November 18, 2013

Lake Mathews: Motorcyclist Harold Jaffke Killed in Collision with Sedan

At about 9:42 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 73-year-old motorcyclist Harold Jaffke, of Mission Viejo, was killed in a collision with a sedan near Lake Mathews, reported The Press-Enterprise. The accident occurred a mile west of Lake Mathews on Cajalco Road. Jaffke was pronounced dead at the scene. A second person sustained moderate trauma. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.


In 2010, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 538 motorcyclists in Riverside County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Riverside County 41st out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


When a driver’s negligence causes an accident the results in death, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. To learn more about the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Harold Jaffke.

November 18, 2013

Los Feliz: Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with BMW

Shortly before 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a BMW in Los Feliz, reported the Los Angeles Times. The accident occurred when the man pulled his 2009 Kawasaki bike out of a driveway and into the 4600 block of Los Feliz Boulevard. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital, where he was declared dead a short time later. The driver of the car received treatment for trauma. Authorities do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors and are investigating the crash.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 2,713 motorcyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 34th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the accident in order to be compensated for their loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us through our website, www.allenflatt.com.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision.

November 4, 2013

Jurupa Valley: Motorcyclist Injured in Collision with SUV

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, a motorcyclist was injured in a collision with an SUV in Jurupa Valley, reported The Press-Enterprise. The accident occurred at the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Troth Street. The motorcyclist had been riding west at the time. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he underwent surgery. Authorities are investigating the accident.


Throughout Riverside County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 538 motorcyclists in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Riverside 41st out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is the worst. Statewide, motorcycle fatalities increased 15 percent from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


When a rider has been injured in an accident that is attributable to the negligence of another, the rider may seek compensation for recovery-related expenses through the civil justice system. To learn more about the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the rider who was injured in the collision with the SUV.

November 1, 2013

Temecula: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Fiery Collision

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a fiery collision in Temecula, reported The Press-Enterprise. The accident, which involved two riders, occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 north of Winchester Road. When firefighters arrived, they found one rider engulfed in flames. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate to major trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.


Temecula accounted for 1 of the 36 fatalities and 41 of the 507 injuries motorcyclists suffered in collisions that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Temecula 9th out of 53 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents that year in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


When a rider is seriously injured in an accident, he or she may hold the negligent party liable for recovery-related expenses through the civil claims process. To learn more about the process of filing a personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident, please call 866-981-5596.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was seriously injured in the fiery collision.

October 25, 2013

Perris: Motorcyclist Michael Slagle Killed in Collision with RV

On Saturday, October 19, 27-year-old Michael Slagle, a popular Harley-Davidson salesman, was killed in a collision with an RV in Perris. The driver of the RV was headed northbound on Alexander Street when he pulled out in front of Slagle, who was riding eastbound on Cajalco Road at the time, causing a collision. Slagle suffered fatal trauma in the crash. Currently, there are only stop signs on Alexander controlling the intersection. The posted speed limit on Cajalco—a major thoroughfare connecting interstates 15 and 215 between Corona and Perris that receives about 17,000 cars daily—is 50 mph. The Press-Enterprise reported that, after recording six collisions at the intersection in 2009, Riverside County decided to install signals. Since 2009, 13 crashes have been recorded at the intersection. Traffic lights are scheduled to be installed on Monday, October 28.


The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 6 motorcyclists were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Perris in 2010. The OTS ranked Perris 67th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Across California, the incidence of motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


After a fatal motorcycle accident, the family of the fallen rider may hold the party who caused the accident—whether a negligent driver or a government agency that failed to address a known road safety hazard—liable for their loss through the civil justice system. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or visit our motorcycle accident page.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Slagle.

October 21, 2013

Palmdale: Motorcyclists Danny Rincon, Richard McBee, and Patty McBee Injured, Male Rider Killed in Collision with Motorist

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, motorcyclists Danny Rincon, Richard McBee, and Patty McBee were seriously injured and a 58-year-old male rider from Oxnard was killed in a head-on collision with a motorist in Palmdale, reported the Los Angeles Times. While driving a 2001 Infiniti recklessly on Elizabeth Lake Road, 19-year-old Jose Gutierrez swerved into opposing lanes of traffic and collided with three motorcycles. Emergency responders transported Rincon, 41, of Westlake Village, and the McBees, aged 60 and 55 and both of Moorpark, to area hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities arrested Gutierrez on unspecified charges. The crash is under investigation.


Palmdale accounted for 1 of the 71 fatalities and 20 of the 2,657 injuries motorcyclists suffered in traffic collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Nationwide, 4,388 motorcyclists lost their lives in collisions in 2011. The incidence of motorcyclist fatalities has been increasing since 1998, with the exception of 2009, when it decreased 16 percent from 2008, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


In California, when a motorist’s negligence results in an accident that seriously or fatally harms others, the victims or their surviving family members have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the civil claims process after a motorcycle accident, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Danny Rincon, Richard McBee, and Patty McBee.

October 19, 2013

Orange: Motorcyclist Juan Zamora Berrera Killed in Collision

At about 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 28-year-old motorcyclist Juan Zamora Berrera, of Long Beach, was killed in a collision in Orange, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound on Interstate 5 in the carpool lane, the driver of a pickup truck failed to see Berrera splitting the carpool and No. 1 lanes and changed lanes in front of him, causing a crash. Berrera collided with another vehicle before being thrown from his motorcycle. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he was declared dead. Authorities are investigating the accident.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 23 motorcyclists in Orange in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS compares the crash data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, starting at 1st place. In 2010, Orange ranked 12th out of 53 cities with populations of between 100,001 and 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents.


Under California law, when a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident, they may hold the at-fault party liable for their loss by filing a civil claim. To learn more about the rights of the families of the victims of fatal motorcycle accidents, please call 866-981-5596.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Juan Zamora Berrera.

October 7, 2013

San Diego: Car Struck, Seriously Injured Motorcyclist on I-5

Shortly before 9:10 a.m. on Monday, October 7, a car struck and seriously injured a motorcyclist on I-5 in San Diego, reported U-T San Diego. The motorist hit the rider on the northbound side of the freeway near the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, the impact throwing him from the bike, which was dragged about 200 yards and ended up underneath the car on fire. Emergency responders found the seriously injured rider lying on the right shoulder and transported him to a local hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


The city of San Diego accounted for 7 of the 24 fatalities and 316 of the 1,044 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked San Diego 10th out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


When a rider is injured in a traffic accident that is attributable to the negligence of another driver, the rider may file a civil claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses. For more information on the injury claims process after a motorcycle accident, please call 866-981-5596 or read our motorcycle accident page.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was seriously injured in the collision with the car.

October 6, 2013

Long Beach: Motorcyclist Daniel Comaniciu Killed in Collision with Vehicle

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 27-year-old motorcyclist Daniel Comaniciu, of Torrance, was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Long Beach. The accident occurred on Termino Avenue near Seventh Street. The impact threw Comaniciu from his bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the crash and have asked that witnesses contact Long Beach Police at 562-570-7244.


The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 73 motorcyclists lost their lives or were injured in collisions in Long Beach in 2010. The OTS compares the crash data of cities with similarly sized populations. It ranks those with the poorest records the highest, starting at 1st place. In 2010, Long Beach ranked 5th out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents.


Families who have lost loved ones to traffic accidents may hold the parties at-fault for the collisions accountable by filing civil claims. For more information on the civil claims process after a fatal motorcycle accident, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us through our website, www.allenflatt.com.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Daniel Comaniciu.

September 30, 2013

Riverside: Motorcyclist William Sewell Struck Multiple Times, Fatally Injured

At about 9:12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 37-year-old motorcyclist William Sewell was fatally injured after being struck multiple times in Riverside, reported The Press-Enterprise. While riding eastbound near the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Pegasus Drive, Sewell broadsided a 2009 Toyota Corolla that turned left in front of him. The two vehicles that had been traveling behind Sewell struck him while he was down. He succumbed to the trauma he suffered at the scene. One of the vehicles that struck Sewell, a small, older gray pickup truck that may have had a ladder or utility rack attached to the bed, fled. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the driver of the truck, are asked to call Detective Rick Prince at 951-826-8722.


Riverside accounted for 3 of the 36 fatalities and 75 of the 507 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout California, the incidence of motorcyclist deaths increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011. That year, 4,388 riders died in collisions in the United States, accounting for 14 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths.

Families who have lost loved ones to traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information on the rights of the families of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.

Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of William Sewell.

August 28, 2013

Rancho Cucamonga: Breann Creer Killed in Collision between Motorcycle and Semi

At about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 4-year-old Breann Creer was killed in a collision between a motorcycle and a semi in Rancho Cucamonga. Creer was a passenger on a motorcycle that struck a big rig as it made a U-turn on 6th Street west of Hermosa Avenue. Witnesses had to stop the trucker, who was dragging the motorcycle, from leaving the scene. The rider, Eric Henderson, sustained moderate trauma in the accident. Authorities are investigating the crash. 


“After a collision resulting in injury or death, the victims or their surviving family members may seek justice through the civil claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis. “Under state law, the party responsible for the crash is obligated to compensate the victims for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.”


Rancho Cucamonga accounted for 7 of the 221 fatalities and 636 of the 11,764 injuries suffered in traffic collisions that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Large trucks were involved in 24 of the fatal and 425 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Breann Creer, the girl who was killed in the collision between the motorcycle and the semi. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Eric Henderson, the rider who was injured.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Rancho Cucamonga crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process following a motorcycle accident, are available to the public free of charge through our office and on our motorcycle accident webpage.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

August 26, 2013

Ontario: Motorcyclist Richard Robledo Killed in Collision

At about 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 78-year-old motorcyclist Richard Robledo was killed in a collision in Ontario. A pickup truck struck Robledo as he turned left from a northbound lane of Euclid Avenue onto Highway 60. Robledo was taken to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The accident is under investigation.


“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the negligent party liable for their loss,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Seven motorcyclists lost their lives or were injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Ontario in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Ontario 46th out of 53 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Richard Robledo, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Ontario crash.


Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, please call 866-981-5596 complete our online contact form.

July 15, 2013

Kearny Mesa: Motorcyclist Injured in Collision with Nissan

At about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, a 59-year-old male motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a Nissan sedan in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. The 28-year-old male driver of the sedan pulled out in front of the rider at the intersection of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Shawline Street. The motorcyclist was unable to avoid a collision. Emergency responders transported the rider to a hospital to receive treatment for a broken leg, along with his female passenger, who sustained minor knee injuries. Authorities are investigating the motorcycle accident.


“If a motorcyclist is injured in a collision that is attributable to the negligence of another motorist, the rider may hold the motorist liable for the expense of his or her recovery,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout San Diego County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 24 motorcyclists and injured another 1,044, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Across the state, motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist and passenger who were injured in the collision with the Nissan.


CBS8.com originally reported this Kearny Mesa motorcycle accident.


Additional information on the injury claims process following a motorcycle crash is available to the public free of charge through our office and on our webpage.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

June 25, 2013

Idyllwild: Motorcyclist Injured in Collision with Truck

At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, a motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a truck in Idyllwild. The crash occurred on Little Thomas Mountain Road in Garner Valley near Highway 74. Emergency responders airlifted the rider to a hospital to receive treatment for leg injuries. Authorities are investigating the motorcycle accident.


“With less protecting them from the drivers with whom they share the road, motorcyclists are vulnerable to suffering serious injury in a collision,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis. “If the rider was not responsible for the crash, then he or she may file a personal injury claim against the motorist in order to be compensated for recovery-related expenses.”


Throughout Riverside County, 538 motorcyclists were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Riverside ranked 41st out of 58 California counties for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Motorcyclist fatalities in California increased 15 percent from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the collision with the truck.


Additional information on the injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request a free book or article, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

June 14, 2013

Azusa: Motorcyclist Injured in Collision with Car

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, a motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a car in Azusa. While traveling southbound on Barranca Avenue, the rider attempted to brake and laid down his bike to avoid a collision with a motorist leaving the parking lot of a Chase bank near Alosta Avenue. The rider was not on the motorcycle when it struck the vehicle. Emergency responders airlifted him to a hospital to receive treatment for a possible broken arm and leg. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorist’s negligence causes a crash that harms others, the motorist may be responsible for compensating the victims for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Seven motorcyclists were killed or injured in traffic collisions in 2010 in Azusa, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with populations of a similar size, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year Azusa ranked 26th out of 93 cities with populations of between 25,001 and 50,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the collision with the car.


The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this Azusa collision.


Additional information on the injury claims process following a motorcycle accident is available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request a free book or article, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

June 6, 2013

Yucaipa: Motorcyclist Joseph Hodel Killed, Passenger Donna Capellino Injured in Crash

At about 5:13 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 57-year-old motorcyclist Joseph Hodel was involved in a crash in Yucaipa that ultimately killed him and injured his passenger, 63-year-old Donna Capellino. While riding a blue 2000 Ultra on Oak Glen Road, Hodel lost control of the bike while negotiating a left turn about a quarter-mile north of Wildwood Canyon Road and struck a raised concrete drainage culvert. Hodel and Capellino were thrown from the motorcycle. Emergency responders transported them to area hospitals. He died from his injuries a short time later. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“After a motorcycle accident, those who were injured may file personal injury claims against the at-fault party in order to be compensated for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis. “The families of victims who did not survive the collision may pursue wrongful death claims.”


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to two motorcyclists in Yucaipa in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Yucaipa ranked 91st out of 103 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Statewide, motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Joseph Hodel, the motorcyclist who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Donna Capellino, the passenger who was injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Yucaipa motorcycle crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office's website.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

June 6, 2013

Hillcrest: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in University Avenue Crash

At about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a BMW on University Avenue in Hillcrest. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. The driver of the car sustained a wrist injury. The crash closed lanes of University at Eighth and Ninth avenues. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorcycle rider is injured in a collision for which he or she was not at-fault, the rider may file an injury claim in order to be compensated for the expense of his or her recovery,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,064 motorcyclists in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked San Diego 26th out of the state’s 58 counties for the number of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents that occurred there that year. First place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was seriously injured in the University Avenue crash.


U-T San Diego originally reported this Hillcrest collision.


Additional information on the injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office's motorcycle accident webpage.


If you would like to request a free book or article, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

June 6, 2013

La Mesa: Motorcyclist Hospitalized after Multiple-Vehicle Crash

At about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, a multiple-vehicle crash involving a motorcyclist occurred on Interstate 8 in La Mesa. The collision, which involved at least four vehicles, occurred on the westbound side of the freeway east of state Route 125. Emergency responders freed the motorcyclist, who was trapped under a car, and the victim was transported to a hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a collision resulting in injury, the victims may hold the at-fault party liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “which, in the case of a motorcycle crash, can be quite costly.”


In 2010, twelve motorcyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in La Mesa, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with similarly sized populations. It ranks the city with the poorest record 1st place, with other cities with high incidences of crashes following in 2nd, 3rd, and so on. That year, La Mesa ranked 18th out of 103 cities for motorcyclist safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was hospitalized after the multiple-vehicle crash.


U-T San Diego originally reported this La Mesa collision.


Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office's motorcycle crash information page.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

June 4, 2013

Normal Heights: Motorcyclist and Passenger Seriously Injured in Crash

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, a motorcyclist and female passenger were injured in a crash in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego. The 46-year-old female driver of a sedan ran a stop sign at the intersection of Adams Avenue and Wilson Avenue, striking the rider, who was traveling east on Adams at the time. Emergency responders transported the rider and passenger to an area hospital to receive treatment for fractures. The accident is under investigation.


“When a driver’s negligence causes a crash that harms others, the driver may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries,” explained California motorcycle accident attorney James Ballidis.


Throughout San Diego County, 1,064 motorcyclists lost their lives or were injured in crashes in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked San Diego 26th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcycle rider and passenger who were seriously injured in the crash.


CBS8.com originally reported this Normal Heights accident.


Additional information on the injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office's motorcycle collision webpage.


If you would like to request a free book or article, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

May 15, 2013

Mountain Center: Motorcycle Rider and Cyclist Injured in Crash

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, a motorcycle rider and a cyclist were injured in a crash in Mountain Center. The two riders suffered minor to moderate trauma after colliding near the intersection of Keen Camp Road and May Valley Truck Trail. Emergency responders transported the victims to area hospitals, one of them via helicopter. The accident is under investigation.


“Those who are injured in traffic accidents may pursue civil claims against the negligent party in order to be compensated for recovery-related expenses,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 538 motorcyclists were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Riverside County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. That same year, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 340 bicyclists in the county. Overall, Riverside ranked 46th out of 58 counties for traffic safety in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcycle rider and the cyclist who were injured in the crash.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Mountain View collision.


Additional information on the injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request a free book or article, or to speak with a California injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596 or contact us online.

May 8, 2013

Perris: Motorcyclist Alfonso Castaneda Fatally Injured in U-Turn Crash

At about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 32-year-old motorcyclist Alfonso Castaneda was fatally injured in a collision with a teen driver. While traveling westbound on Orange Avenue in a sport utility vehicle, the teenager made a U-turn from the outside lane in front of Castaneda, who was also traveling westbound on Orange at the time. He could not avoid the crash and sustained major trauma. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. The accident is under investigation.


“When a driver’s negligence results in a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable and pursue compensation for their loss through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Six motorcyclists were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Perris in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Six of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year involved a driver under the age of 21. The OTS ranked Perris 10th out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of such accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Alfonso Castaneda, the motorcyclist who was fatally injured.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this U-turn crash.


Resource for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office's website.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

April 30, 2013

Chatsworth: Motorcyclist Killed in Collision

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Chatsworth. The accident occurred in the 10000 block of Winnetka Avenue. Emergency responders pronounced the rider dead at the scene. Two occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“After a collision resulting in injury or death, the party determined to be at-fault may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries or of their families’ losses,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, 2,713 motorcyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of the state’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 34th for motorcyclist safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were hospitalized.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Chatsworth accident.


Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office's website www.allenflatt.com.


If you would like to request a free book or article, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

April 22, 2013

La Quinta: Motorcyclist Monte Gardner Killed in DUI Crash

Shortly before 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 59-year-old motorcyclist Monte Gardner, of La Verne, was killed in a DUI crash in La Quinta. While traveling eastbound on Avenue 52, 54-year-old David Brennan, of Palm Desert, failed to stop at the intersection with Madison Avenue and collided with Gardner, who was riding southbound on Madison at the time. Emergency responders transported both men to area hospitals, where Gardner succumbed to his injuries. Authorities arrested Brennan on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and vehicular manslaughter. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call 760-863-8990.


“When a family loses a loved one to an intoxicated driver, they may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the driver liable for their loss,” explained California motorcycle accident attorney James Ballidis.


La Quinta accounted for none of the 36 fatalities and 2 of the 507 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. That year, three out of every ten people killed while driving in the state had either legal or illegal drugs in their blood at the time of the accident, according to the OTS.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Monte Gardner, the motorcyclist who was killed in the DUI crash in La Quinta.


The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this collision.


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March 27, 2013

Los Angeles: Three Motorcyclists Killed in Separate Collisions with Semis

On the morning of Tuesday, March 26, three motorcyclists were killed in separate collisions with semis in Los Angeles County. The first accident occurred in Hacienda Heights; shortly before 11 a.m., a male motorcyclist in his 30s collided with a big rig on the westbound 60 Freeway. He suffered fatal trauma in the crash. The second accident occurred in Alhambra less than 20 minutes later when a 20-year-old male motorcyclist attempted to pass a semi on the northbound 710 Freeway connector to the westbound 10 Freeway but instead collided with the truck, the impact proving fatal for the rider and his female passenger, who was also 20 years old. The trucker involved in the second crash did not stop at the scene. Authorities requested that witnesses, or anyone with information about the crash, call 323-980-4600.


“After a fatal crash, the party determined to be at-fault may be held liable by the families of the victims for their losses through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 2,713 motorcyclists in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Large trucks were involved in 47 of the fatal and 1,535 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the three motorcyclists who were killed in the semi crashes.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported these fatal collisions.


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March 16, 2013

Thousand Palms: Motorcyclist William Rivers Killed in Collision with Truck

At about 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 58-year-old motorcyclist William Rivers was killed in a collision with a truck in Thousand Palms. While traveling eastbound on Datil Way in a Chevrolet pickup truck, 33-year-old Alejandro Verdugo failed to yield for cross traffic at Thelma Avenue and struck Rivers, who was riding northbound at the time. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The accident is under investigation.


“After a fatal collision, the driver determined to be at-fault for the accident may be held liable by the family of the victim through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In 2010, 538 motorcyclists were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Riverside County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Traffic signs and signals were a primary collision factor in 112 of the fatal and 12,799 of the injury accidents that occurred in the state that year, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of William Rivers, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the truck.


www.mydesert.com originally reported this Thousand Palms crash.


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March 8, 2013

Allied Gardens: Motorcyclist Injured in DUI crash

At about 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, a motorcyclist was injured in a DUI crash in the San Diego neighborhood of Allied Gardens. The 52-year-old male driver of a Toyota Camry struck the 28-year-old male motorcyclist while he was turning left from Mission Gorge Road onto Zion Avenue. The rider sustained moderate trauma, including a broken ankle. Authorities arrested the driver of the Toyota on suspicion on DUI.


“When a driver harms others while violating traffic safety laws, he or she may be held liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Crashes claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,064 motorcyclists in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 2,190 of the collisions that resulted in injury or fatality in the county that year, with the OTS ranking San Diego 32nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the Allied Gardens accident.


U-T San Diego originally reported this collision.


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March 7, 2013

Hayward: Motorcyclist Gilberto Arce Armienta Killed in Collision with Vehicle

At about 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 24-year-old motorcyclist Gilberto Arce Armienta, of Patterson, was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Hayward. The vehicle exited a driveway located at 26313 Whitman Street, entering the roadway in front of Armienta, who was riding southbound at the time. Emergency responders transported him to an area trauma center, where he was declared dead. Authorities are investigating the crash and have asked that witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, call Hayward police at 510-293-7099.


“When a driver’s negligence causes an accident resulting in the death of another, the driver may be held liable for the death by the family of the victim,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Hayward accounted for 1 of the 6 fatalities and 37 of the 399 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Alameda County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, the incidence of motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Gilberto Arce Armienta, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the vehicle.


MercuryNews.com originally reported this Hayward crash.


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February 25, 2013

Riverside: Hit-and-Run Driver Struck, Fatally Injured Motorcyclist

At about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, a hit-and-run driver struck and fatally injured a motorcyclist in Riverside. While backing up from the west side of Adams Street into the northbound lanes in a 1989 Mazda pickup truck, Gabriel Andres Brennan collided with the rider of a 2004 Honda motorcycle. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Brennan fled but was later apprehended and arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked that witnesses, or anyone with additional information, contact Detective Rick Prince at 951-826-8722.


“When a family has lost a loved one to a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Forty-three motorcyclists lost their lives or were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Hit-and-run was a factor in 100 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Statewide, 352 motorcyclists lost their lives.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the rider who was killed in the hit-and-run accident.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside crash.


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February 5, 2013

Corona: John Stilwell Injured in Motorcycle Accident

At about 9:45 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 52-year-old John Stilwell was injured in a motorcycle accident in Corona. While riding southbound on Rimpau Avenue, Stilwell collided with a vehicle that turned left in front of him near Ridgewood Drive, the impact throwing him approximately 27 feet. He suffered multiple fractures and was transported to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorcyclist is injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver, the rider may hold the driver liable for recovery-related expenses,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.”


Corona accounted for 1 of the 36 fatalities and 54 of the 507 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011 in the state.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to John Stilwell, the motorcyclist injured in the collision with the vehicle.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Corona crash.


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January 30, 2013

Burbank: Motorcyclist Injured in U-Turn Crash with Motorist

At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, a motorcyclist was injured in a crash near Burbank. While traveling in the 6700 block of Forest Lawn Drive, a motorist made a U-turn in front of the 40-year-old motorcyclist, causing him to collide with her vehicle, the impact throwing him approximately 50 feet. He sustained multiple broken bones and head trauma and was taken to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorcyclist is injured in a crash for which he or she was not at-fault, the rider may file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Burbank accounted for 1 of the 71 fatalities and 17 of the 2,657 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Burbank 23rd out of 53 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the collision with the motorist.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this U-turn crash.


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January 30, 2013

Santa Monica: Motorcyclist Alexander Smollins Killed in Collision with Vehicle

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 22-year-old motorcyclist Alexander Smollins, of Culver City, was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Santa Monica. While traveling northbound on 25th Street, a 26-year-old driver turned left onto Pico Boulevard and collided with Smollins, who was riding eastbound on Pico at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked witnesses to call Santa Monica police at 310-458-8495.


“After a fatal crash, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault driver legally accountable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Santa Monica accounted for none of the 71 fatalities and 40 of the 2,657 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The state’s incidence of motorcyclist fatalities increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Alexander Smollins, the motorcyclist killed in the collision with the vehicle.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Santa Monica accident.


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January 29, 2013

Bloomfield: Motorcyclist Michael Kolb Killed, Martha Kolb Seriously Injured in Collision

At about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, motorcyclist Michael Kolb was killed and his wife, Martha, was seriously injured in a collision in Bloomfield. Seventy-seven-year-old Cynthia Callahan exited her driveway and turned left onto Valley Ford Road in front of the couple’s 2008 Harley Davidson, causing them to crash into her Nissan Rogue SUV. Michael was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported Martha to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 142 motorcyclists in Sonoma County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Sonoma 30th out of 58 counties for its incidence of motorcycle accidents resulting in trauma or death; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Kolb. We would also like to wish a full recovery to his wife Martha.

Additional information on handling an injury or a wrongful death claim following a motorcycle accident is available to the public free of charge through our office.


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January 16, 2013

Temecula: Motorcyclist Injured in Collision with Truck

Shortly after 6 a.m. on Monday, January 14, a motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a truck in Temecula. The crash occurred on the southbound Interstate 15 near Highway 79 South Temecula Parkway. Firefighters freed the rider, who was trapped under the truck, and he was transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorcyclist suffers trauma in a crash that is attributable to the negligence of a driver, the rider may hold the driver liable for the expense of his or her recovery,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Temecula accounted for 1 of the 36 fatalities and 41 of the 507 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The number of motorcyclist fatalities in the state increased 15 percent, from 352 in 2010 to 414 in 2011.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the collision with the truck.


The Press-Enterprise
originally reported this Temecula crash.


Resources for accidents victims, such as books and articles on handling a claim for compensation after a collision resulting in trauma, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


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December 27, 2012

San Diego: Motorcyclist Rosalio Cardenas Killed in Collision Involving Semi

Shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 29-year-old motorcyclist Rosalio Cardenas was killed in a collision involving a semi in the City Heights area of San Diego. While traveling northbound on State Route 15, another motorcyclist rear-ended Cardenas at University Avenue; then a vehicle struck him, the impact ejecting him from his bike and into the path of a semi. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a fatal crash, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California motorcycle accident attorney James Ballidis.


Throughout San Diego County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,064 motorcyclists in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. That year, large trucks were involved in 8 of the fatal and 228 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Rosalio Cardenas, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision involving the semi.


U-T San Diego originally reported this crash.


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December 20, 2012

Ontario: Motorcyclist Robert John Tangredi Fatally Injured in Crash

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 52-year-old motorcyclist Robert John Tangredi was fatally injured in a crash in Ontario. A car struck Tangredi at the intersection of Parco Avenue and Francis Street. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered a few hours later. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a crash results in injury or death, the driver determined to be at-fault for the accident may be held liable for recovery-related expenses or for the loss of loved ones suffered by the families of the victims,” explained California motorcycle accident attorney James Ballidis.


Ontario accounted for 2 of the 26 fatalities and 28 of the 467 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The state’s incidence of motorcyclist fatalities decreased 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert John Tangredi, the motorcyclist who was fatally injured in the collision.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Ontario crash.


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December 20, 2012

Citrus Heights: Motorcyclist Nicolas Solano Seriously Injured in Head-On Collision

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 23-year-old motorcyclist Nicolas Solano was seriously injured in a head-on collision in Citrus Heights. While traveling eastbound on Greenback Lane, a motorist changed lanes in front of a van near Birdcage Street, causing the driver of the van to swerve into opposing lanes of traffic to avoid an accident, where he collided with Solano. He was transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Thirty-year-old Adam McGue, the driver of the van, fled the scene but was later apprehended and arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run with bodily injury.


“If a motorcyclist is injured in a collision for which he or she was not at-fault, the rider may file a personal injury claim against the negligent party in order to be compensated for recovery-related expenses,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Citrus Heights accounted for none of the 11 fatalities and 28 of the 371 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Sacramento County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the traffic statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Citrus Heights ranked 7th out of 103 cities for motorcyclist safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Nicholas Solano, the motorcyclist who was seriously injured in the head-on collision.


News10.net originally reported this crash.


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November 20, 2012

Pacific Palisades: Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Bus

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a Big Blue Bus in Pacific Palisades. While turning left from Marquez Avenue onto Sunset Boulevard, the bus collided with the rider, pinning him under the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one on the bus was injured. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“The official investigation into a fatal crash can take several weeks to complete,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “during which time details about the collision may not be available to the family of the victim.”


Seventy-one motorcyclists lost their lives and 2,657 were injured in traffic collisions that occurred throughout Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Motorcyclist fatalities in California decreased 10.7 percent, from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the bus.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Pacific Palisades accident.


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November 19, 2012

North Hollywood: Driver’s Illegal U-Turn Injured Motorcyclist

At about 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, a driver made an illegal U-turn that caused an accident that injured a motorcyclist in North Hollywood. The accident occurred at 11836 Magnolia Boulevard. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital to receive treatment for serious trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorist’s negligence causes an accident that seriously harms others, the victims may seek compensation from the driver through the personal injury claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


In Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 71 motorcyclists and injured another 2,657 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Los Angeles ranked 34th out of 58 counties in the state for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle collisions in a California Office of Traffic Safety ranking system in which 1st place is the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the collision caused by the driver’s illegal U-turn.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this accident.


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November 16, 2012

Apple Valley: Driver’s Unsafe Turn Injured Motorcyclist

At about 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 12, a driver made an unsafe turn, causing a collision that injured a motorcyclist in Apple Valley. The crash occurred when the driver pulled out of the parking lot of a Lowe’s onto Bear Valley Road and into the path of the rider, who was ejected from his bike. Emergency responders airlifted him to a hospital to receive treatment for a leg injury. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorist causes a crash that seriously harms others, he or she may be held liable for expenses related to their recoveries,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Apple Valley accounted for 1 of the 26 fatalities and 11 of the 467 injuries motorcyclists suffered in crashes that occurred throughout San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the crash statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Apple Valley ranked 24th out 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for motorcyclist safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the crash caused by the driver’s unsafe turn.


The Victorville Daily Press originally reported this Apple Valley crash.


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November 15, 2012

Studio City: Motorcyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident

At around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, a motorcyclist was injured in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in Studio City. While heading northbound on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in a red Porsche Cayenne, a driver swerved into the motorcyclist, who was also traveling northbound at the time, the impact sending the rider into a wood power pole. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital to receive treatment for multiple injuries, including a broken leg. Authorities are searching for the driver of the Porsche.


“When a driver flees the scene of an accident, he or she not only violates state traffic laws but also leaves the victims with the financial burden of recovering from serious injuries,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “specifically debt from exorbitant medical bills and lost income.”


Throughout Los Angeles County, 71 motorcyclists lost their lives and another 2,657 were injured in collisions in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the crash data of 58 counties in the state, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 34th for motorcyclist safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the hit-and-run accident.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this crash.


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November 15, 2012

Turlock: Motorcyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run, Driver Arrested

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, a motorcyclist was injured in a hit-and-run accident in Turlock. The rider was attempting to turn at the intersection of West Main Street and North Tully Road when 35-year-old Rodrigo Gonzalez Gutierrez pulled out of the parking lot of a Circle K, entered the turn lane, and clipped the bike with his truck. The motorcyclist sustained multiple injuries, including a broken leg. With the help of witnesses, police located the truck a couple of miles away, identified Gonzalez as the driver, and arrested him.


“It is always fortunate when police are able to apprehend a hit-and-run driver, as they then may file criminal charges and the victims of the accident may seek compensation for their recovery-related expenses through the personal injury claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Turlock accounted for none of the 7 fatalities and 6 of the 142 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in Stanislaus County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Turlock ranked 30th out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of hit-and-run collisions in a California Office of Traffic Safety ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the hit-and-run accident.


The Modesto Bee originally reported this Turlock collision.


