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Did You Know the No.3 Cause of Los Angeles Deaths and Injuries are from Car Accidents?

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Motor vehicle accidents with an injury to occupants remains the number three cause of unintentional injury and death in Los Angeles. (Source, California Department of Public Health.) But these seem to be the most well-known injuries because so many people see the vehicle pileups as they drive around conducting day to day activities in their personal conveyances and commercial vehicles. In 2013 alone, Los Angeles County reported 54,994 car wrecks.

For example, take a look at the surface streets and freeways like the I-10, or I-405 during rush hour traffic. Any daily driver has seen people pulled over after a low speed rear hit bumper impact early in the morning, or around 5:00 pm at night. Typically people are delayed because motorists slow down to look at the crash scene as the victims exchange license and proof of insurance info.

In fact, this choke point can lead to more accidents because drivers are not paying attention to the brake lights in front of them. But it’s not just the main highways where this happens. In fact, many more terrible T-bone and left turn wrecks happen on surface streets near where consumers live and work. Everyone is inconvenienced by the hazards presented by car crashes in LA. Ehline Law acts as a shield and sword to those injured, thereby helping avoid drama and mistakes in presenting a valid insurance claim.

So What Exactly Is a Motor Vehicle Anyways?

A motor vehicle is any conveyance powered by an engine with an internal, or external power source not human. So it is not a bicycle powered by a human’s legs or arms. But it could be a motorcycle because it is powered by gasoline, internal combustion engine, or electrical motor, for example.

So what motor vehicles are often involved in LA roadway motoring incidents?

  • Passenger Cars (including commercial taxis, limousines, Uber and Lyft).
  • Motorcycles and Motor Trikes (Including off road ATV’s, quad bikes and other two-wheeled vehicles).
  • Commercial and Light Trucks (including trash trucks, armored cars, UPS, FedEx and other transportation vehicles).
  • Commercial and Non-Commercial Buses.
  • Segways.

Are You the Victim of a Los Angeles Motor Vehicle or Car Accident and Need Help?

Passenger cars seem to be involved in a lot of roadside smash-ups.

A passenger car is a road motor vehicle, other than a motor cycle, intended for the carriage of passengers and designed to seat no more than nine persons (including the driver). (Source).

However, sometimes legal lines get crossed when a vehicle is used for seemingly commercial purposes. For example, what about Uber, Lyft, and Taxi? So here it is more about how it is used and not what it is called. A passenger car remains a passenger car. But technically, a 120, or 9 passenger limousine is a passenger vehicle. But sometimes it becomes a passenger car used for commerce. As such, it must carry commercial liability insurance. (Source.)

So in case you are hurt by or in a car for hire, the chances remain greater that commercial insurance will cover you. And this is often much more than for a noncommercial car. The same formula is used to determine fault in a passenger vehicle crash under Civil Code Section 1714. Does a duty exist to keep passengers or others safe? If so, was that duty breached and were people damaged as a cause of the breach?

If so, contacting a Los Angeles car accident attorney would be beneficial to the victim. A Los Angeles car accident lawyer will be able to investigate the accident scene, order police reports, and prepare a settlement demand package to the liability insurance adjuster. This is all vital to building a substantial personal injury motor vehicle accident claim. If no agreement is reached, the case should to trial and more mediation.

What Makes Los Angeles So Car Accident Prone?

In Southern California, we see all manner of cars and even custom bikes. We see sports cars, limousines, luxury sedans and everything in between. With L.A.’s distances and traffic, we have evolved a car culture unique to specific area codes and zip. For example, in the 818 or 213 area codes, cruising is a happening thing for blue collar types. Take Huntington Park, for instance. Have you ever driven the main street when there was an L.A. Laker’s win?

The scene is reminiscent of the L.A. Riots. All manner of cars with Dubs and custom features are rolling. An outsider risks crashing just out of sheer terror when traveling here. Then when we go to the 714 and 949 area codes, we see the white collar types driving sports cars and sports sedans rolling along and crashing. The common denominator is that sometimes drivers become drunk or distracted. In fact, millions of small cars ingress and egress along the many thoroughfares, highways, and freeways of Los Angeles proper.

