Representing victims of all types of auto accidents throughout the Santa Barbara area

Drivers have a duty to safely share the road with smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles. When they fail to do so, they should be held liable for the harm that results. At McCarthy & Kroes, our experienced attorneys take decisive action to protect your rights after an accident. Whether you were riding a motorcycle and a negligent driver caused you harm, or you were in a car when a motorcycle caused your crash, our auto accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help victims throughout the San Luis Obispo area seek fair compensation

Motorcycle accidents in California

Despite improved safety and training, motorcycle fatalities have increased in recent years. Over a ten-year period, the California Highway Patrol recorded a 175 percent increase in fatalities, from 204 in 1998 to 560 in 2008. Although the number of motorcycle fatalities dropped to 373 in 2010, data indicates that fatal accidents have likely increased yet again in recent years. In addition, because of the relatively unprotected nature of motorcycles, motorcyclists are approximately 28 times more likely to die in a car accident than drivers and passengers of other vehicles.

In addition to being more dangerous than other vehicles, motorcycles are regularly blamed for causing accidents, often unfairly. Because of this, we take immediate, aggressive action to protect your rights to compensation. Even if your negligence — such as speeding or lane splitting — contributed to an accident, we may be able to help you obtain partial compensation for your harm. We provide diligent, experienced representation for all types of vehicle accidents, from motorcycle crashes to ATV accidents:

  • Motorcycles
  • Mopeds
  • Motor scooters
  • ATVs
  • Trikes
  • Sport bikes
  • Dirt bikes

Common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents

The most common nonfatal injuries caused by motorcycle crashes are leg and foot injuries, followed closely by neck and head injury. Together, these injuries comprise more than half of all nonfatal injuries treated in emergency rooms. Because these injuries can have long-term effects on your health, happiness and ability to earn a living, it is important to obtain a motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm who can help you obtain the compensation you need. We provide assistance for victims suffering all types of injuries because of the negligence of others:

  • Head injury, including concussion, brain damage and other impairments
  • Back injuries, including whiplash, contusions, spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Coma
  • Broken bones
  • Amputation injuries
  • Facial scarring and disfigurement
  • Internal injuries

California helmet law

One of the best ways to protect yourself from serious injuries is to use safety equipment, such as protective eye gear and helmets. Under California helmet laws, all drivers and passengers must wear safety helmets when riding any type of motorcycle, motor-driven cycle or motorized bicycle. Helmets must meet safety requirements, be fastened with straps and be of an appropriate size to fit securely without excessive movement.

While the purpose of a helmet is to protect you from serious or fatal head injury when used properly, a defect may make the helmet useless or even result in increased harm. When this occurs, experienced product liability lawyers can work hard to hold the helmet manufacturer liable for your injuries and losses.

Contact attorneys with the experience and dedication to get results

With 25 years of experience, McCarthy & Kroes has the legal acumen and medical knowledge to help you obtain the compensation you need, and we provide the compassionate, accessible service you deserve. For a free initial consultation with an attorney serving Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo, contact us online or call 805.564.2085 today.