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Harrison Ford Rescues L.A. Car Crash Victim

ambulanceHarrison Ford was poised to play a real-life hero Sunday morning, when the driver of a vehicle in front of him lost control of her car and veered off the highway in Santa Paula, California. The car accident took place north of Los Angeles on California State Route 125, report authorities. The actor, best known for his iconic roles in the popular ‘Star Wars,’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ films, watched the driver lose control of her car before slamming into an embankment and sliding off the road. Police say that Ford immediately pulled over his own vehicle to help the woman.

Harrison Ford steps in to help car crash victim

Senior police officer Matt Alonzo told media that the actor – who was accompanied by a friend– came to the driver’s rescue, acting as good Samaritans. Ford then helped pull the woman from her vehicle, and stayed on the scene until authorities and paramedics arrived. According to ABC News, the woman – whose identity was not released – was then transported to the local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

Ford no stranger to emergency rescues

The award-winning actor, who is now 75-years old, has a storied history of helping others in dire emergency situations. In 2000, Harrison Ford took to the skies in his personal helicopter to help find and rescue a stranded hiker in Idaho Falls. The following year, in 2001, Ford piloted his helicopter once again to rescue a teenaged Boy Scout who had been missing for more than 18 hours in the forest near Yellowstone National Park. The Star Wars actor, who is a veteran pilot of 20 years and licensed to fly both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, has been lauded for his public heroism on numerous occasions.

Despite having logged over 5,000 hours in the air, Ford was involved in a dicey incident this past February as he was landing his single-engine plane at Orange County’s John Wayne airport. According to the FAA, which later investigated the actor, Ford landed on taxiway, violating FAA safety rules, and flew over a Boeing 737 that was just short of the runway.

Car accident lawyers Los Angeles trusts

Even the most cautious of motorists can suffer serious harm when poor road conditions or negligent drivers cause an accident. Ellis Injury Law offers aggressive representation in personal injury cases throughout California. With a skilled attorney in your corner, you’ll never have to compromise your financial security – or recovery — by fighting insurance companies on your own.

Call 1-800-INJURED and schedule a free case review with an award-winning car accident lawyer at our firm.

More info on LA Car Crash Victim Rescued by Harrison Ford:

  1. Newsday, Harrison Ford rescues women from car accident in Los Angeles https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/celebrities/harrison-ford-rescues-woman-car-accident-1.15069080
  2. TMZ, Harrison Ford Helps Woman who Drove Off Highway http://www.tmz.com/2017/11/19/harrison-ford-helps-woman-crashed-car-off-highway/
  3. ABC News, Harrison Ford steps in to help woman whose car ran off the road http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/harrison-ford-steps-woman-car-ran-off-road/story?id=51274886

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a Flying Car!

trafficSouthern Californians stuck in our notoriously bad traffic may be encouraged to learn that the city may be the home of flying cars in just over two short years.

That is, if ride-sharing company Uber has its way.

The company, known for the distinctive black cars its drivers use, announced plans in early November to have flying vehicles in the air as soon as 2020. They will be called Uber Elevate, or UberAIR.

Los Angeles is one of the cities where the first tests of the vehicles would be rolled out, along with Dallas and Dubai.

Will Uber take to the skies by 2020?

Uber executives acknowledged that air traffic will need to be controlled, and announced a plan to join with NASA on an agreement to create management systems for air traffic before the launch begins.

In addition, the company noted that it will be partnering with a Los Angeles property management group, Sandstone Properties, to build landing and take-off terminals around the city, called Skyports. Sandstone manages more than 20 buildings in the city center.

With these as hubs, the company could grow the service to at least several flights per day.

While announcing an expected launch date of 2020, the company said that the service would hit huge demand by the Los Angeles Olympics scheduled for 2028. UberAIR executives noted that a trip to LAX via air taxi would take less than half an hour, versus the current 80 minutes.

Hype or true?

Professors at Loyola Marymount University, however, were skeptical of such a service being ultimately approved. One compared it to Amazon’s drone service for delivering packages: frequently announced as a future service, but never in fact reaching fruition – in part because of logistic complications and in part because flying craft in the U.S. require Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval, which is not easy to obtain.

As another professor, Jeff Sanny, observed, “I think it may be a bit optimistic to think that it can be done by 2020, three years from now. Besides the technology, a number of issues have to be carefully studied and resolved: consumer demand, finances, FAA regulations, etc. Resolving the logistics of such an operation would be a very demanding effort.”

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash in southern California, Ellis Injury Law is poised to help. Contact us today at 1-800-INJURED for a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney in Los Angeles.

Additional Resources on Uber Flying Cars:

  1. Tara, Kayan. “Uber’s Plan for Flying Cars by 2020.” The Los Angeles Loyolan. November 14, 2017. http://www.laloyolan.com/news/uber-s-plan-for-flying-cars-by/article_2a1a2e9a-d362-5abd-9c07-7df44381b926.html
  2. Vinjamuri, David. “Flying Cars Are No Joke for Uber.” Forbes. November 9, 2017. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidvinjamuri/2017/11/09/flying-cars-are-no-joke-for-uber/#555393432600

Woman Killed in Santa Clarita Crash; Car Crushed

emergency vehiclesA woman was killed in a violent car crash in Santa Clarita on Saturday, November 3, when the car she was driving was apparently rear-ended by a truck carrying a camper and hauling a trailer. The force of the impact knocked both vehicles across the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Sierra Highway and into a city bus. The bus then hit a power pole, drawing lives wires down to the ground.

Two other people were injured on the scene, one with moderate to severe injuries and one with minor injuries. Both were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

Victim Rear-ended at Stoplight

The crash killed Marie Davis, 67. The sheriff’s department indicated Ms. Davis was dead on arrival at the hospital.

Ms. Davis was apparently stopped at a red light on Golden Valley Road, intending to make a left turn. The pickup did not stop at the light, but ran directly into Ms. Davis’s car, a Toyota Prius, without stopping. The Prius was crushed under the pickup.

The power lines affected by the accident shut down traffic signals in the area for an extended period of time and interrupted electricity to roughly 300 Santa Clarita residents.

Crash Causes Currently Under Investigation

Law enforcement authorities are currently investigating the causes of the crash. The influence of drugs and alcohol were ruled out as a potential cause.

Authorities were also testing the pickup truck for brake or other mechanical failure.

While it is impossible to tell who might be liable in an accident like this given the fact that an investigation is ongoing, some statements can be made about potential liability in car accidents in California.

Generally, a person who caused harm to another in a car accident in California can be found at fault, or liable, if the harm was caused by failure to obey traffic laws or failure to drive safely, following customary rules of the road. Failure to stop at a stop sign, for example, is failure to obey traffic laws. Driving too fast to stop when a light turns red, even if the driver is within the speed limit, is failure to drive safely.

If the harm was caused by another entity, such as a manufacturer of a vehicle or parts used in a vehicle, that entity could be found liable if the harm stemmed from failure to provide adequate and safe equipment or to maintain it properly.

California law allows people harmed because of the actions of another driver, person, or entity to bring suit for personal damages. If the harm results in a death, a wrongful death suit can be brought on behalf of family members or certain other parties as specified by law.

Your Car Accident Attorneys in Southern California

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Southern California car crash, let us help. Ellis Injury Law has garnered more than 20 years of experience investigating and successfully litigating car accident cases.

We have obtained over $250 million for our clients in the past 5 years alone. Contact us today at 1-800-INJURED for a consultation with a seasoned LA car accident attorney at no cost to you.

Additional Resources:

  1. Painter, Ryan. “UPDATE: 1 Dead, Live Wires in Canyon Country Bus Crash.” Santa Clarita Valley Signal. November 5, 2017. https://signalscv.com/2017/11/1-dead-live-wires-canyon-country-bus-crash/
  2. “Woman Killed in Violent Crash in Santa Clarita.” CBS Los Angeles. November 4, 2017. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/11/04/woman-killed-in-violent-crash-in-santa-clarita/

Two Ellis Law Attorneys Chosen for “Top 40 Under 40” Honors

National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40Ellis Law Corporation is pleased to announce that two of its brightest stars – Britt Karp and Justina Ramon – have been selected to be included in the prestigious National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 group.

The Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization made up of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40. Membership into the exclusive group is by invitation only, and is extended only to trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law.

Justina Ramon

Ms. Ramon has represented clients in various cases, including personal injury, product liability and labor/employment matters. She also specializes in complex cases with catastrophic injuries. She has handled numerous trials and arbitrations, and practices in both state and federal courts.

She graduated from Scripps College in 2002 and Loyola Law School in 2005. Ms. Ramon was admitted to practice law in California in 2005. She is currently a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced law for four years with Calendo, Puckett, Sheedy and DiCorrado and served as a law clerk to California Superior Court Judge Socrates P. Manoukian in Santa Clara County.

Britt Karp

Ms. Karp has extensive experience representing clients in many areas of law, including personal injury and litigation, and specializes in complex cases with catastrophic injuries. She practices in both state and federal courts.

A 2009 cum laude graduate from Occidental College, she also participated in Southwestern Law School’s two-year accelerated J.D. program in 2011, where she was selected as a member of the Moot Court Honors Program. Ms. Karp participated in the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, and was awarded first place for the brief she prepared for her team, edging out some of the top law schools in the country.

Top 40 Under 40

The National Trial Lawyers’ selection committee extends membership to only the most qualified attorneys from each state “who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40.”

Selection is based on an extensive, objective process which includes nominations from colleagues combined with third-party research.

Each of the distinguished Top 40 under 40 members strives to exemplify the knowledge, skill, experience and success achieved by only the best lawyers in the United States. The National Trial Lawyers’ mission is to promote a unique, professional networking environment for up-and-coming lawyers, while developing innovative ideas to pursue justice for those parties injured by others’ negligence.

In addition, the organization works to educate the public about the importance of access to a court system that’s free of bias and undue influence, and to protect the right of trial by jury.

Congratulations to Britt and Justina on this stellar accomplishment!

Ellis Law Selected As One of 2018’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News

Best Law Firms U.S. News BadgeEllis Law Corporation has been selected for inclusion in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms™ list for 2018. We were chosen as one of the best law firms in the Los Angeles metro area with a Personal Injury specialty.

The U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” rankings evaluate more than 12,000 law firms across the U.S. The rankings are derived from a stringent series of evaluations, including rigorous client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from premier attorneys in a given field, and review of further information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission requirements.

A law firm is required to have at least one lawyer included in Best Lawyers™ in a particular practice area and metropolitan region in order to be eligible for a ranking.

The rigorous methodology for inclusion includes client feedback, with a specific focus on the firm’s expertise, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether the client would refer another client to the firm.

A Personal Injury Law Firm Dedicated to Justice

During the last 20-plus years, the attorneys of Ellis Law have helped accident victims in the Los Angeles metro area find the justice they deserve. Our team of seasoned trial lawyers and dedicated support staff work tirelessly to obtain the best results for our clients. Ellis Law Corporation’s personal injury lawyers have won over $250 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of victims throughout California.

We are aware that monetary awards are not sufficient to truly compensate you for your suffering and loss. But we also know from experience that a successful lawsuit can achieve justice for victims, alleviate expenses, cover costs, recover lost wages, and compensate you for the pain and suffering you have endured as a consequence of a debilitating accident.

Personal Injury Lawyers Los Angeles Relies On

Our hand-picked team of fact-finding investigators, legal talents, and medical experts collaborate to build the strongest case on your behalf. From obtaining the necessary expert witnesses for testimony to evaluating case costs, our one motivation is your best interest.

Ellis Law is experienced in working with highly regarded experts, from physicians and accountants to engineers and psychologists, to provide our clients with the expert testimony that is frequently needed to establish liability and thus obtain damages in serious personal injury matters.

If you or a loved one need to talk to an attorney in the Los Angeles area, we can help. We have been litigating on behalf of southern Californians for 20 years. Please call today at 1-800-INJURED for a complimentary appointment. We charge no fees unless we win your case!

Additional “Best Law Firms™ 2018” Resources:

  1. U.S. News and World Report. Find the Best Law Firms. http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/
  2. U.S. News and World Report. Methodology. http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/methodology.aspx

Ellis Law Attends LATLC Charity Event

LATC eventThanks to the charity work of Ellis Law and partners, 30 disabled children will receive new specially-outfitted tricycles customized for their particular needs, allowing them to play and interact with friends and family – some for the very first time. On Saturday, October 28th 2017, attorneys at Ellis Law, working in conjunction with the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC), partnered with Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, SoCal Trykers, and Red Star Riders to assemble the bikes at the Expo Arts Center on Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach. During the event, Ellis Law gave away over 5,000 items – including sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, shopping bags, flashlights, and keychains – to the community. Booths and special activities were open to the public at the presentation party.

About the LATLC

A small group of personal injury attorneys founded the LATLC in 2006 to facilitate partnerships between the legal community and over 40 local charitable organizations.

Some of the charities we’ve worked with include:

  • Blind Children’s Center
  • Exceptional Children’s Foundation
  • Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House
  • March of Dimes
  • Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
  • Baldrick’s Foundation
  • Venice Community Housing Corporation
  • Youth Mentoring Corporation

Over the years, the LATLC has grown to over 2,000 supporters and volunteers with fundraisers and charity events that engage the entire community. Our partners have received over $750,000 and 55,000 pounds of food to provide holiday meals for the hungry. Ellis Law is proud to be an integral part of this organization that helps so many local residents.

