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Lake Balboa Crash Injures Multiple People, Including 2 LAPD Officers

Blue flasher on the police car at night.

A roll-over car accident in Lake Balboa left multiple people injured on Monday, August 13, 2018. Some media reports have claimed that as many as nine people were injured, while others put the figure at five. It’s thought that two Los Angeles Police Department officers also sustained injuries in the crash, and it’s been reported that at least one police car was involved in the collision. No fatalities have been reported.

Non-life-threatening injuries were reported in the Lake Balboa crash

Medical personnel who treated the victims stated that at least three older individuals and two children had sustained injuries ranging from non-life-threatening to severe. The identities of the victims were not released.

The crash happened along Victory Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue at about 8:10 PM. The police report indicates that a sedan had been proceeding in a westward direction along Victory Boulevard. At that time, an SUV executed a left-hand turn onto Hayvenhurst. It’s thought that the sedan clipped the SUV when the SUV was turning. After this collision, both the sedan and the SUV struck a nearby police car, which had also been preparing to make a left-hand turn. The police car slid into the sedan and the SUV overturned.

The responding emergency personnel included paramedics and Los Angeles firefighters.

Cause of the crash not yet known

The cause of the collisions remains under investigation. During the coming days, forensic experts will examine the vehicles, the crash site, and the surveillance footage in an effort to determine the likely cause. Investigators will also use witness statements, including statements by the two involved officers. It’s possible that the drivers of the sedan and/or SUV were asked to submit to drug and alcohol testing.

Common liability issues in car accident cases

Liability issues regarding this particular crash are not yet clear. In any car accident case, one of the first possibilities that investigators consider is the influence of drugs or alcohol. Other possibilities include distracted driving, reckless driving, or fatigued driving. Reckless driving would include violations such as speeding and executing an unsafe turn. Sometimes, mechanical defects or failures play a role in a collision.

Determining the cause of any car accident is a crucial step toward holding the responsible party accountable for the damages. Insurance won’t always cover all of the damages, and it’s sometimes necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for property damage, damaged or totaled vehicles, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Personal injury representation in Los Angeles, California

During the past two decades, the personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law in Los Angeles, CA have secured more than $350 million in settlements on behalf of our clients. When a car crash has left you with medical bills, property damage, or other losses, you need an experienced legal advocate you can count on to uphold your legal rights and secure the compensation you’re entitled to. We never charge a fee unless we win, and our car accident lawyers are always happy to provide a free case review. Call today for yours at 888-654-7056.

Additional resources:

  1. Los Angeles Times, 9 people injured in Lake Balboa crash involving a police car, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lake-balboa-crash-20180814-story.html
  2. NBC4, Police Cruiser Involved in Lake Balboa Crash, https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Police-car-Involved-in-Lake-Balboa-Crash-490789221.html

Ellis Injury Law Is Proud to Sponsor Create A Smile’s Golden Dreams Gala

Ellis Injury Law is committed to helping others by supporting worthy organizations that improve people’s lives. Create A Smile does just that by providing an uplifting experience for children experiencing cancer. Andy Ellis and his team are proud to sponsor the Create A Smile Foundation and to participate in its upcoming Golden Dreams Gala.

The gifts of Create A Smile

Shereen Youssef established the Create A Smile Foundation in 2013 when her nephew Zein was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. Her family was shaken by this devastating diagnosis but when Shereen saw an inspiring story of the immense joy that another cancer patient experienced when he was given a dream experience, she set out to create that kind of happiness for kids like Zein throughout Southern California. She teamed up with her sister-in-law, Zein’s mother Radwa, and formed Create A Smile to give kids going through cancer a day of brightness when their circumstances can otherwise seem so dim.

Create A Smile relies on partners to accomplish its mission. It works with hospitals and cancer support organizations to reach children who could use its support. It also works with partners to provide gifts requested by each recipient child. Some of the gifts granted so far include Legos, i-Pads, princess parties, and electronics. A hallmark of the organization is Smile Parties that help transport hospital-bound children to magical places where they can briefly escape the realities of their treatments.

