The Many Ways You Can Be injured in Santa Monica, CA
If you are a resident or a tourist, there are many things you should know about the risks of suffering a serious injury. If harmed, people also want to know about the best means of obtaining assistance. Santa Monica is a coastal community with a population of 89,736 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.
Although the population is small in comparison to the rest of LA, the rest of the County, as well as the tourists come here in droves, making it dense, and packed. Hence, there is a statistical chance of being run over by a car, or injured due to the negligence of someone else is quite high. Ehline Law Firm helps consumers understand their rights and also helps them with their liability insurance claims.
Table of Contents:
- More about Santa Monica
- Public Transport
- Dangers of Bike Paths
- Hiking in Santa Monica Mtns
- Freeway Dangers
- Recent Statistics
- Crimes Can also Result in Injury Claims
- Santa Monica Courts
- Insurance Requirements
- California Liability Insurance Requirements
- Uninsured Motorist Perils
- Various Questions and Answers About Liability Insurance
- Abuse of Senior Citizens
More About Santa Monica
Of interest, wage earners who pay real money for gorgeous homes all live next to these renters. There is a community college and lots of young people. Further south of the strip, is Main Street, with its many bars and restaurants. It is a mixture of affluent, single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, young professionals, and students. Santa Monica, California, is a beautiful and famous place.
The Big Blue and Little Blue Bus offer inexpensive transportation. There are also taxis everywhere. You can probably see being hurt is a possibility while visiting here. Sometimes it isn’t always just an accident. The bottom line is, you will need legal counsel if you suffer damages.
What are Some Personal Injuries Prevalent in Santa Monica, CA?
What Are Some Dangers of Santa Monica Bike Paths?
The “Santa Monica Beach Bike Path” is usually crowded. But it has open stretches of bike path as well. These head north towards Malibu Beach. You will find skateboarders, roller bladers, runners, and joggers, etc. You will also probably see street actors, performers, musicians and merchants haggling with tourists. There is also sporting activity going on, like volleyball.
Suffering injury from a flying skateboard, or bicycle on the boardwalk happens. Seeing a roller blader scraped up, or laying on the ground, is not unusual either. These are all serious events requiring a real expert at bicycle and tort law. On the South Side of the Pier you will pass “muscle beach”.
The Pacific Ocean has activities like surfing, body boarding, knee boarding, swimming and skimboarding. Lifeguards are usually on duty at the Pier. But that does not mean they are doing their job reasonably, or even locating all the dangers.
What are Some Dangers of Santa Monica Mountain Hikes?
There are many places to suffer an injury in the West Side. For example, you could suffer an injury on a hike in the mountains. These hills and valleys are just a short drive north from the Pier. The Mountain Recreation Area is 150,000 acres. Activities popular are mountain climbing, hiking, butterfly watching. Favorites for tourists include bird watching.
Sometimes no go zones are not properly noticed. Improperly maintained roads and paths are not marked as such by the city. This can result in liability with the county, or state. Bad things happen to visitors when the government is not caring for its facilities. Santa Monica Parks are open seven days per week. If you suffered an injury while hiking, it might not be your fault, and you may be able to sue the government. The Park hotline is as follows: (818) 597-9192 extension 201.
What About the Dangerous Santa Monica Freeways
Douglas Park (24th Street & Wilshire Boulevard) features green, bowling. Apart from the bowling the park also features outdoor tennis courts. (Read more on World 66.) The city is accessible by the world famous Santa Monica Freeway. (Read more.) Obviously, the freeways are a potential source of a personal injury in the small city of Santa Monica as well.
When an individual suffers physical or emotional wounds, and an individual’s personal property is destroyed or damaged, a call to legal counsel is a significant step in determining your insurance damages claim. Hence, bad people caused these “damages.” It was from defendant’s failure to exercise due care or carelessness. The damages are usually the result of a Defendant’s intentional conduct, malice, negligence, recklessness. Taking your dispute to the local courthouse will help avoid the wild west scenario of “self-help.”
