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Santa Barbara Personal Injury Attorney

We know how a crash can disrupt a victim’s life. A serious injury can turn a victim’s world upside down. Additionally, injured victims regularly experience financial difficulties because they are bombarded with medical bills and may not be able to work until they recover. At the Law Offices of John B. Richards, we are here to help when you need a Santa Barbara personal injury attorney by your side. We will investigate every aspect of your case so we can determine liability and help secure full compensation for your losses.

Car accidents

Every year, negligent and reckless drivers cause serious injuries and deaths, in and around Santa Barbara. This includes drug or alcohol-impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic laws, and more. Data from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) shows that there were over 272,000 car accidents and 3,563 car accident fatalities during the latest reporting year. With proper driving and road maintenance, almost all of these car accidents are preventable.

Truck accidents

Simply put – trucks are enormous. A monstrous vehicle of such a size can have devastating consequences for unsuspecting pedestrians or automobile drivers. A truck accident is inherently more dangerous than a typical passenger vehicle accident, often resulting in serious injuries that may significantly alter the quality of your life. Oftentimes, these cases primarily concern semi-trucks and fire trucks. The serious nature of these accidents calls for a serious response. By reaching out to one of our attorneys you will be securing a fast, efficient, and productive case.

Motorcycle accidents

Catastrophic and permanent injuries are common in serious motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are also much more likely to suffer serious injuries as opposed to automobile accidents. The California OTS says that there are more motorcycles registered in California than any other state in the country. During the latest year of data, nearly 14,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents across the state. Because motorcyclists have less protection than others on the roadway, these accidents are often catastrophic.

Bicycle accidents

Accidents can occur to almost anyone at any time. On the California coast, it is not uncommon to find bicyclists taking advantage of the ideal weather conditions and winding hills that the Golden State has to offer. Sadly, many find themselves victims of accidents caused by the negligent activity of cars and other automobiles. Fortunately, bicycle laws were created to protect cyclists from injury, not motorists from accountability. Bicycle accident injuries are one of the many areas of personal injury that the Law Offices of John B. Richards covers.

Pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents are often devastating for victims. Our bodies are not intended to absorb the impact of a vehicle slamming into them. The vast majority of pedestrian crashes result in some sort of injury or fatality for the victim. During the latest reporting year across the state, the OTS shows us that there were more than 14,000 pedestrian accident injuries.

Dog bite injuries

Data available from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that around 800,000 people across the country seek medical care each year due to dog bites. Dogs have incredibly powerful jaws, which can inflict severe injuries on victims that often lead to significant scarring and disfigurement. There are strict liability laws that cover injuries caused by dog bites in California. A skilled attorney can help victims secure compensation.

Slip and fall accidents 

Slip and fall accidents are often caused by the careless or negligent actions of property owners in Santa Barbara. If a property owner fails to take steps to keep visitors and guests safe, a slip and fall incident could lead to significant injuries. Holding property owners accountable for a slip and fall case is difficult, but a good attorney will be able to uncover any evidence needed to prove liability.

Product liability cases

The safety of community members in Santa Barbara is extremely important to us. Product liability is a growing area. We depend more and more on products to take care of our daily needs: transportation, healthcare, laundry, food preparation, and more. We employ the use of products to make our lives a little easier. These products are oftentimes complex and can come with a number of flaws due to designing, marketing, or manufacturing errors. If one of these products caused an injury due to an inherent flaw, please consider reaching out to us to learn how you can earn compensation for what you suffered.

Your deadline for a personal injury case

A statute of limitations is a set period of time that acts as an established deadline for when a lawsuit can be filed. Each state can set its own deadlines, depending on how long the state legislature believes one can wait before filing a lawsuit. In the state of California, the statute of limitation for personal injury mandates that a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident to be accepted within the courts. However, depending on the facts, if the injury was not immediately discovered the lawsuit then should be filed within one year following the date of discovery of the injury. Knowing these rules and regulations is crucial for the proceedings of a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact our Santa Barbara personal injury lawyer today

If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of somebody else in or around Santa Barbara, turn to the Law Offices of John B. Richards for help today. We have the resources and legal expertise necessary to fully investigate your case, determine liability, and help secure the compensation you need. This can include coverage of your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, out-of-pocket expenses, and more. When you need a Santa Barbara personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 805-683-2736.

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