 Ellis Law gives back to our LA community

Ellis Law injury attorneys have lived and worked in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. We are passionate about the communities we serve and always strive to prove that commitment by donating our time, money, and talent when the opportunity arises.

Law firm founder Andy Ellis helped found Old Bridge Militia, a program that provides musical instruments to high school students and rebuilds music programs. He also earned a position on the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities board due to his years of legal service and desire to lead in this arena. We look forward to continuing the high standard set by Mr. Ellis in the years to come.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact Ellis Law for a free case review. You owe nothing for legal representation until we win money on your behalf.

Los Alamitos Crash Injures Four Pedestrians, Driver

risk factors for pedestrian accidentsA car reportedly hit four pedestrians in Los Alamitos on Wednesday, October 11, critically injuring them. The vehicle then entered the drive-through area of a Chase Bank, nearly hitting the building.

The crash occurred in the vicinity of Ball Road and Bloomfield Street. Two of the injured were said to be adult special needs students in their late teens. Another two were instructional aides in their program at the Los Alamitos Unified School District. They were going to a local grocery store to recycle bottles.

The car’s driver, an unidentified woman, was also injured. She is 37 years old.

Cause Of Pedestrian-Car Accident Under Investigation

Her car was on Bloomfield Street and began traveling north in the southbound lanes, according to police.

The vehicle went through an intersection and hit the four people standing at a corner of the intersection. They had just crossed in the crosswalk, according to witnesses. The car then went off the road and crashed near a bank building.

Although the four were described as critically injured in initial NBC Los Angeles reports, police indicated that the injuries are not expected to be life-threatening in a later KTLA update.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. The did indicate that drugs and alcohol are not suspected.

The Rights of Pedestrians in Southern California

Vehicle crashes involving pedestrians are all too common, and can cause injury or death. Pedestrians make up approximately 22% of all traffic fatalities in the state of California.

Motorists should remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks or other designated crossing or walking areas.

In a court, judgements on accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians depend on who was at fault in the accident. If pedestrians cross in a nondesignated area and dart in front of a driver, for example, they may be found at fault. If vehicle drivers are going too fast to stop for a pedestrian at a crosswalk, or do not operate their vehicles correctly and hit a pedestrian for other reasons, for example, they can be found at fault.

Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one need to talk to an attorney about pedestrian accidents in southern California, we can help. We have been litigating and investigating pedestrian accidents in the Los Angeles area for two decades. We fight for the rights of the injured.

Please call today at 1-800-INJURED for a complimentary appointment to receive advice about your pedestrian accident case.

Additional “Car-Pedestrian Accident” Resources:

  1. Department of Motor Vehicles. State of California. California Driver Handbook – Laws and Rules of the Road. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/hdbk/right_of_way
  2. Rice, Jessica and Rosa Ordaz. “5 People in Critical Condition After Crash in Los Alamitos.” NBC News Los Angeles, October 11, 2017. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/People-Struck-Car-Los-Alamitos-450488823.html
  3. Wenzke, Marissa and Chip Yost. “Vehicle Hits and Seriously Injures 4 Pedestrians in Los Alamitos Before Crashing Near Bank.” KTLA, October 11, 2017. http://ktla.com/2017/10/11/vehicle-hits-4-people-in-los-alamitos-before-crashing-into-building/

Four Killed in Fiery Northridge Crash; Link to Street Racing Possible

ambulanceFour young people were killed in Northridge during the late night hours of October 6, when their silver BMV smashed into a tree after veering into oncoming traffic lanes and crashing into a light pole. Police believe that the high-speed crash may have been a result of street racing, according to early reports.

All four died instantly due to the force of the collision, which was so severe the car’s engine was knocked out of the car. The car broke into pieces and burst into flames.

Young lives tragically taken in L.A. car crash

Dead were Martin Gomez, the driver, and three passengers, Denney Lomeli, Leena Ammari, and Amanda Alfar. They were all in their early 20s and lived in the Los Angeles area.

The trajectory of the accident indicated that Mr. Gomez had lost control of the vehicle.

The four were said by family members to have been out at a birthday party.

Ms. Alfar was a student at California State University Northridge, planning to be a lawyer. She spent her early years in Jordan, after being born in Los Angeles.

Other driver sought by police

A dark vehicle was seen on camera driving next to the BMV. Police posted the video of the dark car and the crash on Twitter, asking for anyone with information about the driver to get in touch with them.

The vehicle didn’t stop at the crash, and sped down Balboa Boulevard.

