswiping bicyclists
  • Distracted driving or using cell phones

In addition, bicycle riders may cause or contribute to an auto accident by:

  • Using the wrong side of the road
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Leaving the proper lane
  • Making unsafe turns
  • Riding into the path of a car

If you were injured in a bike accident, a lawyer may still be able to help you recover partial compensation reduced by your percentage of negligence.

Cycling events

Cycling races and other events, while enjoyable and beneficial, can also be dangerous for the participants and result in serious injury, such as broken bones, internal bleeding, head injury, back injuries and even fatal injuries. Depending on the circumstances of your race accident, our lawyer can assist you in holding all types of negligent parties responsible:

  • Negligent cyclists
  • Negligent drivers of cars, trucks and other vehicles
  • Race sponsors, cycle clubs or organizers who are negligent or fail to take safety precautions
  • Property owners who invite cyclists onto their premises
  • Cities, municipalities and other public entities, in some cases, for road defects

Because of waivers of liability and assumption of risk, in many cases, an event sponsor, cycle club or organizer may escape liability, but you may still have cause to sue another negligent party, such as a driver. When defects in the road cause an accident, a public entity may be to blame. However, public entities often claim sovereign immunity, which protects them from liability for an accident. The same is true for police officers and other public emergency vehicles that hit cyclists.

While sovereign immunity does apply in certain cases, public entities and officials may be held liable for creating or failing to address certain reasonably foreseeable dangerous conditions. Our attorneys analyze the circumstances of your case to help you determine who may be liable for your injuries and whether sovereign immunity applies.

Seek assistance you can rely on in the Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo area

Since 1988, McCarthy & Kroes has taken a personal interest in successfully resolving injury cases. To schedule a free initial consultation with our highly qualified firm, contact us online or call 805.564.2085 today.