Monday, December 21, 2009

Bars Insurance Company to Pay over One Million for Fatal Bicycle Crash Caused By Alcohol

A lawsuit filed by the parents of the rider has been settled in amounts over one million dollars against the driver and a bar’s insurance company that served a bicyclist who was fatally wounded in December of 2006 after being hit by a drunk driver.

John Osborne, the plaintiff’s attorney said Robert L’Ecuyer and Barbara Nordlund agreed to the offer from Berky’s in the amount of $1 million dollars for the death of Paul L’Ecuyer. $25,000 is to be paid on Monday by Melissa Arrington’s insurance company, being just one day prior to the trial that was to be held in the Pima County Superior Court.

The death of Paul L’Ecuyer’s death resulted in a 10.5 year prison sentence for Arrington, decided in January 2008 by a jury who found her guilty of aggravated DUI and negligent homicide.

Jurors were told by prosecutors that about 8:40 p.m. 45 year old L’Ecuyer was in the bike lane on his Schwinn when Arrington struck him after swerving off of the road and finally coming to a stop after going 800 more feet.

Already driving on a license that had been suspended, Arrington’s blood-alcohol level showed to be 0.156 in a test that was performed 2 2/3 hours after the accident occurred, being twice the level for a DUI. Witnessing the crash, a witness stated that before the collision occurred Arrington had swerved off of the road two other times.

Arrington’s lawyers stated the collision was just a tragic accident.
Arrington stated in testimony that she had recently signed an agreement for lease to purchase on her home located in Vail, and stopped at Berky’s located at 5769 E. Speedway to celebrate with her friends, where she had three drinks. She also stated that as she was reaching for hand sanitizer is when the accident occurred.

Osborne stated that L’Ecuyer’s parents filed the lawsuit against Arrington and Berky’s as a reminder to everyone how important the need is to continue “working tirelessly to do away with drinking and driving and to over-serving at bars."
Osborne said that the plans for the settlement are going to be used for the funding of a scholarship named after their son shortly after he lost his life, and for the education of their nephews’ and neices’. Part of the money might also be donated to Phoenix College and the University of Arizona.

When Arrington was being sentenced, Judge Michael Cruikshank stated the reason an aggravated sentence was given to Arrington was because of a recorded phone call that he found between a friend and Arrington to be "breathtaking in its inhumanity." Instead of being silenced from shock, Arrington laughed during the call that was made from Pima County jail where the gentleman told Arrington that someone they were both acquainted with said she deserved "a medal and a (expletive) parade because she had taken out "a (expletive) tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot."

When the man stated it was a terrible thing for him to say, after laughing Arrington simply responded with "No, it's not." During the proceedings of the hearing, siblings and L’Ecuyer’s mother described him as being being a person with "enormous ideals" who helped pass out Martin Luther King Jr. Day fliers and urging others to write down their goals and dreams, who rode in other charity events and handed out baskets to needy people for the Thanksgiving holiday.

L’Ecuyer held degrees in counseling and career development from Phoenix College and the University of Arizona, as well as degrees from Chapman University.
A phone call for comment was not returned by Martin Claire, an attorney from Phoenix that represents Berky’s.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Child Bicycle Rider Killed In Accident with Pickup Truck

December 3, 2009 (by Horatio Algren) According to reports a nine year old child was struck by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle.

According to Anaheim Police officer Sgt. Rick Martinez the police and paramedics were called to the scene of the bicycle accident at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The accident occurred on Orangewood Avenue and Loara Street when a boy riding a red bicycle was struck by a white pickup truck.

Sgt. Martinez stated that the at the time of the accident the driver of the truck was headed westbound and it is unclear was direction the bicycle rider was traveling in.

Both Orangewood Avenue and Loara Street as far as Euclid Street has been closed for several hours while Anaheim police investigators inspect the scene. The boy that was struck and killed was transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to Sgt. Martinez. Neither the identity of the child or the driver of the white pickup truck has come out.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Irvine Accident Sends Bicyclists To The Hospital

November 16, 2009 (by Horatio Algren) According to reports a bicyclists was hospitalized after a morning Irvine accident.

The rider identified as a 45 year old female was seriously injured when he was struck by a 71 year old driver in Irvine. The accident occurred at approximately 7:00 a.m. when the driver was traveling eastbound on Irvine Center Drive and collided with the bicyclist, according to Lt. John Hare.

The rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and then transported to an area hospital according to Lt. Hare. The 71 year old male driver was not injured in the accident.

The woman injuries have not been released and authorities are continuing to investigate the accident and what might have been the cause. They are also asking anyone that witnessed the bicycle accident to contact Detective Jonathan Cherney.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Elderly Bicycle Rider Killed When Struck By Pickup Truck

October 22, 2009- According to reports by a bicycle accident attorney, an elderly bicycle rider was struck and killed in Yorba Linda.

