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Andrew Ellis Included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers© for 6th Consecutive Year

Attorney Andrew Ellis, founder of Ellis Law Corporation in Los Angeles, has been recognized in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his exemplary achievements in personal injury law. This is the sixth consecutive year he’s earned this recognition for professional integrity and skill. For over 30 years, Best Lawyers has been regarded as the definitive, unbiased guide to legal excellence, with less than six percent of lawyers nationwide achieving this coveted distinction. 

Inclusion in this peer-reviewed evaluation is a testament to Andy’s litigation expertise, passion for consumer rights, and tremendous work ethic. A dedicated advocate for personal injury victims throughout Southern California, Andy has personally achieved numerous milestone verdicts and settlements, procuring over a quarter of a billion dollars for clients in cases arising from motor vehicle and truck accidents, premises liability, and medical malpractice.

Best Lawyers® – the Definitive Guide to Legal Talent

For just over 37 years, the Best Lawyers of America© has been highlighting the nation’s top legal talent. It is widely considered one of the most respected referral lists of practicing attorneys because of its transparent, peer-reviewed methodology for inclusion. For the 2021 Edition, more than 8 million lawyers across the country were peer-nominated for a rigorous evaluation by Best Lawyers, who aim to identify the top attorneys in their practice area and location.

The peer review process is exhaustive and designed to elicit meaningful evaluations of the caliber of legal services provided by the nominees. This year’s selection included just 65,000 attorneys in 147 practice areas. Since attorneys are wholly nominated and vetted by those included in the previous edition of Best Lawyers of America©, recognition by this tried-and-trusted publication is a particular honor.

Award-winning personal injury representation in Southern California

Andrew Ellis feels privileged to be recognized by his peers in the prestigious Best Lawyers publication, and continually strives to help injury victims achieve the justice and compensation they deserve. Along with his colleagues and associate attorneys, Mr. Ellis is proud to offer high-caliber advocacy in all areas of personal injury on a contingency-fee basis.

Headquartered in El Segundo, Ellis Injury Law serves residents throughout Southern California, from over 20 satellite office locations. Our skilled legal team is renowned for its personalized service and helping clients maximize their settlement or monetary award.

For a free, no-obligation case review with a personal injury lawyer you can count on, contact us today!

Empty Streets Lead to 87% Spike in Speeding Citations

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According to the California Highway Patrol, officers have reported an 87 percent uptick in citations for speeding in excess of 100 mph. Law enforcement attributes the increase in reckless driving as a direct result of California’s stay-at-home orders, which have been in effect to varying degrees for the past six months.

More speeding drivers, higher risk of serious accidents

Compared to this time last year, officials say the traffic volume is down at least 35 percent, and these wide open roads have proven too tempting for dozens of speeding motorists.

The California Highway Patrol issued 2,493 tickets for excess speed in the months after shelter-in-place orders were issued this March. To put this figure into perspective, CHP issued only 1,335 tickets for speeding over 100 mph last year during this same period.

The number of citations for ‘excessive speed’ has been alarming given the dire consequences of an accident. Motorists who drive at speeds of more than 70 mph are at a much higher risk of suffering severe, life-threatening injuries should a crash occur, and the chance of fatalities is also higher.

The 700+ electronic highway signs in California have been programmed to display safety reminders such as “If you must travel do not speed.” Authorities remain hopeful that California motorists will heed these precautions and follow posted speed limits, as dangerously high speeds jeopardize the lives of road construction workers and maintenance crews, as well as other drivers.

What to do after an auto accident

If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, you have a right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Don’t expect insurance claims adjusters to treat you fairly, because their number one goal is to keep claim payouts as small as possible. Hiring a trusted Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure you obtain the money damages deserved for your injuries, medical expenses, and other losses.

When another motorist causes a wreck, follow these steps to protect your rights:

  • Call 911
  • Seek medical attention
  • Get a copy of the police report
  • Get photos of the accident scene and damage to both vehicles
  • Inform your insurance provider
  • Do not discuss your injuries with anyone except your doctors and legal counsel
  • Refrain from posting on social media during the accident investigations
  • Keep all medical records and follow treatment protocols
  • Do not allow insurance adjusters to record or take down a statement

Powerful legal advocacy after a car accident

You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s reckless behavior behind the wheel. Whether another motorist was speeding, texting, or just being negligent, Ellis Injury Law offers the experience and resources you need to get compensated.  

Our team of highly-skilled attorneys will conduct independent investigations and fight for maximum damages. Andy Ellis and his associates have secured more than $350 million for clients, and we are eager to put our knowledge and dedication to work for you. Call our Los Angeles office to request a free case evaluation with our team. There is no cost to you, and we never collect a penny unless we win money damages on your behalf.

