Educational Video About Riding Accidents
The below video gives you an idea of the importance of hiring a lawyer who rides, and who has an understanding of how courts and juries treat bike claims. Ehline Law Firm PC has won numerous awards, and gained peer recognition as a leading legal warrior in the battle for recovery of maximum compensation, having been awarded millions in verdicts and settlements.
We Help With Bicycle Rider Mishaps and Spills in the many California Counties
Ehline is a law firm representing bicycle accident casualties, their civil partners and spouses, with millions of dollars recovered in our of successful advocacy of all types of catastrophic losses in both the City and County of LA, as well as the other bicycling towns and communities throughout the Golden State.
Experienced lawyers can help you find coverage from all potential sources of compensation, including insurance, and even hidden asset tracing through private investigation.
Most people don’t realize that bicyclists endure an astonishing percentage of deaths and permanent injuries resulting from motor vehicle incidents, such as passenger cars running over the riders, etc. Of course, this figure also includes big trucks and other large vehicles. And the NHSTA verifies that in many of the cases, the bicycle rider is not the person responsible for the wreck. In fact, just the opposite is true. In 2011, the NHTSA reported that of the 677 deaths, and 48,000 bicycle rider injuries on roadways in the U.S., the motor vehicles were at fault more often than not.
Michael P. Ehline, Esq., has first hand knowledge of this, as he himself is a rider and victim of near misses as well as hits. He understands that bicyclists are even targeted by “road rage” drivers, or simply ignored and run off the road, ending up in the gutter, with serious wounds. It got so bad in LA, that there is now a law on the books that lets riders use the sidewalk in some LA metro areas. The fact is, people don’t look out for us bikers and this is a threat to life and limb that does not get enough attention in the news. In fact, bicycle operators have the same rights, duties and obligations as any other operator of a motorized conveyance, except where as provided by law (bike lanes, sidewalk riding ordinances, etc.)
In too many instances, drivers park and open their doors into a rider lawfully using the road or bike lane without looking in their rear view mirrors. Another common scenario besides not paying attention to blind spots, is the infamous “California Stop” [1. Video Explaining California Stop] (aka running a red light or stop sign), making sharp turns into the path of an oncoming bike obscured by the sun, or some other obstruction. Some cars are even known to brush off, or sideswipe riders off of the road, or even into another vehicle or person on foot. Substance abuse and DUI are obviously another issue. Another common accident scenario is when drivers pull out backwards, and sometimes even forwards, from driveways, alleys, etc., too fast, without looking left and right first.
The difference is the bike has no roll cage, or other form of internal safety device to minimize injuries to the rider as against a heavy, wayward metal monster like a car. If you or a loved one was mixed up in a crash while on foot, while carrying your bike, or while pedal pushing down the highway, California law gives you a legal right to sue the at fault party(ies) for mental and physical damages, as well as for lost earnings and even punitive damages in some instances.
Ehline Law Firm PC is run by an experienced bicycle rider with years of technical and legal expertise in taking on cities and greedy insurance companies as a champion for consumer rights in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco counties. If you were seeking just any bicycle accident law and came across this site, you lucked out. He are heavyweights in your corner when you hire us. If you were hurt, have gravel stuck in your elbows and knees, a split lip or skull even though your were wearing your helmet, you cannot delay in retaining a seasoned adviser.
Ehline is an expert on negligence per se, knows the local municipal codes, as well as the “bicycle” sections of the California Vehicle Code and how to use them to get leverage over your legal adversaries. Typically these types of accidents involve broken teeth and smashed skulls and you can’t mess around. You need a highly assertive, respectful and honest representative pursuing economic recovery for your cause, both in and out of court. We aggressively pursue compensation for your shocking incident. After all, it was caused by no fault of yours.
In fact, Michael Ehline is a humble member of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), and a supporter the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC), The Bicycle Lawyers Lawsuit Center (BLLC), as well as The National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety (Learn More).
If our attorneys take your claim on, it is our mission to leave no stone unturned. Accordingly, it is our policy as needed, to seek out non retained medical experts, get you a work up on your future, past and present pain and suffering, getting a bio mechanic or accident re-constructionist, and even a life care planner. This is one of the ways we act to mitigate your losses and to pin the legal liability on the answerable opponent and get you paid the greatest amount allowable under the law, for your serious injuries.
