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Although BH remains confined to just 5.7 square miles, it has a quiver of robust and wealthy residents of at least 35,000 people at the latest census. Located in Los Angeles County, it remains ringed by several towns, including West Hollywood. Also, Beverly Hills (“BH”), California, is very famous. It had a TV show named after its zip code (Beverly Hills 90210). BH is also the subject of several motion pictures (Beverly Hills Cop. etc.).
Additionally, BH has many other mentions all over the popular media on any given day. Primarily, this is because of its magnet of several famous movie stars and five and 6-star hotels. Also, it is home to the world-famous Rodeo Drive retail outlets ringing its strip. But its nexus remains bound up in its roads and high traffic.
As an example, Gaspar de Portolá discovered the future Beverly Hills on August 3, 1769. The trails he used to find it eventually became the crowded, accident-prone Wilshire Boulevard.
Ultimately, in 1828, Maria Rita Quinteros de Valdez and her spouse ended up owning future BH in the form of a ranch. Accordingly, they named their new 4,500-acre plot “Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.” But Mrs. Rtia Quinteros de Valdez sold the land in 1854. The new owners in succession were Benjamin Davis Wilson (1811–1878) and Henry Hancock (1822–1883).
Ultimately, business choices broke the ranch up into several 75-acre parcels. Caucasians from places like New York eventually bought up these parcels of land. Henry Hammel and Andrew H. Denker ended up with the lion’s BH share and set up lima bean farms. Accordingly, it acquired a new name, the “Hammel and Denker Ranch.”
But around 1900, oil prospectors bought them out to set up a crude oil drilling company. However, after locating little oil and lots of water, its innovative explorers decided to convert the land into an “all-white” city called “Beverly Hills.” Its first home had been built around 1907. Ironically “restrictive covenants” made it impossible for Jews and other racially “impure” to purchase land.
But blacks, Hispanics, and others “inferiors” were servants of the white landowners who could buy land. But later on, these laws were found to be illegal. Modernly, some of the city’s wealthiest residents are, in fact, Jews, many of them personal injury attorneys.
Now here is where it gets interesting. Ultimately, in 1912, the Beverly Hills Hotel construction was completed. Also, this was before BH became incorporated as a city. As a result, many famous movie stars frequented the hotel. It became quite popular with the elite.
As an example, in 1919, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford constructed a mansion on Summit Drive. After the Beverly Hotel created the 6-star polo lounge in the 1940s, even more famous people flocked to BH. Because residents and city planners have historically opposed efficient bussing, expanding traffic lanes, and even subways, traffic accidents are a significant problem in the city’s busier parts, such as the areas servicing Rodeo Drive.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. For example, the Westside Subway Extension project was called the Purple Line of the LA Metro Rail. And it will allegedly be completed around 2020. So these planned subway extensions will run through Beverly Hills.
Additionally, two new underground stations at Wilshire/La Cienega and Wilshire/Rodeo service the city. This will add to even more foot traffic. This article addresses the continual problems associated with slow improvements in traffic safety, especially among bicyclists and pedestrians.
Beverly Hills is perhaps the most popular destination for residents and visitors to Los Angeles. Rodeo Drive, with its fashionable clothing and retail outlets, expensive, exotic, and luxury cars parked and moving along everywhere; it is like the rich and famous dreamland.
Besides the run of mill slipping on a banana peel, auto accidents are among the most challenging points for any individual’s life.
But there are always many consequences for the victims involved. Meanwhile, while in this state of confusion, it is not difficult for the victims to become overwhelmed during the aftermath.
As a famous tourist town, Beverly Hills has the misfortune of being plagued by the same type of high accident rate other densely inhabited areas countenance.
When someone else is responsible for your injuries, whether through recklessness or carelessness, you are entitled to indemnification.
So if you went through agony because of the negligence of someone else in or around the City of Orange area, once your acute medical needs have been handled, the next move is to contact a prominent personal injury lawyer. Ehline Law Firm maintains a well-known law practice with an office in Beverly Hills.
As can be seen, we will boldly fight to assure you win the payment you have coming. In furtherance of our client-based approach, we always work on a contingency basis. In other words, we don’t get an attorney’s fee unless we secure a settlement or jury verdict.
First of all, it depends on the nature and severity of the injury. But beyond that, your ability to prove the negligence of the other party is critical. But a good lawyer can help you get restitution for:
In the final analysis, other factors exist that can make it more difficult for victims to garner adequate and just compensation. Sometimes, the court or jury panel may decide the victims has “comparative fault with light or insufficient evidence.”
Because of this, the victim and the other party are both found partially responsible for the accident. When that happens, the victim may only garner partial compensatory damages and not be made whole.
Sometimes someone else also has complicit negligence for your accident. For example, a pizza delivery store owner may have to cover the negligent delivery driver who was acting in the course and scope of employment.
If so, and the employee ran someone over, Ehline Law Firm can probably help you receive reimbursement for your above mentioned medical costs, loss of wages, permanent disability, and pain and suffering.
From 2006-2018, reported traffic data collated for Beverly Hills, CA, shows there were 4,021 auto collisions with 23 people killed and 5,367 injured in this city.
Consequently, bike, pedestrian, and motorcycle wrecks resulted in more severe complications for these victims than for passengers and occupants of enclosed vehicles.
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Intersection accidents are among the most common and most dangerous accidents to pedestrians, bicycle riders, and other motorists.
As detailed above, the most dangerous intersection in Beverly Hills is Roxbury Drive and Santa Monica Blvd., which is situated just off the off-street parking structures serving Rodeo Drive. The Google map is also a humongous four-way intersection with large, striped pedestrian crosswalks on all four sides.
There are also traffic lights and pedestrian crossing signals for the blind and impaired. Interestingly, this is not Rodeo Drive. Instead, it remains a heavily trafficked thoroughfare servicing this area.
