Bicycle Accident Lawyer

A car was going westbound on a major street and the bicycle was going east on the same street. The car makes a left turn on a green light and strikes the bike rider. The accident occurred at about midnight. The bicyclist had a functioning front and rear reflector. Who is at fault and what are the issues, if any.

California law requires a front facing light when operating a bicycle when it is dark outside.

California Vehicle Code section: 21201(d) “A bicycle operated during darkness… shall be equipped with all of the following:

(1) A lamp emitting a white light that, while the bicycle is in motion, illuminates the highway, sidewalk, or bikeway in front of the bicyclist and is visible from a distance of 300 feet in front and from the sides of the bicycle.

(2) A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear…

We also know the California law requires cars to yield to other traffic before making a left turn:

California Vehicle Code Secion 21801(a) The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left… shall yield the right-of-way to all…

If you were the bicycle rider, an insurance company for the auto might be quick to “deny” your claim simply because you didn’t have a solid front facing light.

Is that right?

Bicycle reflectors are made specifically for cars to see you at night! We have won cases where the insurance company tries to pull a quick one like this.

Representation by a bicycle accident lawyer that has specific experience with bicycle accident cases is a must!

If you or someone you know has been involved in any type of bicycle accident, contact the Friedman Law Offices today!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer – Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Los Angeles
www.AFriedman.com

Bicycle Safety Tips: http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/bicycleriding.html

Driver Pleads No Contest in Fatal 4th of July Accident That Killed a Fireworks Spectator

Source: http://bit.ly/vkMVQn (KTLA)

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (KTLA) — A Canyon Country woman who allegedly killed one person and injured several others when she drove into a crowd watching Fourth of July fireworks in 2010 pleaded no contest to charges Monday in court.

Prosecutor Richard Quinones said Melissa Brigette Brown, 23, pleaded no contest to one count of vehicular manslaughter. A judge dismissed an infraction against her for failing to stop at a red light.

Brown is expected to be sentenced Nov. 9 in San Fernando Superior Court, according to prosecutors. She faces up to six years in state prison.

Prosecutors say Brown crashed into another vehicle July 4, 2010 after running a red light. She then lost control of her car and careened into the crowd of spectators gathered for the fireworks display. 

Matilda Garnica, 43, who was standing on a sidewalk, was killed in the crash. Several others sustained minor injuries.

 

If you or someone you know has been involved in any type of car accident, contact the Friedman Law Offices today!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles
www.AFriedman.com

Defend Your Money!

Source: DefendYourDollars.org, a project of Consumers UnionThe banks are doing it to us again!

Bank of America just announced it will charge customers $5 a month for debit card purchases beginning in January. That’s right, $5 a month to spend your own money. Even if you swipe your card only once – say for a $2 cup of coffee – you’ll still get hit with the fee, making that cup a whopping $7!

And it’s not just BofA. Wells Fargo and Chase are testing out similar fees to decide if they want to follow suit.

It wasn’t that long ago that taxpayers had to rescue Bank of America because their get-rich schemes emptied their coffers and drove our economy to the brink. Now they’re whining that they don’t make enough money off electronic transactions that cost them almost nothing to process.

If you are outraged by these new fees, take action now. It’s time consumers fight back!

If you shop with your debit card (why else have one?) you will pay BofA $60 a year to access your own money. This is ridiculous, particularly since the banks already charge retailers a fee that more than covers the cost of the electronic transaction every time you swipe your debit card.

Congress should investigate if these fees reflect the true cost of processing customers’ debit card transactions – and if the answer is no, do something to stop them.

Even if you don’t use one of these banks, you can still help hold banks accountable for the fees they charge. Ask your members of Congress to get to the bottom of these new fees right now, before we all get soaked again!

Send your message now, and also get tips on how to safely change banks.

The more consumers Congress hears from, the better chance we have of swift action. Please click on the link to send your message now, then forward this (or share it on Facebook) with others so they can do the same.

