Lohan Pleads Not Guilty to Crash-Related Charges

Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three misdemeanor charges related to a car crash and was ordered to appear in court for a hearing later this month.

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Car careens from mountain road in Glendora, California

Single-vehicle accidents with multiple injured parties generally don’t require legal action to work out liabilities and compensation for medical expenses and other items. However, this is not always the case, and car accidents of any type can result in problems with insurance company claim procedures. Incidents like the recent crash on Glendora Mountain Road involve personal injury that can result in large expenses and other needs.

The accident occurred around 12:30 in the morning on Dec. 6. Reportedly, a green Nissan Sentra fell 200 feet over the side of the road, and the four people in the car were injured. One of the individuals was able to climb from the car and up to the road to call for help. The individual was unable to provide an exact location to dispatchers. First responders directed the person to call from a 911 line, which allowed rescuers to locate the accident scene.

According to rescue workers, a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were ejected from the car and suffered from head injuries. Their conditions were serious, and they were airlifted to a nearby hospital. Since that time, their conditions have improved to moderate. The 19-year-old male driver and another 19-year-old man suffered only minor injuries, which were treated at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital. According to California Highway Patrol, the accident is still under investigation.

In any accident that involves serious injury, hospital bills and other medical expenses can mount quickly. Victims may be unable to work for a time and may suffer other losses. Even reputable insurance companies can undervalue the cost associated with an accident. Individuals should understand their needs and rights and how to push for fair compensation under an insurance policy.

Source: Glendora Patch, “Four Injured After Car Plunges Off Glendora Mtn. Road,” Aaron Castrejon, Dec. 6, 2012

Hit-and-run leaves man dead in Vacaville, California

Vehicle accidents often cause serious injuries and can even lead to death. In the event of auto-pedestrian accidents, catastrophic bodily harm is even more likely for the person hit by the vehicle. In the case of a hit-and-run in Vacaville, California, these types of injuries led to the death of a 28-year-old man.

The accident occurred in the early morning hours of Dec 5. Police arrived at the scene around 8:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a dead body. The body of the man was found on the west edge of Peabody Road. Authorities indicate the man had been carrying a backpack. Police notified California Highway Patrol, and the roadway was blocked off for investigation.

Investigators were able to recover vehicle parts that contained VIN information. Using that information, they traced the accident to a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado owned by a 23-year-old man. The man was arrested without event on Dec. 6. The truck was found in front of the man’s parents’ home in Vacaville.

Authorities believe the 23-year-old man struck the pedestrian several hours before they arrived on the scene. They also report that the pedestrian was walking south on Peabody Road when the accident occurred. The incident occurred north of the Chuck Hammond Drive intersection.

When a pedestrian dies in an auto-pedestrian accident, grieving family members can be left with funeral and medical expenses. In cases where the pedestrian is lucky enough to pull through, expenses and other losses can be debilitating. Victims should understand their rights and compensation options before settling with insurance companies in any pedestrian-related accident case.

Source: The Reporter, “Man dies in hit-and-run accident; suspect arrested,” Catherine Bowen, Dec. 6, 2012

Newhall motorcyclist dies in accident with SUV

California’s weather makes it one of the most enjoyable states for motorcyclists, but the fun can be short-lived in the event of an accident. Because motorcycles do not have the same safety features of traditional cars, a motorcycle accident leaves the driver more vulnerable to injury. The severity of these accidents was demonstrated by a recent tragic incident in Los Angeles.

A 20-year-old man was driving his 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on highway 126 when he lost control of his motorcycle. According to California Highway Police, the motorcyclist collided with an SUV driven by a 61-year-old Val Verde man. The driver of the SUV was heading southbound on Chiquito Canyon and was stopped at a stop sign, preparing to turn left. At this moment, the Kawasaki reportedly hit the 1994 GMC Suburban, proving fatal for the motorcyclist. There were four or five police units at the scene that impeded traffic while officers attempted to investigate the cause of the accident. California Highway Police report that the motorcyclist was travelling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle.

Initially, the identity of the deceased motorcyclist was not released because officials were awaiting confirmation from the driver’s next of kin. The driver’s identity was later released by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

More investigation into this accident may reveal who was truly at fault. In an accident as devastating as this one, it is in the best interests of the individuals involved, or their surviving relatives, to understand their legal rights to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: SCVNews.com, “Victim Identified in Thursday’s Fatal Motorcycle Crash,”Perry Smith, Dec. 14, 2012

Los Angeles Courthouse Locations

Don’t ever be late to court! When working with a Los Angeles Accident Attorney it is important to arrive at court for your trial on time.  Below is a list of resources for local LA area courthouses so you can find your way and be on time.

LA Superior Court House Info

 

Court Locations By Name

Name Address
Airport Courthouse 11701 S. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Alfred J. McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center 1040 W. Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93534
Alhambra Courthouse 150 West Commonwealth, Alhambra, CA 91801
Bellflower Courthouse 10025 East Flower Street, Bellflower, CA 90706
Beverly Hills Courthouse 9355 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Burbank Courthouse 300 East Olive, Burbank, CA 91502
Catalina Courthouse 215 Summer Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
Central Arraignment Courts 429 Bauchet St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Central Civil West Courthouse 600 South Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005
Chatsworth Courthouse 9425 Penfield Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center 210 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Compton Courthouse 200 West Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220
David V. Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center (Delinquency) 7625 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90001
Downey Courthouse 7500 East Imperial Highway, Downey, CA 90242
East Los Angeles Courthouse 4848 E. Civic Center Way , Los Angeles, CA 90022
Eastlake Juvenile Court (Delinquency) 1601 Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court (Dependency) 201 Centre Plaza Drive, Monterey Park, CA 91754
El Monte Courthouse 11234 East Valley Blvd., El Monte, CA 91731
Glendale Courthouse 600 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91206
Hollywood Courthouse 5925 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Huntington Park Courthouse 6548 Miles Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255
Inglewood Courthouse One Regent Street, Inglewood, CA 90301
Inglewood Juvenile Courthouse (Delinquency) 110 Regent Street, Inglewood, CA 90301
Long Beach Courthouse 415 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
Los Padrinos Juvenile Courthouse (Delinquency) 7281 East Quill Drive, Downey, CA 90242
Malibu Courthouse 23525 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
Mental Health Courthouse 1150 North San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Metropolitan Courthouse 1945 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse 42011 4th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534
Norwalk Courthouse 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650
Pasadena Courthouse 300 East Walnut Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Pomona Courthouse North 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA 91766
Pomona Courthouse South 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766
San Fernando Courthouse 900 Third Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
San Pedro Courthouse 505 South Centre Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
San Pedro Courthouse Annex 638 South Beacon Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
Santa Clarita Courthouse 23747 West Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Santa Monica Courthouse 1725 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Stanley Mosk Courthouse 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Stanley Mosk Courthouse 110 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse (Delinquency) 16350 Filbert Street, Sylmar, CA 91342
Torrance Courthouse 825 Maple Ave., Torrance, CA 90503
Van Nuys Courthouse East 6230 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401
Van Nuys Courthouse West 14400 Erwin Street Mall, Van Nuys, CA 91401
West Covina Courthouse 1427 West Covina Parkway, West Covina, CA 91790
West Los Angeles Courthouse 1633 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025
Whittier Courthouse 7339 South Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90602

Woman charged with DUI in fatal crash in California

Auto-pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries or death, because pedestrians have no protection against the force and weight of a vehicle. Those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents due to no fault of their own can seek justice by filing compensation claims against the negligent drivers. Similarly, relatives of those killed in such crashes may have a right to compensation for their losses.

A 51-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly causing the death of a pedestrian after crashing into him and driving with him stuck in the windshield of her vehicle for about two miles. The hit-and-run accident took place close to Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue in Torrance at around 11:25 p.m. on Nov. 24. After reportedly crashing into the man, the woman drove on until she was stopped by witnesses around Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street. The victim, aged 31, was apparently still embedded in the windshield after the car came to a halt. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver, a drug abuse counselor, was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, murder and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as other charges. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Dec. 17.

As well as leading to pain and suffering, auto-pedestrian accidents can also cause substantial financial loss. Victims of accidents may have to pay for medical treatment, and they may also lose wages if their injuries prevent them from going to work. Filing for compensation and negotiating for an accident settlement may enable them to meet these costs.

Source: NBC Southern California, “Drug Counselor Accused of DUI in Deadly Hit-and-Run Pleads Not Guilty,” Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard, Dec. 18, 2012

Two injured in highway accident near Glendora, California

Highway accidents can cause severe injuries and even death. They usually involve vehicles traveling at high speeds. Those injured in car accidents may endure great pain, suffering, and financial loss. Although there is nothing they can do to reverse their misfortune, they can seek compensation to pay for all the costs that result from the accidents.

A 39-year-old woman and a 17-year-old male were injured in a major collision that occurred on Arrow Highway near Glendora, California, on Dec. 19. The woman was driving a minivan in the left-turn lane of the highway, and was trying to make a turn onto Glendora Avenue. The teen, driving a white truck, was traveling in the opposite direction, and swerved in an attempt to avoid colliding with the minivan. However, the truck clipped the minivan and flipped over. The teen was extracted from the truck by fire fighters who arrived at the scene later. Both drivers sustained minor injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals.

Car accident victims may have to pay a substantial amount of money to treat their injuries, and they may be so badly injured that they are unable to work. Getting compensation from the parties that are responsible for the accidents will help them avoid financial trouble and even speed up their recovery. Victims should learn about their rights under the law to ensure the best possible resolution to such an unfortunate incident.

Source: GlendoraPatch, “At Least Two Injured in Major Collision Near Glendora,” Aaron Castrejon, Dec. 19. 2012