At present, the area remains sandwiched between residential housing and commercial buildings. Significantly, from 2006-2018 at least 13 wrecks were reported here, many involving walkers and bicyclists.
As can be seen above, the top non enclosed vehicle accident in Beverly Hills remains the person on foot getting hit or run over, aka, the pedestrian accident.
Moreover, there were 543 pedestrian accidents during the reported period, making up 13.5% of traffic collisions in this town. But there are many reasons for this. An example is a person walking. In short, this victim doesn’t have the protection of a roll cage and seatbelts, etc.
But the sad fact is that Beverly Hills, in particular, is challenging to navigate for a visitor. Most of all, the place is wrought with distractions. First off, we will discuss below some of the city’s efforts to make pedestrians walking about in Beverly Hills, in particular, safer.
But first, let’s get a baseline on the various ways people are injured or slain on the roads of this rich, vibrant community. During this same period, the data table and corresponding pie chart below shows 22 people died, and 82 people suffered severe injuries in a Beverly Hills vehicle wreck.
The top BH auto accident collisions by rating are as follows:
As noted in the chart, the top worse days and hours to drive in Beverly Hills are:
The worse time of day to drive in Beverly Hills during the week insofar as car accidents are concerned is between 3:00 pm and 5:59 pm.
Surprisingly, Saturday between the hours of 12:00 and 2:59 pm is the only time there are more traffic accidents than 3:00 pm and 5:59 pm. And this makes sense because so many people are commuting and shopping on Saturdays around noon time.
For this study’s purposes, we presumed that a fatality is the most grievous type of bodily harm. Closely followed are the more severe and severe abrasions, road rash, broken bones, brain injuries, and then the less severe malaise involving some bed rest and whiplash, perhaps.
The top three California Vehicle Code Section violations cited as causes of Beverly Hills car accidents are as follows:
As shown in the reported traffic statistics, the top cause of Beverly Hills accidents appears to be the failure to yield the right of way.
With so many distractions and people coming and going in such a rush, it makes sense that sideswipes and broadsides would often occur in Beverly Hills. Places like Rodeo Drive are rife for failure to yield collisions. In the same fashion, distracting street signs, advertisements, billboards, and storefronts add to the confusing flux.
For these reasons, unsafe speed as the number two cause of crashes here is also making sense as a standard top collision factor.
After all, safe speed, and not just posted speed is what matters when navigating such a bustling locale. So if it’s bumper to bumper, or you see a lot of kids, elders, etc., you slow down, put your phone down and observe traffic.
At number three for causes of car accidents in Beverly Hills is the failure to obey signals and signs. So don’t become a traffic accident statistic yourselves. Simultaneously, the best way to avoid a wreck is to pay attention, don’t follow too carefully, look before starting or backing your car, and remember not to impede the flow of traffic.
So, for example, don’t hazardously park your vehicle. And never try to pass another car to get a parking spot unsafely. Don’t break laws trying to get to your destination faster.
Also, so many people are fidgeting with their dials, taking selfies. It’s silly. Also, others are still trying to catch a glimpse of some famous person. So they ignore posted speed limits and the near presence of vulnerable pedestrians.
Anyway, don’t be that guy! With this in mind, remember, pedestrians almost always have the right of way! So pay attention!
As noted, out of 5,390 victims, the top victims by role are:
Also, notice that although bicyclists don’t make the top three list of victims. But like pedestrian accidents, riders suffer more significant personal harm during an impact, than say, a car passenger wearing a lap/shoulder harness in a similar crash. Still, bicyclists make up 270 victims at 5.01% of the total statistical balance.
“Broadside = 1,582 wrecks, representing 39.34% of all traffic crashes in Beverly Hills.
Rear End = 950 wrecks, representing 23.63% of reported collisions during the reporting period.
Pedestrian v auto, representing 450 victims, or 11.19% of total traffic accidents in Beverly Hills during the same time frame. For the additional categories of types of collisions . . .”
As noted below, the worst time of the day for a Beverly Hills pedestrian accident is broad daylight, with 407 accidents reported from 2006-2018. That is to say, 75% of all wrecks with people on foot happened in broad daylight.
Although pedestrians always have the right of way in Beverly Hills, people on foot must reasonably share the streets. In other words, they must use the sidewalks and roads with reasonable care for the conditions presented. Of course, pedestrians can be partially liable for contributing to events leading up to accidents.
As an example, pedestrians should not ignore the “walk” “don’t walk” signals. Also, jaywalking, riding a bike in a crosswalk, or darting into the street show the victims were partly negligent.
Besides comparative negligence, autos are almost always found to be at fault in these negligence cases. So the city has wisely taken steps to develop safe and redundant traffic systems.
Research in Beverly Hills and Oakland cities discovered that future collisions between pedestrians and vehicles were practically halved following the installation of Barnes Scramble crosswalks. First created by traffic engineer Henry Barnes for use in Denver, over 70 years ago, they just catching on in California.
Few cities across the U.S. have these types of “diagonal crosswalks.” Studies have proven that pedestrians are far safer when properly using these diagonal crosswalks.
As a rule, motorists find these so-called “Barnes Scrambles” annoying because they tend to cause bottlenecks. Compared to traditional cloverleaves, drivers must wait longer in clogged corridors at red lights. All this so that people can walk back and forth to and from one of the four walkways.
So, in addition to the LA road rage problem, many locals in car-centric Beverly Hills wonder if these scrambles pass muster under the risk to benefit analysis. Keep in mind; there are many creative diagonal crosswalks to choose from. Beverly Hills went with the standard X design.
Correct, these special crosswalks require vehicles to stop in all four directions. That way, walkers can move freely from corner to corner, including through the middle of an intersection. The vast majority of traffic collisions in Beverly Hills are still pedestrian urbanists getting run over while crossing the street.
