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Dreams Come True at Create A Smile’s Golden Dreams Gala

Ellis Smile Foundation 2018Dreams came true at the Create a Smile Foundation’s Golden Dreams Gala on September 22. Create a Smile is a nonprofit dedicated to helping children with cancer by providing special, one-of-a-kind experiences and gifts. Past experiences have included trips to Disneyland, parties where everyone is a princess, and free iPads.

Ellis Law Corporation was proud to be a Silver-level Fashion Show Sponsor of the gala, held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Garden Grove. Our sponsorship allowed 3 Smile Families and Smile Children to attend the fashion show.

Andy Ellis: Create A Smile Is “One of the Best” Charity Organizations

Ellis Injury Law has a long history of supporting charitable organizations that measurably improve the lives of others. Lawyer Andy Ellis says of the Create a Smile Foundation: “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. It’s an honor to sponsor this wonderful organization and help them do the good work that they do.”

Create a Smile is a good Los Angeles area neighbor, reaching out to its community to provide thoughtful and creative service.

Brings Joy to Children Being Treated for Cancer

Create A Smile works with hospitals and cancer support organizations to reach children who are undergoing treatment for cancer. It provides gifts and trips to provide the highest possible quality of life as the children are being treated.

Create A Smile was founded 6 years ago by two women when a family member was diagnosed with cancer. Since then, they have brought joy to a number of children fighting cancer. Andy Ellis and his team are proud to sponsor their work.

Ellis Law Supports “Great Tryke Giveaway”: Modified Bicycles for Disabled Kids

On September 29, Ellis Law Corporation sponsored an annual tricycle giveaway which helps disabled children in the Southern California area acquire adapted bikes. These “trykes” are customized to each child’s unique needs, and enable them to leave their wheelchairs behind and take a spin with friends and family – many for the very first time.

The event received considerable news coverage, including clips by KABC and KTLA television stations.

The SoCal Trykers was founded by a group of physical therapists. Customized bicycles can run into the hundreds of dollars, and families are asked to subsidize the cost even with donations from organizations like LATLC (Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities).

Background Behind the Bikes

Great Tryke Giveaway 2018LATLC unveiled three customized bikes that the organization had funded at an event at Cal State University Long Beach in January 2017. The impact on everyone who participated that day was extraordinary as children rode around the gymnasium to cheers from their supporters.

SoCal Trykers came to LATLC last summer to see if the organization wanted to help build, as well as present, the three new bicycles it funded. At that time it was clear: three bikes weren’t enough! So they asked other law firms to join LATLC in providing funds for more bicycles, and Ellis Law immediately stepped up to the plate. “The Great Tryke Giveaway” was born!

Andy Ellis has worked with the LATLC board of directors since 2016. Over the years, Ellis Law has been instrumental in supporting many LATLC endeavors, and Andy also serves as the Diamond Level Honorary Board member of the organization behind many of the community-driven events, often held on the UCLA campus. Events include the Casino Night fundraiser, Texas Hold ‘em tournament and Health Day for area families.

More Fundraisers for Worthy Causes to Come…

Great Tryke Giveaway 2018In addition to the events mentioned above, there are some other great LATLC fundraisers scheduled in 2018, so mark your calendars and plan to attend along with Ellis Law!

October 14, 2018 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Food on Foot – Distributing meals and clothing to the homeless in Hollywood 
1625 N. Schrader Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
(Back parking lot of LGBT Center)
For More Details Click Here 
To register for this volunteer event click here

November 4, 2018 – 7:30 am to 2:00 pm – Kiwanis Equestrian Competition for Special Athletes (KECSA) 
Hanson Dam Equestrian Center, 11127 Orcas Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342
For More Details Click Here 
To register for this volunteer event click here

December 8, 2018 – 9:00 am – LATLC 3rd Annual Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway 
New Prospect Baptist Church located at 10910 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90061
For More Details Click Here 
To register for this volunteer event click here

Leaders in the Community

“We are proud to play an integral part in helping the less fortunate in Southern California,” Andy commented. “We are in the service industry, and we strive to serve in every way – from representing individuals in the courtroom to going to bat for those in the community who need a helping hand.”

