Due to the unfortunate rise in scooter accidents, we would like to launch a safety campaign with a focus on scooters and other wheeled transportation. Please voice your opinion in our poll below. Thanking you in advance, Ari Friedman
Offices in California and South Florida.
Ari Friedman has been working in the Personal Injury Law industry since 2002. Ari graduated from University of West Los Angeles School of Law in 2008 after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from Yeshiva University in New York City. Ari has gained valuable experience with internships at several government offices as well as at the renown Allen L. Rothenberg Law Firm on the East Coast. Ari has obtained trial training at the prestigious National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) as well as the Trial Academy with Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). Ari has vigorously represented hundreds of injury victims through pre-litigation, litigation, and trial to obtain the best possible outcome.
This is a reminder to all SoCal Drivers to stay safe in the rain! Statistics show that rain is one of the biggest contributing factors to car accidents.
How you react can prevent further injuries, reduce costs and accelerate the clean-up and repair process. Over 6.3 million police-reported motor vehicle crashes occurred in the United States in 1998. Almost one-third of these accidents resulted in injury. In 2001, nearly 42,000 people died on America’s roadways. Clearly, accidents are a part of life in America. So, if you are involved in a traffic collision, try to remain calm, and follow these steps:
Action Plan to Deal with Accidents:
1. Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Glove Compartment. Drivers should carry a cell phone, as well as pen and paper for taking notes, a disposable camera to take photos of the vehicles at the scene, and a card with information about medical allergies or conditions that may require special attention if there are serious injuries. Also, keep a list of contact numbers for law enforcement agencies handy. Drivers can keep this free fill-in-the-blanks accident information form handy. The DocuDent™ Auto Accident Kit ($19.95), supported by AAA and insurance companies, offers a comprehensive kit that includes a flashlight, reusable camera and accident documentation instructions. A set of cones, warning triangles or emergency flares should be kept in the trunk.
2. Keep Safety First. Drivers involved in minor accidents with no serious injuries should move cars to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. Leaving cars parked in the middle of the road or busy intersection can result in additional accidents and injuries. If a car cannot be moved, drivers and passengers should remain in the cars with seatbelts fastened for everyone’s safety until help arrives. Make sure to turn on hazard lights and set out cones, flares or warning triangles if possible.
3. Exchange Information. Visit www.exchangeinfo.info to download our app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store from any web enabled cell phone. Or visit www.gatherinfo.info from any web browser.
4. Photograph and Document the Accident. Use your camera to document the damage to all the vehicles. Keep in mind that you want your photos to show the overall context of the accident so that you can make your case to a claims adjuster. If there were witnesses, try to get their contact information; they may be able to help you if the other drivers dispute your version of what happened.
5. File An Accident Report. Although law enforcement officers in many locations may not respond to accidents unless there are injuries, drivers should file a state vehicle accident report, which is available at police stations and often on the Department of Motor Vehicles Web site as a downloadable file. A police report often helps insurance companies speed up the claims process.
Auto accidents take a tremendous toll on everyone involved, both financially and emotionally. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have thus far avoided a serious accident, hopefully the tips on prevention will help keep it that way. The chances are high, though, that at some point you will be involved in an accident. Just keep your head focused and make safety your primary concern. You’ll have plenty of time to deal with the consequences later.
You’re driving down Beverly Blvd, La Brea, Pico, Robertson, whatever street it may be and CRASH. You are in an accident. Maybe you were rear ended, maybe it was a side swipe, a turning accident, or a head on collision. It’s not your fault. But are you sure? Maybe you are sure but the other driver has a different opinion? Now its time to whip out the trusty old dash cam footage.
The below video was taken from a dash camera from a vehicle in Texas. The original Reddit post can be found here.
The victim was driving within her lane, sees a wide-turning vehicle, and ultimately stops in an effort to avoid hitting / being hit. She did everything she could but the other car, traveling in the opposite direction, hits her head on. What’s worse is that the other driver comes out and blames the victim! That’s what we call chutzpah!
In another example, at the intersection of Olympic and Fairfax in Los Angeles:
The car with the dash cam is going straight, two cars in the opposite direction make a left turn in front of the dash-cam equipped vehicle. The third car decides to turn also and clearly would have been at fault if the accident had actually occurred.
To some people it is obvious that the turning vehicle has to wait for traffic to clear before initiating a turn (which is the law), but other people might say “we both had the green”.
California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left… shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Luckily the accident was avoided due to the at-fault party correcting her mistake. The vigilant driver (of the dash-cam car) also slowed down fast enough and avoided a collision.
Clearly, in both of the above scenarios the dash-cam equipped vehicle driver is not at fault.
We highly recommend purchasing a dash cam video camera. They are fairly inexpensive and are worth every dollar when needed. The footage may very likely be admissible in court if you have the proper representation.
Without this camera footage, it would be “he said / she said”.
If you are involved in an accident, you must be represented by someone that knows how to obtain evidence, collect statements, and ultimately pursue your cause to the fullest possible extent. Please call Ari Friedman Law Offices to get your free case evaluation.
When choosing a motorcycle accident lawyer, it is imperative that your lawyer can fully understand what you are going through. Attorney Ari Friedman has been riding motorcycles for over ten years and won’t be pushed around by insurance companies!
Pictured above: Personal Injury Attorney Ari Friedman Riding BMW GS1200
Pictured above: Personal Injury Attorney Ari Friedman Riding Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
The entire purpose of this mom’s campaign is to AVOID any accident to begin with. If the unfortunate circumstance arises wherein you or your friend or family becomes a victim, be sure to have Personal Injury Attorney Ari Friedman’s telephone number on standby. He’s successfully and diligently handled many car accidents involving misuse of cell phones.
For more information about this campaign or to get involved visit driveeasy.com.
The driver in this video was about to be a victim of a car crash. The other person made an unsafe left turn, in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21801(a), without yielding to oncoming traffic. Good job!
Please make sure you call our office if you are ever a victim of someone negligent driving.
We have handled many cases that involve situations similar to the above where one driver made a left turn into the path of another driver that had the right of way.
Attorney Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer