Monthly Archives: July 2013

LAPD Accused of Mistreating Biker

Marina del Rey, Satellite Photograph via wikimedia commons

Last week, in Marina del Rey, a man was irrationally abused by the Los Angeles Police Department, and is now searching for justice.

Brian Cisneros, 34, was riding his bike to work on Friday night when he was approached by two police officers. This occurred at Ida Avenue and Redwood Avenue.

According to Cisneros, the officers proceeded to attack him without warning and without reason. The lights immediately flashed and the cops pointed their guns at him. Cisneros was thrown to the ground, stomped on his face, choked out, and then tossed onto the police cruiser’s hood.

Cisneros explains that he never resisted the officers in any of their actions, and thought that he was going to die. In the end, he was cited for not having his lights on at night.

He went to the hospital and was treated for a dislocated shoulder, a fractured elbow, and other undisclosed injuries. From there he has filed a complaint against the LAPD.

Cisneros has a record and feels that that may be the reason for the unprovoked assault, but he has been “clean for ten years.”

The incident is under investigation. The two officers have logged the event as a traffic stop and did not make comments about anything further taking place.

It is unclear at this point how this accident will be handled, but it is appalling to think that police officers would attack a man solely for not turning on his lights.

Los Angeles Working to Decrease Amount of Hit-and-Run Accidents

By Opihuck (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

City officials have been working with lawmakers to work to stop the rising number of accidents that end in a hit-and-run.

According to reports, an estimated 4,000 people are killed in nearly 20,000 reported hit-and-run accidents each year. Most of the incidents only involve property damage; however, the amount of people killed is still staggering.

Nearly half of all reported collisions in Los Angeles result with a driver fleeing the scene.

The responsibility lies with LAPD’s Traffic Divisions, but they will also be working with City Hall and law enforcement to ensure that this number goes down. Recommendations to increase the penalties for those who leave the scene of an accident were well received and may deter those who in the future consider fleeing.

It is not only the law officers who are working together to improve this dire situation; it should also be the community. Los Angeles residents should assist in making accidents less tragic by supporting this project.

Hit-and-run accidents are incredibly inconvenient and sometimes life-changing. If you or someone you know has been involved in an hit-and-run accident, or any other kind of accident, contact a Los Angeles injury attorney today. We can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that your compensation is appropriate based on the damages from which you have suffered.

Call us today for a free consultation.

Major Closure of 405 Off-Ramp

By Mariordo (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Beginning August 3, Los Angeles Metro will be closing the northbound I-405 Freeway off-ramp at Sunset Boulevard. The closure will last for 120 days.

This closure is a part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.

During this closure, the contractor is hoping to accomplish building a new off-ramp that will be 60 percent longer than the one that is currently used today. It will include two northbound right turn lanes to eastbound Sunset Boulevard and one northbound left turn lane to westbound Sunset Boulevard.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and route detours according to their commute.

Provided detours are as followed:

Westbound Sunset

  • Daytime: Northbound I-405 off-ramp to westbound Wilshire Boulevard, to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, to eastbound Sepulveda Way, to westbound Sunset Boulevard.

  • Alternate: Moraga Drive off-ramp, to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard, right on Church Lane to Sunset Boulevard.

  • Nighttime: Northbound I-405 off-ramp to westbound Wilshire Boulevard, right on northbound San Vicente Boulevard, right onto north Barrington Avenue, left onto westbound Sunset Boulevard.

Eastbound Sunset

  • Northbound I-405 off-ramp to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, to northbound Veteran Avenue to eastbound Sunset Boulevard.

The entire project will take time and has a lot of features to improve Los Angeles drivers’ commute.

Be aware of closures not only to lessen your drive time, but also to increase safety.

Alert to Los Angeles Residents

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A 90-year-old bicyclist was hit and killed by a passing motorist. The driver then fled the scene.

If you have any information regarding the accident, contact the Los Angeles Police Department immediately.

 

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, whether in a car or on foot, then contact a Los Angeles accident attorney. We can assist you with filing insurance claims and can ensure that your compensation sufficiently covers the damages from which you have suffered.

Santa Ana Teen Recovering from Major Accident

Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Losangelesfiredepartmentambulance.jpg ;Summary A Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance en route to an emergency

On Friday night, a teenager was hit by a car while standing outside of a house party and was seriously injured. Though his recovery is taking its time, he is remaining positive.

