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Car Accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in California today, and they are preventable in almost all circumstances. Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys blogs about car accidents that happen in Southern California as a way to maintain awareness about the dangers of car crashes and hopefully prevent injuries or deaths from happening in the future.

If you are in need of a personal injury attorney due to injuries sustained in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact Bisnar Chase by calling us at (800) 561-4887, or filling out the contact form to the right!

Rapper MC Supreme Killed In Malibu DUI Crash

By Brian Chase on June 17, 2015 - No comments

MC Supreme Car AccidentDewayne Lawrence Coleman, 47, also known as MC Supreme, a popular 90s rapper best known for his 1990 single, “Black In America,” was killed in a DUI crash in Malibu the morning of June 13, 2015.

According to a KABC news report, the fatal crash occurred when Coleman was sitting with a woman in his parked Honda Civic along Pacific Coast Highway.

Officials say a pickup truck slammed into …Read the rest »

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DA Files Charges In Orange County Hit-and-Run Case

By Brian Chase on March 30, 2015 - No comments

Hit and Run AccidentThe Orange County District Attorney’s office has filed charges against four people who were in a car that allegedly ran over the legs of a waitress outside Mexico Lindo Que Rico restaurant in Anaheim the night of March 22, 2015.

According to a news report in OC Weekly, 24-year-old Rowshaid Cordell Pellum was charged with one felony count of felony hit-and-run with injury, one felony count of aggravated assault and …Read the rest »

 

Car Plows Into Four Students Near USC Campus Gate

By Brian Chase on February 27, 2015 - No comments

USC Car AccidentFour students were injured, one critically, after a car struck them near a USC campus gate.

According to a City News Report, the pedestrian accident occurred around noon at Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue.

The sedan ended up on the sidewalk after crashing into a pole. One of the injured pedestrians, a 24-year-old woman, was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

The three other victims were treated at the scene and released.

Officials said the 23-year-old woman who was driving the sedan …Read the rest »

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Police Ask for Phone Records In Bruce Jenner Car Crash

By Brian Chase on February 16, 2015 - No comments

Bruce Jenner Car AccidentLos Angeles Sheriff’s investigators contacted Bruce Jenner and other drivers involved in a fatal chain-reaction crash in Malibu to ask for access to their cell phone records.

According to an Associated Press news report, police are trying to determine if distracted driving played a part in a four-vehicle crash on Pacific Coast Highway on February 7, 2015.

Police say these types of requests have become routine in crashes where someone has been seriously injured or killed.

Jenner’s publicist has said that the Olympic gold medalist was …Read the rest »

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What is the Impact of Proposition 213 on Car Accident Victims?

By Brian Chase on January 30, 2015 - No comments

When Do You Need a Lawyer?

California has long required all car owners and drivers to carry liability insurance of at least $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident for bodily injury and $5,000 for property damage. Over time, the populace of the state was inflamed about the growing percentage of drivers and car owners who were uninsured.

In November, 1996, California voters passed an initiative, on the ballot as Proposition 213. The backers of the initiative submitted a package of bills which sought to greatly limit the possible recovery of damages from an car accident sought by a driver who was under the influence, a person who committed a felony while driving, or by an uninsured driver or owner of a car involved in the accident. This was proclaimed to be a way to restore a balance and fairness to automobile lawsuits, and a way to punish those drivers and car owners who did not take responsibility for their driving and did not comply with the mandatory insurance law.

Under California Civil Code section 3333.4, enacted by the passage of Proposition 213

  • a driver who did not have effective coverage under a motor vehicle liability insurance policy at the time of the accident and
  • an owner (a passenger in the vehicle) whose motor vehicle (car, motorcycle, truck) was not insured at the time of the accident
  • cannot obtain compensation for pain, suffering, and disfigurement (“non-economic” damages) from the driver or owner responsible for the accident.

An uninsured driver or owner is still able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, property damage, and other “out of pocket” or “economic” damages.

This restriction does not apply if the responsible driver was convicted of driving under the influence or was convicted of a felony committed at or about the time of the accident.

This restriction does not apply if the injured person is making a products liability claim for the existence of a dangerous defect in the car.

This restriction is not imposed against the wrongful death claims of the heirs and loved ones of a driver or owner who was killed as a result of the accident.

This restriction will not apply to a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits for a work-related injury.

This restriction does apply in a lawsuit against a government entity for the condition of the roadway where the accident occurred.

What does that mean for you, if you are a driver or owner who was uninsured at the time you were injured in your accident?

  • The amount of compensation you might recover in a claim — even if you are not at all responsible for the accident — is significantly less than what your claim would have been worth if you had insurance.
  • Should you represent yourself against insurance adjusters, attorneys or both?
  • Should you find a knowledgeable attorney who will represent you? It is a rare Prop. 213 case that makes economic sense to pursue. After attorney’s fees, costs and payment of medical expenses, there is usually very little money, if any, left for the innocently injured accident victim. Most attorneys do not want to take a case where there is very little actual benefit to the client.

It makes sense to hire an attorney on a Prop. 213 case is when there are very high medical expense to be paid and/or lost income to recover.

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Three Injured in Anaheim Car Accident

By Brian Chase on January 6, 2015 - No comments

car crashThree people were injured in an Anaheim car accident after a vehicle hit the wall of a Bank of America branch on South Harbor Boulevard. According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred the afternoon of January 1, 2014 in the 2200 block of South Harbor Boulevard. Injured in the crash were a husband and wife from Arizona who had been standing in front of one of the ATMs and another woman who had been using the next ATM.

Police said all three were taken to an area trauma center for treatment. The man and the other woman suffered critical injuries while the man’s wife is said to be in stable condition. All the victims are expected to survive. The driver of the vehicle, a silver Jeep, cooperated with the police. No arrests or citations were reported. Police said alcohol did not seem to have been a factor in this crash.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the three injured victims of this collision. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Crash Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 16 fatalities and 2,267 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Anaheim. In Orange County as a whole, 148 people died and 14,029 were injured due to traffic collisions during the same year.

What Caused the Collision?

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Jeep lost control and crashed into the ATM users. The specifics of this incident are not clear and there are still several unanswered questions here. Why did the driver lose control of the vehicle? Was he under the influence or disoriented? Was he distracted? Was he talking on a cell phone or to passengers at the time of the crash? Did he press the accelerator or place the vehicle in wrong gear? Was he reckless or inattentive? Was there some type of mechanical malfunction that caused this collision? We trust officials will look into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

Protecting Victims’ Rights

If the driver of the Jeep is determined to have been at fault he could be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, permanent injury and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

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