In fact, these are some of the most crowded streets in the world. Poorly maintained roads, road-ragers, and other factors only add to the problems. In 2014, the California Office of Traffic Safety counted 37,546 injury and death collisions in Los Angeles County. Also, 3,409 of these wrecks were alcohol related. (Source).

Will You Always Know You Are Injured After a Crash?

Being dazed and confused is part and parcel of a newly motorized vehicle accident. Adrenaline, fear, and shock all tend to mask pain. So you may not even know you are hurt. The time right after a surface street or even a parking lot crash is one of the most critical moments for protecting yourself and preserving your ability to get compensated down the road. There is never a better time to collect evidence about how the accident happened then right after the crash.

Is Making a Record Important After a Crash?

Yes. Making a record and collecting evidence is key to winning a car accident case. Below are some ways you can help your lawyer protect the case.

We suggest the following:

  • Make a Digital Record. Ask for permission from percipient witnesses to use your iPhone to videotape them. Have them narrate what happened, and identify who they are. Even though the car may look like a crate, take pictures of license plates and vehicle damage.

  • Take Written Statements From Each Witness. Just the facts. Time of day, date, place, location, directions of travel. And get a narrative of how the accident happened. Don’t rely on the CHP or local police to interview everyone. Even if they do, it could be absent in the Traffic Collision Report.

  • Gather Witness Names, Addresses, and Phone Numbers. Be nice. Don’t spook potential witnesses. For example, what if witnesses are illegal aliens? They may be scared to speak in a court setting in the future. But qualified lawyers can explain there is nothing to fear. And always try and get phone numbers too. Focus on contact info for their place of employment. And get their cell phone number. You need this info.

  • Document the Defendant’s Driver’s License and Insurance Numbers. By law, the parties in a motoring accident must exchange info. Make sure you verify proof of valid auto insurance with your own eyes. Refuse to rely on the defendant to pen the info. Of course, the other driver may be scared and shaking too. Maybe thinking straight was impossible. And take a picture of these items with your phone camera? Be smart.

  • Call the Police. If injuries and vehicle damage happened, get a copy of the police report. (Source.)

Here is a partial list of parties who may have to compensate you for an accident.

  • Companies and Government Agencies. Both private and public organizations can be liable for a car accident. For example, when the employee causes a crash while acting within the ordinary scope of business, the employer bears some liability under the legal theory of vicarious liability. But if the employee was off the clock, or exceeding the scope of their job description, employers can wiggle out of the case. Of course, government employees and agencies can cause a wreck by failing to maintain or repair roads, for example. So the City and County of Los Angeles could be liable, along with the private contractors they hire. Traffic signal phasing problems have been known to result in massive casualties. But failing to place a light or stop sign in an area known to have substantially changed is also a basis for legal liability. Unfortunately, many lawyers don’t even know the various statutes of limitations in cases against the state, local or federal government.
  • Vehicle Makers. Automobile manufacturers regularly recall defective vehicles for some sort of latent defect. Often it is learned that a design error has led to a partial or complete failure of a safety system, such as an airbag. But bad or brittle fuel hoses have been known to start vehicle fires. Sometimes seat belts fail and need to be retrofitted. These are just some of the more common defects faced by commuters. If such a defect was the cause of occupant’s injuries, the passengers can sue all those in the chain of commerce. In other words, the dealership, car factory, and anyone else involved in the construction or sale of the car remains a potential defendant.

What are Some Insurance Coverage Problems in Car Accident Cases?

Whether a slip and fall, car collision, or some other mishap, many victims think they can turn their problems over to their own insurer and wash their hands of building their case. Defendants assume they will be protected. Plaintiffs may even think their insurer will have their best interests at heart. But we have all seen property damage claims handled shabbily by adjusters. We have seen crummy aftermarket parts installed on exotic vehicles, and worse.
Besides that, the personal injury claims are almost always undervalued by both Defendant and Plaintiff’s insurance alike. Sometimes UM and UIM won’t cover everything. In any event, only a personal injury lawyer will be able to evaluate the case honestly. For example, sometimes no insurance exists at all.

