California's mass transit systems service nearly 40 million residents and countless visitors each year. The way we are traveling is constantly changing — now more than ever, we're thinking about how safe our modes of transportation are. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority transports almost a million passengers every day. Every week, these buses and trains transport residents of Southern California millions of miles. While the great majority of these trips end in safe arrivals, injuries can and do occur. When something goes wrong and people are hurt, the resulting litigation can be complex and challenging.
California accounts for 11% of the nation's auto deaths and since 2013, auto accident deaths have increased by over 23%. When a car accident results in injury or death there may be grounds for a personal injury car accident lawsuit. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, or to read more about this, please click here.
Accidents involving trucks and other large commercial vehicles are an ongoing problem on California's freeways, highways and other roads. California averages nearly 113 fatal truck crashes per year. Nearly 3,000 truck accidents in the state result in injuries. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, or to read more about this, please click here.
All terrain vehicles (ATVs), also known as quads, three-wheelers, four-tracks, four-wheelers, off-highway vehicles (OHVs), or quadricycles, are vehicles designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles. There were at least 14,653 ATV-related fatalities occurring between 1982 and 2016. California was the state with the second-highest number of reported ATV-related fatalities. If you or a loved one has been involved in an ATV accident, or to read more about this, please click here.
When a bus hits a pedestrian or another vehicle, the injuries can be devastating. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) operates the second largest public bus system in the United States. There are an average of 1.1 million bus boardings daily at 18,500 stops on 183 routes, which include a dedicated busway, two freeway bus transitways and the largest Bus Rapid Transit system in the nation. Given the lack of an extensive metro or light rail system, buses are by far the most widely used form of public transportation in Los Angeles County. Given the huge number of buses operating each day in Los Angeles, accidents involving buses are an unfortunate part of life in LA. Some of the deadliest bus crashes have occurred on California roads. If you or a loved one have been involved in a buss accident, or to read more about this, please click here.click here.
The term “rollover” describes a vehicle that experiences at least a 90-degree rotation around its longitudinal axis, regardless of whether the vehicle ends up laying on its side, roof, or even returning upright on all four wheels. Rollover accidents have the highest fatality rate of any type of traffic accident. A total of 6,863 passenger vehicle occupants died in rollover crashes in 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Although the number of rollover incidents has decreased considerably over the last decade as car design has improved, we still see a lot of vehicle rollover headlines and lawsuits filed around the country. If you or a loved one have been involved in a rollover accident, or to read more about this, please click here.
Motorcycle crashes frequently result in serious injuries or death because motorcycle riders have minimum protection, even if they are wearing a helmet and other protective gear. When a motorcyclist is hit by another vehicle or thrown off their bike, it often results in fatal or catastrophic injuries. Only 20 percent of car crashes result in injury or death compared to 80 percent for motorcycle crashes. With so many motorcycles on the road, it is inevitable that California has more motorcycle crashes than any other state. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, or to read more about this, please click here.
On any given day, there are over 87,000 flights over the United States, the majority of them commercial flights by major and regional airlines. Southern California has become one of the world's busiest air travel hubs in the world. In 2018 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was ranked the fourth busiest airport in the world based on total passenger traffic – almost 90 million passengers flew through LAX in 2018. Despite a solid safety record and their rare occurrence, airline accidents still occur and when they do, it is almost always a deadly, catastrophic event. The Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reported the number of airline accidents and fatalities in 2018 increased over the previous year – it recorded a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents in 2018, resulting in 556 deaths, compared with 10 accidents and 44 lives lost in 2017, the safest year in aviation history. If you or a loved one have been involved in an aviation accident, or to read more about this, please click here.
Boating and PWC accidents may occur on the ocean, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and virtually any other body of water. They cover a wide range of craft, including cruise ships, fishing boats, barges, ferries, catamarans, yachts, deck boats, various types of inboard and outboard motorboats, sailboats, dinghies, kayaks, canoes, and water scooters. Boating accidents can result in serious, life-changing injuries. Depending on the types of injuries you sustain, you may require expensive medical care such as reconstructive surgery, vocational rehabilitation, permanent medical equipment, and medications. You may also suffer lost income and a diminished quality of life. If you or a loved one have been involved in a boating accident, or to read more about this, please click here.
Every day millions of people nationwide depend on railways to travel and commute. Americans rely on various types of rail travel including heavy or high-speed inter-state, regional, and inter-city trains (such as Amtrak), as well as lighter rail systems such as metro or commuter trains. Unfortunately, train and other rail accidents are not as rare as one would expect. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), from 2015 to 2018 there were 46,891 rail accidents, resulting in 3,170 fatalities, and 13,459 non-fatal injuries. If you or a loved one have been involved in a train accident, or to read more about this, please click here.
Dangerous and Defective Roads
Deciding who is at fault in a traffic accident can be complex. Sometimes a driver is at fault, but sometimes the road itself is to blame. Dangerous intersections, where stop signs or traffic signals are not properly installed, can create accidents. Trees and shrubs that hide posted signs or oncoming traffic can reduce a driver's visibility. Poorly maintained streets and potholes also create hazardous conditions. If you have been injured in a car accident and think a road design defect or poorly maintained road contributed to the collision we urge you to contact us for a free, confidential review of your potential case. To read more about this, please click here.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT $24-MILLION SETTLEMENT
San Diego has agreed to a nearly $24-million settlement in a lawsuit with a cyclist who was paralyzed when a car that was driven by an intoxicated driver collided with the bicycle rider on a roadway blind turn.
The San Diego City Council unanimously approved the $23.75-million payout to the bicycle rider. The driver of the car was convicted of driving under the influence of methamphetamine and is serving a 19-year prison sentence. The bicycle rider alleged that the City of San Diego was also liable for the dangerous roadway blind turn.