We make sure we don’t become a party to your case, and have professional investigators, or you, get us statements from first party witnesses and lock in their statements and recollections. Of course, since we are local, we already known the streets and will go to the Traffic Collision locations and see it for ourselves. This way we can put ourselves in your shoes and give you assurance that you have an empathetic, compassionate fighter in your corner.
If you have a college student attending Santa Monica College, Berkeley, Loyola, or UCLA, for example, you will have noticed they often ride bikes to get around town.
Doubtless you will have seen and bike messengers delivering packages, or cyclists in cities like Venice Beach, or Santa Monica, get run over by out of control cars.
Helmets are No Guarantee Against a Head Injury While Riding
Parents often carry a child on their bicycle, which can cause bike injuries to children. Even with a safety helmet, riders like children are in harm’s way every day. Children and parents are required to obey bicycle helmet laws to help avoid quadriplegia and paraplegia.
The facts are that you or someone you love could develop a serious and traumatic brain injury from a devastating car accident like in hitting a bike or the asphalt with your head. As your already aware, a car crash can easily destroy lives and ruin a bicyclist’s mental and physical health. These devastating cycling accident injuries can also keep you from making a living, and can make it impossible for you to live a normal life you once enjoyed.
The faster you retain California bike crash lawyers, the better for your case. Swift action from experienced advocates in necessary. We get involved in investigating your case immediately. You need to get started building evidence for settlement and trial. The faster we get started, the better chances you will be successful in getting maximum monetary compensation for you and the other accident victims. Quality lawyers are just as important. They will help you locate qualified doctors like orthopaedic physicians, who treat injured pro athletes.
Having experts like that on our side helps the jury understand the seriousness of your pain and suffering. It also gains us respect in dealing with skeptical insurance providers obligated to compensate injured victims such as you
Our vast legal experience in dealing with insurance defense lawyers gives us that special knowledge, training and skill required to win you a verdict or settlement. Get the compensation you deserve for head injuries, blown discs, dog bites, broken bones, and other serious injuries from bicycle accidents that are so common at Ocean Beach in San Diego, and Goldenwest Street, in Huntington Beach, California. This is our territory. This is where we live and work!
Our vast legal knowledge and experience in the many facets and intricacies of cyclist claims, give us expert knowledge about issues like:
- Government roadway pothole liability which is a road way defect that could be from lack of reasonable maintenance; this causes bicycle injuries;
- Slippery conditions on beach bike paths;
- Homeowners or workers comp insurance coverage that may apply in
your bicycle injury case;
- Special legal knowledge about what to do get compensation for a special needs victim that a bicycle crash makes. This could be short term, long term, partial or total disability. This may require you to have power of legal attorney, conservatorship, or guardianship, such as a special needs trusts, and dealing with third party creditors who may simply need to hear what is going on.
If you were injured and trying to deal with the insurance adjustor, you have a fool for a client. It is almost impossible to get a resounding victory with a qualified bicycle lawyer to assist you in the resolution from start to finish. In fact, you can make the case less attractive if you mess it up when negotiating with the insurance company.
A Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can deal directly with the insurance company in a way that positions you for the best outcome. Insurance adjustors and big, self insured corporations attempt to low ball you and give you as little as possible. They may even trick you into giving a recorded statement, and tank your whole case. They are experts at psychological warfare. This is the favored position or circumstance of the insurer.
Sometimes the despotic insurance company will try and run out the statute of limitations, all the while pretending to be your friend. Don’t say, or sign anything without speaking to a seasoned legal warrior first.
We are a pre eminent law firm. We are professional and compassionate in representing clients.We assist in wrongful death claims and lawsuits for people who have lost loved ones in car v.bicycle accidents, or some other single vehicle collision in Southern California. These shocking events are often caused by violations of Vehicle Code Laws & Negligence. Contact Ehline Law Firm PC and put our experienced track record to work for your family after a serious, injurious bicycle accident. Call now at 888.400.9721.
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