Caleb Taylor resides in a Santa Ana hospital ICU right now rather than in Irvine, where his family lives. His injuries threaten his athletic lifestyle where he excels in baseball because he was the unlucky victim of a random crash.

The Irvine Police responded to a call that came in around 10:15 p.m. Friday night, claiming that there was an accident at the intersection of West Yale Loop and Stone Creek North.

According to Taylor’s friend’s reports, Taylor was outside attempting to break up a fight that was ongoing when a vehicle intentionally drove into the crowd.

The driver was allegedly driving at high speeds. Including Taylor, his actions injured three people.

Police apprehended the suspect, but he has been released after posting his bail. He is expected in court on Tuesday.

Taylor is keeping his spirits up despite his current situation. He has undergone one surgery and is waiting to learn what more is required.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Santa Ana car accident lawyer who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

West Los Angeles Accident Injures Three and Kills One

On Sunday in Los Angeles, California, three people were left seriously injured and another was killed after being involved in a multi-vehicle accident.

The collision occurred at La Cienega Boulevard and Cashio Street around 11:30 p.m. Though more than one vehicle was involved, the injured parties were all pedestrians unfortunately caught up in the car crash.

According to investigators, a Ford Mustang was driving at high speeds on La Cienega and hit two other vehicles in its path. One of those struck vehicles was pushed over a curb and forced into the four pedestrians.

The driver of the Mustang who caused the accident attempted to flee on foot, but was caught and arrested by police shortly afterward.

One victim was pronounced dead on the scene and the three others were rushed to the local hospital. One has been reported to be in critical condition, while the other two are in serious conditions. The identities of the four victims have not been released at this time, but it is suspected the victim that was killed was a local transient.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or fatalities.

Freeway Closure in Elysian Park

Due to a fiery incident that occurred last week in Elysian Park, the Interstate 5 Freeway will be closed this weekend for repairs.

The California Department of Transportation has stated that the southbound I-5 connector to the southbound SR-2 will be closed from 3:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Last Saturday, a large tanker carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel crashed in this location and a massive and destructive fire erupted. The truck overturned and immediately was enveloped in flames. Miraculously, the driver survived the accident with only minor injuries.

Commuters this weekend are urged to find alternate routes to avoid delays and heavy traffic. There will be detour signs posted around the area to assist drivers in navigating their new paths.

Keep an eye out for traffic and unsafe drivers this weekend to ensure that the freeway will remain open in the future.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

How Accidents Can Change Lives

Today is the anniversary of a very tragic accident that took place ten years ago. Ten people were killed after a man drove his vehicle into the farmer’s market in Santa Monica, California.

An emotional commentary on the accident was written on LA.StreetsBlog that details the crash and the victims. Today I want to share that post to remind everyone of the ways that accidents can affect anyone’s life.

In this particular accident, men, women, couples, children and even a baby were killed.

If your driving skills are impaired for any reason, opt out of driving a vehicle yourself. There are other options and choosing one of those can possibly save a life.

“Why Didn’t You Get Out of My Way?” by Erik Griswold

Major Accident in Azusa

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On Monday, in Azusa, California a young child was killed a numerous others were injured after being involved in a car accident.

The crash involved two smaller vehicles, a truck, and a transit bus and occurred at 8:40 p.m. on Citrus Avenue at Gladstone Street. Police arrived at the scene; however, a nearby resident was the first to assist the victims.

Daniel Romero lives down the street from the location of the accident and ran out to help after he heard a loud crash. He attempted to give CPR to the 4-year-old girl before medical examiners arrived.

The girl whose identity has not been released was a passenger in one of the two vehicles, but police are not completely sure which at this point. She was airlifted to a hospital, but unfortunately she could not be saved.

Additionally, two adults and two children were injured and transported to a hospital. Two bus passengers suffered minor wounds and only one was taken to the hospital; the other was treated on the scene.

The cause of the accident is still under heavy investigation. Police found children’s seats in one of the cars, but they are not sure whether they were secured correctly or if that was the victim’s vehicle.

The conditions of the injured passengers are also unknown at this time, but no further fatalities have been reported. This accident is incredibly unfortunate for the community and for all of those involved.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney who will assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.