Ellis Law supports the Golden Dreams Gala

create a smile golden dreams galaCreate A Smile will be hosting the Golden Dreams Gala from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Ellis Law is proud to be a Silver – Fashion Show Sponsor of the event at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Garden Grove. This sponsorship will allow three Smile Families and Smile Children to attend the fashion show and also provides sponsors with an opportunity to attend a private Sponsor’s Reception to meet a Smile Family.

Attorney Andy Ellis explained why he is committed to helping Create A Smile:

“This foundation works directly with families and kids who are suffering from childhood cancers. Shereen and her company do wonderful things like bring balloons and costumes and other games to kids while they’re treating for their cancer. In my opinion, it’s one of the best direct hands-on foundations there is. That is why Ellis Law has  agreed to become a sponsor at their upcoming gala event. It’s an honor to sponsor this wonderful organization and help them do the good work that they do.”

In short, Create A Smile exemplifies the kind of impact that Ellis Law strives for in its fight for justice on behalf of those injured by someone else’s carelessness. It is a pleasure to have Southern California neighbors who so thoughtfully serve others in a time of need.

Castaic Motorcycle Crash Injures Four

Blue flasher on the police car at night.A collision between a motorcycle and an SUV in Castaic injured all four people involved, two seriously. The impact of the crash caused the motorcycle to careen into the center divider, according to officials. The motorcycle’s driver and a passenger both sustained serious injuries that caused an advanced life support crew to be dispatched to the scene.

The SUV’s driver and one occupant sustained minor injuries.

The crash occurred between Hasley Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road on I-5, in mid-morning. The collision caused traffic cones delineating a construction site to be scattered widely. Southbound lanes of I-5 were closed for approximately an hour.

None of the crash victims have been identified. It was not immediately known what caused the accident.

Assessing Negligence in a Vehicle Collision

The causes of an accident can’t be determined while an investigation is underway. However, certain things are always true in assessing vehicle crash negligence in the state of California.

Upon receipt of a license, all vehicle operators are required to use reasonable care in the driving and operation of the vehicle. Reasonable care means obeying the rules of the road. It means using reasonable caution about the driving environment, such as construction work or climate conditions like rain or fog. It means acting safely toward other vehicles, pedestrians, and all other possible participants.

The state is required to safely maintain roads, signals, and signs in reasonable shape and repair them if necessary.

If a crash results in injuries or death as a result of negligence, legal claims may be brought against the negligent party. If a driver or anyone else involved in the accident fails to use reasonable care, they may be negligent.

A driver who runs a red light, for example, may be determined to be negligent by a jury. Obeying traffic signals is one of the rules and laws of the road.

Motorcycle crash in southern California? Call Ellis Injury Law Firm

Collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles can be injurious to all concerned. Motorcyclists are at great risk because they are relatively unprotected and in a smaller vehicle. The risk is even greater if they aren’t wearing helmets.

If you or a loved one have been in a motorcycle-vehicle crash in Southern California, called the experienced car accident lawyers at the Ellis Law Firm today at 1-800-INJURED. We have been successfully fighting for the rights of the injured for over two decades. The initial consultation is free.

Additional Resources:

  1. Holt, Jim. “Four hurt, two seriously, in Castaic motorcycle crash.” The Signal. July 31, 2018. https://signalscv.com/2018/07/four-hurt-two-seriously-in-castaic-motorcycle-crash/
  2. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Motorcycle Safety. https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/mc/index.html

3-Vehicle Crash Kills Transient in Echo Park

Blue flasher on the police car at night.

A three-vehicle accident left a man dead in Echo Park on Wednesday, July 18. Los Angeles police responded to the crash under the 101 Freeway overpass, near Coronado Street and Bellevue Avenue. The report was made just before 1:30 in the afternoon. The name of the deceased individual hasn’t yet been released, pending notification of his next of kin.