For more than 20 years, Ellis Law Corporation has represented Los Angeles area residents in serious personal injury lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or any personal injury claim, contact our personal injury lawyers who may be able to assist you.

Cement Truck Crash Traps Man in Downtown L.A. Accident

ambulanceA cement truck and a sedan were involved in a crash in downtown Los Angeles in late August, trapping the driver of the sedan for roughly half an hour. Firefighters used a crane to rescue him, removing the sedan’s roof to reach him.

The rescued driver, who was said to be 25 years old, was taken by ambulance immediately to a nearby hospital. Neither his injuries nor his name have been released.

The cement truck driver, 49 years old, was listed in fair condition with minor head injuries. His identification has also not been released.

Early news reports described the car as “mangled” and some photos appeared to show it partly under the cement truck. Despite this, the car’s driver was said to be conscious and alert during the rescue.

Power Lines Downed

The accident occurred at roughly 10:10 p.m. It occurred in the 200 block of West Washington Boulevard. Power lines in the area were downed, although no fire resulted.

The crash also closed some public transportation routes. The Metro Blue Line light rail was temporarily closed near Washington Boulevard and Grand Avenue and proximate streets in both directions while firefighters worked.

Authorities are currently investigating the causes of the crash.

How Is Negligence Determined in a Truck Accident?

Unfortunately, collisions between trucks and cars are far too common in southern California. In cases like the most recent one, it’s not possible to comment on the causes or liability because the causes are not yet known.

Some general comments on how negligence is determined in truck accidents can be made, however.

Truck accident liability can be complicated, largely because there are so many factors that could be responsible. Driver error or failure to follow laws and safety rules of the road can always be the cause of an accident, of course, and truck accidents are no exception. One or both drivers may be at fault.

But many trucking firms use subcontractors to maintain and service their vehicles. Improper or infrequent maintenance and service can also be the cause of an accident, no matter how good the driver was.

Other factors include the load of the truck, whether Federal trucking regulations were followed, weather conditions, and the state of the roads.

Parties can be considered negligent if they were aware conditions were unsafe, bore responsibility for making them safe, and failed to take actions that would have made the conditions safe. Drivers can be at fault if they failed to obey the law or standard rules of the road.

A Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney Who Will Fight for Your Rights

Because multiple parties can be responsible for a truck accident, accidents involving trucks often need to be investigated to determine causes. Liability may be determined to rest with one party or multiple parties.

The attorneys at Ellis Law Corporation bring 20 years of experience to the table when it comes to fighting for the rights of truck accident victims and their families. For a complimentary review of your case, please call 1-800-INJURED today and speak with a qualified LA truck accident attorney. We will battle to see that justice is done.

Additional Resources:

  1. “Firefighters Free Man Trapped After Crash With Cement Truck.” NBC News Los Angeles. September 1, 2018. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Firefighters-Free-Man-Trapped-Crash-Cement-Truck-492255851.html
  2. “Man rescued from car after crashing with cement truck near downtown Los Angeles.” ABC7. August 31, 2018. https://abc7.com/traffic/man-rescued-from-car-after-crashing-with-cement-truck-near-dtla/4115167/

Ellis Law Firm Kicks Off Football Season With An Apple iPad Giveaway

Ellis Law Corporation is treating football fans to a special opportunity this fall. If you spot our branded truck at one of the NFL games this month, you could win a brand new 32GB Apple iPad! Our personal injury firm has 20 locations throughout California, from Sacramento to San Diego. Our truck was last spotted at the LA Coliseum for the Rams vs. Cardinals game.

Your next opportunity to spot us will be at the LA Coliseum for the Chargers vs. Rams game on Sunday, September 23.

How To Enter To Win A Free iPad

  1. Spot our branded truck at one of the area NFL games between 9/16/18 – 9/30/18. Check our Facebook page to see which games we’ll be at!
  2. Take a picture of the truck with your mobile device.
  3. Visit our Facebook page and “LIKE” us (click the thumbs-up symbol).
  4. Post your picture of our truck in the Comments section of our Contest Post with the hashtag #IFoundEllisLaw.
  5. OR … Can’t make it to the game? Simply like our Facebook page and comment about the game in our Contest Post.