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November 12, 2012

Los Angeles: Motorcyclist Brandon Garrett Killed in Collision with Lexus

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 35-year-old motorcyclist Brandon Garrett was killed in a collision with a Lexus in Los Angeles. The driver collided with Garrett—who was traveling north on Bundy Drive—while turning left from southbound Bundy onto eastbound Missouri Avenue. Garrett was thrown from his bike and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the crash and have asked that witnesses contact West Traffic Division Investigator Officer H. Garcia at 213-473-0234.


“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 71 motorcyclists and injured another 2,657 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. California’s incidence of motorcyclist fatalities decreased 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010.


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November 7, 2012

Palm Springs: Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Truck

At about 4:45 p.m. on Monday, November 5, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a truck in Palm Springs. The crash occurred when the driver of a Toyota Tacoma pickup turned left from Seven Lakes Drive onto Gene Autry Trail and collided with a motorcyclist who was riding south on Gene Autry Trial. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck proceeded to crash into a house at the southeast corner of the intersection; none of the residents were home at the time. Emergency responders transported the driver of the truck to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident; however, they do not believe that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.


“After a traffic accident resulting in injury or death, the at-fault driver may be held liable for the recovery-related debts incurred by the victims or the losses suffered by their families,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Palm Springs accounted for 18 of the 203 fatalities and 423 of the 11,298 injuries suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the traffic data of cities with similarly sized populations, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Palm Springs ranked 3rd out of 93 cities for traffic safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver of the truck.


Mydesert.com originally reported this Palm Springs crash.


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November 2, 2012

Crestline: Thomas Lee Howe Suffered Serious Trauma in Motorcycle Accident

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 72-year-old Thomas Lee Howe suffered serious trauma in a motorcycle accident in Crestline. Sixty-six-year-old Mary Beth Walsh turned left from the parking lot of a Farmers Insurance agency onto Lake Drive in front of Howe, who was riding west at the time. In an attempt to avoid a collision, he quickly applied the brakes, which caused the bike to fall and slide into Walsh’s vehicle. Emergency responders airlifted him to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was treated for a severe injury to his hand. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a motorcyclist suffers major trauma due to the negligence of a motorist, the rider may file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation from the driver for the cost of his or her recovery,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic collisions claimed the lives of 26 motorcyclists and injured another 467 in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. San Bernardino ranked 43rd out of 58 counties in the state for motorcycle rider safety that year; 1st place is the worst ranking a county can receive from the California Office of Traffic Safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Thomas Lee Howe.


MountainNews.com originally reported this Crestline motorcycle accident.


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November 2, 2012

Arroyo Grande: Motorcyclist Douglas Navolt Critically Injured in Crash

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 51-year-old motorcyclist Douglas Navolt was critically injured in a crash in Arroyo Grande. Eighty-five-year-old Elizabeth Thielker turned left in front of Navolt at the intersection of Valley Road and Sunrise Terrace; authorities determined that Navolt had the right-of-way. He was transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma.


“When a driver’s negligence causes an accident that injures others, the driver may be held liable for the victims’ recovery-related expenses,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Arroyo Grande accounted for none of the 3 fatalities and 2 of the 74 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in San Luis Obispo in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. San Luis Obispo ranked 33rd out of 58 counties in the state for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents in a California Office of Traffic Safety rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Douglas Navolt, the motorcyclist critically injured in the crash.


Ksby.com originally reported this Arroyo Grande collision.


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November 2, 2012

Manhattan Beach: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Turning Vehicle

At about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, a male motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a turning vehicle in Manhattan Beach. While traveling southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, the driver of the vehicle turned left onto Tennyson Street in front of the rider, who was heading northbound at the time. The rider crashed into the side of the vehicle. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he went into surgery. Authorities are investigating the accident.



“With less protecting them from the vehicles with which they share the road, motorcyclists tend to be more vulnerable to sustaining major trauma in collisions,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis. “If the rider was injured in a crash caused by another motorist, he or she may obtain compensation from the motorist for recovery-related expenses.”


Manhattan Beach accounted for none of the 71 fatalities and 7 of the 2,657 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The state’s incidence of motorcycle fatalities decreased 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was seriously injured in the collision with the turning vehicle.


The Beach Reporter
originally reported this crash.


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October 30, 2012

Whittier: Motorcyclist Ronald Allington Killed in Crash

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 55-year-old motorcyclist Ronald Allington was killed in a crash in an unincorporated area near Whittier. Allington collided with a Chevrolet Suburban at 10078 Mills Avenue near Reis Street. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.


“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Whittier accounted for 1 of the 71 fatalities and 22 of the 2,657 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The state’s incidence of motorcycle rider fatalities decreased by 10.7 percent, from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ronald Allington, the motorcyclist killed in the crash.


The Long Beach Press-Telegram originally reported this Whittier collision.


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October 26, 2012

Long Beach: Motorcyclist Calvin Riggs Killed in Collision with Van

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 57-year-old motorcyclist Calvin Riggs, of Norwalk, was killed in a collision with a van in Long Beach. While traveling southbound on Conquista Avenue, Riggs collided with a Toyota van that was turning left onto Carson Street. He suffered serious head trauma and was declared dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.


“When a collision results in a fatality, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss through the civil claims process,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Long Beach accounted for 6 of the 71 fatalities and 106 of the 2,657 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, motorcyclist fatalities decreased by 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Calvin Riggs, the motorcyclist killed in the collision with the van.


The Long Beach Press-Telegram originally reported this crash.


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October 26, 2012

Upland: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Turning Motorist

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a turning motorist in Upland. While traveling eastbound on Colonies Parkway, the rider collided with a Nissan pickup truck making a left turn near Wright Place. Paramedics transported the motorcyclist to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. The driver of the Nissan was not hurt.


“When an accident results in trauma to those involved, the at-fault driver may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Upland accounted for none of the 26 fatalities and 7 of the 467 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Upland ranked 100th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 residents for motorcyclist safety that year; 1st place is the worst ranking the California Office of Traffic Safety may give a city.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was seriously injured in the collision with the turning vehicle.


The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin originally reported this crash.


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October 17, 2012

San Diego: Rider Jesse Arnold and Pedestrian Shawn Christopher Arballo Killed in Motorcycle Accident

At about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 26-year-old rider Jesse Arnold and 29-year-old pedestrian Shawn Christopher Arballo were killed in a motorcycle accident in San Diego County. While riding at over 100 MPH on Carmel Mountain Road, Arnold struck Arballo at the intersection with Carmel Mountain Road. Emergency responders declared both men dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a fatal accident, authorities will conduct an investigation to determine which party was at-fault,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “after which point, the families of the victims may hold the negligent party liable for their loss.


In San Diego County, 24 motorcyclists were killed and 1,044 were injured in crashes in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 55 pedestrians and injured another 938.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Jesse Arnold and Shawn Christopher Arballo.


NBC 7 San Diego originally reported this fatal motorcycle accident.


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October 10, 2012

Encinitas: Motorcyclist Killed, Driver Hurt in Collision with Car

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, a 25-year-old male motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car in Encinitas. Three motorcyclists were riding southbound on South Coast Highway 101 when the 69-year-old driver of a Toyota Camry who was waiting at a stop sign on eastbound K Street entered the intersection, colliding with one of the riders. He was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the driver to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“The official investigation into a fatal accident can take several weeks,” explained a California personal injury lawyer, “which can be frustrating for family members seeking information about their loved one.”


Encinitas accounted for none of the 24 fatalities and 24 of the 1,044 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, the incidence of fatalities among riders decreased 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the car. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver.


ABC News originally reported this Encinitas crash.


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October 8, 2012

Banning: Drunk Driver Struck, Seriously Injured Motorcyclist

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, October 5, a suspected drunk driver struck and seriously injured a 47-year-old motorcyclist in Banning. The crash occurred in the 3800 block of West Wilson Street. Emergency responders transported the man to a local hospital. Police arrested 53-year-old Dawn Belville on suspicion of felony drunk driving with injury. Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to contact investigators at 951-922-3170.


“When a motorcyclist suffers major trauma in a crash, the rider may obtain compensation from the negligent party for expenses associated with his or her recovery,” explained a California motorcycle injury lawyer, “including for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.”


Banning accounted for 1 of the 36 fatalities and 3 of the 507 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Banning 72nd out of 93 cities with populations ranging between 25,001 and 50,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle accidents; 1st place is the worst ranking a city may receive.


All of us Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish the motorcyclist the drunk driver struck and injured a full recovery.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Banning collision.


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October 5, 2012

Chula Vista: Motorcyclist Michael Andrew Carlson Killed in Collision with Car

Shortly before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 48-year-old motorcyclist Michael Andrew Carlson was killed in a collision with an Infiniti sedan in Chula Vista. The vehicle turned left from the southbound lane of Third Avenue onto Moss Street, colliding with Carlson, who was riding northbound at the time. He was airlifted to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at about 4 p.m. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“With less protecting them from the vehicles with which they share the road, motorcyclists are especially prone to sustaining serious trauma in a crash,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Chula Vista accounted for 1 of the 24 fatalities and 41 of the 1,044 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The incidence of fatalities among motorcycle riders in the state decreased by 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Andrew Carlson, the motorcyclist killed in the collision with the car.


U-T San Diego originally reported this accident.


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September 13, 2012

Bakersfield: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Lexus

On the evening of Saturday, September 8, a 60-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a Lexus in Bakersfield. The driver of the Lexus was traveling on Comanche Drive and made a U-turn in front of the motorcyclist near Breckenridge Road. Emergency responders transported the rider to Kern Medical Center. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When a motorist’s negligence contributes to an accident resulting in injury, the motorist may be held liable for the expense of the victim’s recovery,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Bakersfield accounted for 3 of the 4 fatalities and 51 of the 204 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Bakersfield 9th out of 13 cities for motorcyclist safety in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the collision with the Lexus.


The Bakersfield Californian
originally reported this crash.


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September 13, 2012

San Diego: Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Pedestrian on Interstate 5

At about 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, a 58-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a pedestrian on Interstate 5 in San Diego. A 22-year-old pedestrian walked into the path of the rider in the fast lane of the freeway, the impact throwing him from his bike into the next lane, where a Toyota struck him. Paramedics transported the pedestrian to a hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“When a crash results in fatality, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party accountable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis.


The city of San Diego accounted for 7 of the 24 fatalities and 316 of the 1,044 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, traffic collisions claimed the lives of 352 pedestrians in 2010—a 10.7 percent decrease from the previous year.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the pedestrian. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the pedestrian.


U-T San Diego originally reported this crash.


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August 23, 2012

Bakersfield: Motorcyclist James Hall and Passenger Joe Wayne Young III Injured in Crash

On the evening of Monday, August 20, motorcyclist James Hall, 33, and his passenger, Joe Wayne Young III, 20, were injured in a crash with a 2004 Chevy Cavalier in Bakersfield. The collision occurred when the driver of the Chevy, 26-year-old Kaycee Clagg, made a U-turn after stopping at the east side of the northbound lane of Oildale Drive, obstructing the path of the riders. The impact threw them from the bike, causing them to suffer moderate trauma. Paramedics transported them to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When motorcyclists are injured in collisions caused by the negligence of others, they may seek compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”


Statewide, motorcyclist fatalities decreased by 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Bakersfield accounted for 46 of the fatal and injury motorcycle accidents that occurred in the state in 2010, with the OTS ranking it 9th out of 13 cities for rider safety in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to James Hall and Joe Wayne Young III, the motorcyclist and passenger who were injured in the crash.


The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this collision.


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August 19, 2012

Splitting Lanes Doesn’t Have to Be Dangerous

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, from January through June 2010, 166 motorcycle riders died in accidents. Many of these crashes were caused by unsafe behavior on the road, including splitting lanes. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports on motorcycle collisions and indicated that there were 389 fatal motorcycle accidents in the state of California in 2009, 270 of which were caused by the driver of the motorcycle. Of these 270 crashes, 262 were attributed to motorcycle riders driving at unsafe speeds, making improper turns, or driving while drunk or intoxicated. There were 10,101 crashes that resulted in injury.

“Given that motorcyclists have little protecting them from other drivers on the road, engaging in such behaviors significantly increases their risk of suffering serious or fatal trauma should a crash occur,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.

One particular behavior on the road that may be linked to accidents is lane splitting. Lane splitting refers to motorcyclists riding between other vehicles. For instance, when traffic is stopped or slowed, a motorcycle may be able to move between two lanes of vehicles to escape the traffic. According to the California Highway Patrol, this behavior is permitted as long as it is done in a safe and careful manner.

When motorcyclists speed or engage in other risky behaviors while riding in between lanes, however, they increase their risk of a collision. Several articles in the Orange County Register highlight the potential dangers of lane splitting, which can contribute to accidents due to the close proximity of motorcycles and cars and due to the fact that cars may not expect motorcycles to be traveling between the lanes.

One of the articles in the newspaper described a motorcycle crash that occurred in April 2012. The crash occurred early in the morning, and the motorcycle rider was splitting traffic between the carpool and fast lane while traveling at a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour. The bike crashed into a Hyundai sedan that was in the fast lane, traveling only 30 miles per hour, causing moderate injuries to the rider.

If a motorcycle rider was speeding or behaving in a manner that no hypothetical reasonable driver would have when splitting lanes, then the motorcycle rider can be considered legally culpable even if riding between lanes is legal in the state. If, on the other hand, a distracted driver failed to see a motorcycle rider carefully navigating between the lanes, then the driver would be the one at fault. In some instances, both parties might share fault and both may have been negligent in causing the accident. When this occurs, comparative fault rules allow an injured victim to recover partial compensation equal to the percentage of fault attributed to the other party.

For additional information on splitting lanes and state traffic safety laws, or to discuss a particular accident with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

August 6, 2012

Tehachapi: Motorcyclist Heath Crowder Killed in Collision with Semi

At about 1 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd, 38-year-old motorcyclist Heath Crowder was killed in a collision with a semi in Tehachapi. While traveling westbound on Tehachapi Boulevard in a tractor-trailer combination, 52-year-old Deborah Van Dyke turned left in front of Crowder, who was traveling eastbound at the time, causing him to crash into the trailer’s rear wheels. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


“When a driver’s negligence results in a traffic-related death, the driver may be held liable by the family of the victim for their loss,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Tehachapi accounted for none of the 9 fatalities and 2 of the 205 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in Kern County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, motorcyclist fatalities decreased from 560 in 2008 to 394 in 2009—the first decline since 1998.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Heath Crowder, the motorcyclist killed in the collision with the semi.


Tehachapinews.com originally reported this fatal crash.


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August 4, 2012

Bakersfield: Hit-and-Run Driver Struck, Killed Motorcyclist Mynor Adolfo Canchan-Barrios

On the evening of Tuesday, July 31st the driver of an SUV struck and killed 22-year-old motorcyclist Mynor Adolfo Canchan-Barrios in Bakersfield and then fled the scene. A witness followed the driver, 57-year-old Jose Arreyque-Andrade, until authorities could apprehend him. He was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license, and vehicular manslaughter. Chester Avenue between Brundage Lane and 2nd Street were closed while an investigation was conducted.


“Sudden and traumatic, a fatal accident can be devastating for the family of the victim, especially when there is no driver to hold accountable for their loss,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “which is why it is fortunate when police are able to apprehend the negligent driver.”


In Bakersfield, 46 motorcyclists were killed or injured in crashes in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Statewide, the incidence of deaths among motorcyclists decreased by 10.7 percent from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010, with the fault for these collisions attributed to motorcycle operators in 79 percent of cases.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Mynor Adolfo Canchan-Barrios, the motorcyclist killed by the hit-and-run driver.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific case with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

August 4, 2012

San Diego: Motorcyclist Matthew Wayne Maroon Killed in Collision Involving Disabled Car

At about 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1st, 43-year-old motorcyclist Matthew Wayne Maroon was killed in a collision involving a disabled car in San Diego. While traveling southbound on Interstate 805, Maroon came upon a car that had lost a tire; while attempting to avoid the car, he collided with another vehicle. The impact ejected him from his bike and another vehicle struck him. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party liable for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “oftentimes by filing a wrongful death claim.”


Throughout San Diego County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or injured 1,064 motorcyclists in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The county ranked 26th out of 58 in the state for its incidence of fatal and injury motorcycle crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Matthew Wayne Maroon, the motorcyclist killed in the collision involving the disabled car.


U-T San Diego originally reported this crash.


