Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Santa Ana Bicyclist Struck on Christmas Day in Critical Condition

December 26, 2011 - According to reports a Santa Ana bicyclist was struck on Christmas night and is listed in critical condition. According to Santa Ana Police Sgt. Richard Gatto the bicycle accident occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Euclid Street.

Sgt. Gatto said the bicyclist that is identified as being 50 years old was struck in the northbound lanes of Euclid Street and it was unclear if the bike rider was in the street or in a crosswalk when the collision occurred.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene of the bicycle crash and spoke with police, there have been no arrests or citations issued, according to reports. The injured bicyclist was transported to the UCI Medical Center in Orange, he was listed in critical condition and according to Sgt. Gatto was undergoing surgery late Sunday night.

According to the Santa Ana Police Department the northbound lanes of Euclid Street were closed for a short time after the collision.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bicyclist Killed in Hit and Run in Lake Forest

December 14, 2011- According to reports a bicyclist was killed in a hit and run in Lake Forest Tuesday night. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department the accident was reported at approximately 10:11 p.m. in the vicinity of the Serrano Road and Ridge Road intersection in Lake Forest.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. Jim England witnesses saw a white van leaving the scene after a bicyclist was struck, traveling northbound on Serrano Road. The bicyclist is identified as a 47 year old man that was killed in the crash, his identity has not been released.

According to Lt. England paramedics treated the bicyclist at the scene and transported him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials are asking anyone with information about the hit and run crash to contact them.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Man in Crosswalk Struck By Car in Coma

December 9, 2011 - According to reports a man in a crosswalk in Napa that was struck by a car Thursday. According to Napa Police Department Sgt. Paul Paniagua, the man was struck at approximately 1:35 p.m. at the intersection of H Street, while walking his bicycle across Jefferson Street.

The man that was struck has been identified as Jose Garcia age 39. Garcia was struck in the intersection crosswalk by a black Mercedes Benz that was traveling in the inner lane heading northbound, according to Sgt. Paniagua.

The impact of the collision threw Garcia onto the hood of the vehicle and then to the pavement. Garcia was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa and put into the Intensive Care Unit. According to Sgt. Paniagua, Garcia suffered head injuries, multiple abrasions, a fractured hip and lower left leg in the accident and is currently in a coma.

Sgt. Paniagua of the Napa Police, said the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and has been identified as Steven Cirimele age 70 and resident of Benicia. According to the Napa Police Department there have been no citations issued and the cause of the accident remains under investigation. This was a free public service message from the bicycle injury lawyer at Ehline Law Firm PC 201 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401. 310.376.8488.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Gunman Opens Fire on Group of Bicycle Riders

According to reports four bicyclists were injured, with one being listed in critical condition after the group they were riding with drew gun fire.

According to police the group of bicyclists in South Los Angeles was shot at on Thursday night at appoximately11:15 p.m. in the area of Vernon and Long Beach Avenue.
Authorities have not ruled out that there is the possibility that the shooting injuring four of the bicyclists could have been gang related.

Four of the bicyclists were transported to the hospital, with one rider being listed in critical condition and the other three riders are expected to recover.

The bicyclists ranged in age between 18 and their early 20s, according to police. Police are still investigating the bicycle shooting and attempting to determine who the shooter was that injured the bicyclists.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bicycle Recall By California Company Specialized Bicycle Components Inc.

Specialized Bicycle Components Inc, of Morgan Hill, California has issued a recall on approximately 14,200 bicycles and was manufactured by Advanced Group of Taiwan. The name of the bicycles being recalled was sold at Authorized Specialized Retailers between June 2010 and August 2011, ranging in price from $700 to $2000. The name is Bicycles with Advanced Group carbon forks.

The recall was issued after there were reports that the brake component disengaged from the carbon fork. There have been no reports of any Injuries, according to Specialized Bicycle Components Inc.

2011 Ten Models Recalled with Brand Name Specialized

The name Specialized will be found on the lower front frame tube and the model name will be located on the top tube.
  • Sirrus Expert
  • Sirrus Comp
  • Sirrus Elite
  • Vita Expert
  • Vita Comp
  • Vita Elite Step Thru
  • Tricross Sport
  • Tricross
  • Tricoss Comp
  • Fall Hazard
The hazard causing the recall of the bicycles is due to a brake component that is housed within the bicycle’s carbon fork that can disengage from the fork. This can allow the brake assembly to come in contact with the wheel spokes, while the bicycle is moving, which can cause a fall hazard.

Consumer Remedy

Owners of the bicycles should stop riding them immediately and return them to the authorized Specialized retailer. There will be a either a free repair or a replacement of the carbon fork. If additional information is necessary Specialized Components, Inc. can be contacted toll-free at 877-808-8154 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or by visiting the company’s website at www.specialized.com.