Attorney Andrew Friedman at Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference in Israel

Newly appointed Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings is congratulated by re-appointed Fire Commissioner, Attorney Andrew Friedman, at their introductory meeting. The two fire officials discussed plans for local emergency preparedness and Commissioner Friedman’s recent trip to Israel at the 11th Annual Conference on International Terrorism.

Andrew Friedman with LAFD Chief Cummings
Andrew Friedman with LAFD Chief Cummings

Center: Israeli Opposition Leader Tzipi Livin, Left: LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, Right: Commissioner Andrew Friedman
Center: Israeli Opposition Leader Tzipi Livin, Left: LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, Right: Commissioner Andrew Friedman

 

Help Beat the Red Light Camera System

In the next few days, two anti-motorist bills will land on Governor Brown’s desk, for signature, or veto.  
Please call or email Brown and ask him to veto.  The bills are:
AB 529. This bill will allow cities to reduce posted speeds by 5 mph, even on streets with a great safety record. The lower posted speed will allow them to shorten yellows, which will increase red light cam ticketing by at least 50%. (Four of the sponsoring cities have red light cams.) Worse, the shortening will increase severe accidents by 30 to 40%.
SB 29: This bill is being sold as “red light camera reform” while it actually makes things worse for motorists. For example, it reduces the number of warning signs, from four per intersection under current law, to just one or two. The bill also muddles the current law giving the police only 15 days to get red light camera tickets into the mail.  If the authors of this bill were really interested in reform, they would have done something about the fine for rolling right turns, or the 1.5 million cars with “protected plates.”  But they did not.
Phone Gov. Brown at 916 445-2841, or email him via the form at gov.ca.gov. Ask him to veto AB 529 and SB 29.  Also phone your union or professional association.
More details about these bills are at the top of my Action/Legis page, at:  http://highwayrobbery.net/redlightcamsjoin.htm .
Source: highwayrobbery.net

Injury Car Accident

What Information To Get After An Injury Car Accident

I can’t tell you how many times a client has come in with little or no information about the car accident they were just involved in. If you are involved in an auto accident, obviously the first thing you need to do is worry about your health. Make sure you call 9112 if you suspect any injuries. If there is anyone in the car that is experiencing neck or back pain from the accident, and if there is no immediate threat by staying in the car, try to stay in the car and do not move your neck. The fire department / ambulance will evaluate you.

Make sure you let the 911 operator know that there is someone injured so that they will not only send the police but an ambulance as well. You may be transferred to a second operator. The first operator being the police, and then the second one being the fire department. In the City of Los Angeles, the first call taker is a police dispatcher and they gather some basic information and will then transfer you to the Los Angeles Fire Department Operator who will give you “pre-arrival” instructions and will likely advise you not to move any injured people.

What are the important items I need to get regarding the accident?

  • Name of other driver
  • Address of other driver
  • Number of other driver
  • License Plate # of other driver
  • Drivers License Number (and State) of other driver
  • Birthdate of other Driver
  • Make/Model/Color of other car
  • Insurance Company of other Driver
  • Insurance Policy # of other Driver
  • Name, number, address of all Witnesses (even if they give the info to the police)
  • If there are multiple other cars, add all information for additional cars.
  • Pictures of the scene as well as the damage to both cars.

Too much information to handle? Use our handy smartphone mobile site that will assist you in gathering the information www.exchangeinfo.info This tool has all the necessary fields that you need to fill out. Once complete, it will send all of the information for my office for review. Please note: The questionnaire on www.exchangeinfo.info is meant solely for the use of the consulting attorney for purposes of analyzing and evaluating the prospective client’s case. Although the information you supply is strictly confidential, submission of this form DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY / CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.

If you or someone you know has been involved in any tyoe of accident, contact the Friedman Law Offices today!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer – Injury Car Accident
Los Angeles
www.AFriedman.com

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What information should I get at the scene of an accident?

I can’t tell you how many times a client has come in with little or no information about the car accident they were just involved in. If you are involved in an auto accident, obviously the first thing you need to do is worry about your health. Make sure you call 9112 if you suspect any injuries. If there is anyone in the car that is experiencing neck or back pain from the accident, and if there is no immediate threat by staying in the car, try to stay in the car and do not move your neck. The fire department / ambulance will evaluate you.