But BH uses a holistic approach. In other words, the city uses a toolbox of traffic accident avoidance systems. This included adding more turn lanes at South Santa Monica Boulevard, as well as the scramble crossings.
Coupled with enhanced visibility of speed limit signs and shared-use mobility zones, much focus has been on pedestrian safety. And Beverly Hills even wants a pedestrian bridge at the future Metro Purple Line station. Plus, they will display digital parking occupancy signage on parking garages. So that way, they can try and reduce the need for much needed on-street parking.
Believe it or not, Beverly Hills’ Santa Monica Blvd has no sidewalk on one side of the street! Not to mention, the busy intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire restricts people from crossing on the west side of the crossing. Correspondingly, Santa Monica Boulevard becomes more menacing for the person who walks at Westwood Boulevard.
Trekkers must virtually race across the street due to the absurdly fast traffic light phasing. Many cars start moving before pedestrians get across.
In any event, besides building curb additions, the city should re-evaluate light signal phasing. Or perhaps it should reduce the size of the crossings? It’s almost as if the city doesn’t care about the blind, people in wheelchairs, and infirm elders. Of course, Beverly Hills has conducted traffic studies since at least the early 1960s. So you’d think the traffic engineers would have come up with some better risk aversion ideas.
In summary, Beverly Hills has done a lot to achieve a reduction in pedestrian traffic accidents. The city has gone so far as to install pedestrian scrambles. But the city needs to do more to make sure streets and crossings safer for the elderly and infirm, as well as regular wayfarers.
A motorist is imbued with a moral obligation to perform the task of driving with “reasonable care.” Part of this duty includes taking care not to injure others when manipulating a motorized vehicle’s controls. If the driver fails to act prudently, that vehicle operator can be surmised to have acted negligently.
Proceedings of negligence in Beverly Hills repeatedly entangle vehicle operators who disobey traffic laws. Examples include ignoring traffic signals, signs and driving at an excessive speed. Almost always, these same people fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.
A top cause of pedestrian accidents occurs when vehicle drivers neglect signaling while turning. There are more reckless collisions, such as being on some substance while driving like drugs or alcohol. In addition to criminal charges and restitution payments to the victim, some drunkards are even forced to pay punitive damages.
But did you know sometimes drivers owe an even higher duty than is presumed? For example, what about school zones? You guessed it; drivers must act with a significant tenor of alertness. And they must beware while navigating areas where they know or should know, elders, handicapped, and children are active.
The drivers’ locations to be incredibly observant encompass school campuses, parks, older people’s homes, urban playgrounds, and residential housing. Don’t make the mistake of fiddling with your smartphone or car’s knobs and dials near these locations. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
While pedestrians always have the right of way in Beverly Hills, the highest fatalities result from these cases. Inattentive motorists can easily maim or slay pedestrians trying to get across the street. Heck, sometimes a bus or truck can jump a curb. If so, it could wipe out a whole swath of bystanders on a corner waiting for a light to turn green.
With this in mind, and an unheedful driver wounds you, you could have the basis for a personal injury lawsuit. The Ehline Law Firm represents pedestrian versus vehicle accident victims in Beverly Hills and all of California. We await your critical communications with eagerness.
“the worst time of the day for a Beverly Hills pedestrian accident is broad daylight, with 407 accidents reported from 2006-2018. That is to say, 75% of all wrecks with people on foot happened in broad daylight.”
CHP data. Michael Ehline
Los Angeles Magazine ranks Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills as an “uneven, cramped nightmare.” (Source.) As noted above, bicycle accidents are common in Beverly Hills, with 270 victims, representing 5.01% of all reported Beverly Hills traffic collisions from 2006-20018.
As a result, this makes riding collisions the number four most common traffic accident in the city. Of particular interest, new service dog laws allow anyone to legally say their dog is a comfort or”service” animal. So, in summary, a heightened dog attack while riding risk exists in BH.
Is the owner of the whelping dog at the table next to you at the Starbucks™ even disabled? Bikers are more concerned about the bad habits of many dog owners outside of the coffee shop. Inattentive dog owners cause more bites because they don’t supervise these potentially deadly animals.
We have seen many instances of a long leashed or unleashed dogs leaping at a fast-moving cyclist in any event. Some unleashed dogs chase and bit the bicyclist’s legs, ankles, and bike tires. So yes, dog bites are a real threat to innocent riders in cramped quarters along Santa Monica Boulevard.
Why is it that bikers seem to enjoy the rights of pedestrians? We often get burning questions from confused, at fault riders who were hit after they quickly peddled into a crosswalk, as an example.
First, many differences and similarities exist between Beverly Hills’ pedestrians and bicyclists’ rights, duties, and obligations.
For example, what happens when a bicyclist is forced to become a pedestrian? How do we square the laws? As an example, in some parts of LA, it is legal to ride on the sidewalk.
But we could find no statute or code that allows a rider to ride a bike in a designated cross WALK. So just what laws do and don’t apply exclusively to bicyclists trying to ride in this crowded municipality?
Well, right off the bat, we need to understand that there are not many bike lanes here. One side argues bike lanes will make riders safer. But the other side argues that riding virtually anywhere in BH is dangerous, so we can’t have bike lanes to encourage more riding here. (Read more.)
Naturally, with no safe streets to ride on, cyclists will try and use the sidewalk. But slower traffic often congests these walkways. In particular, bicyclists remain confounded by the local municipal sidewalk riding regulations.
Probably not, unless you are in a residential area of the city. In recent years, cities have allowed bicyclists to come up off the roads and peddle alongside walkers. The reasons seem to be bicycle safety and easing street vehicle traffic flow. Discussed below is the confusing legal spectacle of Beverly Hills sidewalk riding laws.