Injury Reports

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requests that incidences or injuries be reported when directly related to the bicycle recall or another hazard that involves the same models of bicycles involved in the recall at 800-638-2772. Photos of the models of bicycles involved in the recall can be seen at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11330.html
They would also like bicycle owners of these modes to tell them about their experience with this product at safeproducts.govThis has been a public service message from the car accident lawyer at Ehline Law Firm PC 633 W 5th St #2890, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213.506.9642.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

San Bernardino Sheriff’s Detective Killed in Bicycle Collision

August 11, 2011 - According to reports a San Bernardino Sheriff’s detective was fatally injured while riding a bicycle in Irvine. According to authorities the San Bernardino Sheriff’s detective identified as Duane Parkison and resident of Irvine was fatally injured in a bicycle accident.

The accident involving the 15 year veteran of the sheriff’s department occurred on Wednesday while riding his bicycle in Irvine, he was struck by an SUV on Shady Canyon Drive. The collision occurred at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the vicinity south of Quail Hill Parkway.

The SUV identified as a Mercedes-Benz was traveling in the same direction as Detective Parkison. According to police and firefighters there were two bicyclists performing CPR on the detective, Parkison was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The woman driver of the Mercedes-Benz SUV, identified as a 35 year old and an infant in the vehicle were both uninjured during the collision. This has been a public service message from the San Bernardino bicycle accident attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC 198 North Arrowhead Ave. San Bernardino CA 92408 USA Phone: +909.693.5417.

Monday, May 9, 2011

City of Miami making strides to ease auto congestion and improve environment

The Miami Herald reports that the government of Holland has dispatched experts to advise the city of Miami on bicycle accommodations and cycling transportation. These experts are advising the city on ways to implement safe bicycle lanes, connected bikeways and overall refitting of roadways to allow for ease in bicycle safety and transportation.

By working with the Dutch government, the City of Miami is making a serious step forward towards easing traffic congestion and grid lock. As many know, Holland has more bicycles than people and s and bicycles have priority over cars. Who better, then, than the Dutch to advise Miami on how to turn this city into a place where people will gladly and safely get on their bicycles? A place where school children and business men alike use bicycles as a primary form of transportation.

There is no doubt that the current reluctance towards the use of bicycles in Miami is related to concerns over safety. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that in 2009, over 4000 persons were injured in bicycle accidents in the State. The nonprofit group Transportation for America reports that the state of Florida is one of the top states for accidents involving both bicyclists. The group goes on to report that 9 out of the 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas are located in Florida. This includes Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville.

For Miami , the strategy is to integrate a network of bike-lanes that promote the use of bicycles for all activities. According to Miami attorney Ruth E. Johnson, this is a clear effort to increase bicycle safety and reduce the number of cars on the road by encouraging cycling as a primary means of transportation.

Miami bicycle accident attorney Ruth Johnson of Law Office of Ruth E. Johnson is closely watching the evolution of this bicycle friendly initiative and is excited about its outcome for the residents of Miami and the city’s environment as a whole.

Attorney Johnson states that although bicycle accident statistics are currently high for the area, this is a positive step in the right direction. She goes on to indicate that victims of such accidents require the experience, knowledge and skill of a personal injury lawyer experienced in injury and tort laws.

Johnson is called upon often by victims of accidents to assist in these matters in South Florida. Contact Law Office of Ruth E. Johnson at: 8925 SW 148 Street Suite 200 Miami FL 33176 (305) 720 2086.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Alleged Hit and Run Driver Long Beach Fire Captain in Bicycle Crash

April 8, 2011-According to reports a Long Beach Fire Department captain was arrested after a hit and run accident involving a bicyclist.

According to the Seal Beach Police Department John Hines age 38 of Huntington Beach was arrested for felony hit and run and felony driving under the influence. Hines was booked at the Seal Beach Police Department and was released on $50,000 bail.
Hines is accused of allegedly hitting a 48 year old bicyclist and fleeing the scene, according to police.

The bicycle accident was reported to police at the Seal Beach Police Department, on April 1st at approximately 1:34 p.m. on Westminster Avenue in the vicinity east of Bolsia Chica Road. Hines was driving a Chevrolet truck, according to Sgt. Steve Bowles, when it appears he swerved into the bike lane at approximately 60 miles an hour and hit the 48 year old rider, who was traveling east.

According to Sgt. Bowels, Hines did not stop to check on the injured bicycle rider that was thrown from the bike hitting the dirt shoulder of the road. Hines who kept driving was followed by witnesses to his Huntington Beach residence, where he was arrested.
The injured bicyclist sustained major head trauma and was transported to the hospital, where he was expected Thursday night to be released soon.

Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Matt Dobberpuhl stated that Hines is employed with the fire department, but would not confirm if he was on leave. This was a free public service message from the bicycle accident attorney Long Beach at Ehline Law Firm PC at:

6700 East Pacific Coast Highway
Suite 275, Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 342-9092

Thursday, March 10, 2011

On The Streets of Los Angeles Bicyclists Start To Gain Respect

A lot more people are starting to take their bikes almost everywhere they go instead of driving. With the increase of bike riders, drivers and law enforcement plus the cyclists should be aware of and know all of the rights and laws about bikes so that a bicycle injury can be avoided.