The bicycle rider that was killed in a Wednesday night bicycle accident has been identified as 80 year old Edelgard Owens a resident of Placentia.

According to Brea Police Department Sgt. Bill Smyser Owens was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk on East Imperial Highway when the accident occurred Owens was crossing the street at Prospect Avenue in Yorba Linda. The accident occurred at approximately 5:40 p.m. when according to preliminary reports Owens crossed against a red light and a woman driving a full sized pickup truck had a green arrow striking the bicyclist.

According to Sgt. Smyser police gave the woman a sobriety test and arrested her on allegedly driving under the influence.

According to Lt. Gregg Hayden after further investigation the woman was released after it was found she was not driving under the influence.
Owens was transported to Placentia Linda Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bicyclist Pinned Under Bumper of Big Rig After Being Struck

October 8, 2009 (by Horatio Algren) According to reports a bicyclist was pinned under the bumper of a big rig after being struck in the early morning hours. Anaheim traffic investigator Rick Alexander stated that the accident occurred at approximately 5:43 a.m. in the vicinity of Kraemer and the eastbound off-ramp of the 91 Freeway. The bicyclist was traveling southbound along the west curb at the time of the accident.

The accident closed the off ramp of the freeway, along with Kraemer that was closed from La Palma Avenue to Frontera Street, while the scene of the accident was investigated, according to Alexander. According to the investigator what was found is that the semi- truck was stopped at the off ramp and as it began to accelerate and make a right hand turn the rider of the bicycle peddled in front of the big rig.
The rider did not have head lights and according to a witness after the bicyclist was knocked to the ground they yelled to the driver of the truck to stop, which he did.

The rider of the bicycle was pinned underneath the bumper of the big rig and was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. According to at least one bicycle injury lawyer, Alexander the rider was transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Identity of Man Fatally Injured In Huntington Beach Bicycle Crash Released

September 17, 2009 (by Horatio Algren) According to reports a 67 year old man that was killed in a weekend accident has been identified as Kevin Petrimoulx a resident of Huntington Beach.

Petrimoulx was killed at approximately 1:00 p.m. Sunday after he fell from his bicycle, and according to Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russell Reinhard he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The Huntington Beach man was reported to police by a passerby that reported he was lying on the ground and police have found no witnesses to Petrimoulx falling from his bike. Huntington Beach Traffic Investigators are attempting to piece together what occurred that caused Paetrimoulx to crash landing on the ground at Greentree Lane south of Warner Avenue. Lt. Fred Corral from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office Investigations stated that they are investigating Petrimoulx death as an accident.

The wife of the fatally injured bicycle rider stated that he rode his bicycle daily from Warner Avenue to PCH and the city pier, along with riding his bike every Sunday to St. Bonaventure Church in Huntington Beach to attend Sunday Mass.
Petrimoulx was originally a police officer in Detroit and owned an Anaheim Hills chop house, Foxfire Restaurant.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bicycle Safety Fair Motivated After Fatal Injury Of Long Time Biker

September 16, 2009 (by Horatio Algren) According to reports an area bicycle safety fair that is planned to be held will focus on bicycle safety following the death of long time area biker.

The safety fair will be held at St. Timothy’s and will focus on bicycle rider safety following the death of organizer Dave Wilde’s father-in-Law, retired Stanford University Law Professor John Barton. The law professor was fatally injured while writing his bicycle in Los Altos on July 14th, injuring his head in two places.

Barton was an avid bike rider and was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, which took his life on August 3rd. The head injuries were severe enough to have broken the 72 year old man’s eye socket, leading doctors to believe he might have been a victim of a hit and run accident.

Police investigating the accident have found no evidence of a vehicle being involved in Barton’s fatal injuries according to reports. The Stanford University law professor and local resident was the father of five children including his son John who is a Palo Alto City Council member.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ehline Law Educating The Bicycle Rider

Bicycle accidents occur more often than most people realize and the injuries are serious or even deadly when a bicycle rider goes up against a car. Even when a rider is being careful and following the rules of the road an accident can happen.

During the past year there has been nearly a half a million bicycle related injuries according to the U.S. Product Safety Commission these accidents required emergency medical treatment and at least half of the bicycle riders were under the age of 16. They go on to report that approximately 80 children under the age of 16 have died in bicycle related accidents. The total of bicycle riders that have lost their lives is approximately 800 per year according to the statistics.

In most cases a bicyclists is injured due to negligence on the part of a driver, or roadway agency. In these cases the law protects the bicycle rider and injured victims that seek the assistance of an experienced bicycle accident attorney can recover financial compensation for their injuries.

