A California Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective on Accidents


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California personal injury case can take on many forms.  If you, or someone you love, has been injured
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  • False Arrest
  • Medical Negligence
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Nursing Home Neglect / Abuse
  • Pedestrian Accident
  • Railroad Crossing Accident
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Slip & Fall Accident
  • Trip & Fall Accident
  • Truck Accident
  • Wrongful Death

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Road Rage Against the Cyclist: ER Doctor Gets 5 Years

Road rage red      The L.A. Times reports that Dr. Christopher Thompson, a medical doctor, an emergency room medical doctor no less, was convicted of assaulting two bicyclists by slamming on his car brakes after a confrontation on Mandeville Canyon Road, a narrow Brentwood, California street.  Dr. Thompson was sentenced to five years in prison for his early morning road rage, a rage that caused permanent physical harm to his cycling victims.  

    Even more outrageous is that Dr. Thompson took the Hippocratic Oath which, among other things, binds him to act “for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous.” The victims in this case were not his patients but 60 year old Thompson is an emergency room doctor for Pete’s sake!  How many cyclists has he treated in the past?  I’m speculating dozens, if not hundreds.  He should have known better — taken the high road, as it were.

Share the road       As a Southern California personal injury lawyer I am outraged by Thompson’s transgressions.  I have represented many, many bicyclists who have been seriously and permanently injured by the careless acts of drivers who fail to keep an eye out for the riders. In almost every single case, the drivers and their insurance companies blame the cyclists for the accident and I’m forced to file a lawsuit to make them take responsibility for their acts, protect my clients and get them the just compensation that they deserve.  But make no mistake: No amount of money is going to make them whole again.  So I beseech you: Share The Road! 

    

    Injuries to bicycle riders range from sprains and strains to broken bones to partial paralysis or full paralysis to brain damage or any combination of these life-changing assaults often requiring months of medical treatment, hospital stays and, yes, sometimes even life-long care.

 Infiniti bike road rageRonPeterson bike rage     Dr. Thompson apparently had many prior confrontations with bicycle riders in his neighborhood.  He didn’t like sharing the road.  Tough, Dr. Thompson, tough.  You slammed on your brakes in front of the bicycle riders and “One cyclist was flung face-first into the rear window of Thompson's red Infiniti, breaking his front teeth and nose and cutting his face. The other cyclist slammed into the sidewalk and suffered a separated shoulder.” 

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      Thompson wept when he was sentenced to five years in prison for his angry acts.  This was not a case of negligence (i.e., the driver didn’t see the cyclist, etc.) but a case of intentional acts.  Thompson was convicted of mayhem; assault with a deadly weapon, his car; battery with serious injury; and reckless driving causing injury.  Did he weep because he felt remorse or because he’s going to jail? That, of course, we’ll never know.


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Perils for Pedestrians Episode 114: Emergency Evacuations

Perils for Pedestrians is a monthly series promoting awareness of issues affecting the safety of people who walk and bicycle. Perils For Pedestrians appears on public access cable stations in many cities across the United States.

We interview pedestrian and bicycling advocates and government planners about problems such as missing sidewalks and crosswalks, dangerous intersections, speeding traffic, and obstacles to wheelchair users and people with disabilities; and solutions to such problems.

Contents of Episode #114 – Emergency Evacuations:

Pedestrians on 9-11, New York City

Pedestrians and the Blackout, Stamford, CT

Evacuation planning, Albany, NY

Evacuation Barriers Around Washington DC, Cabin John, MD

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Link of the Day – Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

What you’re looking at is the toolbar for the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, a consumer funded, volunteer staffed organization devoted to all things related to Bicycle Helmet Safety.  Protecting the health and safety of bicycle riders is their main purpose.  Please click on the link above and visit this incredible site.

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Perils for Pedestrians Episode 110

Perils for Pedestrians is a monthly series promoting awareness of issues affecting the safety of people who walk and bicycle. Perils For Pedestrians appears on public access cable stations in many cities across the United States.

We interview pedestrian and bicycling advocates and government planners about problems such as missing sidewalks and crosswalks, dangerous intersections, speeding traffic, and obstacles to wheelchair users and people with disabilities; and solutions to such problems.

Contents of Episode 110:
The Rails-to-Trails Conference; Minneapolis, MN
Bicycle engineering at Southern Illinois University; Edwardsville, IL
A bicycle advocate on bicycle education; Salt Lake City, UT
The RWJF active living partnership in Omaha, NE

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Perils for Pedestrians Episode 105: Dublin, Velo-City 2005

Velo-City conference series; Velo-City 2005, Dublin, Ireland; Dublin Cycling Campaign; National Policies to Promote Cycling; Bicycle Workshops in Rome. Perils for Pedestrians is a monthly series promoting awareness of issues affecting the safety of people who walk and bicycle. Perils For Pedestrians appears on public access cable stations in many cities across the United States and on DISH Network 9411 – The Universityhouse Channel.

We interview pedestrian and bicycling advocates and government planners about problems such as missing sidewalks and crosswalks, dangerous intersections, speeding traffic, and obstacles to wheelchair users and people with disabilities; and solutions to such problems.

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Bicycle Safety PSA1- The Deadly Right Turn

The deadly right turn kills and injures more bikers than any other misadventure on the road. Sharing The Road means developing a sense of caution and cooperation that leads to a fluid peaceful coexistence of bikes and autos. The message in this 60+ second PSA can be summarized simply: Signal, Clear Back, Turn Right, ShareTheRoad.

PSA1 is the first in a series of six PSAs to be produced over the next six months as the ShareTheRoad Productions PSA Campaign. The video may be posted (unaltered) to any site or used for any educational purpose. Contact us for web or broadcast quality digital files.

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Bicycle Safety PSA 3 – Stop In The Name of Love

PSA3 is a story of arrogance and tragedy as our road-tested biker flies through stop signs and stop lights in his own little universe. Finally he gets his due and meets Elvira. More than a metaphor, she takes him to a new world as he tumbles through the intersection of right and wrong. It’s a sad tale that must be told.

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