Sports car lost control, police say

According to LAPD spokesman Jeff Lee, the driver of a red Porsche Carrera attempted to pass a vehicle at a high rate of speed. The driver reportedly lost control of the Porsche, rear-ended a Mazda, and then struck a parked van. At that point, the Porsche landed onto the sidewalk under the overpass.

There was a homeless encampment under the overpass. The Porsche landed on a man who was sleeping on the sidewalk. The decedent was described as a white male in his 50s.

It’s unknown whether charges were filed against the driver of the Porsche. He remained at the scene. The preliminary investigation suggested that the speed of the Porsche might have been caused by a mechanical failure. However, the crash remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD Central Traffic Division.

Typical liability issues involved in car crash and wrongful death cases

In many common types of motor vehicle accidents, it’s fairly straightforward to determine the cause. The police report may indicate that a driver was texting while driving, engaged in a street race, or impaired by alcohol or other substances. And in some cases, drivers are simply careless or inexperienced behind the wheel. Generally speaking, drivers who rear-end other vehicles are often found to be at fault for the crash, typically due to speeding, following too closely, or driving while distracted.

Other cases are more complex, however. If an accident was caused by the mechanical failure of the vehicle, rather than driver error, then the driver will not typically be held liable. In cases of mechanical failure, an attorney may file a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death claim against the manufacturer of the faulty car part.

Accidents in which a pedestrian or passenger lost their life are particularly tragic. The family members may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party, which may include the at-fault driver or car part manufacturer. Only close family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California. These include the surviving spouse or domestic partner, and surviving children.

Pursuing a wrongful death claim in Los Angeles, CA

At Ellis Injury Law, our personal injury lawyers have recovered over $350 million for our clients. Our seasoned team in Los Angeles, California routinely handles complex litigation, including wrongful death cases, motor vehicular accidents due to mechanical failure, and many others. If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, or you’ve sustained injuries and property damage in a crash, call us today to request your complimentary, no-obligation case review with an experienced LA car crash injury lawyer. We never charge a legal fee unless we secure compensation for you. Call 888.654.7056.

Additional resources:

  1. ABC7, Transient killed in Echo Park multi-vehicle crash under 101 Fwy bridge, http://abc7.com/transient-killed-in-echo-park-multi-vehicle-crash-under-101-fwy/3783947/
  2. The Eastsider, Porsche fatally runs over homeless man sleeping on Silver Lake sidewalk [updated], https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2018/07/silver-lake-area-crash-leaves-one-dead/

Head-on Crash Sends Car Over PCH, Into Ocean

ambulanceFive people were injured in a horrifying head-on accident that launched one car off the Pacific Coast Highway and into the ocean. Thankfully no one was killed but one person was left in critical condition. The crash shut down both directions of State Route 1 from Las Posas Road for about two hours during rush hour.

The two-car accident took place between a Toyota Corolla and a Mini Cooper in Point Mugu at about 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. According to the CHP, the Corolla was driven by a 24-year-old Oxnard man and carrying two other men in their 20s. The Corolla was headed northbound on the PCH when it lost control and careened into a roadside barrier. It then crossed into the southbound lanes and struck a Mini Cooper head-on. The Mini Cooper’s driver, a 40-year-old woman from Malibu, was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Arrest made following PCH crash

After the Corolla struck the barrier, it flew over the edge of the PCH, down a cliff, and 50 feet into the water. The two passengers were ejected, the driver escaped the vehicle, and all three swam to safety. According to the Ventura County Fire Department, one of the passengers was airlifted to a trauma center and the other transported to a hospital by ground. Reports also stated that three pedestrians were struck and one was treated at the hospital with minor injuries.

The Oxnard man who had been driving the Corolla was later arrested by California Highway Patrol at the Ventura County Medical Center, where he was being treated. He was booked on suspicion of a felony – driving under the influence – and a misdemeanor – driving without a license. Authorities have not released his name.

Liability in highway crashes

In California, drivers are under a duty – a legal obligation – to keep control of their vehicles and comply with all traffic regulations. A driver who breaches this duty may be liable for injuries that his or her breach causes to others.