When you or a loved one are injured in a bicycle accident, then check out the bicycle accident attorney blog at the Ehline Law firm. It is there to help, and they have the experience it takes to hold the negligent party responsible.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bicyclist Struck By Vehicle At I-5 Off Ramp

June 17, 2009 (by Horatio Agren) According to reports a bicyclist was injured after being struck by a vehicle, while crossing the I-5 Freeway off ramp.

The California Highway Patrol was called to the scene of a two vehicle accident at approximately 8:29 a.m., at the scene of the accident they found it was a vehicle that had struck a bicyclist. The accident occurred in the vicinity of southbound Jeffery Road and Roosevelt, according to the initial report, they learned at the scene the collision occurred at the off ramp.

The bicyclist was transported from the scene of the accident to the Kaiser Medical Center, and the condition of the rider has not been released.

Capt. Greg McKeown of the Orange County Fire Authority stated the person that was injured in the vicinity of southbound Jeffery Road and Roosevelt was a pedestrian, rather than a bicyclist.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

There Are Several Dangerous Tragedies That Can Occur On A Bicycle


Riding a bicycle is supposed to be an activity that is both enjoyable and fun, or it is one that is intended to safely transport you to and from work and to many other needed errands and activities that you need to perform. Generally when a person is riding a bike they do not think twice about any thoughts of all the dangers that may lurk around every corner that they turn, and unfortunately there are several of them that should always be taken into consideration to benefit from the utmost in safety. There are several dangerous tragedies that can occur while an individual is riding on a bicycle and they usually happen when the bicyclist least expects it.

Believe it or not animals are a well-known danger to bike riders. As individuals ride through the streets in their town, there is always the fear of an unknown and dangerous dog approaching. This is something that can not only cause injuries when the dog is biting the individual, but there are also several other very serious injuries that can occur when the individuals falls to the pavement as they are trying to protect themselves. It is a sad fact but wrongful death is also something that can happen from the injuries that the victim sustains in these falls.

When one of your family members has become the unfortunate victim of a wrongful death accident because of an attack from a dog that has happened, you need the expertise that can only be provided from a professional wrongful death attorney that is also experienced in dog bite attacks as well. This is the type of tragedy that these experienced attorneys are very familiar with and they have the utmost in knowledge of the many laws that can often surround this type of tragic case. These knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers also know how hard it can be for families who may be going through this type of traumatic situation and they extend the utmost courtesy in compassion that can be found. They will ensure that every step has been taken to see that your loved one received the justice that they deserve when a person’s negligence has been the cause of their untimely death.

There are several dangerous tragedies that can occur on a bicycle in Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange County and many surrounding areas. When it does occur, you need to have the assurance that you have the most qualified wrongful death attorneys on your side.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Accidents and Bicycles Can Prove To Be A Tragic Mixture

Riding a bicycle is supposed to be an activity that individuals and children can enjoy without having to worry about a care in the world. Unfortunately in the fast paced hustle and bustle of today’s society there is a tremendous amount of constant fear and worry that is often mixed right in with the fun and excitement that is had while riding on a bike. This is simply because there is an endless number of dangerous factors that can sometimes enter into the picture and cause havoc.

Accidents and bicycles can prove to be a tragic mixture, and more times than many of us would like to think about, they do end up tragically. Heavy traffic that many of us have to deal with in housing communities and neighborhoods all throughout Los Angeles and Orange County is certainly a factor that needs to be considered when riding a bicycle.

Cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, and any other type of vehicle is no match for a bike and when they meet head to head, it is a tragedy that will many times end up in a wrongful death situation. Another problem that can also cause fatal accidents to occur are animals that are roaming these areas and not being safely led by the use of a collar and leash. When dogs and cats run out in front of an unsuspecting bicyclist, they will often become startled and then end up in a crash that ultimately can take their life.

Anyone who rides a bike needs to always be on constant guard of these types of situations. Sadly, there are times when an accident can occur no matter how careful you are. If one of your family members has ended up becoming a wrongful death victim because of an accident similar to these, you need professionalism and experience on your side. That is exactly what you can expect when you consult with trusted wrongful death attorneys who are bicycle accident lawyers in Los Angeles and who have many years of experience in handling all types of bicycle accidents that end up tragically taking a person’s life.

They are familiar with all types of bicycle crashes that can happen and they have the experience that is necessary to ensure that your loved ones death is brought to justice when another person’s negligence is the cause. They realize the tremendous sadness that surviving family members can experience during a time such as this and they will handle every single step of the case with the utmost of compassion and care. Accidents and bicycles can prove to be a tragic mixture, and that is when you need to rely on wrongful death lawyers that commit to taking care of your family.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Making A Right Hand Turn Is Not Always Just A Right Hand Turn For A Bike

Making a routine turn is not always just a right hand turn, when a person is riding a motorcycle, making these turns some vehicle operators do not see the motorcycle until it is too late. This is because even when the biker is riding in La Quinta a motorcycle or bicycle accident can happen when a vehicle does not see the rider when they're making a right hand turn. This often happens and when the driver is questioned when they tell police that they did not see the motorcycle. Making a right hand turn is not always just a right hand turn for a bike.