Beverly Hills has an assortment of sidewalk riding decrees in different sections of their municipal code. Many lawyers would argue that these unclear, hard-to-finding rules represent a trap for the unwary rider.
For example, § 5-5-8 says:
The operator of a bicycle shall not ride on the public sidewalk in any business district as prohibited by section 5-6-801 of this title.
§ 5-6-801 above states:
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate, ride, or propel any bicycle, skateboard, roller skates or similar type device on the sidewalk in any business district. For purposes of this section, “business district” shall be defined as designated in section 235 of the state Vehicle Code.
California Vehicle Code (CVC) § 235 countries:
A “business district” is that portion of a highway and the property contiguous thereto (a) upon one side of which highway, for a distance of 600 feet, 50 percent or more of the contiguous property fronting thereon is occupied by buildings in use for business, or (b) upon both sides of which highway, collectively, for a distance of 300 feet, 50 percent or more of the contiguous property fronting thereon is so occupied. A business district may be longer than the distances specified in this section if the above ratio of buildings in use for business to the length of the highway exists.
In other words, where 50% of the structures house a service type of activity, sidewalk riding remains prohibited. Confused yet? So what does that mean? To learn what this means, we need to see Beverly Hill’s definition of a “Business district.”
All churches, apartments, hotels, multiple dwelling houses, clubs, and public buildings, other than schools, shall be deemed to be business structures.
In this case, virtually everything along the sidewalks appears to be a “business district.” So it’s hard to know when you are (and when you aren’t) in sidewalk riding location.
These strange regulations do not make sense to ride on any sidewalk in Beverly Hills. (Other than in residential family home subdivisions.) So keep your tires in the street, and always ride with the flow of traffic.
The big question is whether or not you can sue Beverly Hills proper for failing to install bicycle lanes. And the answer is probably no. Bicyclists and other victims of government negligence may only sue under particular conditions.
As an example, let’s say for argument’s sake that a bicyclist fell through an unmarked, unbarricaded, open maintenance hole. In that case, the city could be potentially liable for failure to warn of a known, dangerous condition. But the town has no mandate to install more bike lanes or make its sidewalk riding laws more straightforward or friendlier. So the city has no liability in that case.
There are other cases where sovereign immunity does not come into play. Sometimes a condition substantially changes from the original engineering plan. In that case, the fallen rider can often pierce the shield of immunity and sue. As an example, perhaps the City failed to repair a pothole or warning sign. So let’s say that caused the cyclist to crash their bike.
Yes, a case may exist under those conditions. In that case, the rider would have only six months to file a governmental administrative claim. This is called invoking the administrative remedy.
After a certain period, the agency you file with will either accept liability and pay you. But it’s more likely you will get a denial letter. This is also known as a “letter to sue.” But unlike a regular lawsuit, you have a short period in which to pursue the city or its agents.
Because of this, you must retain highly keen and experienced lawyers who have successfully dealt with cases against administrative municipalities. Ehline Law Firm is among the premier attorneys at handling all facets of governmental tort claims.
In summary, riding in Beverly Hills is dangerous. It’s the fourth most significant traffic accident statistic. The city has done little to make Beverly Hills bicycle-friendly. Another critical point – it’s incumbent upon the city council to pass laws. That is the smartest way to make Beverly Hills a rider-friendly town.
So, in summary, the Tort Claims Act defines the city’s only legal liability. Last, only a trained lawyer can know what to do against a large, powerful city with such vast resources. Get a lawyer.
A motorcycle crash is a complex event involving the reciprocal of rider, vehicle, and natural elements. Although each collision is unique, it remains the same because it is a violent scenario. Noteworthy is that more than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in an injury or death.
The CHP classifies traffic injuries as:
The motorcycle itself provides no head injury protection to the rider or passenger. At the same time, ejection from the bike is a common injury pathway. Also, if a bike comes to a sudden stop, the rider is ejected from the motorcycle. So now the launched rider forcibly strikes objects in the trajectory path and on the ground.
Motorcycles riding Beverly Hills streets are always at risk in this jam-packed city frequented by many out of towners. Meanwhile, there are so many distractions for sedan motorists. For example, drivers often fail to look out for motorcycles, people, bicycles, or general.
Also, many awestruck drivers are just too excited to notice that their failure to look out for a cyclist’s smaller nomenclature almost killed someone when they cut him or her off.
There were two deaths during the reported period out of 243 total motorcycle accidents. This is a remarkably small number of deaths considering the sheer number of rush hour traffic accidents in most other LA cities. Significantly, 50% of all motorcycle accident fatalities were caused by alcohol-related driving offenses. The chart below identifies other traffic accident modalities for bikers.
Total Yes 1 0 6 4 11 No 1 14 123 94 232 Total 2 14 129 98 243
Especially during summertime in the Golden State, motorcyclists hitting the open road on their steel horses. As noted above, from 2006-2008, there were at least 243 accidents with injuries in Beverly Hills. And this corresponds with statistics from The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (“NHTSA”).
Their data shows at least 48,727 fatalities during their reporting period over their ten year study period. This shocking average demonstrated over 4,800 poor souls left this earth each year. Sadly, traumatic injuries led the way as the number one cause of death for people, primarily males, aged 1-45.
In each case, taking proper safety precautions before embarking on the next riding excursion is a major but not the only key to making it back home safely and in one piece. After all, motorcycles lack the crashworthiness and occupant safeguards present in most enclosed automobiles.
Typically, even the smallest passenger car will still outweigh also the most massive CC engined motorcycle. Plus, a standard coup, minivan, or station wagon, for example, will be comprised of door beams and other safety equipment. If it’s not a convertible, it will also have a roof, safety glass, seatbelts, airbags, and be equipped with anti-lock braking systems. Besides that, a subcompact, compact, midsized, or more substantial car, with few exceptions, has four rubber tires and a lower center of gravity than most motorbikes.