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July 3, 2012

Lake Elsinore: Motorcyclist Injured in Collision on Ortega Highway

At about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th, a motorcyclist was injured in a collision on Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore. The crash, which involved another motorcyclist and a vehicle, occurred near Grand Avenue, the impact throwing the rider 30 feet off the highway. He suffered moderate trauma and was transported to a local hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“With little protecting them from the drivers with whom they share the road, motorcyclists tend to be more susceptible to sustaining serious injuries in an accident,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In cases in which the crash was not their fault, they may seek compensation from the at-fault driver for the cost of their recovery.”


The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar populations, giving those with poor records high scores, with 1st place being the worst. In 2010, the agency recorded 7 fatal and injury motorcycle crashes in Lake Elsinore, ranking the city 42nd out of 103 cities with populations ranging in size from 50,001 to 100,000 residents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the motorcyclist who was injured in the collision on Ortega Highway.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Lake Elsinore crash.


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June 29, 2012

Two Riders Seriously Injured in Crash at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park

On the morning of Thursday, June 28th, two riders were seriously injured in a crash at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. Paramedics transported the two motorcyclists to a hospital to receive medical attention for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“After an accident resulting in significant trauma, the negligent party may be held liable for the injury-related expenses of those involved,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Lake Elsinore accounted for 1 of the 30 fatalities and 11 of the 520 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The incidence of motorcyclist fatalities decreased from 560 in 2008 to 394 in 2009, marking the first decline since 1998.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two riders who were injured in the crash at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this collision.


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June 22, 2012

Valencia: Michael Douglas De St. Jean Killed in Motorcycle Accident

At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 14th, 39-year-old Michael Douglas De St. Jean, of Santa Clarita, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Valencia. While riding eastbound on Decoro Drive, De St. Jean was involved in a crash with a van that was turning from Rutherford Place west onto Decoro Drive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating and have asked that witnesses contact Detective Mike Shapiro at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-799-5111.

“The official investigation into a fatal accident can take several weeks to complete,” explained California motorcycle injury lawyer James Ballidis. “During this time, it may be difficult for the family of the victim to obtain information about the crash.”

Santa Clarita accounted for 3 of the 80 fatalities and 32 of the 2,709 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic crashes in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout California, motorcyclist fatalities decreased from 560 in 2008 to 394 in 2009, the first decrease recorded since 1998.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Douglas De St. Jean, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision.

The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Valencia motorcycle accident.

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June 18, 2012

Long Beach: Motorcyclist Killed When Truck Made Unsafe Left Turn on PCH

At around 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th, a motorcyclist was killed when a truck made an unsafe left turn on PCH in Long Beach. The 33-year-old man was riding northbound when he collided with a southbound pickup truck that was turning left near Seventh Street. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Authorities cited the truck driver for the unsafe turn and are investigating the accident. Witnesses are asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective Dave Lauro at 562-570-7322.


“When the negligence of a motorist results in the death of another, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the motorist,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.


The California Highway Patrol’s most current crash statistics indicate that 5 motorcyclists lost their lives and 86 were injured in accidents in Long Beach in 2009. Statewide, the agency recorded 394 motorcyclist fatalities that year, the first decline since 1998, marking the end to an 11-year, 175 percent increase.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed when the truck made an unsafe left turn on PCH.


The Long Beach Press-Telegram originally reported this fatal crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of investigating a motorcycle collision and seeking compensation through the injury or wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

May 21, 2012

Norco: Motorcyclist John N. Cupp Killed in Collision with Van

At about 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 19th, 64-year-old motorcyclist John N. Cupp was killed in a collision with a van in Norco. The crash occurred when a van turned left in front of Cupp at the intersection of River Road and Trail Street, causing him to broadside the vehicle. Paramedics transported him to Corona Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Witnesses, or anyone with information about this accident, are asked to contact the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.


“When a driver’s negligence results in a fatal collision, he or she may be liable for the cost of the victim’s medical treatment and recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Norco accounted for none of the 31 fatalities and 5 of the 500 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic collisions throughout Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 394 motorcyclists lost their lives in accidents that occurred throughout the state.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of John N. Cupp, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the van.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Norco crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of filing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

May 9, 2012

Running Springs: Motorcyclists Justin Kilgore and Michael Anson Seriously Injured in Head-On Collision with Vehicle

At about 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 6th, two motorcyclists were seriously injured in a head-on collision with a vehicle in Running Springs. While riding southbound on Highway 18, 30-year-old Justin Kilgore, of Homeland, and 30-year-old Michael Anson, of Hesperia, crashed into the left front end of a 2001 Subaru Outback that had veered into their path from northbound lanes, the impact throwing both motorcyclists from their bikes. They were transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center to receive treatment for their injuries. The driver of the Subaru, 21-year-old Justin Evans, of Big Bear Lake, was also hurt in the crash. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“When a person drives negligently and causes a collision that harms others, that person may be legally obligated to compensate the injured parties for expenses incurred from their medical care and recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 32 motorcycle riders and injured another 478 throughout San Bernardino County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Although the incidence of fatality rose among motorcyclists on the national level, it decreased in California from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Justin Kilgore and Michael Anson, the two motorcyclists who were seriously injured in the head-on crash with the vehicle. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver of the vehicle, Justin Evans.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Running Springs collision.


Resources for motorcycle accident victims, such as books and articles on the process of seeking compensation for injury-related expenses from the negligent driver, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

May 8, 2012

Victorville: Motorcyclist Michael Johnson Killed in Crash with Left-Turning Van

Shortly after 5 a.m. on Monday, May 7th, 47-year-old motorcyclist Michael Johnson was killed in a crash with a left-turning van in Victorville. While traveling east on D Street in a 2003 Ford Windstar van, 32-year-old Casey Hunter turned left at Second Street in front of Johnson, who was riding westbound on a 2005 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the collision.


“In many cases, a wrongful death claim may arise from a fatal crash attributable to the negligence of one of the drivers involved,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Victorville accounted for 4 of the 32 fatalities and 14 of the 478 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic collisions throughout San Bernardino County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Although fatalities among motorcyclists increased on the national level in 2010—accounting for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities that year—they decreased in California by 10.7 percent, from 394 to 353.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Johnson, the motorcyclist killed in the crash with a left-turning van.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Victorville collision.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including articles on investigating a motorcycle accident and filing a personal injury or a wrongful death claim for compensation from the negligent party, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

May 5, 2012

Valley Glen: Motorcyclist John Pedone Killed in Crash with SUV

At about 6 p.m. on Friday, May 4th, 40-year-old motorcyclist John Pedone, of Granada Hills, was killed in a crash with an SUV in the Los Angeles community of Valley Glen. While traveling northbound on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Pedone collided with a white Ford Expedition that made a U-turn in front of him. He sustained major trauma and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities are investigating the accident and have requested that witnesses call 818-644-8028.


“When a driver’s negligence results in a collision causing fatal trauma, the victim’s family may hold the driver liable for their loss, often in the form of a wrongful death claim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.


Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 80 motorcyclists and injured another 2,709 in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, the county ranked 18th in a California Office of Traffic Safety comparison of the motorcycle accident statistics of 58 counties in the state.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of John Pedone, the motorcyclist who was killed in the crash with the SUV.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Valley Glen collision.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including articles on the process of investigating a motorcycle accident and filing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

April 26, 2012

Lancaster: Drunk Driver Sentenced for Death of Motorcyclist Timothy Howard McKelvey

On Wednesday, April 25th, a drunk driver was sentenced for the death of 54-year-old motorcyclist Timothy Howard McKelvey in Lancaster. At 2:42 a.m. on Monday, April 23rd, 40-year-old Marie Hidalgo was traveling southbound in a 2000 Honda Civic in the northbound lane of 50th Street East when she collided head-on with McKelvey at 55 mph. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Using a helicopter crew and a K-9 unit, police apprehended Hidalgo about a mile from where the accident occurred. She pleaded no contest to a felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and was sentenced to four years in state prison.


“When a drunk driver causes an accident resulting in serious or fatal injuries, the driver may face civil charges from the victim or his or her family in addition to criminal charges from the state,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.


Lancaster accounted for none of the 80 fatalities and 8 of the 2,709 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents throughout Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 394 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes in the state—10.7 percent more than in 2010, when 352 fatalities were recorded.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Timothy Howard McKelvey, the motorcyclist who was killed by the drunk driver.


The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported the sentencing of this drunk driver.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of pursuing a civil claim for compensation after a fatal or injury motorcycle accident, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

April 20, 2012

Fontana: Motorcyclist Sergio Moral-Perez Killed in Collision with Honda Accord

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th, 23-year-old motorcyclist Sergio Moral-Perez was killed in a collision with a Honda Accord in Fontana. The vehicle struck Moral-Perez, who was traveling westbound on Arrow Route, while turning left from the southbound lane of Almond Avenue onto the eastbound lane of Arrow Route. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the crash.


“Given the lack of protection a motorcycle provides, riders are especially vulnerable on the road,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “and serious injury is not uncommon in collisions with passenger vehicles.”


Fontana accounted for none of the 32 fatalities and 33 of the 478 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents throughout San Bernardino County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar-sized populations, giving those with the worst records the highest rankings. In 2010, Fontana placed 22nd out of 53 cities for motorcyclist safety, which would be considered slightly below average.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Sergio Moral-Perez, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the Honda Accord yesterday.


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this fatal accident.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of investigating a motorcycle collision and filing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

April 6, 2012

Sun Valley: David Arthur Stover Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Shortly before 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 6th, 51-year-old David Arthur Stover, of Fullerton, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Sun Valley. The collision occurred at the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Peoria Street when the driver of a Mitsubishi Eclipse struck Stover while making a left turn. Authorities are investigating the crash; however, they do not believe Stover was speeding, nor is there evidence that alcohol was a contributing factor.


“The police investigation into a fatal accident can take several weeks,” said California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “during which time the family of the victim may not have access to details about how their loved one died.”


In recent years, the incidence of motorcyclist fatalities has declined, with a 10.7 percent drop from 394 in 2009 to 352 in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In 2009, Los Angeles County accounted for 80 of the fatalities and 2,709 of the injuries suffered by motorcyclists in the state and ranked 34th out of 58 counties of similar population size for motorcyclist safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of David Arthur Stover, the rider who was killed in the motorcycle accident yesterday.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Sun Valley crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of investigating a motorcycle accident and filing a personal injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

March 27, 2012

Palm Springs: Jon Ely Killed in Motorcycle Accident

At about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th, 48-year-old Jon Ely was killed in a motorcycle accident in Palm Springs. While riding a 2003 Harley Davidson northbound on North Indian Canyon Drive, Ely was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche that turned left in front of him, the impact causing him to suffer fatal injuries. Authorities are investigating the collision but do not believe alcohol was a factor.

“After a fatal accident, the formal investigation may take several weeks,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “which can be frustrating for family members seeking information about what happened to their loved one.”

Palm Springs accounted for none of the 30 fatalities and 13 of the 520 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the crash statistics for cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings. Placing in 1st is considered the worst. In 2010, Palm Springs ranked 5th out of 93 cities for fatal and injury collisions involving motorcyclists.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jon Ely, the motorcyclist killed in the accident last Saturday.

The Desert Sun originally reported this Palm Springs crash.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

March 8, 2012

Laguna Niguel: Brian Liebbe Killed in Motorcycle Accident

At about 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7th, 30-year-old Brian Liebbe, of Laguna Hills, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Laguna Niguel. The collision between Liebbe and another vehicle occurred near the Avery Parkway intersection, closing both sides of Camino Capistrano that morning. He suffered major trauma and was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.


“The formal investigation of a fatal accident can take several weeks,” explained a motorcycle accident lawyer in Orange County, “which can be difficult for family members seeking information about what happened to their loved one.”


Laguna Niguel accounted for none of the 17 fatalities and 3 of the 759 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Laguna Niguel ranked 48th out of 103 cities for fatal and injury motorcycle accidents.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Brian Liebbe, the motorcyclist killed in the accident yesterday.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Laguna Niguel accident.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of investigating a motorcycle accident and pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Orange County, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

December 9, 2011

Fallbrook: DUI Driver Struck, Seriously Injured Motorcyclists Stuart and Elizabeth Lessing

At around 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th, a DUI driver struck and seriously injured motorcyclists Stuart and Elizabeth Lessing in Fallbrook. The collision occurred at the intersection of South Mission Road and Almond Street, when 57-year-old Randall Arnold turned his truck left into the path of the couple’s 2010 Kawasaki motorcycle, the impact throwing them from the bike. They suffered major trauma and were transported to a nearby hospital. Police arrested Arnold on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, explains a California personal injury lawyer.


San Diego County accounted for 37 of the 383 fatalities and 1,026 of the 10,479 injuries suffered by motorcyclists throughout California in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranks counties for traffic safety based on comparisons to the accident statistics of other counties with similar populations. Higher rankings are considered poor, with 1st place being the worst. That year, San Diego placed 38th for motorcycle safety out of 58 counties.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Stuart and Elizabeth Lessing, the motorcyclists who were struck by the DUI driver and seriously injured last Wednesday.


The North County Times originally reported this accident.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including articles on motorcycle accidents and the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

December 7, 2011

Huntington Beach: Truck Struck, Killed Motorcyclist

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6th, the driver of a pickup truck struck and killed a motorcyclist in Huntington Beach. The 1983 Chevrolet Silverado collided with the 2009 Yamaha near the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Adams Avenue. The rider was declared dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked witnesses to call 714-636-5666, explains a motorcycle accident lawyer in Orange County.


Huntington Beach accounted for 3 of the 17 fatalities and 67 of the 759 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents throughout Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar populations, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, with 1st place being the worst. That year, the city ranked 2nd out of 56 cities for motorcycle safety.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was struck and killed by the truck yesterday.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Huntington Beach crash.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Orange County, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

November 10, 2011

Los Angeles: USC Student Injured in Motorcycle Collision with Hit-and-Run Driver

At about 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9th, a USC student was critically injured in a motorcycle collision with a hit-and-run driver in Los Angeles. While traveling near the intersection of Vermont and Lexington avenues in a burgundy 1993 GMC Safari van, the driver struck the 21-year-old motorcyclist and fled the scene. He was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for his injuries, including multiple fractures. Witnesses described the driver as a 5-foot 5-inch tall, 170 to 190-pound male Latino, aged 35 to 45-years-old. Authorities have requested that anyone with information about this incident call Detective Josephine Mapson at (213) 972-1840 or (800) 222-8477 to leave tips anonymously, explains a California personal injury lawyer.

Los Angeles County accounted for 80 of the 383 fatalities and 2,709 of the 10,479 injuries suffered by motorcyclists throughout California in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 29.6 fewer motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents than in 2008, the first decline since 1998 and the end of an 11-year, 175 percent increase.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the USC student who was critically injured in the collision with the hit-and-run driver a full recovery.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this motorcycle accident.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

September 1, 2011

Big Bear Lake: Driver Struck, Killed Motorcyclist Cheryl Hightower

Shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31st, a driver struck and killed 65-year-old motorcyclist Cheryl Hightower in Big Bear Lake. While traveling north in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Greenway Drive, 60-year-old Walter Campbell ran a stop sign at the intersection with West North Shore Drive, colliding with Hightower’s Harley-Davidson. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the crash, explains a California personal injury attorney.

Big Bear Lake accounted for 1 of the 32 fatalities and none of the 478 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents in San Bernardino County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, 383 motorcyclists lost their lives and 10,479 sustained injuries in crashes that year—a 29.6 percent decrease from the number of fatalities recorded the previous year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Cheryl Hightower, the motorcyclist who was struck and killed by the driver in Big Bear Lake yesterday.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this accident.

Additional information, including books and articles on the injury and wrongful death claims process, is available to the public free of charge.

To request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

August 17, 2011

Wildomar: Drunk Driver Struck, Killed Motorcyclist Jon Boehning

At about 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 14th, a drunk driver struck and killed motorcyclist Jon Boehning in Wildomar. The accident occurred at the intersection of Clinton Keith Road and Palomar Street when 30-year-old Jose Lujan struck Boehning, 47, with his pickup truck. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died a couple of hours later. Police arrested Lujan on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. Additional details about the crash have not been released, explains a California injury attorney.

