Santa Cruz Personal Injury Attorneys

Injury & Accident Lawyers Fighting for the Rights of Victims in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Car Accident Lawyers One minute you are driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, enjoying a day at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk or shopping in Downtown Santa Cruz; the next, tragedy strikes and you are injured in an accident.

Besides the horrendous pain, you could incur enormous medical bills and be unable to work. Your quality of life and personal relationships suffer.

You do have rights after sustaining injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, but these claims can be complicated under California law.

Our personal injury lawyers at the Allen Law Firm have the skills and experience you need to assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve, as we have been serving accident victims in Santa Cruz, CA and throughout the Monterey Bay area for decades.


Negligence can ruin lives, and it is at the heart of all personal injury cases.

What Is Negligence?

Negligence is defined as acting in a way that inevitably results in the injury of another person.

How Do You Determine Negligence?

When you hire one of our Santa Cruz auto accident lawyers, we examine and study the evidence provided and take accounts from witnesses and the victim. We will look at police reports, Santa Cruz traffic laws, photos, and basically anything that will help your case. In auto accidents, there are generally a number of factors that help determine whether the plaintiff is guilty of negligence. Courts and lawyers usually ask the following questions:

  • Did the driver disobey traffic laws and signals?
  • Did the driver exceed the posted speed limit?
  • Did they take into account weather or other traffic conditions?
  • Did they drive recklessly/aggressively/carelessly?
  • Did they drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs?

If you’ve been in an auto accident, seek medical attention immediately. Our attorneys can’t stress this enough. When it comes to auto accidents, your well-being should be your primary concern regardless of whether or not you feel pain. Insurance companies will also be studying your immediate steps following the auto accident and any lapse in seeking medical treatment will be used against you.

Common Personal Injury Claims in Santa Cruz, CA

Injury-causing accidents tend to have one factor in common: They are often the result of negligence, carelessness, or similar acts that violate the duty to exercise reasonable care with respect to others.

Our Santa Cruz personal injury lawyers at the Allen Law Firm provide knowledgeable advice and counsel to victims of the more common accident scenarios, including:

    • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Even when you drive responsibly and comply with all traffic laws, there are others on the road that do not operate their vehicles safely. Statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol demonstrate that car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are far too common:
      • On average, there were 170,660 injury-causing traffic accidents from 2005-2014.
      • The highest number of victims was 292,798 victims in 2005, and the low was 223,128 in 2013.
      • In 2015, there were 278 victims who were either killed or injured in Santa Cruz motor vehicle accidents.


  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: There are many more people who are hurt or killed in Santa Cruz traffic-related accidents every year, even though they were not in a vehicle at the time. In 2015, 35 pedestrians and 108 bicyclists were victims in such incidents.
  • Slip and Fall Incidents: When hazardous conditions on property cause injuries, victims can hold the owner, occupier, or manager responsible under the legal theory of premises liability. These individuals may be held accountable when they breach the duty to ensure the property is reasonably safe for those who enter upon it.

Our personal injury practice group at the Allen Law Firm also covers such claims as dog bites, catastrophic injuries, defective products, and similar negligence cases. In addition, our attorneys can provide assistance with Social Security disability and special education matters.

Compensation for Your Losses After an Injury-Causing Accident

If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligent conduct, California law allows you to obtain compensation for your injuries. Though every case is unique, you may be able to recover for such losses as:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Lost wages;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Damages based upon your personal relationships and decreased quality of life; and,
  • Other losses.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Santa Cruz Personal Injury Attorney Today

For more information on your rights as the victim of an accident, please contact the Allen Law Firm in Santa Cruz, CA. We can schedule a free, no-obligations consultation to discuss the details of your case.

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Our Personal Injury Attorneys

As the founder of Allen Law Firm, Scott J. Allen has 20 years of experience litigating and trying cases in state and federal courts. He has also helped countless clients resolve disputes through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and arbitration. Scott also prides himself on aggressively representing his clients’ interests while at the same time offering his clients practical advice on how to achieve a cost-effective resolution of their disputes and protect their rights. Read More
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  • "Scott made the entire experience as pleasant as it could be- I am forever grateful."

    After being hit by a red light-runner while driving for work then hospitalized for three nights. I met Scott and hired him to pursue my case. A legal situation seemed like the last thing in the world I needed on my plate at the time mid grad school and cross country relocation. Scott took it off my plate and made the entire experience as pleasant as it could be, all things considered. In 6 months he settled my case and I moved on with my life. He was the companion I needed at the time to help carry the additional burden and I am forever grateful. Thank you again Scott. - Steven

  • "Excellent Attorney! Obtained a very favorable settlement for me."

    I was injured in a car accident on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz. Scott Allen guided me through the legal process and obtained a very favorable settlement for me. Excellent Attorney! Highly Recommended. - Christine

  • "Fantastic Attorney"

    I was represented by Martin Chandler in a Social Security Administration case. He was very thorough, asked a lot of questions and completed all my needed forms in a timely manner. I was approved by the social security administration in a little less than 8 months. He continues to support me and help me when I have ever requested additional information from him. He is an excellent attorney and does what ever it takes to represent his clients in a very fair and equitable way. Please refer to MARTIN CHANDLER FOR ANY CHALLENGES YOU may have regarding legal representation. - - Steven M. Garcia

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Personal Injury Case Results

Suffering an injury is an unsettling thought; suffering a serious injury that leaves you disabled, with high medical bills, or unable to work and provide for yourself and your loved ones can be a terrifying idea.

Which is why if you are the victim of an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you need an experienced Santa Cruz personal injury lawyer on your side to build your case and maximize your settlement award.

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  • $150,000

    $150,000 for Salinas resident who suffered severe whiplash injuries in car crash on Highway 68

  • $100,000

    $100,000 (Insurance Policy Limit) for a Monterey woman injured by a pickup truck as she walked across a street in a marked crosswalk, suffering head, neck and back injuries.

  • $95,000

    $95,000 for Pacific Grove man hurt in a side-impact car crash