So right away, it’s easy to see that a large passenger bus, truck, or small jalopy is more stable than a motorbike. Also, bikes are far less regular at slower speeds. Moreover, these larger conveyances offer far more protection and life-saving redundancies protecting the vehicle’s occupants from strikes and impacts against the machine and its occupant(s). Last, touring cars, jeeps, limousines, hatchbacks, and other automobiles are far easier to spot than a small, fast-moving, agile chopper, scooter, or mini bike example.
So are there any advantages in safety concerning a motorcycle versus a car?? The answer is “perhaps.” Certainly, occupant protection is not comparable. In almost every case, a car’s resider will have far more crash protection than that offered by a motorcycle.
On the other hand, the motorcycle is far lighter and less bulky than the most standard motorcar. Sometimes speed and agility is the key to escaping a pending calamity. True, bikes may not have the crashworthiness characteristics of a car. But the motorcycle has agile maneuverability and quick-reacting handlebars. Plus, it has quick braking capabilities and an unrivaled ability to rapidly dart or swerve away from dangers in a rapid fashion. So here, it beats any car.
So, in short:
Some may argue that riding gear can offer the motorcycle riders and passengers a reassurance degree in a crash. But riding gear can also provide some riders a false sense of security. Some riders make the mistake of thinking they are armored medieval knights on steel horses. Don’t be that guy.
All the riding gear in the world affords people less protection from dying in a crash than the proven safeguards built into a modern, enclosed, four-wheeled auto. Almost always, bikers in a collision are lucky to escape with only minor or severe injuries barely.
Of course, wearing a helmet is vital to help mitigate head injuries. Leathers can help lessen the blow of being thrown to the asphalt and road rash. It’s also the law to wear head protection. Also, it can hurt your later personal injury suit if you don’t wear one.
Noteworthy here is that federal safety standards determine how much energy and force helmets must disburse. Also, they decide how much unobstructed peripheral vision helmets must provide a rider. Simultaneously, these are the only legal helmets in states with helmet laws, such as California.
Unfortunately, few studies exist dealing with the injuries associated with motorcycle collisions. Most reviews we could find dealt only with causes of motorcycle-related crashes and deaths.
Ironically, the injuries sustained and the length of hospitalization after a wreck make motorcycles a ripe topic.
After all, the damage and associated mortality studies don’t cover the primary injuries suffered by everyday riders. Other studies we found to deal with helmet laws. The main thrust of that research covered trends in head injury claims after passage or repeal of helmet laws.
In 2016, the NHTSA reported that motorcycle helmets saved the lives of more than 1,850 people. That study showed that 800 people passed away unnecessarily from not wearing a helmet. That is significant. But it’s not just any helmet that meets the safety requirements.
For example, a World War II German Stalhelm does not meet the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. The bottom line is that if you cannot locate the DOT symbol on the lower rear portion of the helmet, it does not have the requisite identifying not for profit Snell and ANSI labels.
These private licensing organizations work with the government in identifying safe helmets for motorcycling on U.S. roads. But as with all regulations, these guidelines are a floor and not a ceiling. Some helmets are far more reliable than others.
Moving right along, for us to determine the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents, we looked at the various published studies below to get the basic idea of the most common injuries from motorcycle riding accidents.
Remember that age does seem to play a role in the number of accidents and type of injury when we look at Sarkar (1995). But that study also found that 36% of helmeted rider deaths were not from head injuries. Instead, injuries to the trunk were a significant cause of delayed mortality.
Yes. The California Kraus study of the 1994 survey of fatalities before and after their helmet regulations showed that a vast swath of riding fatalities had their nexus in the severe chest and abdominal trauma.
In other words, yes, helmets prevent worsening of a head injury, for example, but they don’t stop handlebars of the trunk of a car from damaging the chest, abdomen, or rib cage of a thrown rider.
The significant proportion of lower extremity, chest, and abdominal injuries makes these ripe subjects ready to be studied more.
Abdomen and thoracic injuries often lead to multiple intra-thoracic and intra-abdominal injuries. The sheer volume of bilaterality of rib fractures was also frequently coupled with severe thoracic and abdominal organ injuries.
But for young and old alike, the primary cause of motorcycle accidents nationwide is a collision with another motorist or an object such as a parked automobile. Conversely, motorcycle riders over 40 years of age appear to be twice the amount of overturning cases than younger riders.
Also, the more senior in age the rider is, the higher the chances of striking a dog, cat, bird, or another type of object. Since older riders tend to buy 1000 cc and 1000+ cc bikes, there is a correlation between overturns and the weight of the vehicles.
Younger riders tend to purchase the lightweight racing bikes more. Either way, a downed rider is at considerable risk of being sucked under a parked car. Sometimes riders are thrown waist-high into the trunk or on to the hood of another vehicle, curb, or ditch.
Yes. Interestingly, older bikers remain at more substantial risk for colliding into a house, barrier, ditch, curb, light pole, bridge overpass, or another object. Naturally, as a body flails into the air, a snapping, the exposed head is at significant risk for smashing into a fixed or moving object.
Once a person lands, it is often the human’s face and head that bear the impact’s brunt. Because of this, it appears that facial injuries such as lacerations and scars from road rash, to fractured or missing jaws, seem to be more familiar with older riders. But more studies need to be done on face protection to understand the injury differences in ages. (Source.)
In summary, there is a connection between riding injuries and age. Helmets can protect the head. But thoracic and abdominal injuries and facial injuries seem to remain mostly unaffected by helmet regulations. Younger riders have advantages in faster reaction times and from buying lighter race type bikes.
Conversely, older riders seem to start riding later in life, and they ride heavier bikes. Larger bikes are less wieldy that Cathay style bikes, for example. So they are harder to control. As a result, they crash into objects more when there is a crash.