Thankfully, no one was killed in the July 12 crash. In a fatal crash, a negligent driver may be liable for wrongful death damages and expenses. In non-fatal accidents, an at-fault driver may be ordered to compensate the injured parties for both economic and non-economic losses, including related past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium of a spouse. There are time limitations though; in most cases, an injured party in California only has two years to bring a lawsuit for their losses.

Effective legal representation in Southern California

When someone is injured in a serious accident, there is truly no way to undo the damage. There is, however, a right to have the related financial burdens met by the liable party. The team at Ellis Law is dedicated to seeing justice done for those injured through another’s lapse in judgment. Speak with one of our Los Angeles car accident lawyers today; schedule a free consultation by calling 1-800-INJURED.

More resources about PCH crash:

  1. CBA Los Angeles, Car Goes Over The Side Into Ocean In PCH Crash, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/07/12/car-ocean-pacific-coast-highway-pch/
  2. KTLA, Vehicle Plunges Into Water After Crash on PCH Near Point Mugu; 5 People Hurt, https://ktla.com/2018/07/12/vehicle-plunges-into-water-after-crash-on-pch-near-point-mugu/
  3. VC Star, Arrest made after wreck that injures 4, sends car into ocean off Pacific Coast Highway, https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2018/07/12/least-five-injured-rollover-crash-near-mugu-rock/781480002/

Palmdale Car Crash Kills Family of 4

emergency vehiclesThe relatives of LeiLei Cathey-Barnes, her spouse and their two small children are grieving their tragic loss after the family of four was killed in a freeway crash in Palmdale last Tuesday. Firefighters from Los Angeles County responded to the accident near N. Sierra Highway just after 10 a.m. Victims of the fatal traffic collision were on their way to a 4th of July picnic, when their green Kia sedan crashed into an Antelope Valley Authority Transit Van.

Detective Rowell Quemuel of the LA Sheriff’s Department told KTLA that the family was traveling north on Sierra Highway when – for reasons still unknown – the driver swerved over the median divider and into the path of the vanpool vehicle. Given the speed involved, there was no way the van could void T-boning the Kia sedan, say authorities, who are still investigating the cause of the fatal crash.

Family en route to 4th of July picnic

The sheer force of the impact killed three of the family members instantly, and none were ejected from the vehicle. The father, mother and their 2-year old daughter, who was fastened in a car seat, all died at the accident scene. The second daughter, age 1, was taken to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The family hailed from the nearby town of Hesperia.

The driver of the transit van was also given medical treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening. Officials are investigating skid marks and other details to determine if excessive speed was a factor in accident.

Friends and relatives are still in shock over the loss of their loved ones. “They did everything right, following the rules and something just tragic happened,” the grandmother of the two little girls, told NBC News.

As the public waits for answers about crash, The Ellis Law Firm offers their heart-felt sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the victims.

Wrongful death actions and liability issues

When a loved one is killed in a traffic accident due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, the family of the deceased may sue for damages under California law.  While no amount of money will replace a loved one or erase the pain, financial burdens caused by the sudden death of a family member can be crushing to those left behind.

The state of California allows a surviving spouse, domestic partner or children of the deceased to file a wrongful death action. These civil claims can seek money damages to cover funeral costs, compensation the deceased would have earned, as well as damages for intangible losses like support, care and guidance.

The following are some common scenarios of fatal car crashes that could give rise to a wrongful death claim:

  • A couple is broadsided and killed by a teenaged driver who is texting at the time of the accident
  • An intoxicated driver blows through a red light and kills a crossing pedestrian
  • A truck driver, under the influence of narcotics, falls asleep at the wheel and jackknifes his rig, causing a deadly multi-car pile up

Relatives and those who were financially dependent on the deceased have two years from the date of death to file their claim in court.

Legal advocates in California

There is no panacea for the senseless loss of a loved one, but the legal team at Ellis Law is here to ensure justice is served and responsible parties are held accountable. Our award-winning car accident lawyers serve the greater Los Angeles area, with 20 office locations in California. Arrange a free consultation today by calling 1-800-INJURED.