In 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division formed a unit intended to stop street racing, which has become increasingly hard to curtail in the age of social media.

While street racing has long been part of southern California culture, police believe that the ability of racing aficionados to meet at locations determined by social media has made their ability to crack street racing’s social scene harder, and thus efforts at law enforcement harder.

Officials pointed out that drivers who race generally know each other, so they were hopeful that someone will come forward with more information on the driver.

Experienced Car Accident Lawyers

Attorneys at the Ellis Law Firm have been litigating and investigating car accidents in the Los Angeles area for 20 years. We are seasoned professionals with the acumen to win and the tenacity to settle for nothing less than maximum compensation for our clients.

Please call today for a no-cost review of your case by an experienced Los Angeles car crash attorney at our firm. We can recommend what the next step should be for you and your family at this difficult time. Reach us at 1-800-INJURED.

Additional Resources:

  1. Mai-Duc, Christine. “Street Racing May Be Involved in Crash That Killed Four in Northridge, Authorities Say.” Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2017. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-ln-northridge-crash-20171007-htmlstory.html
  2. Mejia, Brittny and Hailey Branson-Potts. “LAPD Trying to Put the Brakes on Illegal Street Racing.” Los Angeles Times. May 10, 2015, http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-racing-20150511-story.html.

Andrew Ellis Named to 2018 List of The Best Lawyers in America©

Ellis Injury Law is pleased to announce that Senior Partner and founding attorney Andrew Ellis was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Praised as one of the most esteemed referral lists of practicing attorneys, Best Lawyers® is widely considered the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Ellis Law, a full-service personal injury law firm headquartered in Los Angeles, is extremely honored that Andy Ellis has once again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of the oldest and most revered lawyer-rating publication in the country.

Attorney Andrew EllisThe attorneys recognized on The Best Lawyers in America© list were chosen based on comprehensive peer-review surveys that evaluate experience, professional expertise and current practice.

Since founding Ellis Injury Law 25 years ago, Andy Ellis has concentrated exclusively on personal injury law, including all aspects of premises liability and product liability. With this recent honor, Ellis has been recognized for his outstanding achievements in personal injury litigation, a distinction he has earned for two consecutive years.

Ellis Injury Law has also been ranked one of the “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News, and selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®. 

Best Lawyers® – Guide to Legal Excellence

Best Lawyers® is the only guide to the legal profession that is solely based on peer reviews. For over 30 years, this list has served as the leading resource for individuals seeking the best legal talent. The methodology for selection strives to capture the opinion of recognized lawyers about the professional abilities and caliber of their colleagues within the same practice and geographical area. Some 7.4 million votes were analyzed for the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

About Ellis Injury Law

Although a large portion of Andy Ellis’ personal injury work is concentrated in Los Angeles County, the firm now serves clients from 20 California office locations, from San Diego to Sacramento. Ellis Injury Law is renowned for aggressive advocacy and achieving landmark results. Ellis’ trial expertise and passion for helping clients has helped the firm procure more than a quarter billion dollars in settlements and verdicts over the past five years alone.

To schedule a free consultation with award-winning personal injury lawyers California has come to trust, we invite you to call 1-800 -INJURED.

Mazda Recall Alerts: Airbags and Power Steering Issues

mazda airbag inflator recall

Mazda has announced the following recalls in September 2017:

Wiring issue: Recall covers Mazda 6 sedans for model years 2015-2016. Wiring under the front passenger seat can rub up against welding debris causing the wires to short knocking our power steering and passenger air bag. More than 60,000 vehicles are affected in the US and Canada. Multiple warning lights will flash if the problem occurs. This recall is expected to start on September 29.

Takata Airbag inflators: Recall covers approximately 309,000 model year 2003-2008 Mazda 6, 2004-2008 RX-8 and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles. This is for cars not repaired from the 2015 recall. The cars are equipped with dual stage driver’s side frontal airbags that can explode in a serious crash impact or a minor fender bender.  Vehicle owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500 to have their recall questions answered.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective household product, faulty automobile part, contaminated food or other unsafe item, the product liability lawyers at Ellis Law will determine if you’re entitled to compensation. Representing clients throughout California, Ellis Law offers unmatched legal representation to those who’ve suffered harm from faulty products, whether it occurred in the workplace, at a business establishment, at home or on the road. The emotional and monetary burdens associated with defective product injuries can be overwhelming;  our law firm will provide the personal attention you deserve during these difficult times. But most importantly, we are here to ensure your rights and those of your family are protected through every step of the litigation process.  Please contact us at 1-800-INJURED for a free and confidential consultation.