Contest Rules

You must be 18 years or older and a resident of California to participate. One winner will be chosen at random on October 1st, 2018. If you are announced as the winner, you must message the Ellis Law Corporation Facebook page to arrange a day and time to pick up your prize from our central office at 2230 E. Maple Avenue in El Segundo, California (90245). Please note: the iPad is Wi-fi enabled, but no cellular plan is included.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

What the Andy Ellis Truck Looks Like

Our box truck is so large it’s hard to miss, and we’ve wrapped it in green and black with the logo “Car wreck? One call does it all,” and a picture of Andy Ellis on the side.

We’re excited for you to spot our new wheels on September 23 at the LA Coliseum!

California Personal Injury Attorneys

Automobile accidents are one of our main areas of litigation. We want you to know who to call when tragedy strikes. When the other motorist was speeding, driving drunk, texting and driving, running a stop sign or light, or failing to yield the right of way, you have a legal right to compensation.

We know how hard it can be to recover from a serious crash. Medical bills mount, you may not be sure where to obtain the best possible medical care, and you’re probably feeling your confidence behind the wheel shaken. Lost time off work only further compounds the financial stress. Andy Ellis and his compassionate team of experienced southern California car accident lawyers can get to the bottom of what happened in those few decisive seconds before your crash to help you recover from your accident.

Contact Ellis Law Corporation if you have any questions about seeking legal representation following a car accident or if you have any questions about our September NFL iPad promotion.

South L.A. Crash Between a Motorized Scooter and a Car: One Killed, One Injured

emergency vehiclesA 17-year-old boy was killed and his brother injured when a Lincoln Town Car hit the motorized scooter they were riding on in South Los Angeles.

Jaylen McFrazier, 17, who was driving the scooter, was killed. His brother, Myron, 14, was injured and taken to a local hospital. One other person appeared to have been on the scooter when it crashed, but no injuries were reported for the third passenger.

The boys’ father, Myron McFrazier, had just seen the motorized scooter pass him without realizing his sons were on it.

None of the individuals riding the scooter were wearing a helmet.

Motor Scooters Not Legal on Streets and Roads

The crash occurred in the early afternoon of Saturday, September 1, in the 200 block of West 92nd Street in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood, according to the L.A. Fire Department. The Town Car was driving south on Broadway, and didn’t appear to have seen the scooter.

Officials noted that motorized scooters are small and very difficult to see on southern California roads.

In addition, they are not legal to drive on public roads. They are intended for private use.

Mr. McFrazier indicated that he had bought the boys a motor scooter for the holidays, and warned them it was dangerous. He also said the motor scooter in the crash was not his son’s.

Officials at the scene said the driver is not likely to face charges. The investigation, though, is still ongoing.

While the early investigation makes it impossible to speculate about the causes of and liability involved in the crash, some general comments about vehicle accidents and liability can be made. In general, all vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles, need to obey California law, safe rules of the road, and applicable regulations.

Currently, operation of a motorized scooter on public roads is not legal in the state. Parents should use the utmost caution in purchasing such vehicles. They also need to emphasize that they are not to be taken out on streets and roads.

If You Need an Experienced Los Angeles Auto Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a car in southern California, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you with expenses, including those related to medical care, loss of income, property damage, and even funerals.

The Ellis Law Firm has had more than 20 years of experience successfully litigating southern California car accidents. Call us today at 1-800-INJURED for a free consultation. Let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Additional Resources:

  1. Bravo, Kristina and Chris Wolfe. “Father ID’s 17-Year-Old Son as Boy Killed in Crash Involving ‘Motorized Bike, Car ‘ in South L.A.” KTLA. September 1, 2018. https://ktla.com/2018/09/01/1-dead-another-injured-after-scooter-collides-with-car-in-south-l-a-lafd/
  2. Hernandez, Jade and ABCNews7 Staff. “17-year-old boy killed, another injured in South Los Angeles crash involving motor scooter, car.” ABC7. September 2, 2018. https://abc7.com/1-killed-1-hurt-in-south-la-crash-involving-scooter-automobile/4120456/

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/