Additional Resources on the Palmdale Crash:

  1. NBC Los Angeles, Where Do You Pick Up the Pieces?’ Family of Four, Including Toddler Girls, Killed in Head-On Crash https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Relatives-of-Palmdale-Crash-Victims-Speak-Out-487457551.html
  2. ABC News 7, 4 family members killed in crash on Sierra Highway in Palmdale http://abc7.com/4-family-members-killed-in-palmdale-crash/3698711/
  3. KTLA, Family of 4, Including 2 Young Girls, Killed in Palmdale Car Crash https://ktla.com/2018/07/03/2-adults-1-minor-killed-in-palmdale-car-crash-officials/

Radio and TV Personality Melyssa Ford Injured in Tractor-Trailer Crash

Radio and television personality Melyssa Ford was seriously injured in a crash on Los Angeles’s Ventura Freeway in early July. Her injuries included a skull fracture, a concussion, and a 10-inch cut on her forehead that required surgery. She also sustained cuts on her arms.

She is recovering at an area hospital.

Ford was driving a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited when a tractor-trailer apparently hit the back of her vehicle. The impact sent the Jeep into a spin and it turned over 3 times before landing. It came to a stop in an upside-down position.

The Jeep was totaled. Ford, who is 41, is said to not recall the majority of the accident.

Photo by Timothy M. Moore [CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/07/02/melyssa-ford-suffers-skull-fracture-in-brutal-wreck-on-california-freeway.html, via Wikimedia Commons

A representative of Ford noted “God and her seatbelt saved her life.”

Melyssa Ford currently co-hosts “Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored.” She has also had roles in Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels” and the film “Think Like a Man.”

Liability in Vehicle Accidents

While the factors that caused this accident are not known, collisions between semis, tractor-trailers, and other big rigs and smaller vehicles can be especially dangerous. Trucks are much larger, of course, than cars, and the impact can therefore be much greater.

In general, all drivers are expected to follow traffic safety rules, regulations, and best practices. That means following the speed limit and making sure that they pass safely and leave sufficient space between themselves and other vehicles. Vehicle safety equipment, such as side view mirrors and horns, need to be in good working order and to be utilized appropriately.

If it can be shown that a driver did not follow these rules, regulations, and best practices, and a collision occurred at a result, they could be deemed negligent in a court and liable for damages.

Factors other than the driver, of course, can cause accidents. Defects in the vehicles themselves have been known to cause accidents.

The causes of big rig crashes are often very complex. If the truck’s cargo has not been loaded incorrectly, for example, the truck may be unbalanced and more difficult for the driver to operate. Truck drivers are sometimes pressured to deliver cargo on timetables that do not allow them sufficient sleep. If that is the case, a company may be found at fault.

Liability in a truck crash can be shared among companies, their contractors, their subcontractors, and drivers.

Experienced Truck Crash Attorneys in Southern California

Ascertaining the legal liability for a crash between a big rig and another vehicle is often complex and requires seasoned professionals. LA truck accident attorneys at the Ellis Injury Law Firm have more than 20 years of experience successfully litigating big rig crashes. We know how to build a convincing case and get you maximum value in a settlement. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a big rig crash in southern California, we can help.

Please call today for a free appointment to discuss your case. We can be reached at 1-800-INJURED.

Additional Resources:

  1. Gaydos, Ryan. “Melyssa Ford suffers skull fracture in brutal wreck on California freeway.” Fox News. July 2, 2018. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/07/02/melyssa-ford-suffers-skull-fracture-in-brutal-wreck-on-california-freeway.html
  2. Sadeque, Samira. “Reality TV Star Melyssa Ford Suffers Serious Injuries In Major Car Accident.” Oxygen. July 2, 2018. https://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/reality-tv-star-melyssa-ford-suffered-massive-injury-car-accident

Two Dead in Fiery Wrong Way Crash on 5 Freeway

emergency vehiclesTwo people died in a wrong-way crash on the 5 Freeway in Santa Ana in the early morning hours of June 28. A Jaguar sedan driving south in the northbound carpool lane hit a motorcycle going north in the lane. The driver of the car and of the motorcycle were killed. There were no other occupants or riders in either vehicle.

