Who is at fault?

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.

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer – Car Accident Lawyer
Los Angeles

Freeway Rear-End Collision


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.

Freeway Collision Pic


Defendant rear ended plaintiff and liability is not contested.


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

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


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. 



Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer

Bicycle Accident Analysis – Am I at fault?


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.



            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.


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.


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…”

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.