LOS ANGELES, CA, February 26, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. an innocent, 41 year old bicyclist was struck while riding his bicycle east on San Joaquin Hills Road, near Spyglass Road by a white Volkswagen Jetta.
The bicycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after paramedics attempted to resuscitate him.
The driver of the injury causing Jetta, Danae Marie Miller age 22, is now suspected of driving under the influence
at the time of the collision. Miller was driving west on San Joaquin Hills Road when she struck the bicyclist.
Miller was arrested at the scene on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and booked in the county jail, according to the Newport Beach Police Department. She was released the next day after posting bail.
Miller has received eleven prior citations, with five for speeding, one for talking on a cell phone, failure to stop, driving against traffic on a one way street, following too close and making an unsafe turn. She was due in court in Santa Ana Thursday for talking on a cell phone while driving.
The bicycle accident lawyer
at Ehline Law Firm, Southern California's recognized Santa Monica bicycle accident attorney is also a Newport Beach bicycle lawyer
and knows the area where the injury occurred well. The public needs to understand that this type of bicycle crash is most likely a wrongful death, assuming it was caused due to the negligent, or malicious act of driving and killing someone while drunk, which is compensable in court, or via a settlement with an insurance company.
The issue here is whether or not the surviving family of the bicyclist can recover money damages for things like funeral expenses, and/or loss of love and affection, loss of support, etc. With a record like the defendant's, it appears there may be no insurance or even assets for that matter. But if there is insurance, it may only be a $15,000.00/$30,000.00 policy.
What the consumer needs to remember is that you cannot count on most evil doers to do the right thing by carrying adequate insurance. And adequate insurance in my opinion, is at least a half million in liability coverage. At least with that money, the survivors could pay the funeral and perhaps set up a small annuity.
Now, the family will have to hope for some kind of other coverages, such as a trust, or life insurance. The defendant, if convicted, will likely be bankrupt by time of sentencing. These are the things consumers must know before they ride their bike.
Our attorney has a proven record of representing the injured bicyclists and their families in cases of wrongful death in cities like Newport Beach, Long Beach, Torrance, and Marina del Rey, as well as all of Los Angeles County and San Francisco, and we are committed to holding negligent drivers responsible when a rider of a bicycle is injured or killed. If you or someone were injured and would like to consult with an Orange County, or Santa Monica personal injury attorney
, we are available for client meetings at the following locations:
201 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
toll-free phone: 1-888-400-9721
local phone: (310) 376-8488
633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213) 596.9642
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50 Francisco St #460, San Francisco, CA (415) 684-7688
198 North Arrowhead Ave. #20 San Bernardino, CA 92408. (909) 693-5417
Bicycle injury attorney Michael P. Ehline, is a rider himself and he is committed to defending his client's rights in cities like Santa Monica, San Francisco, and Newport Beach California. Michael Ehline is a former active duty U.S. "Gung Ho" Marine. He has successfully represented thousands of injured victims during his legal career. Ehline has been featured in "California Lawyer Magazine," the "LA Daily Journal" and "Hollywood Weekly Magazine."
He was also voted by California Lawyer Magazine, as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2009 and 2010, and he is involved in various community activities to help consumers become more aware of their rights, duties and obligations. Last, Ehline is an advocate of non invasive, holistic healing and other alternative treatments, such as Prolotherapy and Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy.
We hope you have enjoyed this press release and that you have learned what an accident attorney says you should know about the alleged DUI Newport Beach bicycle wrongful death.