Yes, it does matter. So let’s look at the evolution of riding to get a baseline on age as a factor. First of all, motorcycles are still a very male affair. More and more, older males are buying large CC Harley style bikes to gain wealth and enter into a midlife crisis.
Sure there are some lesbian biker clubs and other female M/C’s. However, this is the exception and not the rule to the world of U.S. motorcycle riding. Up to the present time, the vast majority of motorcycle riders are young and adult males.
Regardless of age, riding experience remains a significant factor in avoiding death or serious injury. Many motorcycle collisions are with novice riders. So it’s not just the inability to grasp the intrinsic driving peculiarities and constraints of the chopper itself at issue here.
Dedicated, young, and old riders must pay particular attention to danger and take exceptional forethought before saddling up. Something as simple as warming up the tires before riding on long trips in cold weather can mean the difference between life and death. So you must build intelligence, reflexes, and swiftness into an emphatic defensive riding routine.
The divergence here is that when men age past their 40’s, their reflexes begin to slow, and they even become more gullible. Where youth becomes beneficial to riding is the inherent alertness at a place like a busy intersection. After all, this is where the vast majority of riding collisions occur.
Young men, in particular, tend to have quicker response times in situations like this. The Israeli Air Force uses teenaged fighter pilots to crew their top military aircraft for a reason. And this is despite a minor’s presumed lack of adult-like judgment and maturity.
Around 1/3 of multi-vehicle involved traffic collisions occur when another vehicle neglectfully turns left or right into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. In this case, the younger man is at a reflexive advantage over an older male.
Of course, to begin with, young and old motorcyclists should try and stand out. We have all seen the bumper sticker, “loud pipes save lives.” So there is truth to standing out with noise and visible ques. For example, orange riding vests may look silly, but the military requires their off duty servicemembers who ride to wear them for a reason.
Staying visible at all times is key to remaining uninjured while riding. And this is besides staying keyed up to what might happen based upon rider education.
For example, young and old bikers need to anticipate the statistical dangers or left turns at an intersection. A trained rider must know how to drop and ride the downed bike like a surfboard, for example. Learning the appropriate defense maneuvers and how to perform them can be a life or death proposition.
Riders need to consider taking an enclosed motor vehicle as an Uber when there is terrible or inclement weather. For example, after a fresh California downpour, oily, slippery surfaces require a great deal of caution. When the water has filled potholes, riders may not see the hazard. Also, riders could have reduced reaction time if the hole is spotted.
Sometimes riders encounter other obstacles on the roadway like pieces of wood, nails, or pebbles. For example, after a fresh rain or snow, rocks could submerge the paved surfaces under the mud or black ice.
Also, regardless of weather, motorcycle riders must have confidence that they have the best training and riding gear. Being able to see the road ahead remains vital to cyclists. Because of this, eye protection should be placed at the forefront. Also, riding into a flying bug’s path or drifting behind a gravel truck can significantly affect eye damage.
Even a blade of grass from a lawnmower can permanently damage and blind a rider. Without delay, old and new riders upgrading or purchasing new rides should enroll in a motorcycle training course. So regardless of age, motorcycle safety is paramount.
Some accidents are unavoidable. And that’s why it’s called an accident. Sometimes no matter the precautions a rider takes, he or she is taking a spill. At least 43% of all fatal motorcycle collisions are alcohol-related. Drunks rear-end riders a lot. Also, riders don’t have eyes in the back of their head, and they can’t react to everything simultaneously.
It’s not always the other guy who was drinking either. First of all, a motorcycle requires more skill and coordination to operate than a car. Running a bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol dramatically reduces the rider’s reaction times, making it inherently unsafe.
Tip: Don’t drink and drive, especially if you’re a motorcyclist.
Below we discuss in detail each type of injury and its relationship to motorcycling.
Helmet use radically decreases the risk of brain injuries from riding. Some studies suggest they do so by as much as 85%. But the caveat here is that helmeted or not; riders remain at severe risk for a traumatic brain injury and many reasons. After all, the brain remains the most weighty human bodily organ. The fact that it sits on a flexible neck makes it vulnerable to jarring and jolting.
Sometimes, the backward and forward snapping motion of a collision makes the brain smack the skull’s inner walls. When that occurs, the brain may swell up inside the cavernous skull cavity. When that happens, it can run out of room to continue cerebral swelling. The vulnerable grey matter can explode inside the head. Brain bleed and inflammation can mean death or permanent retardation in many cases.
But brain injuries can be caused in tandem with a fractured skull. Yes, even with a helmet, the crown can become broken along with the helmet itself. Albeit, there are many other types of brain injuries discussed here. In any event, head injuries from Beverly Hills motorcycle collisions can range from concussions to memory loss, to a vegetative state, to a drawn-out, painful death. In summary, helmets help save lives, but the anatomy of a brain injury is not so simple as to rely upon head protection alone to prevent the head.
So this is an exciting topic for discussion. It does appear that people who ride Harley style bikes are part of broader biker culture. It is uncool to wear a full-face helmet with wrap around the jaw and head protection and ride a Harley. Because of this, people who don’t have a full-face helmet remain at higher risk for facial injuries from flying objects. So obviously, glasses or goggles, or some form of eye protection, remains paramount, no matter your mount.
So all those professional doctors and lawyers who reside in Beverly Hills who enjoy playing dress-up biker on the weekends, you need to be aware that one false move, and boom, you’re permanently disfigured or even blinded.
As discussed above, even a blade of grass can ruin your complexion or pierce an eye when it hits your face at 55 miles per hour or more. Bugs can ultimately hinder your airways and vision.
Here are some more:
Can you think of some other types of facial injuries resulting from a motorcycle crash?