Make sure you let the 911 operator know that there is someone injured so that they will not only send the police but an ambulance as well. You may be transferred to a second operator. The first operator being the police, and then the second one being the fire department. In the City of Los Angeles, the first call taker is a police dispatcher and they gather some basic information and will then transfer you to the Los Angeles Fire Department Operator who will give you “pre-arrival” instructions and will likely advise you not to move any injured people.

What are the important items I need to get regarding the accident?

Too much information to handle? Use our handy smartphone mobile site that will assist you in gathering the information www.exchangeinfo.info This tool has all the necessary fields that you need to fill out. Once complete, it will send all of the information for my office for review. Please note: The questionnaire on www.exchangeinfo.info is meant solely for the use of the consulting attorney for purposes of analyzing and evaluating the prospective client’s case. Although the information you supply is strictly confidential, submission of this form DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY / CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.

If you or someone you know has been involved in any tyoe of accident, contact the Friedman Law Offices today!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles
www.AFriedman.com

 

DO NOT DO AS SHOWN IN THIS CARTOON!

Immigration Status – And A Personal Injury Claim – “Can I Make an Injury Claim If I am an Illegal Citizen?”

The scenario is:

  • You or someone you know is visiting but are not currently a legal resident or citizen of the United States OR
  • You are living in the United States without citizenship, ie: illegal immigrant or illegal “alien”
  • While in California, you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. (Personal injury, auto accient, etc)

Do I have a right to make a claim against the negligent party’s insurance?

Do I have a right to sue the negligent party?

Will my “status” be affected by making a claim or filing a lawsuit?

These are all common questions. However, California courts have held that the immigration status of a Plaintiff is “irrelevant” and therefore considered, inadmissible evidence. The only time the citizenship status would be admissible is if the Plaintiff was trying to submit a “loss of earnings” claim and the Defendant tries to show that there were never any payments made, as the Plaintiff wasn’t even legally allowed to be paid in the United States.

A recent California case has held:

Any potential prejudice that might result from the introduction of the plaintiff’s status as an illegal immigrant can be overcome by a curative instruction by the Court.  Certainly, a plaintiff would be entitled to a limiting instruction that his status as an illegal immigrant is not relevant on the issue of liability.

There are many intricate details and considerations that go into filing a personal injury claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. Make sure you speak to a lawyer at the Friedman Law Offices as soon after the injury as possible. Call us at 323-596-1234 so we can preserve your rights.

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles
www.AFriedman.com

What is Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist and Why Do I Need it on my Insurance Policy?

Consider these scenarios:

  • You are the victim of a “hit and run”
  • Someone hit your car but their insurance lapsed and they have no coverage.
  • You have been seriously injured by another vehicle and accrue tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. The other party carries the minimum liability insurance of $15,000.

So what do you do when the party at fault has no insurance?

You can choose to personally sue the individual at fault (if you can find him/her). OR rely on your uninsured motorist coverage to handle the claim. In any of the above scenarios, if you carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, your own carrier should pay you for your damages, which includes pain and suffering.

There are so many people driving the streets that do not carry even the minimum insurance required by the law, so be smart and carry uninsured motorist coverage on your auto policy.

At the Friedman Law Offices, we know the ins and outs of the “uninsured/underinsured motorist” laws. If you have been injured as a result of a hit and run driver or uninsured motorist, be sure to contact the Friedman Law Offices as soon as possible so that your rights will be preserved and so that we can get you the maximum recovery possible.

Ari Friedman, Esq.
Personal Injury Lawyer
Friedman Law Offices
http://www.AFriedman.com

Personal Injury Lawyer Los Angeles

What is a “Personal Injury”?

A Personal Injury, also known as “P.I.” is when someone is injured as a result of someone else’s conduct. The other person’s conduct can be accidental, negligent, or intentional. A personal injury can also result from someone else’s non-action.

The most common types of personal injury claims are traffic accidents, accidents at work, tripping accidents, accidents in a home you own or rent, product defect accidents (product liability) and holiday accidents.