Only the most qualified Los Angeles car accident lawyers understand the nuances of these complex cases. Contact one now at (213) 596-9642.

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Ford Recall

F-Series Recall a Safety Hazard

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Bloomberg reported on the recall and its potential effects.

The recall affects Ford F-150 and Super Duty pickups. Ford shipped out the vehicles with faulty side doors. These doors often don’t open or can appear closed without actually latching. Ford claims there’s been no injuries yet. However, the recall affects the 2015-2017 model years. Furthermore, the F-Series of trucks is Ford’s most popular. Overall, Ford expects a $267 million loss.

In addition, the recent recall scandal eats into Ford’s profit margin. It also undemines trust in the brand, still damaged from issues from the Great Recession. We wish the American company well. Everyone wants Detroit to succeed. However, pushing out inferior products won’t cut it. Overall, the recall affects about 1.1 million pickups in the US. It also affects over 220,000 in Canada and over 20,000 in Mexico.

Not the First Major Issue

This isn’t the first recall Ford’s had over the last several years. Ford was involved in several major recalls, each of which was a unique challenge to drivers. Ford vehicles also used faulty Takata airbags. These airbags were infamous for causing death and injuries. Some riders even described them as IEDs.

Furthermore, Ford’s problems are just beginning in the recall. The issue hasn’t resulted in reported deaths or injuries yet. However, when and if such an issue happens, the car giant is on the hook for millions in lawsuits and litigation. The company will be under a fine toothed comb.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us. The Ehline Law firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC is here to assist with any issues or concerns. Our team has decades of experience in handling such recall and auto safety issues. We are the people’s advocates. Allow us to be your shield. Call or email us for more info. We will travel anywhere in the state to discuss your legal options

Left Hand Turn

Considering the Many Aspects of Legality in Left Hand Turn Cases

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Beverly Hills car crash involving mini van.

Crash! A left-hand turn crash is one of the most common that a driver faces on the road. Left-hand turns are statistically more likely to cause crashes. Whether you are on one side of the accident or another, it is important to seek out fault in such an accident. In many cases, the law is quite clear, but in many others, a closer look is required.

Often, state driving guidelines are quite understandable. In the state of California, a driver taking a left-hand turn must make sure that the way is completely free of traffic. They may only turn when such a complete turn may be done without impeding traffic. Attorneys determining the cause of the accident weigh such a factor. They will also weigh issues in the law. Left-hand drivers have an obligation to yield to existing traffic. Thus, in most cases, the left-hand turn is at fault.

Need for the Right Legal Aid

A skilled attorney is necessary in such a case. A layperson will not be able to correctly determine the full cause of the accident. In some cases, both drivers may be at fault. Only with experience can an expert determine where all of the fault lies. A skilled lawyer will be able to argue such a point in front of a judge or a jury. This is especially important in cases where one party or another is injured.

Of course, there are some exceptions to any rule. Furthermore, the circumstances of the crash itself must be considered. For example, the person making the left-hand turn May follow the law to Perfection. However, the other driver sped through the intersection or ran a red light. Perhaps one driver was traveling too fast for the conditions.

One of the most important aspects of any. After a crash is seeking legal representation. Only an expert is able to help in the proper way. This is where the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, is there for you. Our Southern California practice has Decades of experience in just such cases. Whether you were on one side of the accident or another we have the experience needed for your family. We assist in signing up for necessary programs or seeking compensation as needed. We cover work expenses and help get your life back to normal.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like a free legal consultation, call us today. We will travel anywhere in the state to discuss your options with you. As always, all of our conversations are confidential and we make a solemn pledge to not give up until the job is done.

Booster Seats are Not Just for Small Kids

One of the great misconceptions is that booster seats are just for little, little kids. Sure, they are vital for children under the age of four but many parents feel as thought they should be phased out after that.

However, when parents do not follow the advice of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, state law, and car seat makers, there is a risk. All parents need to lower that risk as much as possible.