Many riding injuries are coupled with trauma to the soft tissues of the neck. As discussed, the forwards, backward, and side to side motion of a rider’s head atop their neck is not strong enough to remain stable during the G forces of a collision. Because of this, whiplash, depending on severity, can lead to significant internal damage.
Examples of types of internal damage associated with neck injuries include:
More serious motorcycle neck injuries lead to more severe spine injuries on occasion, as discussed below. Look out for the secondary impact in causing severe breaks. Being slammed to the ground after being tossed like a rag doll is what we call a secondary effect.
Slamming into an object during deceleration can easily lead to broken vertebrae. And these are up there with burn injuries as one of the most painful ways to suffer a slow, excruciating death.
Motorcycle accidents are notorious for massive trauma and death to riders and their passengers. Besides head, neck, and face injuries, chest injuries are prevalent.
Pictured left, the thorax is the ribcage section that protects so many of our vital organs, including the heart. It is the body part all mammals retain. It lies between the neck and the abdomen. And it includes the enclosed ribs cavity.
So it consists of the breastbone dorsal vertebrae and contains the chief circulatory organs necessary for circulation and respiration. It is commonly referred to as the “chest.”
Things like handlebars and the trunks of parked cars are often landing impact points of a displaced occupant.
Moreover, this blunt force trauma often has secondary complications such as internal bleeding, damage to the liver, heart, and other internal organs. A collapsed lung or bilateral lung contusions is not rare after a crushing blow to the chest cavity.
Sometimes a victim loses their wind and never gets in back. When rib fractures occur, injuries to the aorta, lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen are all potential outcomes.
A hospital may be needed to administer emergency oxygenation and pain management. Other non-surgical care like a nurse may be necessary for those with massive or multiple rib fractures.
Also, residual complications like internal bleeding, pneumonia, and even death are always lurking around the corner. Sometimes it’s a life or death situation, and emergency surgery is required to restore proper breathing patterns.
Some of the most common traumatic motorcycle collisions related chest injuries are:
In sum, chest injuries can range from mild bruising to fatal heart, lung, and internal organ damage. Sometimes surgery is needed. If you or a loved one suffered an injury such as this, Ehline Law Firm empathizes with you and is here to assist you with any legal advice you may be seeking.
With this in mind, please call (888) 400-9721 to speak to a lawyer who rides and discover your rights after a Beverly Hills motorcycle crash.
The back of the Thorax connects to the spine. Together, they combine to enforce the rib cage’s organs, blood supply systems, and nerves. As already discussed, at a minimum, a biker will suffer bruising, hyperflexion, and hyperextension. At the worse, a fallen rider will suffer paralysis or death.
Believe it or not, injuries to the muscles protecting the stomach and the rest of the internal digestive system can be heavily damaged or destroyed in a motorcycle accident. Regardless, statistics show that blunt abdominal trauma makes up around 2.7% to 17% of emergency room trauma visits (1,2,3)
Also, these commonly result in life-threatening hemorrhaging (4). Correspondingly, the spleen and liver are the organs most subjected to trauma in this part of the body. Furthermore, blunt hepatic and splenic injuries make up 4% to 5.4% of all reported blunt torso injuries (5). Last, blunt hepatic and splenic injuries are most commonly caused by slips, trips and falls, physical assault (80% of all cases), auto accidents, and workplace mishaps. (Source.)
No reliable motorcycle accident stats are dealing with injuries to the abdomen. But in Taiwan, where people ride more, more than 50% of all trauma accidents involve motorcyclists (Source.) In summary, it is highly likely that motorcyclists in Beverly Hills are at a higher risk for trauma injuries than the occupants enclosed inside of a car.
Blunt force trauma to the abdomen makes up a large portion of hospital visits in the U.S., and many of these are for motorcycle-related accidents. Above all, failure to get prompt medical care can be fatal. And even if you do survive, you may live with life long pain and complications.
The upper extremities include the shoulders, arms, forearms, wrists, hands, and the superior limb or thoracic limb. But what are the most common upper extremity injuries in motorcycle collisions?
So it is easy to see how any of these injuries can occur in a bad motorcycle wreck. But here, it’s not even worth going into more details as to causation.
Lower extremity injuries include trauma to the:
Of all the above conditions, thighs and ankles seem to take a lot of punishment during a motorcycle-related crash. Also, the hips, knees, and ankles will often become dislocated or fracture into many pieces in a like manner. As an example, riders wearing tennis shoes instead of boots often see their toes ground down by road rash if a crash occurs. Although these can be disfiguring and cause significant future handicaps, most riders survive these conditions after medical care.
Lower body injuries include shattered and fractured bones in the legs, wrists, ankles, knees, and feet to recap. Special padding riding chaps with sewn-in knee protection helps to armor up and to mitigate these types of motorcycle injuries. Notably, riding belts can help reduce potential pelvic and kidney-related trauma as well.
Motorcycle accidents often lead to common painful injuries, including:
Each time you ride the mean streets of Beverly Hills, you place your life at risk. The first thing to remember is that wearing special riding gear and equipment is helpful. It could save your life and help to lessen your losses even if you did get hurt. With this injury in mind, make sure and visit the urgent care or emergency room when you feel injured after a crash.
If possible, use your smartphone to photograph the accident scene and document your injuries overtime in the mirror. If possible, make a day in the life video to show how your injuries are affecting your bottom line.
As always, use the buddy system whenever possible when riding. Naturally, ride with experienced bikers who know motorcycle safety and place it first and foremost. In a word, the biker pack’s visibility drastically increases motorist’s awareness of bikers on the roads.
Never drink and drive. In summary, the NHSTA statistical data for 2017 indicates that at least 28% of motorcyclists who passed away after a wipeout were themselves under the influence of an intoxicating substance.
Unfortunately, we’ve seen it all before.
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Why not contact a motorcycle lawyer now for more information? In any event, we will travel anywhere in the state to discuss your legal options in a free, no-pressure consultation. So call or email us today to find out how we can work together. In conclusion, let Ehline Law be there for you every step of the way.