Additional Resources:

  1. LA Times, Tickets for speeding in excess of 100 mph surge 87% amid coronavirus shutdown, CHP says

Bike Accidents Down in LA Due to Coronavirus

LA cyclist

Collisions between bicycles and automobiles are way down in Los Angeles, according to local internet publication Crosstown. A recent analysis conducted by the organization revealed some interesting figures presumably related to a downturn in traffic since the beginning of the citywide Coronavirus shutdown.

2020 Bike Accident Statistics in LA

  • The number of bike/auto crashes decreased by nearly 71% over an 11-week period in Los Angeles.
  • While there are undoubtedly some stressed-out, erratic, distracted drivers in LA, the number of collisions dropped from 561 to 164, thanks to fewer cars being on the road.
  • Bicycle/vehicle accidents were already on the right trajectory; a February analysis found the number of incidents decreased 5% from 2018-2019.
  • By late March, traffic had dropped over 70% in Studio City, Westchester, Santa Monica, and Downtown.
  • The first week of the lockdown produced half as many accidents – 16 vs. 32 the previous year.
  • The most dramatic change occurred over a one-week period in April, where there were only two accidents, down from 32 in April 2019. 

Interest in Biking Safety and Infrastructure Increases Across LA

The coronavirus crisis is the perfect time to get outdoors, increase healthy exercise, and take a break from mass transit. In Los Angeles, 84% of people use cars and motorcycles as primary modes of transportation, with just 0.7% of the population relying on bicycles to get around.

On the bright side, LADOT has used this time to launch 28 miles of newly installed or upgraded bike lanes.

  • The 7th Street Forward Project Downtown is moving full steam ahead to make the most popular bike corridor in LA more protected on 5th, 6th, and Olive streets.
  • The 6th Street Viaduct has bike lanes in both directions now under construction.
  • An additional bike lane is planned for the First Street Bridge.
  • South Los Angeles has seen 12 new miles of bike lanes to Avalon Boulevard and the installation of parking-protected bike lanes from Manchester to Century on Broadway.

These improvements should be effective at turning more people onto the idea of commuting to work by bike.

Get Legal Representation — at No Upfront Cost — for Your Bike Accident

Of course, the overall decrease in bicycle accidents in LA is of little consolation if you or a loved one have already been injured. If that is the case, call Ellis Law for a free consultation. Even if you’re not sure who hit you or an uninsured motorist struck you, our investigative team and highly trained experts can help. We always advocate for enhanced cyclist safety in Los Angeles and will do everything in our power to protect your legal rights and get you the justice you deserve. 

Fatal Canoga Park Crash Leaves One Dead, Two Hurt

The morning of Wednesday, August 12, 2020, saw yet another person killed, and two more people injured from a car accident.

Two cars were involved in the collision that occurred around 6:40am. Both cars were driving near 8300 N Canoga Avenue in the Canoga Park area of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that the victim that was killed was pronounced dead at the scene, though they did not release the exact cause of death or the victim’s name.

According to the LAFD, two other people were examined for possible injuries related to the crash, though neither their current status nor their names were released.

Nothing new

This crash and the resulting injuries and fatality are sadly nothing new. In 2017, there were 55,000 injuries and 260 deaths from car accidents, and those numbers have only been going up since then. People are in car crashes every day, resulting in injuries like:

  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Back injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ perforation
  • Eye injury
  • Chronic pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation

You were in a car accident – now what?

The above list makes it crystal clear how people’s lives can be forever changed by car accidents.

If you’re in a serious car accident through little or no fault of your own, the best next step to take after seeking medical attention is to reach out to a lawyer to represent you and your interests. You have a legal right to seek full and fair monetary compensation for any losses sustained in the accident, and the expert car accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law can help.

We do so much more than filing the lawsuit paperwork. We look out for you and work hard to make sure that you get the top-class medical treatment you need and the financial compensation you deserve. Call Ellis Injury Law today to schedule a free initial consultation to see if you have a case.

Elderly Driver Killed in Hit and Run

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Any life taken in an accident is a life taken too soon. One of the latest examples of this tragic truth is an 83-year-old driver that was killed in a hit and run accident on Monday, August 17th.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was driving along the 7100 block of Foothill Boulevard in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles around 1:45am that morning when a car going in the opposite direction struck him head-on.

Sadly, the victim was pronounced dead on the scene, as reported by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Witnesses saw the driver of the second car limp away from the scene shortly after the crash, making the accident a hit and run.

Justice will be served

Though the driver of the second car got away, he was apprehended shortly thereafter. Police conducted a search of the area and arrested three men they believe might be involved in the accident. One of the men admitted right away to being the driver of the car, though the exact details of what happened are still unclear.