Injury and Accident Statistics In Santa Monica
Information from the Santa Monica PD Annual Report reveals that you could be injured while visiting here. Suffering a harm requires setting up a claim, follow through and aggressiveness. Ehline Law Firm PC offices are all the above.
Santa Monica Recent Market Mayhem
Recently, 35 pedestrian victims suffered personal injury by an out of control car driver in an automobile accident. Due to its large concentration of pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and cars, is a recipe for severe pedestrian accidents and injuries. Therefore, suffering a personal injury in Santa Monica is always a distinct possibility.
The Federal Highway Administration Statistics:
- Killed are 6,000 pedestrians every year.
- 90,000 pedestrians suffer personal injuries every year.
- Dying is a pedestrian or bicyclist every 3 1/2 minutes in an accident.
- Pedestrian injuries and fatalities from accidents result in $20 billion in societal costs.
Crimes Can Also be a Cause of Personal Injuries and Accidents
It is possible for a tort to be a crime and crime to be a tort. For example, if someone punches you in the face without your consent, this could be a criminal battery, as well as a civil battery and also personal injury. The criminal battery gets the wrongdoer a criminal record with a conviction or a People v. West type plea bargain. The civil battery gets the injury victim a public civil money judgment if the criminal is found liable. Obviously, as great as it is, Santa Monica is no stranger to crime and personal injury. (Read More.) Recently, five people were shot at the Santa Monica Pier due to street gangs.
Recently, five people were shot at the Santa Monica Pier due to street gangs. (click here.)Having a family member slain in the city would be both a crime and a personal injury tort. The crime would be murder. On the opposite side, the personal injury tort, a wrongful death personal injury. You or your family may recover money damages for a slaying. For example, O.J. Simpson, was held liable by a civil jury of killing his ex-wife in Brentwood. This, under the personal injury tort of wrongful death.
But O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murder of his wife and that of another man, by a California criminal jury. Much evidence excluded by Judge Ito at the California criminal trial. This came into evidence in the civil case against O.J. Simpson. A civil jury, with all the evidence before them, felt O.J. was liable. Therefore, it is possible that you or your family could win a civil judgment if the wrongdoer is not guilty. After all, being “innocent” and “not guilty” are as different as apples from oranges.
Santa Monica Courts Recognized as Fair and Balanced by Ehline
Santa Monica Superior Court is famous for its terrific judges and fair play to all parties to any civil or criminal litigation. The Court has great juries who are well instructed by the Superior Court judges to follow the law. The local jury pool comes from a vast cross section of the Los Angeles County population. Sometimes the parties to a civil litigation will request a trial by judge.
The client will usually waive this right to jury if the case involves complex issues that a Santa Monica judge will more likely understand. Trial by judge also saves an enormous amount of judicial time and resources, such as using up valuable jurors.Superior Court judges will most probably appreciate it when a party to a civil litigation waives its right to a jury and go with the judge trial.
Apparently, trial by the judge will also cut down on attorney time, which means fewer attorney costs, and attorney’s fees passed on to the injured victim. The Constitution provides that in “a civil cause,” any waiver of the inviolate right to a jury determination must occur by the consent of the parties to the cause if provided by statute. Of course, in most injury cases, the defendant has insurance. For example, the automobile case. Let’s say the victim is in a rear end car accident. That case will more than likely be filed in the city if it doesn’t settle first.
Trial by judge also saves an enormous amount of judicial time and resources, such as using up valuable jurors.Superior Court judges will most probably appreciate it when a party to a civil litigation waives its right to a jury and go with the judge trial.
Apparently, trial by the judge will also cut down on attorney time, which means fewer attorney costs, and attorney’s fees passed on to the injured victim. The Constitution provides that in “a civil cause,” any waiver of the inviolate right to a jury determination must occur by the consent of the parties to the cause if provided by statute.
Of course, in most injury cases, the defendant has insurance. For example, the automobile case. Let’s say the victim is in a rear end car accident. That case will more than likely be filed in the city if it doesn’t settle first.
Minimum California Liability Insurance Requirements and the Underinsured Motorist
California requires each driver has insurance no less than $15,000.00 per person, per occurrence. It provides a maximum of $30,000.00. This is for all individuals, per occurrence.