That’s why we here at Ehline Law wrote this article. Our firm represented thousands of families through car accident issues. We know what it is like to deal with such issues and we stand firmly with you. We write this column to inform parents and prevent terrible tragedies.

Making Sure to Choose the Right Seat

It’s not always black and white. In fact, there are certain ages and weights where it is not so clear whether a kid should sit in a special booster seat. This is where the advice of experts comes in handy. In most cars, 4 feet 9 inches is the minimum height to start using the traditional three point belt. Using it when shorter causes potential injury, including decapitation. Even worse, in some cases where the wrong belt is worn, airbag damage is also possible.

There are several options available. A seat belt positioner is one that allows for shorter people to use the regular belt. In other cases, a booster seat might still be needed. I’m not talking about the big one you lugged for your three years old. A smaller, NHTSA approved booster can ensure that your little one is tall enough to use the seat belt efficiently. Each one of these options ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone. They might not be too thrilled with using a booster, but you’ll both be glad that you did.
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Using Your Car with Children

A Different Experience for Parents

Sometimes you don’t know just how much having kids will change your life until you do. Some of the changes are a bit more subtle. Some you don’t think about until after they happen. A good example is preparing a car for young ones. Often this is one of the last thoughts on your mind. Perhaps you picked out the first car seat you saw and called it a day. Sorry, new parent. It’s not that easy. There’s plenty of other things to consider.

Ehline Law is proud to write this column to promote safety on the road. Our attorneys fought and won for thousands of clients harmed by car accidents. In particular, we go out of our way to help families with young people. We must prevent as many of these crashes as possible. Please help us get there.

The Many Ways a Car Changes

A car before and after parenthood might look the same from the outside. But the inside and how you drive it can change a lot. Gone are the old McDonald’s wrappers and grocery bags out of the back seat. Here comes the new child’s car seat. With all of the changes, there’s a couple of things you have to remember:

  • The right car seat means a lot. Not just any chair will do. Your child snowballs in the first several years of their life. Make sure that you have a seat that strikes a balance between comfortable and safe. Buying one approved by the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration is a very good start.
  • Engage child safety locks. It says it all.
  • Keep sharp and throwable objects out of their reach. They’ll get into anything, if you let them. Sometimes even if you hide things.
  • Don’t give small children food in the car. Make sure that they are used to eating outside of the vehicle, in case you cannot keep track of them. A bottle is a different story.
  • Safe travels!

    Keeping Your Family Safe with Your Choice of Car

    Safest Models for a Young Family

    You’re thinking about changing out your car to meet the needs of your expanding family. You need space and more. For a family car, you are likely looking for the safest possible vehicle for the value. Some of the safest cars on the market are also within reasonable price ranges. We’ve taken the trouble of finding some of the safest cars that are also values.

    Read on further and learn some of the ways to keep your family safe.

    Choosing the Right Vehicle

    It’s hard to choose just one vehicle, but you’ll only be driving one with your family. US News and World Report had an article about the safest midsized SUVs on the market today.

    Among the ones that might be within your price range, some may include the following.

  • The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular models on the road today. The 2017 model is very safe and is named one of the best all around vehicles. It is the number one best ranked SUV for both reliability and for safety. That’s really impressive. It comes with a number of features, including a forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and even more!
  • The Mazda CX-3 is one fo the safest models on the market– with an overall score of 9.7/10 from US News and a starting price under $20k.
  • The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has the same incredible safety rating as the Mazda above. The starting price is a little higher, but it comes with a rearview camera standard. It also has a variety of other potential features, including adaptive cruise control and lane change assist!
  • Take a look at these vehicles and more for a better idea of what might be appropriate in your situation.

    Keeping Safe with the Whole Crew in the Car

    Driving with the whole family is a real privilege. Sometimes all piling in on a Sunday afternoon is one of the best feelings. It’s a great bonding experience for everyone. It’s also a chance to catch up. Under these circumstances, we’re sure that you want to keep everyone as safe as possible. That’s why we went through some of the most common ways to keep your family safe when you’re all driving together. Keep reading for more info.