LAPD Captain Brian Wendling addressed the accident and ensuing search, saying, “One person came out, surrendering, identifying himself as the driver. Two additional people were located, and we’re determining if they were in the car as well or if, in fact, one of them was the driver. We have to determine that at this point.”

Though the details are cloudy, we can rest assured that those responsible for the untimely death of the elderly victim will be brought to justice.

Other avenues of justice

The family of the victim can also pursue justice through a personal injury lawsuit. The experienced lawyers at Ellis Injury Law have a long track record of success in car accident cases, and we have won over $350 million for our personal injury clients. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today to speak with a knowledgeable car accident attorney in LA and to learn more about your legal rights to compensation.

Driver Kills Pregnant Woman in Suspected DUI Case

Back in May of 2020, James Alvarez and his wife celebrated the soon-to-be birth of their baby girl. But today, Alvarez is mourning the death of his wife and watching his newborn daughter on an internet livestream as she sits in the Intensive Care Unit.  

On Tuesday, August 11, Alvarez and his wife, Yesenia Aguilar, were walking home on Katella Avenue near Bayless Street after a trip to the store to buy curtains for their new baby’s nursery. At around 7:30pm, they saw a car coming towards them, seemingly out of control and not slowing down. Alvarez said that he heard shouts and the squealing of tires. He tried to grab his wife’s hand but lost his grip, and the car struck his wife.

The couple’s child had to be delivered via c-section, and sadly, the 23-year old new mother died of her injuries.

Officials suspect a DUI

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office released information that they suspect the driver was under the influence at the time of the crash.

Courtney Fritz Pandolfi, a 40-year old resident of Garden Grove, was driving her Jeep that night even though her license was suspended from previous DUI charges. In fact, she has a criminal record going back 20 years, avoiding prison each time because her sentences were stayed.

Pandolfi is facing a maximum life sentence from this car crash, as she’s been charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of driving under the influence of drugs causing injury, and one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.

The Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer spoke at a press conference, saying, “This was 100% preventable. This was not an accident. It was a choice – and it was a deadly one.” His statement gives hope to the grieving family that Pandolfi will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Filing a personal injury lawsuit

The Alvarez family, and others suffering like them, can seek additional justice through a personal injury case. Ellis Injury Law can help victims and their families get the compensation they deserve. Call a Los Angeles car accident attorney today to learn more.

It’s Safer to Ride Bicycles in LA During COVID-19

One silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic is that the roads in Los Angeles are safer for bicycle riders.

According to data from the Los Angeles Police Department, the number of collisions between cars and bikes in the Los Angeles area has gone down significantly since the beginning of the shutdown in March of 2020.

In fact, bike and car accidents have dropped almost 71% when compared to this time last year. A one-week period in April of 2020 has just two bicycle and car collisions, while the same week in 2019 had 43.

Why is biking safer?

This increase in biking safety makes sense. The coronavirus pandemic caused major shutdowns throughout the Los Angeles area. Businesses closed and offices turned to work from home, meaning less cars on the road. The result is not only a reduced number of accidents but more room to manuever for bicycles. The LAPD reported that car accidents went down from 32 per week to 16.

While the COVID-19-related decrease in traffic is playing a large role in making the roads safer for cyclists, the data has been showing a decrease in bike accidents even before the pandemic hit. A Crosstown study showed that accidents between bikes and cars dropped 5% from 2018 to 2019. 

Keep the trend going

With many commuters fearful of using public transportation because of a lack of social distancing on crowded buses and trains, Angelinos are turning to their bikes. Many are hoping that the city will adjust to this trend and install more bike lanes and other cycling safety measures.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation seems to be listening. LADOT has begun work on almost 28 miles of new or improved bike lanes. The city is implementing protected bike lanes on 5th and 6th streets, upgrading an existing lane on Olive Street with new protections, enhancing bike lane connections on the First Street Bridge, and building 12 miles of new bike lanes on Avalon Boulevard.

These new bike lanes and rider protections are key for essential workers that don’t have access to cars and don’t feel safe on public transportation.

Accidents still happen

While these bike safety statistics and new bike lane projects are heartening, accidents still happen.

When interviewed for a Crosstown article, Los Angeles cyclist Sean Meredith said, “it’s generally safer…until it’s not. Fewer cars on the road, but the cars out there are going faster and are less attentive.”

Meredith was speaking to the biggest danger for LA cyclists: driver negligence. Even with a reduced number of cars on the road, all it takes is one distracted, impaired, or otherwise negligent driver to injure or even kill a biker.