Wildomar accounted for none of the 30 fatalities and 6 of the 520 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Throughout the state, motorcyclist fatalities decreased by 29.6 percent, from 560 in 2008 to 394 in 2009, the first decline since 1998, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jon Boehning, the motorcyclist who was struck and killed by the drunk driver last Sunday.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Wildomar accident.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

May 11, 2011

Long Beach: Motorcyclist Josue Corado Struck and Killed by Truck

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday, May 9, a pickup truck struck and killed 27-year-old motorcyclist Josue Corado, of Norwalk. The driver of the truck, 24-year-old Josue Avalos, hit Corado when he turned left onto Home Street from Long Beach Boulevard in front of him, the impact sending him 15 feet from the site of the accident. Although paramedics performed life-saving techniques, such as CPR, Corado was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Authorities are investigating the crash and a criminal charge is pending against Avalos, explains a California personal injury lawyer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, has designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. During May, Los Angeles Police Department officers will heavily patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists in an effort to prevent fatal and injury accidents through enforcement. With 394 fatal crashes, 2009 marked the end a 10-year, 175-percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities, from 204 deaths in 1998 to 560 in 2008.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Josue Corado, the motorcyclist who was struck and killed by the truck last Monday night.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram originally reported this accident.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the injury and wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

April 30, 2011

San Bernardino: Thomas Edward Glaze Killed in Motorcycle Accident with Big Rig

On Monday, April 11, 49-year-old Thomas Edward Glaze was involved in a motorcycle accident with a big rig truck in San Bernardino. Shortly before 4 p.m., Glaze was riding west along Orange Show Road when an eastbound big rig struck him while making a left turn. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died days later, reported The Press-Enterprise.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, San Bernardino County accounted for 776 of the fatal and injury motorcycle accidents suffered in California in 2009. Statewide, motorcycle fatalities decreased by 29.6 percent from 560 in 2008 to 394 in 2009, the first decrease recorded since 1998, marking the end of an 11-year increase.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Thomas Edward Glaze, the motorcyclist killed in the accident with the big rig truck in San Bernardino.

Additional information, including books and articles on the injury and wrongful death claims process, is available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

March 31, 2011

Oxnard: Hit-and-Run Driver Fatally Struck Motorcyclist Daniel Smilanick

At around 10:45 a.m. on Friday, March 18th, the driver of a gold four-door pickup truck fatally struck 68-year-old motorcyclist Daniel Smilanick on Highway 101 in Oxnard. A police chase ensued after the driver fled the scene. Police pursued the hit-and-run driver, who has been identified as 23-year-old Michael Johnson, into Santa Barbara County, observing him point a handgun at his head and then at an officer before throwing it out of the vehicle’s window. After successfully avoiding several spike strips, he was finally apprehended when he crashed into a patrol car and a guardrail near El Capitan State Beach, according to a California injury attorney.

The number of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents on California roads and highways decreased by 29.6 percent from 560 in 2008 to 394 in 2009, marking the end of an 11-year, 175 percent continuous increase in motorcyclist fatalities, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In addition, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents involving alcohol decreased by 4 percent. Despite these improvements, California remains among the three states that lead the nation in motorcyclist fatalities. However, whereas California led the nation in fatalities in 2008, in 2009 it placed behind Texas and Florida.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Daniel Smilanick, the motorcyclist fatally struck by the hit-and-run driver in Oxnard.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the injury and wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

March 23, 2011

San Diego: Motorcyclist Paul Allen Palika Suffered Fatal Collision with SUV

On Monday, March 21 at around 6 a.m. 61-year-old motorcyclist Paul Allen Palika suffered a fatal collision with an SUV in San Diego. The Oceanside resident was riding south on Interstate 805 near Balboa Avenue when a gray Lexus SUV traveling in front of him spun out on the rain-slicked freeway. According to investigators, Palika was unable to avoid the SUV and was ejected from his bike when he struck it. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The freeway was closed until 8 a.m. while authorities investigated the accident, explains a California injury lawyer.

From 1992 to 2009, the number of fatalities suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents, including motorcyclists, decreased by 26.8 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most recently released accident statistics. During this same period of time, the injury rate for vehicle occupants, including motorcyclists, decreased by 40 percent. In 2009, motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of 4,462 riders and injured another 90,000.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Paul Allen Palika, the motorcyclist who suffered the fatal collision with the SUV in San Diego last Monday.

Resources for the victims of motorcycle accidents and their families, including books and articles on the injury and wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

March 4, 2011

San Marcos: Motorcyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident

At around 7:20 p.m. last night a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in San Marcos. The motorcycle rider lost control of his bike on Montiel Road while trying to avoid a collision with a vehicle that turned in front of him. While skidding out, a Dodge pickup turning left off of Montiel ran him over and then fled the scene. Police later apprehended him. Authorities have asked anyone with information about this accident to call (760) 510-5049, explains a California injury lawyer.

In 2009, the most recent year for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released accident statistics, 4,462 motorcyclists were killed and 90,000 were injured in traffic accidents. The majority of fatal accidents occurred between a motorcyclist and a fixed object. Peak times for fatal crashes were 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for injury accidents

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the motorcyclist injured in the hit-and-run accident in San Marcos yesterday a full recovery.

Resources for accident victims, such as articles and books on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge.

To request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

January 24, 2011

San Bernardino: Motorcyclist Struck and Killed by Stolen Truck

Authorities are looking for the driver who stole a Ford F-150 pickup truck and then struck and killed a motorcyclist while traveling the wrong way on the 215 Freeway in an attempt to evade police. Shortly before 12:30 p.m. last Saturday, San Bernardino police received the report of the theft. Officers chased the vehicle on the westbound 210 near Waterman Avenue until the driver exited the freeway, taking Highland Avenue to Muscupiable Avenue, and then entering the exit ramp of Interstate 215. He struck a 57-year-old Riverside motorcyclist, fleeing the accident scene on foot. Anyone with information on the suspect, who is described as a clean-shaven Hispanic male in his twenties, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a shaved head, is asked to call the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 384-5742, explains a California truck accident attorney.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s, NHTSA, 2009 Traffic Safety Facts, 33,808 traffic crash victims were killed and 2,217,000 injured. Motorcyclists accounted for 4,462 of the fatalities and 90,000 of the injuries that year. 2,216, or 48.2%, of the fatalities and 34,000, or 40.5%, of the injuries were the result of a collision between a motorcyclist and another vehicle in transport.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was struck and killed by the driver of the stolen truck in San Bernardino.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.

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If you would like to request one of these resources, or to speak with a California truck accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

January 11, 2011

Oxnard: Motorcycle Accident Left Two Dead

Shortly before 5:30 last Sunday evening, a motorcycle accident in Oxnard left two women dead. A 22-year-old Oxnard woman and a 20-year-old Santa Paula woman were riding north on Rice Avenue when a southbound Lincoln Town Car struck them while attempting to make a left turn onto Camino Del Sol. One of the women died at the scene; the other woman died at a nearby hospital. Authorities are investigating the crash, explains a California personal injury lawyer.

Oxnard accounted for 1 of the 11 fatal and 15 of the 227 injury motor vehicle traffic collisions that occurred in Ventura County in 2008, the most recent year for which the California Highway Patrol has posted accident statistics. Recently, a report by National Public Radio indicated that while road-related deaths decreased between 2005 and 2009, motorcycle fatalities have increased.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two women who died in the motorcycle accident on Sunday.

Additional information, including books and articles on the injury and wrongful death claims process, is available to the public free of charge.

To request one of these resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

November 20, 2010

San Diego: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured In Accident With Elderly Driver

At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17th, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident with an elderly driver in San Diego. A 90-year-old woman turned left into oncoming traffic near Waring Road and Orcutt Avenue; unfortunately, the motorcycle rider did not have enough time to stop and collided with the woman’s Toyota, fracturing his pelvis and nose. Authorities are investigating the status of the woman’s driver’s license, explains a California injury attorney.

In the United States, 5,290 motorcycle riders were killed and 96,000 were injured in traffic collisions in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That year, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities, 17% of all occupant fatalities, and 4% of all occupants injured. Moreover, in 41% of the 2,387 two-vehicle fatal accidents involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle, the vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was traveling straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.

Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the motorcyclist who was seriously injured in the San Diego accident with the elderly driver a full recovery.

Additional information, including articles on motorcycle accidents and safety, is available to the public free of charge.

To request an article, or to speak with a California injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

November 17, 2010

Julian Motorcycle Accident Claimed the Life of Marine Pilot Major Lawrence A. Washington

At approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 14th, a motorcycle accident in Julian claimed the life of Major Lawrence A. Washington and left another motorcyclist seriously injured. Major Washington collided head-on with the other motorcycle rider while attempting to pass on Wynola Road. The two men were airlifted to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where Major Washington died from his injuries and the other man remains in critical condition, explains a California personal injury attorney.

In the United States, 5,290 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes and 96,000 were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That year, 47% of the fatal accidents were attributed to collisions between motorcyclists and other types of motor vehicles, with 77% of the motorcyclists struck head on. California accounted for the highest number of the fatalities (537), followed by Florida (523), and Texas (480).

As motorcyclists often have only a helmet protecting them from the vehicles with which they share the road, the risk of sustaining severe or fatal injuries tends to be much greater for them.

Major Lawrence A. Washington was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing as an MV-22 Osprey pilot. Throughout his service, he was awarded an Air Medal with five strike-flight designations, two commendation medals from the Navy and Marine Corps, and an achievement medal from the Marine Corps. Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Major Washington.

We would also like to wish the other rider who was injured in the Julian motorcycle accident a full recovery.

Articles on motorcycle safety and accident victims’ rights are available to the public free of charge.

To request an article, or to discuss a specific case with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

August 10, 2010

Costa Mesa Hit and Run Accident: Motorcyclist Hospitalized

In the early morning hours of Friday, August 6, 2010, California Highway Patrol officers were informed of an injured motorcyclist on the transition road connecting the 405 and 73 freeways in Costa Mesa. As paramedics rushed the motorcyclist to the hospital, authorities began the search for the driver who had left the motorcyclist lying on the freeway after striking him with his commercial truck.

“Collisions between cars and motorcyclists are, unfortunately, quite common,” explained an Orange County injury lawyer, “and two thirds of such accidents are the fault of the driver, not the motorcyclist.”

According to recent CHP reports, 17,158 hit and run accidents occurred in 2008, of which 16,930 resulted in injuries and 228 resulted in fatalities. Hit and run accidents often take a greater toll on an accident victim’s life because there is no one to hold accountable. If the negligent driver is present, then the accident victim can, with the help of an Orange County injury lawyer, seek monetary compensation from the driver for medical bills, lost wages, and property loss or damage. If the negligent driver is absent, the accident victim must cover these expenses on his or her own.

Hit and run motorcycle collisions tend to be particularly devastating. Motorcycles lack the protective shell that a car or truck provides, so the injuries motorcyclists sustain in accidents are usually more severe—as well as more expensive to treat.

“The truck driver who caused this accident must be found and held accountable,” said an Orange County injury lawyer. “I would like to wish the injured motorcyclist a smooth and timely recovery. If he and his family have any questions about their rights and options, they can feel free to call me.”

James Ballidis is an Orange County injury lawyer specializing in motorcycle accident claims. He has also written a book to aid accident victims in the process of researching and selecting a reputable lawyer. For legal advice or to request a copy of his book, Avoid Lawyer Advertising Hype, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

July 15, 2010

Motorcyclist Fatally Struck By Multiple Vehicles Identified. Was Alcohol Involved?

In the early morning hours of June 20th, 2010, multiple cars struck a motorcyclist causing him to swerve off of the highway. The motorcyclist, later identified as Charles Park, 40, of Irvine, was declared dead at the scene.

The accident occurred on the Southbound 55 Freeway transition to the 5 Freeway. The California Highway Patrol received the report at 2:35 a.m. The section of the freeway where it occurred was closed for the next 6 hours.

It is unclear from the Orange County Register’s coverage of the incident what initially caused Park to veer off of the freeway. The time of the accident, however, suggests that alcohol may have played a role, as many Orange County drinking establishments close at 2:00 a.m.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the nation’s most common and fatal crimes—and motorcyclists are the worst offenders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, the percentage of intoxicated motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes is greater than that of impaired drivers of passenger cars, SUV’s, or pick-up trucks: legally impaired motorcycle riders accounted for 27 percent of fatal accidents on 2006, with 23 percent attributed to passenger cars, and 24 percent to light trucks.

Park’s age and the time at which the accident occurred also increase the suspicion that alcohol was involved. The highest percentages of motorcycle operators who are killed in alcohol-related fatal crashes are between the ages of 30 and 49 years. Moreover, motorcyclists killed in accidents at night are three times more likely to be intoxicated than those killed in the daytime.

Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous: there is nothing protecting the rider from other vehicles on the rode. Alcohol impairs the skills essential to riding: balance and coordination. Motorcyclists should take more precautions than the drivers of any other type of vehicle.

While we do not know if Charles Park was intoxicated on that fateful night, we hope his tragic death can serve as a reminder to other motorcyclists to be careful. After over 35 years of helping the victims as a Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer , we often see the families who have lost a loved one and witness the consequences of reckless or impaired riding all to often.

We would like to give our condolences to the Park family, as well as to all families affected by the tragedy that can accompany riding a motorcycle. We wish you and your family a safe summer. Should you ever need our help, feel free to call 866-981-5596 or view our California motorcycle lawyer site for valuable information.

July 14, 2010

Motorcyclist Blames Poor Road Conditions For Serious Accident—Sues Caltrans

A broken neck and sternum, a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, and a torn aorta, for two months James Kubeck lay in a hospital bed suffering from these injuries, his mind filled with images of the July night in 2007 when he was cruising on his motorcycle down Pacific Coast Highway through Sunset Beach and suddenly a car made a left turn in front of him, causing him to lose control of his bike and crash. He was convinced that a sharp curve in the road—along with buildings and cars parked along the highway—prevented the other driver from seeing him. He decided to sue Caltrans. A California motorcycle accident lawyer is an essential partner in evaluating a case like this.

Caltrans, in response, issued a statement identifying 24 reasons why it was not liable for the accident, including negligence on the part of both drivers. The agency claimed that Kubeck should have been aware of the potential danger and driven more cautiously while rounding the curve. While Caltrans holds the public responsible for knowing the potential dangers of the curb and driving with caution, Kubeck maintains that the agency should have prevented unsafe driving conditions by properly maintaining intersections and roadways.

It is unclear as to whether Caltrans had addressed the threat to drivers the curve posed by placing proper signage warning oncoming traffic of a sharp curb ahead or prohibiting parking along that section of the highway to increase visibility. Such considerations are crucial to determining liability in accidents cases like James Kubeck’s.

At present, the case between Kubeck and Caltrans has not been resolved. Kubeck seeks to be compensated for his past and ongoing medical care, legal fees, and lost wages. After years of helping motorcycle accident victims like Kubrick, we hope he is granted this compensation and wish him a full recovery if the case warrants it.

Determining liability in accident cases in which improperly maintained roadways may be a factor can be a complex process. An extensive knowledge of the relevant government agency’s obligations to the public, as well as a thorough investigation of the accident scene, is often required. During this difficult time for the accident victim and his or her family, an experienced California motorcycle Lawyer will investigate for and advocate on the injured party’s behalf.

James Ballidis is a California Injury Lawyer and the author of several books on California automobile accidents and claims settlement rights. If you would like to request one of his books or have been injured in an accident feel free to call 866-981-5596 or visit our California injury lawyer or California motorcycle lawyer sites today.

May 21, 2010

California Motorcycle Accident Attorney Supports May as Motorcycle Awareness Month

California is home to over 1.2 million licensed motorcycle drivers, but with the increase each year of injuries and deaths, the California Highway Patrol, CHP, declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to the CHP website, their primary mission is to prevent loss of life and injury to all motorists. With so many deaths and injuries occurring on motorcycles, their main focus is to get all drivers trained in the proper use of their vehicles. Last year in California there were 13,252 motorcycle injuries and 586 deaths.

Since 2004, the three top California counties that motorcyclists have been killed in are Los Angles, San Diego and Orange County/Riverside. Statewide motorcycle drivers represent 9.4% of all traffic fatalities, but account for only about 2% of the vehicles on the road. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an accident according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

One of the most important pieces of equipment that a motorcycle driver can have is good helmet. Although not all states require helmet use, California state laws are quite clear that is mandatory. There are two main types of helmets; the three-quarter coverage or full face type of gear. The most important consideration when you purchase a helmet is that it meets U.S. Department Transportation (DOT) and state safety standards.