The rider does not fair well in this type of accident, statistics show motorcyclists are often fatally injured when vehicles are making right hand turns. This is not a mere traffic accident; it often ends with a fatality, because motorcycle riders do not have seat belts and airbags that the driver of vehicle has to protect them. Since there is no protection this type of accident leads to fatalities for motorcycle riders when a vehicle hits them. This is negligence on the part of a driver who does not see the motorcycle rider when they are making the right hand turn.

This is not a rare type of accident, statistics show that it happens to often when the motorcycle rider is obeying the traffic laws and the motor vehicle driver negligence ends up costing them their life. The family who has to face the loss of someone whom they love because a motorist on the road did not see the motorcycle their loved one was riding even though they were obeying the traffic laws.

Making a right hand turn is not always just a right hand turn for a bike in La Quinta, it can be a fatal motorcycle crash if the vehicle turning does not see the motorcycle. The family that is left needs the experienced advice of a motorcycle injury attorney that understands motorcycle accidents and also knows the laws concerning these types of crashes when a vehicle operator does not see the rider during a right hand turn. This is not just any attorney; this is a wrongful death attorney that has experience in motorcycle riders who sustained fatal injuries due to a driver’s negligence.

When a right hand turn is deadly for a motorcycle rider and their family needs the advice of a wrongful death motorcycle attorney there are experienced Orange County attorneys to assist the family.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

TV Host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Offers Reward In Santa Monica Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

January 24, 2009 (by Otto Smyth)

According to reports Ty Pennington host of one of the popular weekly television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is offering a reward. The reward is for information leading to the arrest of a hit and run driver that seriously injured a bicyclists.

Pennington is offering a $10,000 reward for information about a hit and run accident that occurred in Santa Monica when a relative of his co-manager was struck on January 17th by a hit and run driver. The man that was struck by the vehicle is Daniel Seeck age 33, he was struck by a vehicle while riding his mountain bike in the vicinity of 20th street traveling southbound according to Santa Monica Police Department traffic investigator Chris Dawson.

According to Penningtons co-manager Bill Stankey, Seeck was critically injured, his injuries include head trauma, nine broken ribs, a punctured lung, and he is currently at UCLA Medical Center on life support. Seeck is Bill Stankey’s wife’s cousin and according to reports he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the hit and run accident.

The traffic investigator Chris Dawson stated that Seeck was knocked to the ground by the vehicle, suffering severe injuries. He and his mountain bicycle were run over by the vehicle, which then left the scene without stopping. Dawson also stated the accident occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. and according to witnesses the accident the vehicle was a dark colored sport utility vehicle. Santa Monica bicycle injury lawyers will be chomping at the bit to sue the hit and run motor vehicle operator if he or she is ever located.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Hidden Dangers Of Riding The Roads


Today many people are opting to ride a bicycle for several reasons, it might be because they are trying to find a way to exercise during their busy day or in some cases to save on the price of gasoline while it fluctuates from an affordable price per gallon to the high prices people are becoming familiar with at the pump.

What many people do not know is the hidden dangers of riding the roads in Huntington Beach or any other city. Each year there are hundreds of bicyclists injured on the roads, these injuries can include brain injuries. Even while wearing a helmet, which gives the head as much protection as possible a rider being struck by a vehicle can be seriously injured or killed.

In many cases the hidden dangers of riding the roads is that many motorists do not give the same courtesy to a bicyclist as they would another vehicle, this can become a dangerous position for the bicyclist to be in on the road. The bicyclist can be abiding every bicycle law and still be injured by a vehicle and the fact that it is thousands of pounds of metal and motor against a human with a helmet equals deadly consequences for the bicyclist.

Statistics show that each year there are hundreds of wrongful deaths and brain injuries for bicyclists on the roads, because even riding defensively does not avoid every danger on the road. There are vehicles, uneven pavement, road debris and other factors that can be a cause of a serious bicycle accident.

In Huntington Beach riding a bicycle might have some advantages like not becoming entangled in traffic as a person would in a vehicle to run a short errand, or even for exercise. The hidden danger of riding on the roads is there every time a bicyclist leaves their home to be involved in a bicycle accident where the consequences could be deadly or change the riders life forever if they sustain brain injuries.

When an accident of this nature occurs there will be medical bills and loss of work, along with other expenses. This is why an injured bicyclist needs the assistance of an experienced bicycle personal injury attorney, as well as a medical specialist.

With gas prices going back up, it is foreseeable that more of these catastrophic accidents will happen. If you are a motorist, please pay extra attention to riders.