Were you, a family member, or other loved one hurt in a bike accident? If so, you have hope for compensation. Ellis Injury Law has a team of dedicated personal injury attorneys that have experience in bike accident litigation. We can help you get the compensation you deserve to help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

Speak with a knowledgeable Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer today. Call Ellis Injury Law to learn more about our bike accident services or to schedule a free consultation.

Truck Accident Puts 5 Freeway Out of Commission

big rig semi truck

The southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Elysian Park in Los Angeles were closed for part of the day on Tuesday, August 4th, because of a truck accident. Two big rig trucks were involved in the crash that shut down a large portion of the busy roadway, but luckily no one was seriously injured.

Just before 1:00 pm

The two trucks crashed just before 1:00pm on August 4th. The Los Angeles Fire Department was on the scene and tweeted information about the crash shortly thereafter.

According to the tweets, the two trucks crashed in the southbound lanes close to the connection for the 110 Freeway. AIR7HD was also reporting from the scene, and Chris Cristi noted that during the accident, one of the cabs of the trucks fully came off. 

One occupant of one of the big rigs was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. The only other victim was also taken to the hospital and is in stable condition as well.

Logistical damage

Luckily, the vast majority of the damage from the truck accident was logistical.

Both of the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were closed for cleanup after the crash, causing a brutal traffic backup that spanned several miles into the San Fernando Valley. Though the lanes were reopened around 4:45pm, many commuters suffered a nasty rush hour.

Other drivers were told to avoid that section of the 5 Freeway if possible, taking other routes around East Los Angeles and downtown.

What if you’re not so lucky?

Truck accidents claim or forever alter the lives of Los Angeles residents every day. That’s why the truck accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law are working hard to make sure that these victims get the compensation they deserve.

Call Ellis Injury Law today for a free consultation.

Two Car Accidents Shut Down Pacific Coast Highway

Not one, but two different accidents shut down portions of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Monday, July 20. Both accidents involved six different vehicles and an unknown number of people, causing chaos on the popular roadway.

The first crash

The first accident occurred at about 7:25pm on Monday, July 20, near Kanan Dume Road on the Pacific Coast Highway.

According to Imy McBride and Greg Evans, the Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor and Lt. of the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s station, respectively, this crash involved at least two vehicles, one of which was overturned in the accident.

Luckily, no one was taken to the hospital, but all Westbound lanes were closed for approximately an hour and a half while the scene was cleared.

The second crash

The second accident took place around 8:22 pm. Lt. Evans reported that the crash was near Corral Canyon Road on the Pacific Coast Highway. One victim was taken to the hospital. The current status of that victim is unknown.

This second crash also closed down lanes of the PCH. Both Eastbound lanes were closed from approximately 8:30pm to 11:52pm.

All too common

As evidenced by the events of July 20, car accidents are all too common, leaving many victims injured, out of work, in pain, and losing money from mounting medical bills.

If you were injured in a car accident through little or no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Ellis Injury Law is a personal injury law firm in the Los Angeles area with a long track record of successfully litigating car accident cases and recovering millions on behalf of our clients.

Call Ellis Injury Law today to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a dedicated and experienced car accident attorney. All case reviews are free of charge and you owe us no money unless we recover damages on your behalf.

High-Speed Hit and Run Crash Driver Tracked Down by Police

EMT paramedics in a rescue operation after a car crash

Joel Giovanni Andalon, a 27-year old man, was charged on July 6th for a hit-and-run car accident back in June in which he killed a pregnant woman’s unborn child.

As reported by the Santa Ana police department, Andalon was speeding down First Street at about 9:46am. Because of his speed, he crashed into a car that was turning left onto Lacy Street, injuring both the pregnant woman and two others.

Andalon got out of his car and fled from the scene immediately after the crash, leaving the pregnant woman, who was his friend and was in his car at the time of the crash, alone with her injuries. The woman was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, but the doctors were unable to save her baby. There is no official word on the other two victims.

The search for the negligent party

Santa Ana Police were able to obtain a video of the crash in which they identified a van driving past. In the hopes that the van diver might have new information on the accident, the police released the video to the public so that the van driver could be identified and interviewed.

Police also created two tip lines, 714-245-8208 and 714-245-8200, on which they asked any other witnesses to come forward.

Andalon was arrested, booked, and held without bail in an Orange County Jail this past Thursday.

He was charged with a felony count of hit-and-run with a permanent and serious injury as well as a misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. 

What about the woman?

While it’s gratifying that the responsible party is behind bars, the woman who lost her child is left with her devastating loss and most likely mountains of medical bills.

That is where Ellis Injury Law comes in. We stand up for victims and help them get the compensation they deserve. Call us today to speak with an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer and learn more about what we can do for you.