Last week a Huntington Beach motorcyclist was killed in a tragic collision. David Houck was riding his motorcycle and didn’t slow down in time and hit the back of SUV. He was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered major upper body injuries. However, the CHP said he would have survived the crash if he had been wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet.
For the latest Helmet Test Data, visit and search on helmet test data. On their website, brands and models are identified and whether they passed or failed the analysis.

In addition to good protective gear, a good safety course such as the CHP’s California Motorcyclist Safety Program, (CMSP). There are two levels of training; both beginning and advanced. There are 124 locations throughout California and the cost is only $250. A few hours of training could just save your life.

By increasing awareness, the use proper equipment and good education, California roads can be shared by both motorcycles and vehicle alike. Drivers of all types of vehicles have a shared responsibility to keep our highways safe.

Feel free to call us if you need help at 1 866 981-5596 or look at more articles from a California motorcycle accident lawyer.

December 8, 2009

500 died in California motorcycle accidents in 2008 from tramatic brain injury and other ailments.

The same qualities that make California so attractive for tourists and residents--warm weather, sunshine and unique scenery—also make it a popular state for motorcyclists. California is home to more than 1.2 million motorcycle riders, but every year, thousands are involved in collisions.

Because of the increase of motorcycle-car collisions in California, the California Highway Patrol, CHP is creating two new safety awareness campaigns that will raise awareness of motorists sharing the road with motorcycles. In 2008 there were more than 500 motorcyclists that died from collisions with other vehicles; even with helmets on, the risk of traumatic brain injury, TBI is high.

California has the highest rate of TBI’s in the entire nation. 75% of TBI’s come from either motor vehicle crashes or falls and can start as a concussion. Not all head injuries are considered a TBI. A TBI happens only when the brain collides with the bony skull and causes damage to the blood vessels and brain tissue. Furthermore, this damage can interrupt nerve signals going from the brain to the rest of the body, causing a variety of other ailments.
Symptoms of TBI can be subtle and may not even occur until days or weeks after a serious injury. Annual medical costs in the US are over 60 billion a year for hospitalizations and ultimately long-term health care needs. Serious cases of TBI can leave victims needing lifelong rehabilitation medical care.

Just last week a young 27 year old Cal State University – Northridge student was merging on the 101 freeway when the motorcycle she was riding on was struck from behind. In most motorcycle-car accident, 75% of the automobile drivers never see the motorcyclist. She was killed instantly. If injured many motorcyclists do not have adequate health insurance. See this article if you do not have enough medical insurance to cover your injuries.

One of the important factors in creating a safer highway environment is simply being aware of your surroundings. Being a little extra observant can reduce accidents dramatically. The other factor is having motorcyclist reduce their speed on the highway. As in auto crashes, speed kills.

Lastly, the helmet has been saving lives for years now. Now the second generations of helmets are safer than ever and can reduce head injuries by 67%.

The new SuperSkin created by the Belgian company, Lazer Helmets. After years of research they have created a helmet that acts similar to your own bodies’ natural skin to protect your skull. Your scalp actually prevents rotational head injuries in most mild cases and that’s what this new helmet does. It adds an elastic membrane over the hard helmet to decrease rotational forces when a head hits a vehicle or asphalt. It actually cuts the rotational effect by 60% in the critical milliseconds following a blow. This can significantly reduce TBI and other serious head injuries.

The CHP encourages all riders to sign up for their California Motorcyclist Safety Program or CMSP. These courses will teach the basics of safety as well as sharpen the skills of a more experienced rider. For further information, you can contact the CMSP.

James Ballidis is the managing partner of a Southern California motorcycle accident specialist firm. See our specialized web site at www.allaccidents.com or visit www.thecaliforniainjurylawyer.com.

August 31, 2009

Motorcycle accidents are on the rise. You should prevent your injury with more training if you are new to the bike.

According to new federal safety data, traffic fatalities in Orange County have decreased 15% in 2008 from the previous year but O.C. motorcycle accident deaths have increased 44%. There are several reasons for the increase; less skilled riders, a bad economy and more powerful riding equipment.


It started with the high cost of fuel and now with lower incomes, more than ever people are turning the cars in for motorcycles. However, driving a motorcycle is not like driving a car. Newer motorbikes are heavier, faster and more difficult to control. In California over one-third of all motorcycle accident victims did not have the proper Department of Motor Vehicle endorsement on their licenses.


It is not unusual for me to see an accident outside one of the motorcycle performance shops in Orange County. You know the guy, just bought the bike, can't wait to ride, has little training on this bike, pulls from the parking lot and gives too much throttle, inevitably dumping the bike.


The California Office of Traffic and Safety is encouraging every motorcycle driver to get trained through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Graduates of these programs qualify for DMV endorsements and won’t have to take the skills exam. I recommend that you go out with a seasoned rider, and learn the performance and tendencies of your new machine.


With the exception of bad motorcycle accident data, Orange County ‘s vehicle fatalities are decreasing and DUI deaths are down thanks to more awareness and social responsibility. California vehicle fatalities were down 14% last year, the lowest level since 1975.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle or vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as you are able. You can call us at 1 866 752-7474 for immediate help.


James Ballidis is an attorney with the firm of Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie.

July 2, 2009

Orange County police chase ends in crash, killing an innocent victim!

One innocent person was killed and three more critically injured when a high speed chase here in Westminster, Orange County, California ended tragically. Initially, police were called to the parking lot of an auto body shop with complaints of two men assaulting a third. When police arrived, the two suspects got into their pick-up truck and took-off.

During the police chase, the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds between 80 and 100 mile per hour on surface streets. The suspects then ran a red light and after that smashed head on into another truck and small car. The impact of the crash pushed the suspect’s truck about 100 yards down the street and it ended up on its side.

The man in the pick-up truck died immediately and the original two suspects as well as the person in the small car were taken to nearby hospital with critical injuries.

Unfortunately, high-speed chases are almost common place here in Southern California. Police chases are necessary to stop fleeing felons, but rules are in place to protect the public. It is always a balancing act between capturing the suspects and protecting the public. Unfortunately, fleeing felons do not care about the safety of the public. T

hat is why the penalty to them for fleeing must be so great that they care about their well being and likely prison term. Stiff sentences should be automatic, and heavy when fleeing law enforcement. Incarceration should not be in the general population pens where they can commune with other felons. Maybe it is time to review putting these people back onto "hard labor" chain gang work? Take the fun out of the escape by adding the back side payback, and you will reduce the fleeing suspect attempts.

As a Orange County personal injury attorney we see the devastation and destruction caused by these fleeing felons. It would be better to stop it before the attempted escape starts, rather than try to chase the felons "carefully." I say throw the book at them.

James Ballidis is a Newport Beach accident attorney practicing in Orange County California.

May 18, 2009

Lookie-loo gets smashed while watching an accident scene.

“Lookie-loo” slowing is always a phenomenon at any car accident scene, but in the case of a recent Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spin-out crash, the onlookers created another crash scene.

On Friday night for some unknown reason, a sheriff vehicle spun out of control and hit the center median while traveling eastbound on the 210 freeway in Southern California.

While passing the accident scene, a big rig truck traveling westbound rear-ended another truck driver traveling in the same direction that had slowed to observe the accident across the road.

The freeway was temporarily closed to tow away the vehicles and transport the sheriff’s deputy who had sustained injuries. The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the original car crash but the second one will obviously be caused by some sort of distraction while driving. Whose fault is it, the party that rearended the other or the Lookie-loo? An argument can be made that the driver behind should be watching the road and the truck ahead of him, while he may argue that he had no reason to suspect the driver would slow to observe the accident across the road. In either case, the factual and witness evidence will be crucial to identify the real cause. Witness statements are very important in cases such as this and can mean the difference between success and failure in an auto accident case.

Have you been injured in an accident that involved a big rig or truck? Access the expertise of a truck accident lawyer. Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie are personal injury attorneys helping accident victims’ since 1974.

May 14, 2009

Ortega Highway in Orange County California continues to be dangerous for motorcycle riders.

Thankful to be alive and to have only moderate injuries, a motorcycle rider is recovering in a local Orange County hospital after a 50 foot plunge off the scenic, but dangerous, Ortega Highway, California Route 74.

It happened last Saturday on a beautiful spring day when on weekends, you can see many motorcyclists enjoying this beautiful, yet sometimes precarious road. Firefighters needed to rig a ladder and lower a rescue basket down to the injured motorist. He came to rest on a near-vertical cliff about 50 feet beneath the road. It took about an hour to safely recover him and transport him to safety.

It is unclear what the cause of the accident was. At this time, and unusually, there is no report of a roadway defect contributing to this accident.

Ortega Highway has been the scene of many recent accidents and if you have been injured driving along this road, contact a skilled Orange County personal injury attorney familiar with this location. Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie are lawyers and have been serving the Orange County community since 1974.

March 13, 2009

NEWPORT BEACH PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY QUESTIONS WHETHER ANYONE STOPS AFTER THEY CAUSE AN ACCIDENT THESE DAYS?

Yesterday, in Newport Beach, California a man driving a Porsche was implicated in a wrongful death crash involving the founder of Tapout clothing. Both may have been racing and the Porsche driver was arrested for DUI.

Amazingly, the other car wrapped around a pole, cutting the vehicle in half. The Porsche driver, and his passenger, pulled to a side street and tried to "walk away" from the scene according to Newport Beach police.

This is not the first time this driver had been arrested for DUI. No doubt feeling priveleged, he just thought he would leave the scene to others to help the accident victim and clean up the mess he was involved in, of course avoiding implication in the collision.

This societal trend is dangerous, and inhumane. In a world at war with terrorism and economic theft of Billions of dollars, it seems that more and more people are losing their moral compass. Left to only a few in years past, now it is more frequent than you could imagine that drivers flee a scene of an accident in the observation of this California personal injury attorney. The other driver may have been injured and not killed. This driver's attempt to walk away may have contributed to the death directly.

In a recent case, a pedestrian was run over by a van. Instead of protecting the pedestrian, the van pulled to the side of the road. The driver, apparently unsure if he should stay, did not get out of his vehicle or even warn other motorists approaching. A second car ran over the victim. That driver stayed and called 911. The van driver fled. Had the van driver stayed, the pedestrian might have survived.

Penalty for fleeing the scene should be severe, as should causing a police chase for many miles. Until we set the bar high, and assure someone that fleeing is severely punished, giving them pause, drivers will flee. Why? I can only surmise, the loss of all moral obligation to do the right thing.

If you have been a victim of an accident such as this or a hit and run, call a Orange County accident and Personal Injury attorney for a free consultation. Call 1 888 752-7474

March 5, 2009

ORANGE COUNTY AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER HOPES THAT DUI DRIVER IS PUT BEHIND BARS FOR KILLING A YOUNG BOY ON A BICYCLE

The Orange County grand jury this week indicted Jeffrey Woods for the wrongful death of 14-year old Danny Oates. Woods faces charges of driving under the influence causing bodily injury and death to this teen as well as felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while under the influence.

The accident happened on Indianapolis and Everglades avenues in Huntington Beach. Allegedly Woods ran into the boy on his bike while he was riding his bicycle to school. Initial investigations reveal that Woods may have been texting on his cell phone, negotiating a drug deal, at the same time he hit the young boy. In addition, he is accused of being under the influence of Xanax and Vicodin, two drugs that impair your ability to drive responsibly.

Wood’s attorney argues that the cause of the crash was a seizure, not drugs that caused the crash. The trial is scheduled to begin this summer at the Orange County courthouse in Santa Ana. If he is found to be under the influence, this is another excample of needless death due to drunk driving.

If you have sustained a serious injury in a bicycle accident, or have been injured by a drunk driver, you need the expert advice of an experienced auto accident attorney. Don’t hesitate to call for a free consultation at any time at 1 888 752-7474.

March 4, 2009

TRUCK ACCIDENT VICTIM GETS AWARD OF 1.85 MILLION FOR SERIOUS INJURIES WHEN TRUCK DRIVER WAIVED ANOTHER CAR INTO ONCOMING MOTORCYCLIST!

Earlier this month a California jury awarded David Allen a $1.85 Million verdict for his 2007 motorcycle accident involving a beer truck. On the surface it may seem like a lot of money but when you consider extensive personal injury, surgeries and a lifetime of medical care, that doesn’t even come close to getting his life back to normal.

The accident happened as a beer truck, from the Bottomly Distributing Company was attempting to make a U-turn in the middle of a busy residential street. The truck driver waived the car behind him to go around his vehicle and into the oncoming lane of traffic, where unfortunately, Mr. Allen was driving his motorcycle. He was struck head on and sustained massive injuries.

The California jury concluded that Bottomly Distributing Company caused the accident by negligently and carelessly waiving the driver into the opposite lanes of traffic, and the driver’s actions were 100% responsible for the Mr. Allen’s injuries.The company denied liability and offered a small settlement.

A professional truck accident attorney can fight for your rights even if the truck company refuses to honor their obligations. If you’re involved in an auto or truck accident protect your rights by hiring a professional and competent attorney. Call us for a free consultation at 1 888 752-7474. Recovering from your injuries is just the first step to your recovery, but seeing the “big picture” is your attorney’s responsible and duty. We can help.

March 4, 2009

CALIFORNIA PILE UP ACCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER 1 YEAR. YOU NEED A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR CLAIM

The California Highway Patrol has just completed their investigation of the multiple car accident with personal injuries in Southern California over one year ago. This deadly truck crash set off a chain reaction that left 23 people with serious personal injuries and 3 people dead and with wrongful death claims, including a six year old boy.

The trucker, Jose Reyes was traveling at a high rate of speed and his truck’s brake system was considered “deficient” which led to losing control of his truck. Even though speeding and a cause of the accident, trucks are suppose to have excellent braking systems. Who is ultimately responsible for keeping the truck’s brake system operating correctly? Saia Motor Freight Line, Inc, and not Reyes who was responsible for the vehicle’s maintenance. Records and documents of brake maintenance are suppose to be kept by motor carriers, showing preventative maintenance performed on the truck. A tunnel was also involved. The California Department of Transportation did not have adequate lighting and hazard warning signs before and after entering the tunnel. If you did not have an attorney and waited for the police report before making a claim, you have waived your rights against the state of California.

When you have a complicated case such as this one with many cars, truck and people with serious injuries, you need a professional California truck accident attorney to handle all aspects of insurance negotiations, and filing appropriate paperwork and claims. The attorney can act as the liaison between the affected parties, the State and the CHP.

If you are injured in a car or truck accident and need an attorney, you need someone to handle all aspects of your case, protect your rights and make sure you recover your damages, while you recover from your personal injuries. Call us at 1 888 752-7474 for all your truck injury attorney needs.

February 27, 2009

CALIFORNIA RANKS FOUR FREEWAYS IN THE TOP TEN DEADLIEST ROADWAYS IN AMERICA!

All 50 states are looking forward to funding highway and local municipality projects thanks to the recently passed federal stimulus bill. Most states will receive money to upgrade roads, bridges and various other municipal projects to hopefully make our lives a little safer.

A recent study on the most deadly highways in America ranked 4 of the top ten deadliest roads right here in Southern California. One surprising fact is that these are all interstate highways. Normal expectations are that deadly road accidents involve rural, windy country roads, and while they are dangerous also, these highways are dangerous for a variety of reasons.

I-15 in San Bernardino County was ranked #1 in fatalities during the last five years, and our experience in representing victims of this stretch of road is the same. Ironically, it is dangerous because it is so straight and wide that it is implicated in so many accidents since many drivers fall asleep driving on it. Additionally, alcohol is a factor since this is the major thoroughfare between Southern California and Las Vegas. If you need to consult with a California accident attorney, chose to do so sooner rather than later, so that evidence can be preserved.

I-10 in Riverside County, I-5 in Los Angeles County and I-5 in San Diego County all placed in the top ten. Whether you are driving on local roads or large interstates, keep your focus to avoid any personal injuries or accidents. Of course if you have been a victim of such a collision contact an attorney that specializes is personal injuries in California to protect and preserve your rights.

February 25, 2009

ORANGE COUNTY ACCIDENT ATTORNEY DESCRIBES WHAT IT TAKES TO MAXIMIZE SETTLEMENT OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES

Many clients ask us how we maximize the results in our settlement and trial of cases. To be an effective advocate, it not only takes a thorough investigation into how an accident occurs, but also the ability to simplify, but with detail, the nature of injuries that have been sustained. As an Orange County accident attorney, we have on numerous occasions had to present complex injuries in a believable and understandable way to Orange County juries.

