Whether you’re run over crossing PCH in a crosswalk or hit by a car riding your bicycle, our local attorneys can help you get compensation. The proud Ehline Law Firm has garnered millions of dollars for happy clients, rescuing the cases of countless individuals from inferior injury lawyers. There are all kinds of hazards for people traveling through this tourist hub. We are glad to help people when there is a truck accident or other motor vehicle collision.
Hence, we offer free information on what to do. People on foot are at particular risk of being maimed for life or killed. The happy and confident Ehline Law Firm staff has many past satisfied clients we helped out of this quagmire type. Our dedicated team and attorneys have won tens of millions of dollars.
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“The locale is famous for blue, sandy beaches, the Little Shrimp gay bar, and hotels … Of particular note, there is a constant stream of alcohol flowing. Inattentive and drunk drivers are a primary cause of severe crashes here.”
Michael Ehline has lived and worked in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Corona del Mar, and Laguna Beach, California. Aside from the winding roads along the Laguna Canyon Road, the city is full of distracting attractions. Laguna Beach is a seaside resort town located in Orange County, California. Right away, a visitor will notice his or her attention drawn out by the breathtaking views.
There are statues and signs everywhere. There are shops stacked on top of each other, all vying for their next sale to a passerby. It is a famous artist’s community about 24 miles (39 km) southeast of the Santa Ana Civil Courthouse. People in cars usually spot the statue of the bearded “Greeter” waving to passersby. There are vast open courtyards, flags, and signs everywhere along PCH. Laguna’s population was at 23,727 at the time of the 2000 census. And that does not include tourists and visitors, as discussed above.
The locale is famous for blue, sandy beaches, the Little Shrimp gay bar, and hotels. Hence, art galleries and art festivals are internationally renowned. It is so lovely and majestic that many movies and TV shows are continually filming along its sprawling oceanfront.
Of particular note, there is a constant stream of alcohol flowing. Inattentive and drunk drivers are the primary cause of severe crashes here.
Some Laguna Accidents We Help Resolve:
Motor vehicle accidents include:
Traversing Laguna requires an understanding that many drivers are tourists renting unfamiliar vehicles. And many more are Uber and Lyft drivers relying on a GPS that is not very good. Of particular interest, there are often drivers from out of the area. The fact that the roads are circuitous adds to the risks of losing control of their leased or rented car. There are also many shops and tourist destinations — couple this with the texting epidemic while driving and distracting storefronts.
Now, do you see the risks? Car accidents are the leading type of case we help with for a reason. And a ride through Crystal Cove may be all it takes for you to become an accident statistic too.
So our mainstay of cases comes from motor vehicle accidents like those on Laguna Canyon Road. Our team has the skill, knowledge, and training to handle anything.
Because of this, our talent is enough to handle ADA cases. So we can help with claims for denial of services for failure to install pool lifts or handicapped ramps.
So we have helped people with brain injuries and those who suffered wrongful death cases. We are situated to help you too.
Ehline’s firm is aggressive and protective, just like him. His team’s Marine ethos shields you from the harassment and bigotry of the insurance company. Michael prefers military tactics like putting the defense on the defensive. Most important, this is where these bad actors need to remain. You put yourself in good hands with us. Through each step of your case, we keep you informed and educated. We are happy to explain the whole process to you and your kin.
Our people understand your frustrations. Our knowledge is your power. So we take pride in keeping our people wholly informed of their rights and how we can help ease their troubles.
Yes, we do. Laguna Niguel is next door to Laguna Beach. It is a south Orange County city. Laguna Niguel’s name comes from the Spanish word for the lagoon, and also “Niguel.” This was the name of a Juaneño Indian village previously located on the Aliso Creek. Tourists who rent cars and are not familiar with the winding roads get in wrecks often. Besides that, the streets are not well lit. Even locals lose control of the dark streets. There are also a lot of activities and nightclubs in this area.
DUI and car accident injuries are pretty standard. Experts know this is a recipe for a disaster when mixed with high speeds or alcohol.
Out of state attorneys are always seen on cable TV spots. Moreover, they have catchy radio ads and billboards everywhere. But take a look at their reviews. Complaints range from the attorney in the ads not even being licensed to practice law in California. So, for example, this New York Law firm will pass your case off on to some less experience clock puncher, who may have only now graduated law school, or not even be a lawyer at all. This leaves their online reviews peppered with one-star reviews and many 5-star reviews that are fake and probably written by their staff members. So who do you trust?
We know this because greenhorns hired by these out-of-state money-making operations often will contact the Ehline Law Firm for help for simple things, like “how do I add a footer to a discovery request.” In other cases, due to our extensive knowledge in transportation and cruise ship law, a lawyer in other states asks us to help them in countries where we don’t practice law at all. Other times, less than honest marketing mills will hire cheap lawyers here and use them as local counsel (pro hac vice.) Don’t fall for it. Get the right advice from a caring, listening, and attentive accident lawyer local to Laguna.
