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Teenager Files Claim Against the City of Costa Mesa After Traffic Accident

By Renee Nordstrand on April 26, 2010

An 18-year-old San Clemente resident has filed a $42,000 claim against the city of Costa Mesa following a traffic accident at Fairview Road and Fair Drive that occurred on November 18, 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In her claim, Katelyn Obbards states that she was riding her bicycle eastbound on Fair Drive at the Fairview Road intersection, and, as she crossed the intersection through a green light, the traffic signal changed from yellow to red in a few quick seconds, causing her to be hit from behind by a car traveling northbound on Fairview who accelerated when the signal opposing Obbards turned green.

As a result of the incident, Obbards suffered injuries including the loss of several teeth, facial lacerations, a fractured back, and a herniated disc.  According to Obbard’s attorney, a police officer that arrived at the scene of the accident had commented that the timing on the traffic signals was off.

It is the city’s responsibility to ensure that traffic signals function properly. If the signal was in fact off on the night of Obbard’s accident, the city of Costa Mesa may be held liable for her injuries and damages, including medical treatment, lost wages, and pain suffering.

If you have been injured on city property due to negligent conditions, please contact experienced, aggressive personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.


Bicyclist Injured in San Diego Crash

By Renee Nordstrand on April 21, 2010

A 24-year-old San Diego woman was seriously injured on Saturday in a bicycle to car collision on Genesee Avenue at La Jolla Village Drive, the San Diego Tribune reports.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was riding her bicycle northbound on Genesee when she was struck by a sedan traveling westbound on La Jolla Village Drive.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation, although police have determined that alcohol was not a contributing factor.

Many details of this accident remain unclear. Which person had the right of way? Was distracted driving (eating, texting, talking on a cell phone while driving) a factor?  Did dangerous road conditions cause either the biker or driver to swerve?  By answering these questions, we may begin to see a clearer picture of who was at fault in this situation.

At the Law Offices of Renee J. Nordstrand, we put 20 years worth of knowledge, success and resources to work toward helping victims of negligence recover fair compensation for bicycle and car accidents.  Call us today for a free consultation.


Bicyclist Struck and Killed by Car in Camarillo

By Renee Nordstrand on December 16, 2009

A 39-year-old Camarillo bicyclist was hit by a sport utility vehicle while riding on Lewis Road in Camarillo Tuesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.

Mario Tamayo was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, where he later passed away from his injuries.  Authorities say Tamayo, who was wearing dark clothing, did not have lights on his bicycle and was not wearing a helmet while riding on a busy street after dark.  Because of these factors, the driver, Michael Brigmac, did not see Tamayo until he collided with him.  From the article, it is unclear as to whether there are bicycle lanes on the road where Tamayo was riding.

This incident highlights the importance of bicycle safety, especially in the winter months when the sun sets early at around 5:30 pm.  If you routinely use a bicycle as a means of transportation, please take precaution and where a helmet wherever you are riding.  Additionally, if you must ride at night, please purchase a bike light to protect yourself and alert drivers on the road.

If you have been injured while biking and believe a driver may be at fault, please contact skilled bicycle accident attorneys immediately for a free consultation to assess your situation and legal options.


Nine Year Old Boy Struck and Killed on Bike

By Renee Nordstrand on December 9, 2009

Nine year old Nicholas Vela Mortley was killed Thursday afternoon after being struck by a raised pick up truck while riding his bike home from school in Anaheim, the Orange County Register reports. The driver, who was stopped at a stop sign when Nicholas started to cross in front of him, never saw Nicholas or his red bicycle as he proceeded through the intersection of Orangewood Avenue and Loara Street after completing the stop.

Sergeant Rick Martinez of the Anaheim Police Department explained the incident, stating “The height of the truck may have obscured his [the driver’s] vision. The child may have assumed that since the truck was stopped it would have remained stopped.” Although the driver has not been cited by the Anaheim Police Department, some question whether the truck exceeded legal height limits. If so, the driver could potentially receive a citation or violation.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a bicycle to car accident, please call experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys today to learn about your legal right to compensation.


Elderly Bicyclist Hit and Killed by Pick Up Truck

By Renee Nordstrand on October 22, 2009

An 80-year-old Placentia resident was struck and killed by a pick up truck while riding her bicycle in a Yorba Linda crosswalk Wednesday evening, the Orange County Register reports.

Edelgard Owens was attempting to cross Propsect Avenue’s crosswalk on bike at about 5:40 p.m., when a Chevrolet pick up truck turning left onto Prospect struck the bicyclist, who was later pronounced dead at Placentia-Linda Community Hospital.

The driver, initially suspected for driving under the influence of alcohol, was released from police custody after police determined she was not drunk.

Many questions remain about this accident as police continue their investigation.  Why did the driver not see the bicyclist?  Was she distracted by a phone call, text message, or conversation with a passenger?  Investigators are seeking to answer these questions so that Ms. Owen’s family can take the next appropriate steps.

In situations such as this, the legal expertise and knowledge of wrongful death attorneys will help families of deceased victims receive monetary compensation.  We will hold the responsible parties fully liable and ensure that your concerns and needs are met effectively.


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