The California Uninsured Motorist
The California uninsured motorist is a person who is driving around in violation of California law. The police will not be happy with someone driving around their city with no insurance. Presumably, this because uninsured motorists are a leading cause of serious injury accidents. (See educational Berkeley Report.)
What if an injured victim is in a car wreck by a wrongdoer with no insurance? In that case, the injured victim will have to sue the uninsured wrongdoer. But this can be futile with no insurance money to pay for any potential judgment. Also, this can preempt the wrongdoer to file for bankruptcy protection. Judgment creditors stand at the back of the line behind secured debts. So the chances are slim that the injured victim will recover anything.
In truth, there are many people illegally in the country and driving without any insurance, or who can only afford minimum insurance protections. With the enormous tax burden the average citizen faces, this is no real wonder.
So there is no real way to protect yourself completely from an uninsured or underinsured motorist. But the smart consumer, no matter what his income, should not even go out on the road unless he purchases additional uninsured and underinsured insurance protection. That way, at least the consumer is covered with some protection.
Q: But What if I Need More Insurance Protection in Santa Monica?
What if an insured consumer is riding around and gets in a rear ender, and has the following injuries?: broken back, broken hip requiring a hip replacement, neck injury requiring disc fusion surgery? That would be upwards of $1,000,000.00 in medical bills alone. How could a person be protected?
A: Purchase More Coverage Amounts
A smart consumer will purchase additional insurance protection. Believe it or not, buying more protection does not cost that much more and it is well worth it.
- Other Pitfalls of Not Having California Car Liability Insurance – The Prop. 213 Case
Under Proposition 213, an uninsured injured victim may not recover pain and suffering damages if a wrongdoer injures him in a crash. Pain and suffering damages are usually a major part of the damages recoverable to an injured victim.
Q: But How Are People Getting Their Cars Registered? Isn’t Insurance Required for Vehicle Registration?
The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles requires a vehicle owner or titleholder to purchase liability insurance before registration. (Read More DMV Public Brochures.)
A: The Uninsured Motorists Purchase Insurance Coverage, and Stop Paying
In addition to document fraud, many people purchase insurance from a place like Survival Insurance for example. Great, now they take that proof to the DMV, for instance, and get the car registered. Then, the wrongdoer will immediately go back to the insurance broker, cancel and get a refund. Or, they won’t stay current on insurance payments and the insurance coverage will lapse. Voila, no insurance, and a registered car.
Other Insurance Issues
There are other instances where an injury victim may be bitten by a dog. People are injured outside the home, or by slips and falls, etc.. Sometimes they are not in a car. In these cases, there may be homeowner’s insurance protection or med-pay coverage. But getting a good Santa Monica personal injury attorney is key to finding out how to proceed.
Dedicated to investigating your bodily injury claim is what we are. We seek to find the insurance coverages available to protect other from harm. The injured victim should strike while the iron is hot. While memories are fresh, the investigation should begin. Defendants need to be tracked down and even skip traced. Ehline makes it happen. Do or die.
Much to the chagrin of property owners, this city has rent control laws. What this means is, a property owner must subsidize a renter. Therefore, rent cannot be increased. Hence, this is the law. This is true even though the costs of maintenance and mortgage are extravagant.
The upside is that the tenant can live in some of the greatest real estate there is on the planet, for cheap. Less than its fair market value. Due to the adversarial rent control laws, there often arise many landlord-tenant disputes. Many of the landlord-tenant cases have to do with retaliatory eviction. Civil Code Section 1942.5 covers this.
Usually, a tenant will complain to the City, the owner, or someone else like the press. It is often about habitability problems. The landlord, already overextended, cannot pay. Sometimes the landlord will get desperate and simply evict the tenant. In some cases, there is a rebuttable presumption the landlord evicted to retaliate. After all, he must have been complaining about the premises. He got the landlord in trouble.
Ehline represents tenants and landlords, in landlord-tenant disputes. Sometimes a landlord-tenant dispute will get out of hand. The parties may get into a fist fight or worst. There are cases of knife attacks and shoot outs in landlord-tenant disputes.