Motorcycle accidents are personal to our lead attorney, Michael Ehline. He is a genuine motorsports enthusiast and has ridden bikes for decades. So Michael knows the thrill of the open road and the concerns of your motorcyclists.
To make sure that riders are taken care of is a personal cause. And it’s a cause that each member of our team takes very seriously. Ehline Law Firm knows that riding motorcycles can be a way of life.
Other drivers can be careless, resulting in severe injury or even death for bikers. The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC has successfully represented hundreds of similar cases assisting motorcyclists.
Once we take on such a case, we don’t rest until our job has become completed. And only after it meets your satisfaction. Also, we don’t ask for a penny unless we win. In brief, we work on contingency, meaning that we don’t make a cent unless we recover for you. Given these points, our team takes our role in your recovery very seriously.
Ehline Law is considered one of the leading motorcycle accident firms in Southern California and understands the different risks posed by such a crash.
Auto accidents are a scary prospect for any driver. There are many effects caused by such a crash by and large, including the loss of mobility, work, and a vehicle. But with the help of a skilled attorney, much of the fear can be removed. The Ehline Law Firm comes with such experience that we have fought and won thousands of auto accident cases across California for our clients.
It’s this kind of veteran experience that you want when the pressure is on in the long run. Ehline Law is different from many other law firms because of our focus. After all, we leverage our experience solely for the benefit of our clients. If they don’t receive compensation, we don’t either.
This sort of approach earned our lead attorney Michael Ehline, the prestigious 2015 Litigator Award.
After a car accident, several options are open for our clients.
Of course, this is just a partial list. Usually, the Beverly Hills Police Department will respond to the crash if you are injured. But after calling the cops, there are a few things you should do. Besides getting medical help, you need legal and related support.
Our experience has brought tens of millions of dollars to our clients across Southern California. That is to say, we leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice. Above all, Ehline Law’s team is tireless and won’t give up until the job is done.
For more information or to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation to discuss your legal rights, please call or email us. To sum it all up, we will come anywhere in California to discuss your legal options and how we can best serve you.
If you’re the victim of a traffic crash, Ehline Law Firm can help you get compensation for your injuries. After all, our established team extends multiple crucial services in the aftermath of a collision.
For example, we can help get you back pay and future payments due to the inability to work. Plus, we can help set you up on special government grants and medical programs established for victims just like you.
But most of all, when we do is go after the liable parties to make them pay you money. So our services include seeking reimbursement for medical expenses and outstanding hospital/ambulance charges.
Likewise, we want to make a statement to other potential wrongdoers to be more careful. No family should ever have to suffer as you have. Generally speaking, holding the wrongdoer accountable sends a message to others that it pays to be more careful.
Our compassionate jurists understand how much its costs to pay for your family’s food, rent, and medical care as you, the primary breadwinner, is laid up in the hospital. From time to time, it seems like an impossible burden to meet.
But because of this tragedy, the law holds negligent operators of motor vehicles accountable to pay for the victim’s damages for bodily and property loss. We go after that money on your behalf.
Equally important, we make best efforts to parlay negotiate with the insurance companies. That way, you don’t get duped or made short shrift of by a smart alec adjuster. Profit-driven insurers never offer a fair settlement. So having a lawyer acts as a counterbalance to force them to be honest.
Because of this, no one should ever attempt to settle a liability insurance claim with an insurance company until they speak to Ehline Law Firm’s world-renowned personal injury attorneys.
In essence, insurers know they can pay us a fair settlement now or pay us a potential runaway court verdict later. Because we are so aggressive and intelligent, it makes sense to pay us now!
Clients should never have to suffer in silence without a voice. At the same time, never should you be forced to pay for the neglectful actions of someone else. To begin with, that’s unfair. So get a legitimate, hard-charging attorney to stand by your side in solidarity as we battle the adversary into submission.
All things considered, if you or someone you love got hurt in a collision, and it wasn’t your fault, call the Ehline Law Firm offices today at (888) 400-9721. As soon as you can, get a free evaluation of your case from a military veteran lawyer.
Noteworthy here is that most car accidents involve some spine injury like whiplash. But slips and falls and flying or falling objects cause millions of dollars per year in Beverly Hills insurance claims.
So we help with these types of injuries, including disc burst fractures, broken knees and ankles, broken noses, and wrists.
Also, don’t forget that dog bites are common in Beverly Hills. So we also handle deep punctures and facial lacerations to kids after a dog attack. More severe cases that we have helped victims with include broke back injuries.
Many of our past clients had become quadriplegia or paraplegia victims. In any event, we help with virtually any harm from an accident in Beverly Hills.
Sadly, we have assisted in many wrongful death claims where another person’s negligence killed someone else. In short, our client testimonials speak for themselves.
In conclusion, we went the extra mile and achieved windfall like results for accident survivors. Altogether, Ehline Law has recovered tens of millions of dollars for clients from across the United States. We treat our clients as if they were family.
Another critical point for our discussion is that we will go anywhere in California to hear your case and discuss your legal options. Also, we remain active in the local community. So you’re not in it alone. Ehline Law is here to help.
It is not always easy to prove some cases because the other party may hurry to cover up problems. For example, they may hide evidence and fire key witnesses, or repair problems like a broken step or cracked sidewalk.
Right away, you need a crack attorney who knows the ropes. As discussed, investigators must swiftly photograph the accident scene. Also, they need to collect witness information and use other investigatory techniques to establish legal liability. All this must be done before the liable party has an opportunity to alter, hide, destroy erase necessary evidence.
Ehline Law Firm remains a force in readiness to strike on your behalf. So right after you touch base with us, we evaluate the details of your misfortune and determine whether or not you maintain a viable case.
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