Not Clear Why Driver Was Driving Wrong Way

Both vehicles ignited upon impact.

The motorcyclist was identified as Hugo Juarez, 36 years old. Mr. Juarez was wearing a motorcycle helmet, but CHP officials noted that the force of the impact overrode its protective function. Mr. Juarez’s body was cut in half.

The driver of the Jaguar has not been identified.

The accident occurred slightly south of the 22 and 57 interchange, near the Santa Ana-Orange border.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated that they had no idea how the car had arrived in the wrong lane. A CHP spokesperson noted, however, that head-on collisions in the car pool lane are surprisingly frequent, partly because the lane’s separation from the main 5 freeway means vehicles can’t swerve to another lane to avoid each other.

The northbound lanes were closed for several hours, delaying traffic for miles.

Who Is Negligent in a Vehicle Accident?

While we can’t ascertain a specific accident’s causes while an investigation in in progress, we can note some general facts about negligence in the case of a vehicle accident under California law.

All operators of a vehicle, both cars and motorcycles, must exercise reasonable care toward all other parties when they drive a vehicle. That means they must act with reasonable care to other drivers, any passengers, other vehicles, and any other party involved.

Drivers need to obey the rules and laws governing driving. They need to pay attention to traffic, the conditions of driving such as night visibility and traffic.

The state has a duty of care to maintain its roads, entry and exit signs, and other traffic signals in reasonable and good repair.

Legal claims can be filed if an accident has caused injuries or death as a result of another party’s negligence. “Negligent” means that the party, whether driver, passenger, or anyone else involved in the conditions of the accident, failed to exercise reasonable care.

A driver going 25 miles an hour faster than a posted speed limit, for instance, may be deemed negligent by a jury because the driver was not taking reasonable care to obey traffic laws and rules of the road.

How a Seasoned Car Accident Attorney in Southern California Can Help

Wrong-way accidents are unfortunately all too frequent in the Los Angeles area. But a car accident doesn’t need to be that spectacular to cause injuries and death.

When you or a loved one need an experienced car accident attorney, call the Ellis Injury Law Firm at 1-800-INJURED for a complimentary initial appointment. We have been successfully fighting for the rights of southern California residents for more than 20 years.

Additional Resources:

  1. Cota-Robles, Marc. “2 killed in fiery crash involving wrong-way driver in Santa Ana; northbound 5 Freeway shut down for hours.” ABC7 Eyewitness News. June 28, 2018. http://abc7.com/traffic/2-killed-in-fiery-wrong-way-crash-on-5-fwy-in-oc/3668164/
  2. Kurzweil, Anthony, et al. “Wrong-Way Driver Dies After Fatally Striking Motorcyclist on 5 Freeway in Santa Ana.” KTLA5. June 28, 2018. https://ktla.com/2018/06/28/at-least-1-killed-in-fiery-crash-on-5-freeway-in-santa-ana-northbound-lanes-closed/

Ellis Law Serves As Proud Sponsor For 24th Annual Manhattan Wine Auction

Saturday, June 9th marked the 24th annual Manhattan Wine Auction, held at the Manhattan Country Club and attended by the distinguished LA attorneys from Ellis Law Corporation.

The Charity

All proceeds from the charitable event fund the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation and the MBEF Endowment, which supplements state funding for “programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence” in the five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school that make up the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

Despite being the fourth-lowest-funded school district in California, the school programs remain supported by private donations and have achieved nationwide recognition for their journalism, model UN, robotics, drama, dance, choir, cheerleading, orchestra, marching band, color guard, and music programs.

Last year, the MBEF paid for 73 educators and guidance counselors, in addition to funding a broad spectrum of programs — from math, reading, and writing, to hands-on science, physical education, and technology.