    This article series is brought to you by the Ehline Law Firm APLC, a leading advocate for road and car safety. Our firm’s fought and won for thousands of car accident victims and wants to make sure we prevent as many as possible.

    How To Keep Safe While Having Fun Driving?

    There is no one way to drive a car and there is no one way to be safe having everyone in the car with you. However, there are several ways that you and your family can be as safe as possible when traveling.

    • Make sure that you are prepared. Know where you are going, about how long it will take, and get everyone ready. Pack plenty of food and water. Books and tablets for the kids is a good step.
    • Safety first. Make sure that the tires are inflated and ready to go. Ensure that everyone is buckled in– no exceptions!
    • Stop when you have to. You’re with the family– there is no rush. Make sure that you stop when everyone needs to. This can include breaks to use the bathroom or to pick up food and drinks. Furthermore, it keeps everyone energized and staves away boredom. It’s amazing how much just getting out and stretching your legs can do on a long trip.

    These are just some of the ways to keep your family ready, fresh, and safe on a long trip. Do you have any you’d like to share?

    How to Travel With Kids– In Any Situation

    Car, Plane, Bus, or Anything Else?

    Sometimes traveling with young ones is something that a parent just dreads. They know how their kids are. They know how long the trip is going to take. Sometimes just thinking about it can be very stressful. However, with the right planning and foresight, it doesn’t have to be a chore. In many cases it can be a fun new family memory.

    The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorney, APLC presents you with several ways that you can ensure a safer, more fun experience with your family. We’re experts in road safety and want to use our experience to make yours a little less dangerous.

    How Can I Travel in Style and Safety?

    • Make sure that you are prepared. This can run the gamut from checking your passports, making sure there’s plenty to drink, and a full assortment of clothes. You don’t want to be headed back at the last minute to pick something up.
    • Safety first! Regardless of whether you are traveling in your car, on a plane, or elsewhere, you need to ensure your kids’ safety. Bring the appropriate seat or harness for the situation and their age. Furthermore, check to see if the restraint is rated for the particular travel.
    • Keep track of everything. Make sure that your kids know the type of travel you’re doing, the the time involved, and more. The last thing you want is a grouchy kid on your hands.
    • Stretch and keep busy. This is an important one for both you and your kids. Get up and stretch your legs every once in a while. Make sure that you have something to distract yourself. Don’t kid yourself about the length of the trip and the potential boredom factor. They all play together as major issues if not addressed.
    • With these and other common experiences, your trip should be a fun and memorable one!

      How to Use the Seat Belt Safety From an Early Age?

      “Tweens” Are No Exception to the Rule

      Seatbelt safety is extremely important, no matter what your age. However, there is a bit of a grey area in between the ages of 11-14. They’re too old for a booster seat, but many of them are too young or too small for the regular belt.

      In some cases, the three-point belt just doesn’t do the job necessary. All of these factors together mean that there are potential safety issues for parents’ consideration. Not all of them are easy, but some will dramatically increase the safety of their children.

      Read about this and more in our ongoing column series by the Ehline Law Firm APLC. Ehline Law is California’s leading car safety experts and advocates.

      To Belt or Not to Belt?

      A child should always wear their seatbelt. Which one they wear is another story. In some cases, young people should stay in the back seat until they turn 14 and are above 140 pounds. Being in the front seat without the proper ability could lead to severe injury. This could include malfunctions of the three point belt, as well as the airbag. Even a properly working airbag could severely injure or kill a young person in the wrong seat.

      As a matter of fact, this middle age group is of particular concern. 80% of all children killed in car crashes in 2012 were between the ages of 8 and 15. Almost half of these were not buckled. Over a third of the dead sat in the front seat– many of whom shouldn’t have. The parents need to know better.

      You know how kids can be around that age. Sometimes they may want to sit up front to prove that they can. In other cases, they don’t want to wear the belt at all. You have to make sure that they are taken care of and safe. Be firm if you have to be. There is too much as risk to simply let safety slide.

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