Traffic accidents include injuries that occur when traveling in a car, motorcycle, bicycle, train, plane, or even while walking as a pedestrian. Virtually any type of transportation related accident falls under the traffic accident category of “personal injury”.

The term personal injury may also incorporate medical and dental accidents or negligence (which lead to numerous medical negligence claims every year). However, most law firms have separate “specialties” that distinguish between “personal injury” and “medical malpractice”.

If the negligence of another party can be proven, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party or from that party’s insurance carrier. Most traffic accidents, although not caused intentionally, has an “at fault” party. For example, if a driver rear-ends the driver in front of him, the rear-ending driver is usually the one “at fault”. Another example would be when Driver A runs through a red light while Driver B was proceeding through a green light and the collision occurred in the intersection. Obviously, unless there are some other extenuating circumstances, the driver running the red light will be “at fault”.

Attorneys usually represent a client on a “contingency basis”, in which the attorney’s fee is a percentage of the plaintiff’s eventual compensation, payable when the case is resolved. This enables a client that may not otherwise have the funds, to pursue a “case” and get the necessary medical treatment. Victims of auto accidents may be able to visit a physician, doctor, or therapist on a “lien basis”. This means that the doctor would agree to examine and treat the client without being paid until the case is resolved.

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But why can’t I go directly to my doctor and insurance and leave the attorney out of it?

Oftentimes, having an attorney becomes essential because cases become extremely complex. Moreover, although the insurance companies claim to be on your side, they really put their interests first. When dealing with your own insurance company, it may be easier for them to classify the case as “50/50” liability (meaning that both you and the other driver are “at fault” equally). Insurance companies benefit for two reasons: 1) They can close the file sooner. 2) If you are found to be partially at fault, they can raise your insurance rates. Although they may have to pay for the other party’s damages in a 50/50 case, they may make that money back in insurance premiums. If you retain a law firm that specializes in auto accident cases, this will decrease the chances of your insurance finding you “at fault”.

Another reason to “retain” an attorney is because an attorney can get you monetary compensation above and beyond what is paid to the doctor and the attorney. Almost every person involved in an auto accident experiences what is called non-economic damages, specifically, pain, suffering, inconvenience and the like. Some cases have more non-economic damages than others. However, almost all cases where the client is found not “at fault”, the attorney will be able to recover money for the least enjoyable of circumstances, that is the pain of dealing with the car accident.

Aside for compensation from injuries, the injured person can also get compensated for how the injuries have affected his or her life, such as, a casual tennis player suffers a wrist injury which prevents him from playing tennis. This can be compensated for over and above the award for the injury itself. This is called loss of amenity, and the award for loss of amenity is part of the claim for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

In the same manner, the injured person can also be compensated if, as a result of the injuries, he was unable to work. This is called loss of earnings.

Time limitation:

Experienced attorneys have several strategies in obtaining the maximum compensation for their client. However, most clients don’t want to wait around for many months and especially not for years until they get the money that they deserve. The attorney should discuss all settlement options with the client in order to expedite the settlement or judgment of the case while making sure that the client will obtain the most favorable outcome. One must understand that in California there is a statute of limitation for injury cases. If settlement is not reached, a lawsuit must be filed against the “at fault” party within two years of the accident.

Other Areas of Personal Injury:

Other examples of personal injury accidents include: slipping and falling in a market, tripping at a gas station, having a heavy item fall on you in a hardware store or being bitten by a dog on private or public property. There are many examples of when an attorney can help you receive the most compensation for your injury.

Free Case Evaluation:

If you are the victim of a personal injury, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as it is possible to do so and avoid discussing the matter with strangers and/or insurance representatives. You should be cooperative with the police and your own treating physicians. Remember, there is always an in-person free case evaluation consultation available to you with an attorney.

Speak to an attorney at the Friedman Law Offices today! Call us at 323-596-1234.

Ari Friedman, Esq.
Personal Injury Lawyer Los Angeles
Friedman Law Offices
323-596-1234
www.AFriedman.com