Besides that, our impressive verdicts and settlements make Ehline Law Firm a cut above and our clients ecstatic. We simply stand out as being better with our bearing and command presence. Michael Ehline has perfected a proven, time-tested method for serving clients. Michael’s techniques have helped wounded people get money for injuries for over ten years. He takes great pride in assisting consumers who were victims of negligence. Having a high-profile lawyer like Ehline could be crucial for severe cases.
First of all, we are not “ambulance chasers.” We are just the opposite of lazy, unethical lawyers. In contrast, we remain hard-chargers with a local flavor and understanding of nearby judges, clerks, and court staff, as well as local insurance adjusters. Satisfying clients and return customers are always Ehline Law Firm’s goals.
As such, Ehline Law Firm has a 98% success rating helping plaintiffs like you. Furthermore, Michael Ehline is the holder of the prestigious Litigator of the Year Award. He also supports organizations like the Orange County Bar Association and Orange County Trial Association. Furthermore, attorney Ehline grew up and attended law school in Southern California.
He used to manage a health club right off of Golden Lantern in Dana Point. He is also a former U.S. Marine. Hence, Michael is an all-American from the O.C., So our team knows the city and its quirks. We give victims an excellent consumer experience to rival our competitors.
In addition to the above special risk groups most likely to cause an accident, seventy-two separate restrictions distinguished the driver’s license coding purposes.
However, in some cases (SR 22 filings, provisional, or probationary operating licenses, for example), the DMV or court zeros in on tailored limitations to achieve the specific balance needed to maintain public safety and the balanced needs of the citizen driver.
About 5,000 crashes per year involve all types of passenger cars, pickup trucks, and vans. Since 1979, the NHTSA has collected “Crash Data Statistics” (“CDS”) on over 160,000 crashes. Then, its trained crash analysts gathered details from photographic evidence from many collision locations.
Evidence gathered from the data was obtained in many ways, including measurements of skid marks, locations of spilled oil and fluids, shards of glass, plastic, and other broken-off vehicle parts, as well as bent guardrails. Investigators then located the autos involved, took pictures, and measured crash damage.
Laguna Woods, in particular, with its many elders (median age of 78), is not just a prime area for elder abuse claims. Particularly relevant to travelers is that many elderly drivers take prescription drugs and drive.
Also, some older drivers may have undiagnosed dementia or another disease. So with these added dangers, there is no denying that Laguna can be a dangerous place.
So one might say, “operate a motor vehicle here at your own risk.” Some reckless old drivers maybe should not be on the roads at all.
“Must wear corrective lenses” remains by far the most common precondition to legally driving in California. If your eyes need lenses, you can’t go without them.
However, sometimes, other licensing requirements to drive cars exist. As an example, the hearing officer can restrict driving to certain areas or times of the day.
Also, special vehicular equipment may be necessary. For example, these could include registration for unique mirrors or special hand controls for those lacking their legs. Also, select vehicles like vans may have unique features and equipment for people using assistive physical mechanisms.
So these could include wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps, and even lift devices for people with artificial limbs. The DMV sets forth these administrative measures to maintain a balance between safety and necessity properly.
For example, older adults may be good at going for short trips around town but won’t be able to endure the stressful, high-density traffic on freeways and main junctions at night. But imagine needing to head over to the VA Hospital around 1:00 pm. That would be ok.
Or what if the elder needs to make a short trip to the grocery store near their home? That’s going to be also approved likely. Here, the Department can make sure the restriction serves the community’s needs as a whole.
What About Deviant drivers?
Sometimes drivers are out of control. Road rage, street racing, etc., all place the DMV on alert. But repeat traffic infractions are also indicators of deviant driving behavior.
Because of this, the DMV has guidelines to keep bad actors off the roads. In this case, a prima facie case for a negligent operator exists when the driver’s convictions total four or more points in a given 12 months period or six or more issues in 24 months.
And if the driver accumulates eight or more points in 36 months, there is also a prima facie case for negligent operator status.
Class A or B drivers (heavy commercial vehicle) may appeal for the allowance of:
So due to the constant time on the roads, the Department can allow specially licensed drivers more points before those drivers become branded as “negligent operators.” (Source)
Ehline does not just advocate for money. Ehline Law Firm wants Laguna Beach to institute a Safe Systems approach to road safety. Remarkably, the safe systems approach is a relatively new idea when it comes to the roads. Compare the construction industry, for example.
As we know, falling objects are known threats to workers and bystanders. So here, the government will consider vulnerable users and make rules. (Ex: Safety hats and equipment.) So OSHA and municipal inspectors seek out risks to promulgate safety regulations and redundant safety systems.
Comparing roads, the TSA also looks for hot spots. Technology lane departure warnings and high-speed alerts. Redundancy ensures the availability of the system in case part of the system fails.
EX: Reflective painted lines but often in a dense coastal fog, drivers cannot see the paint’s reflection. So the bumps are redundant.
Even before seatbelt laws, California required specific standards for bumper strength and vehicle rigidity compared to autos. Mainly it appeared these rules were skewed to reduce liability insurance claims and not to do with occupant safety.
But modernly, we see that an unrestrained occupant is a potentially vulnerable user, despite the strength of the vehicle’s construction. Occupants can get thrown around like rag dolls during a collision.