LA Law Firm Invests in Local Education

The Ellis Law Corporation sponsored a Cabernet Family Table at this year’s event.

“When you see the event raised almost over $1.3 million for the Manhattan Beach schools, protecting so many programs and teaching positions, it’s really inspiring to be part of such an important event,” said Andy Ellis. “By the year 2020, the Wine Auction will be on-track to grow the [MBEF] Endowment to $20 million and distribute $1 million annually to support this school district.”

The Event

Founding Partner Andy Ellis described their evening as “a night to remember.” He added, “Everyone from our firm had a fantastic time at the Manhattan Wine Auction. What’s better than delicious food, fine wine, and a worthy cause? We had a lot of laughs and enjoyed dining and dancing under the stars.”

General tickets for the event sold for $300 – $500 per person, with nearly 2,000 guests in attendance. The event began at 4 p.m. with the Reserve Room in the Club Terrace and Sky Deck opening up for food samples from 40 local restaurants and drinks from 80 wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Notable vendors such as Rock N’ Fish, Fishbar, and Fishing with Dynamite were among the long list of participants.

Bidding for the Silent Auction began one week prior to the event, with mobile and online bidding, for items including tickets for area sporting events, vacation packages, unique dining experiences, and exclusive tee times.

In addition to their participation in the Manhattan Beach Wine Auction, Ellis Law Corporation remains active in its effort to support the local community and educators. The firm has also donated over 5,000 items to local organizations with the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities and helped found the Old Bridge Militia to rebuild high school music programs.


Street Racing Suspected in 8-Vehicle Crash in Los Angeles That Leaves Two in Critical Condition

Blue flasher on the police car at night.In early June, a possible street race in Reseda ended with two drivers damaging eight vehicles, in a scene that was reported as resembling “Armageddon.”

Police suspect street racing as the culprit because calls to the department just prior to the crash indicated street racing was taking place and because two drivers lost control of their cars. One of them clipped a van parked on the street, and the accidents cascaded from there.

One driver attempted to run away on foot. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). The other driver was taken to the hospital.

Los Angeles police said that two people were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Another person had injuries.

Pictures of the scene showed vehicles sitting on top of each other and hoods destroyed, indicating that the crash force was huge.

Los Angeles police have been trying to combat street racing in recent years. The races, at high speeds in residential neighborhoods and often involving alcohol, are dangerous both to racers and to neighborhoods and passers-by.

Liability for Street Racing Crashes

Although the cause of the crash is not yet known, readers should know that drivers who violate California law can be held liable for damage to people and property resulting from a crash. Drivers are expected to obey the speed limit, the laws of the road, and safe driving principles.

California DUI law, in addition, is designed to discourage drinking and driving. In the first offence, a driver convicted of a DUI can receive a jail sentence of as long as 6 months and be fined as much as $1,000. The arrest will be on the driver’s record for 10 years.

The penalties rise after the first offense.

Drivers guilty of a DUI in California can have a suit brought against them for ordinary negligence or gross negligence. Ordinary negligence indicates the person did not act with proper care. Gross negligence indicates the person acted with extreme disregard for others’ safety.

If You Need a Seasoned Southern California Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a driver who was not obeying California law or was guilty of a DUI, the drive may be charged with negligence. In California, you may be entitled to damages for personal injury, property damage, medical care, loss of income, physical therapy, and funerals.

The Ellis Law Firm has more than 20 years of experience in southern California car accidents. Call us at 1-800-INJURED for a free consultation on your case.

Additional Resources:

  1. Stevens, Matt, Frank Shyong, and Brittny Meija. “Deadly Street Racing Fueled by Social Media, Popular Culture, Police Say.” Los Angeles Times. February 29, 2016.  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-street-racing-popularity-20160229-story.html
  2. White, Jeremy B. “Suspected Los Angeles street race ends in massive crash ‘like Armageddon.’” The Independent. June 7, 2018. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/car-race-la-street-crash-reseda-dui-driver-video-a8388301.html