Take the example of a client that had sustained a serious complication to a simple surgery called reflex sympathetic dystrophy. This disease affects the autonomic nervous system and in the case of our client, caused her hand to turn blue and loose blood flow. This is not a disease that a typical juror may have come across in their lifetime. Therefore it is important to take the time to describe the specific injury, and what causes that injury, before you attempt to present your case value.

Taking the time to explain the cause of reflex sympathetic dystrophy took more than 3 1/2 hours of expert testimony. But, even before the jury had heard from the expert, a competent accident attorney will make sure, in opening statement, that jurors were very familiar with the causes and complications of the disease. New attorneys are sometimes afraid to discuss evidence to be submitted, because either they do not understand it, rely too heavily on the expert or simply want to avoid an objection. However, it is important for that accident attorney to have developed a working knowledge with the expert, so that it can be presented properly.

As an Orange County accident attorney for over 24 years, I have found that the more time that is taken to explain injury, the details of her surgery, the nature of the disability, and expertise required to correct the problem, the more likely the jury will award a significant settlement amount. But more to the point, many Orange County accident attorneys assume that insurance company adjusters understand the complications of injury and the need for surgery. I have seen demand letters from other attorneys that do not go to the necessary detail to explain the type of injuries sustained and why this injury caused extraordinary pain, disability or subsequent complications. Many demand letters I have reviewed don't address future medical expenses likely to be incurred, or the complications associated with arthritic changes. I have even seen demand letters where a complicated cervical fusion procedure has been described in one sentence, as if the insurance adjuster understands what was done by simply mentioning cervical surgery. This is the sign of an inexperienced accident attorney and one that does little in their practice as a personal injury attorney.

A qualified motorcycle accident attorney will take the time to know your case, understand how your motorcycle injuries came about, or how that truck accident caused you unique symptoms, and will advocate for the maximum settlement based on factual understanding of the injuries and damages that were sustained. While it sounds simple to do, the truth is that the ordinary person, untrained in review of medical records, can and will miss the detail and subtle quotations by doctors and nurses, and lacks the investigative efforts to uncover the procedure’s complications.

We hope that you will consider our firm for your case if you want to maximize recovery to you. Please call us for a free consultation at 1-888-752-7474.

February 18, 2009

ORANGE COUNTY PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY ASKS ANYONE WHO HAS WITNESSED DROP OFF ACCIDENTS ON ORTEGA HIGHWAY TO CALL US.

In a recent prominent attorney journal, a well-written article describes the dangers of roadway drop-off. This article of course underscores our complaints about the condition of Ortega Highway, which has caused a number of auto accidents, motorcycle and truck accidents in Orange County California.

As an Orange County personal injury andtruck accident attorney, we have, on a number of occasions, written about dangerous drop-offs and represented clients for such road conditions. Unfortunately, little has been done to correct obvious defects in our more rural roads and narrow highways.

In the article for TRIAL February 2009, a Pennsylvania driver traveling on a state highway experienced an asphalt to shoulder drop off of 6 inches next to newly asphalt highway. The driver traveled on the shoulder for 1.5 seconds before over-steering the vehicle back onto the road. Unfortunately she over-steered, causing her to strike trees on the other side of the road.

For those of you who do not know what a drop-off is, it represents a difference in elevation between the roadway surface and the shoulder, usually dirt. When the vehicle is traveling on the roadway surface and the right side tires encounter the off, the natural tendency of the driver is to over-steer in an attempt to regain control of the vehicle and remain on the highway. Unfortunately all too often, the over-steer maneuver causes the vehicle to lose control and collide with objects on the side of the road, or that are traveling in the opposite direction of travel. The result is usually a horrendous auto accident and injuries. Our office represents such a victim who was killed on Ortega Highway in 2008. As he was rounding a curve in the road he also encountered a significant drop-off causing him to over-steer inexplicably steer into oncoming traffic where he was killed.

We have made claims to the state and local agencies but no resolution of this case has taken place yet. Here are some well thought out recommendations given by the article, which mirror our experience as well.

First identify the cause of the drop-off. There are ample explanations for the creation of drop-offs. Excellent investigation always aids in a successful conclusion. In the article's example, the roadway had just been resurfaced but no attention was paid to the shoulder. In our client's case, the drop-off was due to improper care on the part of the state agencies, over use of the roadway surface, rainstorms and significant large truck tread impaction.

Second and equally important, the accident victim should contact an Orange County personal injury attorney immediately to take steps to preserve the condition of the scene. Photographs of the scene, the condition experienced by the driver, and other areas showing wear, are necessary for experts to conduct their calculations and examinations.

Lastly it is important to gather crash statistics at the location scene, and on the highway. Crash statistics may prove noticed to the governmental agency that work needed to be done at the scene. This is by far the most difficult portion of proof.

Roadway drop-off is a serious condition likely to cause additional injury unless addressed by roadway crews. If you have witnessed an accident caused by roadway drop-off on Ortega Highway we want to hear from you. You may very well be able to aid us in the successful prosecution of the case we've mentioned in this article. Please call us at 1-888-752-7474.

February 13, 2009

CALIFORNIA TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER WINS SETTLEMENT FOR FAMILY OF MOTORCYCLIST KILLED BY A SEMI-TRUCK.

In a recent California truck accident case a semi truck pulled unexpectedly from a stop sign striking a motorcyclist and killing him. The motorcycle rider was survived by four children. The four children were adults and so therefore id not rely upon the deceased for support.

In wrongful death cases of this nature, where liability may not be in dispute, and is relatively clear, the valuation mainly focuses on the value placed on the loss of life. In loss of life cases, not only is the loss of care love of society evaluated, but also loss of earnings and support.

The surviving family sued the driver alleging that he had failed to keep a proper lookout before pulling from the stop sign. The case settled for $1.75 million paid before trial based upon the damages and loss of consortium of the family.

Wrongful death claims never fully compensates the family for the loss of their loved one. In this case, there was at least an attempt at Justice and a conclusion by the family that the settlement was satisfactory, avoiding the hardship of trial.

A competent California truck accident lawyer understands the implications of wrongful death our family who may not even be relying upon their deceased father for support. This case demonstrates not only the need to hire a California truck accident lawyer, but also a lawyer that understands wrongful death valuation and can successfully obtain compensation for the family.

If you have been a victim of a truck negligently operated truck truck or have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one because of such negligent conduct, please seek out a competent California truck accident lawyer. You're always welcome to call us for a free consultation at 1-888-752-7474.

October 13, 2008

ORANGE COUNTY PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY NOTES THAT LIVE OAK AND ORTEGA HIGHWAY ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN 18 DEAD LAST YEAR IN PART DUE TO DEFECTIVE ROADWAY CONDITIONS

Orange County has some of the most beautiful country roads in the United States. The qualities that make a country road special; two lanes, winding roads, beautiful vistas and rural nature add to the nostalgic feeling of a Sunday drive. However, most of these roads are not maintained properly and they have a high rate of serious personal injury. Although rural roads carry only 28% of the countries cars, they are accountable for more than half of all fatal accidents.

Ortega Highway, California’s SR74, has been called one of the deadliest roads in Orange County, if not the country. The road connects the cities of Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano via 30 miles of a narrow, winding road through the Santa Ana Mountains. Yes, it is scenic, but due to several years of faulty maintenance by the state of California, it has had over 16 fatalities last year and several serious personal injury accidents.

These types of accidents are often challenging due to the complexity of the case and the parties involved .The attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie have handled cases along this specific roadway and are familiar with the issues involved. If you have been injured or know someone who has had an accident along Ortega Highway, or any highway, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. They can handle the process of dealing with the negligent agencies while you work on recovering from your injuries.

Another dangerous road is located in the canyon areas in Southern Orange County called Live Oak Road. This road links Lake Forest to Trabuco Canyon, winding through overhanging oak trees and beautiful canyon landscapes. Unfortunately for Lake Forest resident Marc Daneo, this motorcyclist died last Sunday when he lost control of his Harley motorcycle. The area where he died was just south of Shelter Canyon Road, an area that is lined with makeshift memorial crosses and helmets. Unfortunately, he is not the only fatality in this area and although the CHP does monitor the speed limit in the area, it is obvious that many people are seriously hurt or killed on this road each year.

Three other dangerous roads here in Southern California are worth mentioning as well. California state road 138, also known as Pearblossom Highway in the Antelope Valley; the famous Route 66 in the Inland Empire and Interstate 5 between Barstow and the Nevada state line. All of the roads make the infamous list, “most dangerous roads in California” based on a MSNBC dateline special on dangerous roads in America.

As motorists, we do have a duty to remain alert and maneuver our vehicles correctly, but on the other hand, state agencies do have a duty as well to keep our roadways safe and prevent injuries. Most roadside fatalities and serious personal injuries are preventable. Examples such as proper road signage, warning of upcoming dangers, properly maintained shoulders, guard rails, pothole maintenance and proper banking angles on curves are just a few factors that, left undone, can make a general road into a dangerous road.

If you see a something on a roadway that appears to be dangerous, take a picture and send it to local authorities who are responsible for the transportation upkeep in your area. Let’s keep the pressure on those responsible so we can all enjoy a nice drive on our beautiful country roads here in Orange County.

October 10, 2008

TEEN DRIVING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF TEEN DEATHS EACH YEAR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY AGREES THAT STATUTORY CHANGES COULD HELP

If you’re a parent of a teen, you know how difficult it is to get your child’s attention. However, California teens are now paying attention and are all worried now that lawmakers around the country are suggesting that the driving age be raised to 17 years old. From their perspective, their independence, rite of passage and freedom from the parents will be taken away from them. Basically they hate the idea!

This all began when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety came out this month with a new report to save lives. Sounds like everyone can agree so far. The theory is that if they wait to give teens one extra year to mature, that it will bring down the high fatality statistics and injuries teen drivers have. However, some opponents argue that it is inexperience, not immaturity that causes teens to have such a high rate of personal injury crashes.

According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, the proposed regulation would work very similar to the current laws but with a few changes. Currently, teens in California can get a permit to drive at age 15 ½ and then get a full driver’s license at 16. With the new rules, you could still get a license at 16, but it would be provisional and it would only be a full license when the driver becomes 18. The details are still being worked out.

Across the country, age varies for driver’s licenses from state to state. For example, you can drive at 14 ½ in South Dakota but only at age 17 in New Jersey. States everywhere, including California, are trying to find a standard for all teens across the country. However, there are obvious difference between states, rural and urban setting, and other factors. Not all states are the same and either are kids. Nevertheless, since New Jersey rose its licensure age, it has had a 66% decrease in serious personal injuries among youth drivers.

Each year more than 5,000 teens die in automobile accidents and it is the leading cause of death for teens. Tens of thousands more have serious personal injuries. In fact a 16 year old driver has crash rates 10 times that of a 30-59 year old driver. Is it immaturity? Inexperience? A little of both? Statistics show that teens have higher rates of crashes due to factors such as alcohol, drugs and distractions such a texting and passengers.

In addition to teen crashes, this age group also has the highest rate of violations—a definite precursor to accidents-- in some cases. Speeding and avoiding signals are two of the most risky behaviors teens do with the exception of DUI’s. Teens are naturally overconfident when they get their first license and therefore take excessive risks that lead to violations and /or crashes. In addition to the above risky behaviors, many teens do not wear their seat belt. This is a cause of many fatalities when unbuckled kids are thrown from the crashed vehicle.
So far, only a few states like Florida, Georgia and Delaware have proposed legislation to raise the teen driving age to 17. Bills in Massachusetts and Illinois tried to raise the driving age to 18 but they have all failed. What will happen in California? No one really knows. One thing is for sure, we will be sharing the roads with teen drivers, so it’s important to stay alert and drive defensively.

August 20, 2008

COSTA MESA PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY FIRM

With the high cost of gas these days, you may be tempted to carpool to work in costa mesa in a vanpool. Morning commutes on California freeways are filled with this cost-saving option, but it is important to note that when these 15 passenger type of vans are not driven properly, there is a greater chance of serious personal injury especially on the freeways surrounding and in Costa Mesa. In a fully loaded 15 passenger van, you have a 70% chance of a rollover!

New research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, has found that during the months of June through August to be the deadliest time of the year for 15-passenger vans. These vans are typically used by church youth groups, senior homes, YMCA’s and hotels. Since their use is so widespread, the NHTSA has issued new safety warnings during the busy summer travel season.

These vans are quite popular for several reasons; one important factor is that the driver doesn’t need a commercial license. Although it is still illegal to transport elementary and high school students, most community organizations find the van size convenient and more fuel-efficient than regular school buses.

Fifteen-passenger vans are more likely to be involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash than any other type of vehicle. The good news is that consumer alerts and educational efforts are apparently working to help reduce fatalities in these types of rollover crashes. The proof is in the numbers: The percent of 15-passenger van occupant fatalities that occur as a result of rollover crashes is down from a high of 81% in 2000 to 45% in 2006.

Although by far the main cause of rollovers is a fully loaded van, factors such as improperly inflated tires, poor tire condition, and inexperienced van drivers also contribute to the instability of this type of van.

The following precautions are recommended if you drive a van or if you ride in one on a regular basis:
· Keep your passenger load light. NHTSA research has shown that 15-passenger vans have a rollover risk that increases dramatically as the number of occupants increases from fewer than five to more than ten. In fact, 15-passenger vans (with 10 or more occupants) had a rollover rate in single vehicle crashes that is nearly three times the rate of those that were lightly loaded.

· Check your van’s tire pressure frequently — at least once a week. A just-released NHTSA study found that 74 percent of all 15-passenger vans had improperly inflated tires. By contrast, 39 percent of passenger cars had improperly inflated tires. Improperly inflated tires can change handling characteristics, increasing the prospect of a rollover crash in 15-passenger vans.

· Require all occupants to use their seat belts or the appropriate child restraint. Nearly 80% of those who have died nationwide in 15-passenger vans were not buckled up. Wearing seat belts dramatically increases the chances of survival during a rollover crash

· If at all possible, seat passengers & place cargo forward of the rear axle — and avoid placing any loads on the roof. By following these guidelines, you’ll lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and lower the chance of a rollover crash.

· Be mindful of speed and road conditions. The analysis of 15-passenger van crashes also shows that the risk of rollover increases significantly at speeds over 50 miles per hour and on curved roads.

If you have been injured in a 15 passenger van or in fact, any type of personal injury, don’t hesitate to contact a professional personal injury attorney as soon as it is practical. Contact Us anytime (949) 752-7474

June 12, 2008

SEAT BELTS REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OR INJURY FACTOR SO WHY DO 3 MILLION PEOPLE CONTINUE TO REMAIN UNBUCKLED?

Seat belt usage is at an all-time high here in the United States. Specifically, here in California we have a 95% usage rate. That’s great news for saving lives and avoiding personal injury. Yet we still have over 3 million Californians that don’t buckle up and that costs our communities over 26 billion a year for motor vehicle injuries and deaths for unbelted passengers.

If you’ve been driving anywhere in Orange County or throughout California recently, you’ve noticed the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization of law enforcement. Their goal is to have 100% of Californians buckled up. Fines can range from $80 to $400, depending on the county. The CHP doesn’t want to hand out tickets, they want to save lives.

Wearing a seat belt will reduce your risk of personal injury or death by 50%. In addition your risk decreases as you drive mini-vans, S.U.V’s and trucks with restraint devices. These types of vehicles tend to be more rigid in an accident and they actually absorb more of the shock during the impact. But whatever type of car you drive, buckling up saves lives and prevents personal injury.

If you have been injured in any type of automobile accident, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie are a law firm that has knowledgeable lawyers ready to assist you through this experience.

Although the safety factor for seat belt use is clearly there, there are some individuals that still refuse to buckle up. 68% of teens that were killed in car crashes were unbuckled. Peer pressure does play a role in teens not using seat belts, and their friends typically don’t want to “tell them what to do”.

Though, the most common argument against seat belt usage is that it is uncomfortable. Two groups of individuals that typically complain about this don’t wear their seat belts are pregnant women and the overweight/obese. According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, obese people are more likely to die or be severely injured in an accident due to lack of seat belt use.

Just 10 years ago, automakers made belts 12 inches longer than what was required by federal law. Today belts are typically 18-20 inches longer. Most automakers have utilized this standard of providing extra length on seat belts for the U.S. market. Moreover, some manufacturers have “extenders” that can be purchased separately. These will provide additional support, but must not be used with children.

Auto engineers are now designing wider seats and more comfortable safety belts for the average consumer. Currently there are about 40 million American considered obese and another 58 million designated overweight. That’s a large target group of people needing new restraint technology.