Because of this, California passed seat-belt laws. And, of course, things like helmets for bikers won’t reduce a crash, but it reduces head injuries.
And as in construction, there is a cascading effect when signals lose connectivity. For example, emergency flashing lights can reduce some risks associated with a total blackout when the power goes out on a job site or office building.
For example, in traffic crashes, guardrails minimize the vehicle’s failures leaving the lane or lane jumping. Ehline hopes to use these stats to help usher in a safe systems culture for vulnerable road users, along with fail-safe systems.
Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC 23046 Avenida De La Carlota Laguna Hills, California 92653 Phone: (949) 371-8350.
The above data chart reflects the raw data we used on traffic fatalities for the one-year study period of 2018. It does not seem to be reliable because there was only one death reported during that time frame. This means we have no baseline to work with day or week to week.
There were far more nonfatal accidents during this same time frame.
Because of this, below, we’ll explore the raw data for nonfatal accidents to get a better baseline.
Females don’t even make a list when compared to males. This could be for many reasons. For example, some women may be homemakers and not drive as much as their male counterparts.
Also important in this regard are the findings of social psychologists who have noted that the social emancipation of women in recent decades has barely influenced or enhanced the expressiveness of aggressive behavior in women, which is additional proof that the higher degree of masculine aggressiveness is, first of all, due to genetic factors. Sex differences predetermine, on a genetic level, the differences in aggressive behavior [Wilson, Herrnstein, 1985]. (Source.)
Science shows that men have higher testosterone levels, making men take more risks while driving automobiles.
It does appear that as testosterone levels drop with the aging process, men become more docile and less risk-averse.
And this would tend to explain why older males have less reported accidents as a whole. But further traffic research needs to be conducted in the Laguna locale in particular.
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Ranked above upon the new SWITRS “severity” category, we have identified the top reported most dangerous intersections in Laguna Beach by serious injuries.
Note that less severe injuries made up the overall totals during this period, discussed more below.
The broadside also remains the single most cause of reported Laguna Beach intersection collisions from 2014-2018.
This figure squares up with non-injury or “less severe” injuries reported during the same time frame.
In our data table below, we have abbreviated “Primary Collision Factor” to PCF.
|PCF Code Violations||Count||%|
|00 – Unknown||3||4.92%|
|01 – Driving or Bicycling Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug||2||3.28%|
|02 – Impeding Traffic||1||1.64%|
|03 – Unsafe Speed||10||16.39%|
|08 – Improper Turning||1||1.64%|
|09 – Automobile Right of Way||23||37.70%|
|10 – Pedestrian Right of Way||9||14.75%|
|11 – Pedestrian Violation||2||3.28%|
|12 – Traffic Signals and Signs||10||16.39%|
Primary Collision Factors Pie Chart.
Above, in a traffic study of 61 collisions of all reported injuries at Laguna Beach intersections, the number one contributing factor was failing to yield the right way. Of note, this accounted for 37.70% of all reported junction types of crashes.
This nifty data table below identifies the “victim’s role.” As noted, out of 635 reported crashes from 2015-2018, 379 victims were the vehicle drivers themselves. That’s a whopping 59.69% of all reported Laguna Beach traffic wrecks during that period.
The below pyramid chart shows the visual disparity in victim status.
From 2015 to 2018, Laguna Beach saw 53 severe traffic-related accidents, representing 10.71% of all reported auto accidents in the city.
As seen to the left in the SWITRS Query & Map, the number one Laguna Beach serious injury intersection accidents show the broadside at 49% of the total sum of Laguna Beach intersection crashes.
Of note, these are also known as T bone collisions.
The times and days to drive with the highest chances of being involved a Laguna Beach are:
As our data chart and pie graph shows, over 379 driver victim collisions, with 635 victims, took place. Strikingly, this amounted to 60% of all traffic accidents during this given period.
Failure to yield at a crosswalk is the number one cause of pedestrian accidents. And this amounts to 56.45% of the cases.
56% of all at fault pedestrian accidents occurred while crossing in a crosswalk at an intersection while not having the right way. Additional data is provided below for your research studies.
Discussed above, but not in detail, are bicycle accidents. But suffice it to say, the threat for riders is real in Laguna Beach. This coastal area remains a highly trafficked area for bicyclists.
But the top traffic accidents with severe injuries are those involving cars and people on foot.
However, discussed below in detail are the maps, facts, and figures involving motorcycles. Because motorcycling injuries are often fatal or include long-term injuries, we have provided this research free of charge.
Make it a pleasant and safe driving experience in Laguna Beach.
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We have identified the above Laguna Beach streets and avenues as the most dangerous for motorcyclists riding there. We created a handy interactive map on the right to assist you in understanding violations and topography, etc. (See also, Example TIMS Collision Details Motorcycle Accident.)
If you or a family member is injured, contact an experienced Laguna Beach personal injury lawyer. You can reach the caring attorneys at Ehline Law Firm through our online form.
Try calling (949) 371-8350. We are confident our company will give you a positive experience. Most of all, wounded souls who are suffering bona fide injuries deserve excellent lawyers. That’s Ehline Law Firm, and that’s our promise to you.
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