The bicycle accident attorneys and pedestrian accident attorneys at Ehline Law, A Professional Corporation, have brought you this educational page because we want to prevent more deaths and traffic accidents on Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California. Many residents and Marina del Rey commuters have seen or heard of serious bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents on Admiralty Way. Now the Coastal Commission and Caltrans want to increase the chances of more bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents on Admiralty Way by extending SR 90 so it dumps heavy traffic right onto Mindanao and Admiralty Way. Our attorneys say no to the SR 90 extension. Read below to learn why.
Have you or someone you know been injured or killed on Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey, California or suffered bike injuries to children? If so, your not alone. But people not from Marina del Rey are trying very hard to extend SR 90, so it empties directly onto Admiralty Way, a residential road! The SR90 extension plan claims to be “helping” relieve congestion. But the available facts reveal it will make things much, much worse for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. We are consumer lawyers and residents of Marina del Rey and users of SR 90 and Admiralty Way.
Los Angeles personal injury attorney Michael Ehline is an avid bicyclist and has brought you this informational and educational web-page to warn the unsuspecting Marina del Rey resident, recreational bicyclist and even vacationer, that you may need to retain a bicycle accident attorney sooner than you think, if the Route 90 expansion is allowed to continue. Because it is very difficult to get Admiralty Way accident statistics online, or from the State for that matter, our local Marina del Rey law firm has created this user supported Admiralty Way accident statistics web page. Our local Marina del Rey law firm wants to know about your accident or collision in Marina del Rey. We’ll post it here online for free, so other Marina del Rey residents and vacationers alike can see just how dangerous Admiralty Way really is.
Tell us about your Marina del Rey accident case and help fight the Marina del Rey Route 90 expansion now. The SR 90 extension will more than likely, cause more serious injury accidents and wrongful deaths than ever. And because the government has “design immunity’ available as a defense under the California Government Code, the State may be immune from suit. This means you have no way to sue the wrongdoer, if the SR 90 Extension plan is approved!! This is why fighting the Caltrans Route 90 expansion plan is so important.
Admiralty Way Bicycle Accident Statistics:
In early 2006 a young girl was riding her bike on Admiralty Way and she was run over by a car. The girl suffered serious adhesions and friction burns.
In mid October, 2006, Michael Ehline, operator of the Law Offices of Michael P. Ehline, witnessed another young girl who had been run over by a passenger truck. The young bicyclist was laying on the corner of Admiralty Way holding her leg and crying. The young bicyclist was apparently crossing Palawan Way from North to South on her bicycle when a green truck was making a right onto Admiralty Way off Palawan Way.
Michael Ehline who was also riding his bicycle that day, informed the fire department it was a badly engineered, blind corner; and that he [Ehline] had almost been hit several times by cars while crossing the crosswalk at the very same spot.
October 28, 2006 Admiralty Way Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident:
October 28, 2006 at about 8:00 p.m. an employee of Ralph’s grocery store was seen walking in the poorly lit cross walk at Admiralty Way and Mindanao. The man was walking across Admiralty from North East to South East. The man was run over by a car and killed. And although these are just a few of the many problems on Admiralty Way, the government actually wants to dump the Route 90 freeway right onto Admiralty Way and Mindanao! This is simply shocking.
In other words, in spite of the fact that Admiralty Way is one of the most dangerous roads on the West Side, the State wants to expand it and create a situation whereby more people will be injured and killed on Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California.
Nationwide Bicycle Accident Statistics Show How Dangerous the SR90 Extension Will Be to Admiralty Way:
Reckless and Negligent Car Operators Will Only Increase if SR90 Extension goes through. Nationwide bicycle accident statistics are in accord with the above local accident statistics for Admiralty Way.
- Almost every 6 hours a bicyclist is killed by a car;
- About 1,ooo,ooo million kids are hurt every year from bicycle type accidents;
- Almost half of bicycle deaths happen to children less than sixteen years old;
- Traumatic Head injuries cause about seventy five percent of all serious injuries and fatalities in bicycle accidents;
- Car crashes amount to 1/3rd of bicycle accidents. This is how the majority of serious injuries and wrongful deaths arise.
Car operators are often not paying attention bicycle operators. Car drivers are supposed to treat a bicycle like a motor vehicle. The same laws apply. Increasing car traffic on Admiralty Way, by dumping a major highway, SR 90, onto Admiralty Way, will only serve to compound these problems. Let us answer the most frequently asked questions of bicycle accidents lawyers in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Caltrans Says Dumping Non Resident Commuters Into Marina del Rey Residential Neighborhoods Will Help Decrease Traffic in Marina del Rey:
Cal Trans is apparently working hard to make life more difficult for Marina del Rey residents, bicyclists, pedestrians and commuters. Caltrans along with the California Coastal Commission, is ram rodding this unfair plan down the throats of Marina del Rey residents. (Read the CAHighways Report.) Cal Trans claims the 90 freeway expansion project is to “remove” congestion. How does Cal Trans think funneling traffic from the highway 90 into residential neighborhoods in Marina del Rey is going to help solve anything? They say adding extra lanes to allow more traffic and extending a major freeway so it literally empties into your backyard is the answer. Imagine this. Admiralty Way is now a “freeway” off ramp.
