iPhone and Android App “Car Crash Assist” is released!

Friedman Law Offices is proud to announce the arrival of our iPhone app “Car Crash Assist”.

This app helps guide you in obtaining pertinent information after an accident. After you have entered the data, you have the option of sending the information directly to an injury attorney as well as to yourself.
Gather the other persons information, take a snapshot of their drivers license, take photos of the scene and car damage, and have it all immediately sent to yourself and/or an attorney.

 

 

Courtesy of:

Ari Friedman
Attorney
www.AFriedman.com

Other Car Made an Unsafe Lane Change and Hit My Car – Am I at Fault?

UNSAFE LANE CHANGE CASE ANALYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE:

Plaintiff was a passenger on a Los Angeles County MTA bus proceeding home from work. As the bus was proceeding north on a highwawy, the bus driver struck another vehicle, a Hummer SUV. Plaintiff was standing towards the front of the bus as she was about to exit at the upcoming bus stop. Upon impact Plaintiff was thrown forward into a pole on the bus and was injured. The LAPD report indicated that the driver of the bus was at fault for this accident, in violation of California Vehicle Code §22107, unsafe lane change.

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LIABILITY

Plaintiff  was a negligent-free passenger on the bus. Defendant and Cross-Defendant dispute which vehicle changed lanes causing the accident and subsequent injury to Plaintiff.

NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

Plaintiff sustained trauma to her head, neck, back, and left shoulder as a result of this collision. She was evaluated by a hospital and followed up with a doctor who reported that Plaintiff had severe headaches, pain in the neck, back, and shoulder. The docotor diagnosed Plaintiff with 1) post-traumatic cerebral syndrome, 2) post-traumatic cervical muscololigamentous sprain, 3) post-traumatic lumbosacral muscololigamentous sprain, and 4) post-traumatic left shoulder sprain. Physical therapy was prescribed as well as Celebrex for the pain.

Plaintiff sought physical therapy and received heat and ice pack therapy, ultrasound, joint mobilization, massage, and therapeutic exercise therapy. While some symptoms subsided at the completion of physical therapy, Plaintiff still continued to have pain and followed up with her doctor. He recommended another set of physical therapy sessions which Plaintiff underwent.

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RESIDUAL COMPLAINTS AND FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENSES

Plaintiff still suffers from intermittent neck pain radiating into her shoulder. She has trouble performing simple daily activities such as lifting bags of groceries or turning her head while driving.

CONCLUSION:

THIS CASE WAS SETTLED OUT OF COURT, AND THE CLIENT GOT THE MONEY THEY DESERVED!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

Freeway Rear-End Collision

FACTS OF THE CASE:

Plaintiff was driving a 2004 Porsche SUV eastbound on the 580 Freeway near Pleasanton, California in the number one lane. Defendant was driving a Toyota Prius behind plaintiff’s vehicle and rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle causing injury to plaintiffs. Plaintiff  number 2 was a passenger in plaintiff ‘s vehicle.

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LIABILITY

Defendant rear ended plaintiff and liability is not contested.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

Plaintiff’s vehicle sustained over $6,000 in property damage.

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MEDICAL BILLS TO DATE

Plaintiff incurred medical expenses in the sum of $43,497.53.

NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

Plaintiff suffered injuries to his right knee, neck, back, left shoulder, arm, and head as a result of this rear-end collision. Following the accident he sought treatment from a doctor. Plaintiff began a course of chiropractic therapy. X-rays were ordered, however, due to the increased pain, specifically in his right knee, the doctor referred plaintiff to another doctor for an orthopedic consultation.

Plaintiff underwent right knee Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, 2) arthroscopic chondroplasty, medial femoral condyle, impinging medial plica, and local synovitis in medial gutter. The doctor indicated that the surgery was successful. 

Prior to the accident, plaintiff was gainfully employed. As a result of plaintiff’s injury to his knee and per the recommendation of his doctor, plaintiff was required to miss seventeen days of work. 

CONCLUSION:

THIS CASE WAS SETTLED OUT OF COURT, AND THE CLIENT GOT THE MONEY THEY DESERVED!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

Bicycle Accident Analysis – Am I at fault?