On the streets of Los Angeles bicyclists start to gain respect and a group of members plus advocates meet up at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition with the LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and talked about the many concerns that they had about bicyclers not getting enough respect on the streets on the streets of Los Angeles. When they got together one of the members talked about their friend and said that a friend got hit on their bike doing his daily bike route and the person that hit him did not get charged with any kind of crime. That left the cyclist alone and the cyclist had to take care of the injuries by himself without getting additional help.

Chief Beck showed concern after this happened and called the cyclists one of the most vulnerable commuters in Los Angeles. He is now starting to take a lot of action in regards to the safety of ones that ride bikes and so on the streets of Los Angeles bicyclists start to gain respect as these new laws of safety start to unfold. Cyclists should know what rights they have and get to know the laws within the city. The laws can change from city to city. In the city of Los Angeles the bicyclists now have the same rights plus the same responsibilities that the drivers of vehicles currently have.

Some of the laws include that people under the age of 18 and riding a bike should always wear a snell approved helmet or an ANSI. Cyclists cannot wear a headset and they cannot have on earplugs that cover both of the ears. All the ones that ride bikes must have at least one brake that is working plus have a headlight that is white and attached to the front of either the rider or the biker. The side needs to have a white or yellow reflector that is visible and the rear must have a reflector that is white or red and visible to everyone.

With all of the education that is coming out in regards to cyclists, motorists and the law enforcement a lot of people are hoping that this is going to make the streets of Los Angeles safe for the ones that ride bikes. Finally, Los Angeles is thinking about a bicycle plan".

Michael Ehline is a bicycle lawyer and an attorney who rides his mountain bike throughout Los Angeles County and OC. If you want to discus you bicycle mishap and why you think the city is responsible for your injuries, contact him at 201 Wilshire Blvd., Second Fl. Santa Monica, CA 90401. 310.376.8488.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Child Riding a Bicycle In Critical Condition After Being Struck By SUV

January 18, 2011 - According to reports a child riding a bicycle is in critical condition after being struck by an SUV. According to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Greg McKeown the accident occurred at approximately 7:26 a.m. when the child was riding his bike to school. The child was struck by an SUV in the vicinity of Colver Drive and Portola Parkway, according to Capt. McKeown and was trapped underneath the SUV.

The rescue crew used rescue airbags to lift the vehicle and Capt. McKeown stated he was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. According to Capt. McKeown the child is in critical condition. According to Irvine Police Department Cmdr. John Hare from the preliminary investigation the child was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the accident. The child has been identified as a fifth grade student at Orchard Hills School.

Tustin Unified School District spokesman Mark Eliot stated that the injuries the child sustained in the collision with the SUV are not life threatening. According to another driver the SUV stopped at a red light and then began making a turn and the child on the bicycle came into view and rode out in front of the SUV.

According to Orchard Hills School Principal Rich Montgomery the area where the child was struck by the SUV is a heavy traffic thoroughfare. Montgomery also stated there is no crossing guard at that intersection. This was a free public service message from Ehline law firm PC.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Common Forms of Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents are quite common in all parts of United States and the statistics is no different in case of Monterey Park, California. It is said that if people driving motor vehicles are educated enough, bicycle accidents can be easily avoided. Generally, the cyclists are extremely careful while riding, but in spite of that they encounter accidents, due to the fault of motorists.

The drivers of motor vehicles are often blindsided, belligerent and reckless while driving and end up hitting the bicycles. These accidents also happen due to the swinging doors of cars. Bad road condition is another major factor leading to bicycle accidents. Bicycles often crash due to the potholes and debris present on the road.

Most common forms of bicycle accidents in Monterey Park:

  • A bicycle accident may happen when a car hits the bicycle while pulling out of a parking lot, driveway or side street on the right.
  • An accident may occur when a motorist or a passenger of the motor vehicle opens the car door to hit a running bicycle.
  • Sometimes a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk can get hit by a car while crossing the street through a cross walk. It happens when a car is making a right turn and hits the approaching bicycle.
  • Some accidents occur due to a bad pass. Suppose a bicyclist has stopped as there’s a red light with a few cars in front. Sometimes in such cases, when the green light comes, the rider passes to the right and suddenly gets hit by a car.
  • Accident may also occur when a car passes the bicycle and then tries to take a right turn obstructing the path of the bicycle.
  • Often accidents happen when a bicycle tries to pass a slow moving car and the car takes a right turn to hit it unexpectedly.
  • A car can run into a bicycle suddenly from behind causing a rear end collision.

The discussion above will educate you about the common forms of bicycle accidents in Monterey Park. If you become a victim of any such accident, you should look at the bicycle accident attorney website here. Make sure that the practitioner who is looking after your accident lawsuit has experience of dealing with similar cases. A skilled and experienced expert will help you to obtain the monetary compensation you deserve.