Our law firm notes that Cal Trans has no available reports online showing how this plan will protect Marina del Rey residents, or for that matter, how artificially increasing traffic will help lessen residential traffic congestion. All the material available online about this subject is full of conclusions that it SR 90 extension is good.
For example, Catrans fails to have available online any engineering reports or expert reports that dumping SR 90 into residential neighborhoods will decrease congestion. Logic dictates that making Mindanao and Admiralty an SR 90 offiramp will cause those not even going to the Marina to be forced to pass through. It will also encourage those who should be taking Lincoln to take a short cut through Admiralty. So when Lincoln Bld. is the real problem, with its ancient lane system designed for days of yesteryear, Caltrans want to carve a path into the beautiful and modern Marina.
The fact that there is no material from any agency online that this plan will help us, should raise warning flags. Instead , Cal-Trans has report that concludes “residential development” requires that the highway 90 be dumped into Marina del Rey. So in other words, si
nce Marina del Rey is undergoing development, Cal Trans thinks dumping non resident traffic from the Route 90 highway will somehow “decrease congestion.” (Read the Coastal Commission Report.)
And again Catrans has no feasibility studies, expert reports, safety studies, accident statistic reduction reports available anywhere online. But Caltrans and other state agencies do have what amounts to propaganda in favor of the SR 90 extension. With such limited information and the known dangerous factors, it can be inferred that extending a freeway offramp into the beautiful Marina del Rey is bad for us local Mariners. It’s your kids, husband, wife, or workers who may get killed by a non-resident driver who is being dumped into a Marina del Rey residential area by this absurd Route 90 expansion proposal. CalTrans should extend Lincoln, a commercial area, rather than a planned community like Marina del Rey.
Perhaps CalTrans could simply improve the lighting on Admiralty Way and take into account that making bicycle lanes instead of more traffic lanes will save lives. Who has ever complained about gridlock on Admiralty Way? Instead of increasing traffic and corresponding wrongful deaths by dumping a major highway onto Admiralty Way, we need to simply take into account the substantially changed conditions on Admiralty Way and the poorly designed road on Admiralty Way and fix them.
Many of the cross-walk posts are located in such a way that they create blind corners for a pedestrian pushing the walk button. Simple things like adding more lighting and relocating traffic posts would help decrease fatalities on Admiralty Way. Changing the traffic light sequencing for vehicles leaving and coming from Mindanao and Admiralty at night and in the mornings would allow less traffic jamming in the morning and evening hours. The bottom line is that Lincoln Blvd., needs to be re-done to account for all the 405 freeway traffic that use Lincoln as a short cut. Lincoln is too narrow and there are too many signals.
Q: What can I do?
A: Vote the elected representatives out of office who approve or support the Route 90 highway expansion plan! Any elected representative who supports the highway 90 expansion must be impeached or thrown out of office now! Support those elected representatives who provide SR 90 reports and statistics for our citizen’s review. Express your outrage that the reports available online are biased, only based upon conclusions and unsupported by online studies or facts, or engineering reports, or feasibility studies. Express your disgust with the Route 90 extension. Contact your local elected representative at the Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.
Tell Congresswoman Jane Harman if she supports the Marina del Rey Route 90 expansion, that you don’t support her! Tell her you do support her, if she support the residents of Marina del Rey (Contact Marina del Rey Representative Jane Harman.)
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed on Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California, call our free attorney hotline. (310) 593-4871. We will post your Admiralty Way accident facts for free online. We want other Marina del Rey residents to see why it is so important that the Route 90 expansion is stopped at all costs. Our kids and families are too important. Evil succeeds when good men do nothing. Do something good and help other pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers avoid being seriously injured or killed on Admiralty Way. STOP THE HIGHWAY ROUTE 90 EXTENSION NOW!!
In light of the fact that there are no online readily available expert reports, or feasibility studies showing how the SR 90 would truly benefit Marina del Rey residents, and because we already know how dangerous Admiralty way is, we cannot assume adding more traffic lanes and increasing traffic, will help. A good argument could be made that adding more lanes would be good. But when you add the small problem of making beautiful Marina del Rey into a freeway traffic offramp, there is no way making the lanes bigger is going to help. Instead the available evidence shows that increasing traffic lanes will simply increase traffic from the new freeway offramp next to your newly remodeled grocery store, Ralph’s. Caltrans is compounding the problem and not tackling the real Lincoln Blvd. problem. We must fight the SR90 extension.