BICYCLE ACCIDENT ANALYSIS

Facts: A 19 year old was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk going eastbound when Defendant pulled out of a private driveway and struck the bicyclist.

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WHO IS AT FAULT?

            Plaintiff testified he was travelling between five and ten miles per hour prior to impact; he was “just coasting” and “cradling the brakes”. There were no pedestrians in the area. Plaintiff testified that he was careful to look out for cars coming out of driveways.

RELEVANT CALIFORNIA LAW:

The California vehicle code does not prohibit bicycle riders from riding on the sidewalk, on either side of the street.

21804.  (a) The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic, as defined in Section 620, approaching on the highway close enough to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety. Cal. Veh. Code Section 21804(a). Emphasis added.

As to the definition of “right of way”: Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instruction (CAC) 701 states”

“When the law requires a [driver/pedestrian] to “yield the right-of way” to [another/a] [vehicle/pedestrian], this means that the [driver/pedestrian] must let the [other] [vehicle/pedestrian] go first.

The only California Code dealing with bicycle operations on a sidewalk, merely allows local municipalities to maintain their own regulations:

“This chapter does not prevent local authorities, by ordinance, from regulating the registration of bicycles and the parking and operation of bicycles on pedestrian or bicycle facilities, provided such regulation is not in conflict with the provisions of this code”. Cal. Veh. Code Section 21206.

RELEVANT LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE:

This accident occurred within the City of Los Angeles. This fact is not disputed. The only applicable Los Angeles Municipal Code section states:

“No person shall ride, operate or use a bicycle, unicycle, skateboard, cart, wagon, wheelchair, rollerskates, or any other device moved exclusively by human power, on a sidewalk, bikeway or boardwalk in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”  L.A.M.C. Section 56.15

The above ordinance makes it clear that the only situation a bicycle is not allowed to operate on a sidewalk is when he is operating in a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. The legislators chose their words carefully. The code does not state that the requirement be “negligent riding” or “fast riding”, rather, the ordinance chose its words carefully and used very strong language indicating an intentional hazardous type of riding.

There is no evidence whatsoever supporting that Plaintiff was riding his bicycle in a negligent manner and surely not in a “wanton or willful disregard for the safety…”

Some Tips On Negotiating An Auto Insurance Claim

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      Car accident attorneys

Insurance claims are supposed to be easy to obtain in the case of damages to the vehicle. Either way, that’s what every insurance agent and adjuster tells the customer. However, they are everything but easy to obtain. Such are the red tape and legal matters involved in claiming money from any auto insurance carrier.

It is prudent to request the help of a car accident lawyer since getting your claim resolved will require you to jump hurdles. Don’t wait until its too late.

Negotiating an auto insurance claim

After all bills have been accrued, the negotiation starts.

Once the negotiation starts, it is your job to produce the relevant bills and documents to support your claim. These documents should contain an estimate of repair costs that was needed (if not already paid), photographs of the damage caused to your vehicle and any other relevant documents to support your claim.

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If the defendant’s adjuster refuses to meet your demands, there are several steps that can be taken by a car accident lawyer who is representing you in the matter. The lawyer will be able to determine whether the insurance offer is reasonable and if not, he will know what amount is reasonable for a settlement.

There are several evenues your lawyer may pursue On of which: a complaint at the Department of Insurance, regarding the claim that you have submitted to your auto insurance company. 

If you were injured in an auto accident, there is no reason to wait – speak with a professional today. There is always a free consultation.

Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit: A Guide

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     Personal injury lawsuit

When thinking of legal matter and the court system the first thing that comes to mind is of course the many hours to be spent in the courtrooms, and the personal injury lawyer who do not charge hourly, but who will be paid from the proceeds of your case. So, if you are someone who has sufficient cause to file a personal injury lawsuit against another person or company, then you might want to avoid some common pitfalls that a rookie might make.

Whatever your case may be, it goes without saying that one with an excellent personal injury lawyer is like a case half won. A good attorney will be able to influence the decisions of the judge and jury through brilliant cross-examinations. Given below are some steps that you can follow if you want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in a court of law.