Four point belts, like the type NASCAR drivers wear is an additional alternative for some drivers. This allows the larger individual comfort, ease of use, and in some circumstances, a safer experience.

Lastly, whatever your age or size, remember to buckle up for safety.

June 9, 2008

NEW CELL PHONE LAW AND AWARENESS MAY PREVENT DISTRACTIONS FROM CAUSING MORE INJURIES IN CALIFORNIA

Driving along any California highway you’ll see people eating in their cars, applying make-up or just talking on their cell phones. These are all serious driver distractions and they are a major cause of personal injury accidents here in Orange County. In a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they conclude that 80% of crashes and 65% of near crashes happen within 3 seconds of some form of driver distraction. If you’re reaching for an object in your car, you are nine times more likely to be at risk for an accident.

Teens are more vulnerable to distractions than any other age group of drivers. Sadly two prominent high school teens here in Orange County, Jill Sabet and her boyfriend Jonathon Schulte, lost their lives as passengers riding to their prom due to a distracted driver. The driver of the car was sober and not speeding, but someone in the car asked her for a piece of gum. At that moment she looked away to reach for the pack of gum, she lost control of the vehicle and it flipped over. In a split second inexperience and distraction took the lives of two precious children.

Another huge distraction to drivers (and annoyance to driver around them) is cell phone use. That’s one of the main reasons a new law will take effect in a few weeks that will make the roads hopefully a little safer. On July 1, 2008, California’s new cell phone law takes effect and will make it a fine to operate a cell phone while driving without using “hands-free technology” such as Bluetooth or an earpiece device. First offense fines will start at only $20, but will rapidly increase for further violations. And, yes, these violations will go on your DMV record!
The above law is applicable to drivers over the age of 18 years. It is still illegal for drivers under 18 years old to use an electronic device of any type here in the state of California.

In addition to distractions happening within your car, there are plenty more attentions diversions happening outside your car. Accidents, construction, emergency vehicles, pedestrians, even sign twirlers can be a cause of motor vehicle accidents. Even “rubbernecking” near the scene of crash can double your chance of being in an accident yourself. However, a growing trend here in Orange County has got two cities proposing banning those obnoxious sign twirlers.
Two cities here in Orange County, Santa Ana and Orange, are considering permit limits to the businesses that use sign twirlers. Currently there are no regulations to advertising in this manner. The main concern cited by the city attorneys are the distraction to drivers and annoyances to pedestrians. However, there are serious concerns for driver safety and these cities are investigating their options.

Finally, it is easier said than done, but we as drivers do need to limit the amount of distractions that we have control over; drowsiness, loud music, cell phone use, eating and passenger attention. A little advance planning in our driving schedule could possibly avoid a serious accident.

June 4, 2008

CALIFORNIA LEADS THE NATION IN UNINSURED MOTORISTS AND HIT AND RUN DRIVERS SO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

We lead busy lives here in Orange County. But a disturbing trend is developing here in California that is tarnishing our otherwise good reputation of being a compassionate community. We are now known for the highest rate of hit and run fatalities in the country—around 8%--twice the national average! On average, there are approximately 700,000 hit and run accidents in the United States each year. California does have the largest population and car ownership, and also the most unlicensed and uninsured drivers.

A typical example that occurred just this week when a 9 year old Los Angeles boy was killed when he was walking with his family as they were coming home from a party. The driver, driving at such a high rate of speed; never stopped to help and quite possibly, even was so oblivious that he did not know what was happening.

Hit and run accidents can range from the typical dents in your car in a parking lot, to leaving the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian, bicyclist or automobile. Whatever the scenario, these are growing trends that can be your worst nightmare if you are involved in one of these accidents. Innocent parties usually become the victims twice; the first in the accident, and then, although innocent, must pay for the other driver’s irresponsibility. Even though most responsible driver’s carry some form of liability insurance, the state ordered minimum insurance policy only covers the costs of damage that you may inflict on another driver in an automobile accident. This will not cover the damage to you or your vehicle. It’s probably a good idea to check with your insurance carrier to make sure you have the best coverage possible, including adding uninsured motorist and additional medical coverage.

An investigation done by a California newspaper concludes that over 50% of hit and run drivers have suspended, revoked or expired licenses or no license to begin with. Other reasons include driver impairment by drugs or alcohol, distractions, street racing, auto theft, or just aggressive road rage-type driving. This is a huge problem in California; specifically in Orange County and surrounding counties in Southern California. If you have sustained personal injury due to the negligence of a hit and run driver, don’t hesitate to call an experienced personal injury attorney. A good attorney will always assist you through the insurance procedure and inform you of your rights.

Just to recap, if you are a California driver involved in an accident, whether there were injuries or not, you are required by law to stop and exchange information with the other driver. If someone has sustained an injury, the driver has a duty to stay and give reasonable assistance to the injured. Depending on the seriousness of the accident, law enforcement can charge the hit and run driver with either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the extent of the damage and injuries.

Remember to drive defensively and stay alert and if the unthinkable happens, always stop and investigate.

March 10, 2008

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ARE DEMONSTRATED TO BE SAFER THAN AUTO DRIVERS!!

With oil prices reaching $100 per barrel, who wouldn’t want to find transportation alternatives to gas guzzling automobiles. In the last decade, motorcycle dealers have seen a 24% increase in sales. Moreover, the motorcycle industry reports that each year over 1 million units are sold so motorcycles are here to stay. Orange County as well as California in general, has lots of open spaces and country roads—places motorcyclists love to be!

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February 11, 2008

DRUGS, CARS AND SPEEDING ARE A RECIPE FOR PERSONAL INJURY

The recent death of Heath Ledger has brought some attention to the dangers of mixing over-the-counter drugs with various prescription drugs. Moreover, many teens and adults are taking these substances and driving without any concern that it will impact their ability to function behind the wheel of a car and cause personal injury to someone. In recent studies, there seems to be little difference if you use your cell phone, drink alcohol or take drugs when you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle.

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January 17, 2008

CALIFORNIA TOUGHENS DRIVING LAWS TO PREVENT PERSONAL INJURY CAUSED BY ELDERLY INCAPABLE DRIVERS

It took the death of a 15 year old California girl, Brandi Mitock, to pass a law requiring elderly drivers to take a written and road test at age 75 or older here in California. She was killed by a 96 year old motorist that hadn’t taken a road test since 1918-- that was day he received his driver’s license! Although rules in states vary greatly, here in California, after age 70, no driver may get automatic renewals through the mail. Is this a case of age discrimination like many see it? Or is it a safety measure geared to save lives here in California? Let’s look at the facts and you can decide.

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December 10, 2007

DRUNK DRIVING KILLS OR CAUSES PERSONAL INJURY IN MORE WAYS THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE

Every 31 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related accident. In fact Americans who drink and drive after holiday parties and celebrations make the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s one of the year’s most deadly and dangerous seasons due to alcohol-related crashes. This is a main reason why since 1981, every President of the United States has demonstrated his commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

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December 10, 2007

PERSONAL INJURY ON THE RISE WHEN PEOPLE FORGET THAT SPEEDING KILLS

Whether you are having fun racing with your friends or just late for work, speeding is never a good idea. Just yesterday, another preventable speeding tragedy happened on a local toll road here in Orange County. A woman from Ladera Ranch, only 18 years old, was speeding her Porsche at over 100 miles per hour when she decided to pass on the right and clipped a motorist. She lost control and swerved into several lanes of traffic and then hit a toll booth.

This was a preventable tragedy that we hear about all too often. In fact, in 2006, speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of all fatal crashes, and 13,543 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. The economic cost of speeding-related crashes is estimated to be $40.4 billion each year.


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October 23, 2007

NEW MOTORCYCLE JACKET SAVES RIDER FROM SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY

Last week, Joseph McPhatter, a family man from Maryland was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident. Typical situation; cut off by a motorist, was ejected 100 feet from the site of impact and hit the ground at 140 mph. No, he did not die, but in fact, he had minor injuries and was able to return to his family that evening. How is this possible? He was wearing a new “impact jacket”. This new jacket essentially gives the motorcycle driver an “airbag” around them when they crash.

This was the first case in the US where an impact jacket has saved the life of a person. However, police departments in Japan, Spain, Brazil and Taiwan have recently benefited using these devices to save officers’ lives. Motorcycle accidents are the third killers of law

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October 19, 2007

NEW BICYCLE LAW PROVIDES MORE SAFETY FROM PERSONAL INJURY IN CALIFORNIA

Last Thursday, Governor Schwarzennegger signed into law AB 478, which requires all bicyclists to use lights on sidewalks and other pathways. That’s great news for you nighttime bike riders, and for the cars that share the roadways with you.

The author of bill AB 478 is Assemblywomen Lois Wolk. She felt that the existing bicycle laws didn’t quite go far enough to keep cyclist safe after dark. The current law only required that the bicycle user use lights on bikes operated on a highway during the early morning, evening, and night hours.

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September 20, 2007

PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENTS INCREASE IN CALIFORNIA DUE TO CELL PHONE USE

Cell phone use is one of the leading causes of distracted-driver accidents in California. In a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers using cell phones are 4 times as likely to get into a serious auto accident. Serious accident is defined as one that would require the accident victim to be sent to the hospital.

With road safety in mind, last Thursday Governor Schwarzenegger joined 13 other states and signed a new law banning all teenagers from using cell phones, pagers, ipods and text messaging devices while driving an automobile

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September 19, 2007

THE LATEST ADVANCES IN PERSONAL INJURY SPINAL TREATMENT


Within moments of the Buffalo Bills' season opener, tight end Kevin Everett made what was thought to be a routine tackle, but in fact, that incident resulted in a life threatening serious spinal cord injury. Within seconds he became a quadriplegic and his prognosis was bleak. Fortunately for Everett, the medical staff reacted quickly to his paralysis and used an experimental treatment called moderate hypothermia therapy.

When most people think, “hypothermia,”, they normally react and think that this is something to avoid, right? After all, prolonged hypothermia can cause multiple organ problems and even death in severe cases. But since the 1960’s, doctors have been experimenting with using this cooling treatment on serious, life threatening injuries such as brain trauma, spinal injuries, heart attack and strokes.

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July 25, 2006

BACK INJURIES CAN BE A REAL HARDSHIP, HERE IS A PRIMER!!

Back pain can start after an accident with difficult and painful disability thereafter. Without the right treatment and an understanding about your injury, recovery can be unnecessarily delayed. We will look at several causes of back pain from an auto accident injury.

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July 10, 2006

My Insurance Premiums Keep Rising What Can I Do

Insurance premiums have been on the rise for several years. Most people stay with the same insurance company year after year because they assume they must be paying less for their insurance because they have been loyal customers. This may not be the case. If you review the rates you have been paying over the last five, chances are they have steadily increased.

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July 8, 2006

INSURANCE COVERAGES, WHAT DO YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOURSELF?

By Suzanne Leslie Esq.
Most people are not familiar with their auto insurance coverage. I frequently hear “I have full coverage” when in actuality they have very little coverage and may be exposing themselves to personal liability. Here are some basics.

Liability Coverage:

Liability coverage will pay for any injuries or property damage that you may cause to another party should you be at fault for an accident. The amount of coverage you should carry under your policy depends on your assets. If you own a home or have other assets, you should carry a higher liability limit. If you do not have enough liability coverage and you cause a substantial amount of damage to another, you may be personally liable for any amount over and above your liability insurance. You might also consider carrying an umbrella policy if you have several assets or a large amount of equity in your home. This coverage would come into effect if the damage sustained by another person exceeds your liability policy limit.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: There are many people who drive without insurance. If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, and you sustain an injury, you have a right to make a claim under your uninsured motorist coverage. Your claim would cover your medical expenses, loss of earnings, future medical expenses and pain and suffering damages. In the case where the party who hits you has auto insurance, but their liability limit is insufficient to cover your damages, then you may have a right to collect under the underinsured motorist portion of your policy to make up the difference the other party could not pay. It is a good idea to carry just as much uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as your liability limit.

Medical Payment Coverage: This coverage will allow for payment of any medical expenses you or anyone in your vehicle may incur, irregardless of who is at fault for an accident. It is important coverage to carry even if you have medical insurance because it can pay for any deductible or co-payments, which you may be personally responsible for. Also should you wish to seek medical attention with an out of network physician, medical payment coverage can pay for that medical care.

Comprehension/Collision Coverage: This coverage provides for payment of any damages, which your vehicle may sustain, whether or not an accident is your fault. If the case where your vehicle is stolen, it would be replaced. This coverage will have a deductible, which applies, so try to carry a deductible, which you feel you would be able to afford should you have an accident.

Rental Car Coverage: Rental coverage is important to carry and does not cost much. If you vehicle is involved in an accident, rental coverage will help pay for a replacement vehicle while yours is undergoing repairs. If an accident is not your fault, many insurance companies will not provide a rental vehicle directly and they will require that you pay for the rental out-of-pocket and later be reimbursed. Sometimes you must wait several months for reimbursement and a rental vehicle might be financially draining.

Suzanne Leslie is a partner at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie and is an expert in insurance and auto accident cases.

June 6, 2006

What can a California personal injury lawyer do when there may not be enough insurance to fully compensate a client?

California statutes require a vehicle owner carry at least $15,000 of insurance. With the rates of insurance escalating, many people carry the minimum insurance; an amount set more than 25 years ago and unchanged since that time.

You and your family can protect themselves from uncompensated injury and damages. Obtain uninsured motorist coverage. It is very inexpensive, sometimes only several dollars per 6 months and if the other driver does not have insurance or minimum insurance, you are able to use your uninsured motorist coverage. This way you and your family are protected from that person who does not carry sufficient insurance or has no insurance at all.

If you need help with an uninsured motorist claim, call an experienced lawyer in california that can help with your case.

While 20 years ago $15,000 would protect a larger portion of the population when an accident occurred, it is hardly enough in cases where someone is significantly injured. An emergency room hospital visit, ambulance and MRI can be as high as $5,000 to $7,000. Therefore $15,000 is going to be inadequate under such circumstances.

So what should a person do if they are faced with what may be minimum insurance and who wants to give a percentage to an lawyer? You should! Let me show you how a qualified personal injury lawyer adds value.

First any lawyer that is faced with a minimum policy case must consider whether it is ethical to collect the full fee, particularly if the injuries are severe. If an lawyer does not at least discuss your concerns at the initial meeting, then you should consider looking for a more qualified attorney.

There are a number of ways to gain additional recovery than the car owner’s accident insurance policy. FOUR are the most often uncovered:

FIRST: The driver’s insurance should be thoroughly investigated. For instance does the driver have an excess policy? Is the driver carrying other types of insurance? Does the owner of the vehicle have an excess rider that covers persons driving their car? We have routinely uncovered more insurance than was first told to our potential clients, by asking the correct questions early in the case.

SECOND: Was the other driver in the “Course and Scope of any employment”. This is a specific term of art and does not simply mean that the person was on the clock at the time of the accident. If the other driver uses his car to transport materials or go to outside appointments, even if he or she is not going to a specific appointment at the time of the accident, the employer may be responsible since the employer benefits from having the employee driving his or her own car. Transporting tools on a construction job, or salesman who have samples in their car are all successful examples of coverage established by us in cases where there was originally thought to be no or little insurance.

THIRD: Does the driver of the other car have any assets that should be considered before letting that driver out of any claim? Many people own homes outright and can contribute to a settlement or judgment by taking a long-term loan on their home. The choice is always that of the client, but the client should be told of all locatable assets before deciding that they do or do not want to pursue more recovery.

FOURTH: Do you have underinsured motorist coverage? This is coverage that you purchased, (inexpensively by the way if you check your bill) that you might claim against if your claim exceeds the other driver’s coverage. As long as the accident is not your fault, you are entitled to make a claim without your rates being altered. California statutes require however that you collect the full amount of any other insurance from the other party before you are entitled to make an underinsured motorist claim and you must carry greater uninsured motorist coverage limits than the other driver’s insurance limits.

Even in the most dire of circumstances, we have had great success getting more money into the pocket of the client than the doctors or hospitals by advising of limits of insurance and negotiating the reduction or elimination of those medical bills hovering over a client.

You should always consider a personal injury lawyer whenever you are facing trouble because of limited insurance. We are almost always able to get greater sums into the pocket after all is said and done than the client would be able to do. Feel free to call us at 1 888 752-7474 for a free, no pressure, consultation.

Yours truly Jim Ballidis