Driving anywhere in California presents numerous dangers, though Santa Barbara offers some specific risks that you should keep in mind. Be especially careful when driving on many of the narrow and steep roads that traverse the mountainsides and hills around the area. In particular, watch out for “Painted Cave Road” as the lack of guardrails and frequent use by cyclists can make it especially dangerous.
Sometimes, accidents just happen. Sometimes, someone is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or otherwise acting in a negligent way, and that person might be liable for your injuries and damages in a collision.
Steep Cliffs and Narrow Roads
Driving around Santa Barbara is a greater danger and responsibility than driving in a lot of other areas due to the terrain around the county. Steep cliffs from hills and mountainsides present serious dangers of a minor accident becoming severe due to a vehicle rolling or falling down. There are many narrow roads in the area as well, which compound the danger, as passing other vehicles can be difficult to do safely.
Be Careful Around Painted Cave Road
One road in particular, Painted Cave Road, is noteworthy for the dangers that can be found there. The lack of guardrails means precise driving is required to remain on the road and not tumble into a serious and deadly situation.
Many bicyclists frequent this road for its scenic views and challenging terrain. That means you need to be even more careful when navigating the road and dealing with other drivers, cyclists, and natural obstacles. You should only drive in this area when wakeful and alert.
Negligence and Liability After an Accident
Some accidents are just that, “accidents” where no one is to blame. In other instances, there may be negligence on the part of one or more drivers involved. Negligence refers to actions or inactions that go against what a reasonable person would do in the situation. Someone who drives while intoxicated or after being awake for two days, for example, could be argued as being negligent.
When someone’s negligence directly causes an accident resulting in damages or injuries, then that person is liable for those damages. This can be difficult to prove, however, which is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
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