With its miles of gorgeous beach highways and scenic mountain roads, Northern California has always offered motorcycle enthusiasts endless opportunities for recreational riding. Over the past few years, in an effort beat higher gas prices and avoid ever-increasing traffic congestion, thousands of motorcyclists have also joined daily automobile commuters and commercial vehicles on urban streets…

An extremely talented young doctor, raised in Chico, California, had just started her first year of residency at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. One day, while jogging along Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento, she was struck by a vehicle while she was in a crosswalk. She was badly injured, including serious head trauma, potentially ending…

There’s an old myth that dogs are allowed one free bite before their owners are liable for injuries. Of course, that’s false. As sweet and as usually well-behaved as your dog may be, if it feels you or your family are being threatened, it may react aggressively. A bite from even a small dog can…

Anytime two or more people are working together on a project there is the possibility of confusion if there are not adequate rules, training, and procedures in place. For example, we had a case where two mechanics didn’t communicate and one did something unexpected—he started a vehicle engine while it was in gear. The result…

This is a case in which the insurance company had one interpretation of a policy and our client had another. The injury occurred when a cow became agitated, bumped into a defective gate which fell off and struck our client, causing serious injury. The insurance company said the accident was not covered by their policy…

In car crashes, there are sometimes multiple causes that contribute to serious injuries. Those causes may include driver error, the safety of the vehicles (think recalls), and the safety of the roadway. In order to discover all the possible causes, a prompt and thorough investigation should be done, over and above the police reports. The…

Many people have preconceived notions about their liability as property owners. Most believe that they’re responsible for any injuries that occur on their property. But that’s not always the case. Liability depends on whether the owner exercised reasonable care. Was the owner aware of the dangerous condition or should he have been aware of it?…

When it comes to 60,000 volt high tension power lines, how close is “too close?” In this case, a lineman was on the ground replacing a phone cable that was carried on the same poles as high tension line. He was pulling up the phone cable by means of a pulley. Due to the ruggedness…

This case represents an issue that the lawyers at Barr & Mudford are passionate about: Car manufacturers have a responsibility for making sure the automobile passenger compartment is not compromised in an accident, and that passengers are contained within the vehicle. In this case, a young girl was killed when the car she was riding…

In this case our client was hit and severely injured by an off-duty undercover narcotics officer. The police officer left the scene of the accident, demonstrating reckless indifference. We took legal action and were able to get a judgment against the city because an employer, even the police department, is responsible for the harm caused…

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