Santa Cruz Motorcycle Injury Attorney
Many people enjoy the freedom and exhilaration of a motorcycle ride. Bikes do provide an economical alternative to automobiles and light trucks for commuting to work or school. However, motorcycles are also very dangerous. Every year tens of thousands of people suffer devastating injuries in motorcycle accidents, and in some cases never fully recover. When a motorcycle accident is caused by another person, the injured party may have grounds for seeking compensation but it is best to work with an attorney who has experience in this facet of personal injury law. The lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP may be able to help you if you have been injured in an accident.
Injuries and Statistics
Numerous factors account for the sad reality that motorcyclists face dangers on the road that other motorists do not:
- Road hazards. Debris or potholes in the surface of the road can cause a motorcycle to lose control and go on its side. This is both because motorcycles are relatively lightweight and rely upon balance and forward momentum to remain upright.
- Getting into the path of the motorcycle. A motorist may open a parked car’s door into the path of a bike or turn in front of a motorcyclist. These and other actions suggest that often motorists simply fail to see motorcycles.
- Intoxicated drivers. Anyone on the road is in danger when a person who is intoxicated gets behind the wheel of a car, but motorcyclists are particularly so because their vehicles offer no protection to the rider.
- Distractions. Everyone is busy today, but many motorists carry this to an extreme by engaging in behaviors that take their eyes—and attention—from the road ahead. These include texting and talking on a cell phone, reading, eating, and even applying make-up. Just a moment of distraction can mean disaster.
- Excessive speed/reckless driving. There is a reason why reckless driving is generally treated as a misdemeanor and not an infraction. Recklessness and excessive speed place other motorists in danger, particularly motorcyclists.
The statistics bear witness to the dangers of being hit by other vehicles. Each year approximately 400 motorcyclists in this state are killed. Another ten thousand are injured, many of them seriously. In the City of Santa Cruz 32 motorcyclists were injured in accidents in 2012. Fortunately no one was killed, although in Santa Cruz County for the same year there were 3 deaths and 367 injuries.
If You Are Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
Common injuries suffered by motorcyclists in accidents include broken bones, crushed limbs, back and neck injuries, lacerations, head injuries, and trauma to the brain. Many individuals who are injured spend years recuperating from their accidents; some never fully recover. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another person it is in your best interests to work with a strong personal injury attorney. Call Nadrich & Cohen, LLP today to arrange a free consultation.
From CA-156/Pacheco Pass Highway continue until you turn slightly to the right onto County Highway G11/San Juan Rd. This is approximately one-half mile past Cole Rd. Drive 2.4 miles, and then turn left onto Tarpey Rd. and continue for another 1.3 miles. Tarpey Rd. becomes San Miguel Canyon Rd., at which point drive 0.4 miles and stay straight onto Hall Rd./County Hwy G12. Continue on G12 for 3.6 miles, and then turn left onto Werner Rd. This is 0.2 miles past Hudson Landing Rd. Turn slightly to the left onto Salinas Rd. and continue another 1.1 miles until you merge onto CA-1 North. Drive 18.5 miles until you get to the Ocean Street exit, Exit 442. Stay on the left toward Beaches. Keep left at the fork in the ramp, and stay straight to go onto Water Street. You will have passed the Coloma St. Union 76 Station on the right. Drive 0.4 miles. You will pass Knight Street Bank of the West, which is on the corner. Turn left onto Pacific Ave., and then take an immediate left onto Cooper St. Cooper St. is just past Locust St., and Laili Restaurant is on the left.
If you are arriving by bus take Line 66N or 69. These run every 11-30 minutes, depending upon the day and time.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
101 Cooper Street #249
Santa Cruz, CA 95060