Hiring an attorney

The importance of an attorney has already been analyzed and explained. Yet, it is still an important part of filing a lawsuit, and to find an experienced attorney, you will have to break some sweat. Local or state bar associations will have references and qualifications of their attorneys, so it will be a good place to start your hunt for an attorney. One of the best ways is asking some of your friends who have had positive experiences with an injury lawyer.

Court processes

The court processes start with a formal complaint being filed. The court will allow some time for the defendant to offer answer the lawsuit, which needs to be properly “served”.

Statute of limitations

You will have to file a complaint within a certain time period which is ascertained by the statute of limitations laws. In California, the statute of limitations in injury cases is two years from the date of injury.

Evidence

References and qualifications

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The burden of proving the case is on the plaintiff or the victim, who must prove with the help of sufficient evidence that the actions of the defendant were responsible for the injuries he or she had to suffer. Some of the items to be addressed: The plaintiff must also provide enough proof showing that the actions of the defendant and defendant only were responsible for the injuries that he or she had to suffer.

Intentional actions

IF an intentional tort is at issue, it is also up to the plaintiff to prove that the actions of the defendant were intentional and not the result of coincidence or an accident.

The bottom line

Court processes can drag on forever if you are not represented by an efficient injury attorney. As it is quite clear, it is up to the plaintiff to prove whose fault the accident was.

Hiring A Competent Attorney For A Bicycle Accident Case

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         Bicycle accident cases

Bicycle accident injuries are on the rise again.  Involvement in an accident is never a happy prospect, and if you are at the receiving end of it, then there is a very good chance that you have hurt yourself, and are in need of treatment at a hospital or doctor.

So, what are the steps that you should take if you are involved in such an accident? If you have only vague ideas about this, then it’s time to polish them, and understand some steps that you have to follow if you want to hire a bicycle accident attorney.

Hiring a lawyer

Experienced attorneys, although hard to come by, will have expertise in handling special cases. When buying running shoes, you wont be buying heels and when buying dress shoes, they probably wont be Nike’s. Injury Specialist attorneys have undertaken many car accident cases and have won most of them, which makes them specialists at handling car accident cases. Similarly, in your bike accident case, you should find an attorney who is very capable and experienced at handling bicycle accident cases.

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            Bicycle accident lawyers

You would be able to find out about the references and qualifications of each and every bicycle accident attorney in the area, with the help of a local or state bar association. Whatever be the case, make sure that you hire an attorney who has successfully handled bicycle accident cases in the past.

The fee that you are required to pay to your attorney (never up front) will be included in the damages that you negotiated with the defendant. If the court finds the defendant responsible for the bicycle accident, it is more than likely that the court will order the defendant to pay up a certain amount of money, as damages. It will include the money that you had to spend for medical bills, compensation for any physical injuries and also compensation for emotional distress and your pain, suffering and inconvenience.

The bicycle accident attorney that you hired will take a percentage of the damages that you received as a part of his or her fee. It is important to ensure that, while selecting a bicycle accident attorney, you find out whether he or she is comfortable to work with, as you are going to spend a lot of time with the attorney that you hire.

Friedman Law Offices Presentes “Car Crash Assist” Android Application

This app helps guide you in obtaining pertinent information after an accident. After you have entered the data, you have the option of sending the information directly to our firm as well as cc’ing yourself.

When you first download and open the app, you will have the option of inputting your own information (or you can click “add later”).
We can always hope that an accident doesn’t happen to begin with, however, in the unfortunate event of an accident, just follow the step-by-step instructions.
You will be greeted by some basic information such as “staying calm”, when to call 911, etc.

Then you will be presented with fields to fill out all of the required information. Use this as a guide.
Gather the other persons information, take a snapshot of their drivers license, take photos of the scene and car damage, and have it all immediately sent to yourself and/or an attorney.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nampx.carcrashassistapp

An iPhone version is currently being developed and will be released within a week.

Attorney Ari Friedman
Injury Lawyer  -Los Angeles