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The Future of Bicycle Safety

01.12.15

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Over the past few years, the evolution of automobile safety has been a hot topic, with more car manufacturers offering safety technology that intervenes before a crash to help minimize occupant injury and damage to a vehicle or even avoid an accident altogether. Through the use of sensors, cameras and onboard computers, these crash prevention systems warn the driver of a potential accident, better prepare the car and occupants for a collision and, in some cases, automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t act in time to avoid a crash. Crash statistics show that these systems really do reduce car crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Recently, the Netherlands launched its first-ever intelligent bicycle that may do the same for bicycle safety that the vehicle crash avoidance technologies have done for automotive safety. Developed for the government by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the intelligent bicycle prototype sports forward-looking radar detection mounted below the handlebars and a camera in the rear mudguard, which are linked through an onboard computer with a vibrating warning system installed in the bicycle’s saddle and handlebars to alert cyclists to impending danger.

As stated in the 2012 National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors, 18 percent of the population age 16 or older, rode a bicycle at least once during the summer of 2012. The 2009 National Household Travel Survey estimates that 11.9 percent of all trips in this country are done by walking or bicycling, up from 9.5 percent in 2001. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 726 pedalcyclists (bicyclists and other cyclists include riders of two-wheel, nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals) were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and made up 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. The number of pedalcyclists killed in 2012 is 6 percent higher than the 682 pedalcyclists killed in 2011. Those statistics are set to grow as more and more people take to two-wheeled transport, leading to congestion and an increased risk of injury.

With a rising number of bicyclists on the road and the potential for an increase in bicycle related accidents, developing bicycle safety technology will become more and more important. Utilizing technology already at work in the automotive industry to fit bicycles with an array of electronic devices to help bring down the accident rate is a step towards making the roads safer for bicyclists.

LALLANDE LAW, PLC  handles bicycle accident cases in California. Please learn how we can help by contacting our office.

LALLANDE LAW, PLC Supports Proposition 46

10.21.14

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On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, California voters will have an opportunity to make a difference and save lives by voting YES on Proposition 46.

Preventable medical errors kill up to 440,000 Americans every year – it’s the nation’s third leading cause of death behind only cancer and heart disease. But too little is being done to stem that silent death toll. Proposition 46 offers three common-sense changes to improve patient safety.

Proposition 46 Will:

Require Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors: Require drug and alcohol testing of doctors just like airline pilots, bus drivers, and dozens of other public safety professions. Why is that important?  The California Medical Board says experts estimate that nearly 1 in 5 doctors will abuse drugs or alcohol in their lifetime. USA Today ran a recent story reporting on a federal study saying that more than 100,000 health care workers are currently battling drug problems. Add to it that another 400,000 are fighting alcoholism, and we have a very significant problem that endangers the lives of patients. Proposition 46 addresses this serious patient safety problem by requiring random drug and alcohol testing of doctors as well as after an adverse medical event. If a doctor tested positive, they would face suspension and potential disciplinary action after an investigation.

Crack Down on Prescription Drug Abuse and Over-Prescribing: Crack down on prescription drug abuse by requiring doctors to check the existing database before prescribing powerful narcotics. The Centers for Disease Control has called prescription drug abuse the fastest growing drug epidemic in the nation. To help control abuse, California has developed a statewide Internet database so doctors can check to see if a patient is “doctor shopping” drug abuser. The problem is, fewer than 1 in 10 doctors in California bother to use the database. Proposition 46 would require doctors to check the database before prescribing prescription drugs to a patient for the first time. Mandatory use of similar databases in other states has dramatically reduced the number of “doctor shoppers” there. Prescription drug abuse raises healthcare costs — over $55 billion in 2007 alone.  The state Legislative Analyst’s Office says YES on Proposition 46 could provide “significant” savings by requiring doctors to check the existing database.

Hold Medical Providers Accountable for Medical Harm: Provide access to justice for those harmed by medical negligence by adjusting the cap on pain and suffering and wrongful death for inflation. In 1975 California established a $250,000 cap on the amount of pain and suffering damages that can be awarded to those harmed by medical negligence. That amount has not been adjusted for inflation, despite the cost of everything else skyrocketing over the past four decades.  Proposition 46 would update the cap, restoring the same economic power it had in 1975, and providing victims of medical harm closer to fair compensation. Adjusting the cap for four decades of inflation will hold doctors accountable for needless injuries and deaths caused by medical negligence, and it would provide a greater financial deterrent to prevent harm in the first place.

Opponents of Proposition 46:

Foes of Proposition 46 are financed primarily by the malpractice insurance industry, which has poured in most of the money into the $58-million campaign against the initiative. They’ve launched a statewide ad blitz centered on distortions and fear tactics. They claim updating the cap on malpractice compensation would lead to soaring medical malpractice premiums and cause doctors to quit or leave the state, reducing your access to health care. They won’t offer you any evidence, because there is none. And they won’t tell you that in states where similar caps have been not just adjusted but eliminated in recent years, malpractice premiums have not gone up and there are actually more doctors per capita since the caps were removed.

Foes also want you to think that Proposition 46 is all about making money for lawyers who represent those harmed by medical negligence. But they won’t tell you that compensation for those lawyers is capped by law, a cap that would not change under Proposition 46. The reality is that the vast majority of damages awarded in medical negligence cases go to those who were harmed, not to their attorneys. And foes certainly won’t tell you that should medical malpractice cause harm to you or a loved one, a good lawyer is your only chance for justice, fair compensation and accountability against the health care machine.

Hall of Shame: Insurance Companies Backing No on Proposition 46:

Cooperative of American Physicians: $10,161,489.04
The Doctors Company: $10,000,000.00
NorCal Mutual Insurance Company: $10,000,000.00
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan: $5,000,000.00
Medical Insurance Exchange of California: $5,000,000.00
The Dentists Insurance Company: $1,620,000.00
The Mutual Risk Retention Group: $1,000,000.00
All Insurers: $42,781,489.04
Total: $58,068,255.82

The insurance industry has vowed to spend over $60 million to defeat Proposition 46. We are on the side of the patients, not the insurance companies.

For more information on Proposition 46, please visit: https://www.yeson46.org/

LALLANDE LAW, PLC strongly supports Proposition 46 for a safer California, and we hope you will join us in voting YES on Proposition 46. 

LALLANDE LAW, PLC Marks 7th Year Anniversary

10.15.14

October 15, 2014 marks LALLANDE LAW, PLC’s 7th year anniversary of its founding. Seven years ago, LALLANDE LAW, PLC’s founder M. Lawrence Lallande, Sr., a trial attorney then with twenty-three years of experience and proven results, set out to build a law firm committed to obtaining justice for his clients.  An important part of Lallande Law, PLC’s history and success is our development into a true family business with the addition of Mr. Lallande’ s  daughters, attorney Karina N. Lallande and legal administrator Shannon Bratton, in 2010. Today, LALLANDE LAW, PLC strives to bring our clients the highest level of excellence in the legal profession, while maintaining the personal warmth of a family law firm.

To LALLANDE LAW, PLC’s clients, past and present, it has been a pleasure to serve you, and we consider each of you a part of the LALLANDE LAW, PLC family.

To LALLANDE LAW, PLC’s employees, we’ve done amazing things together, and we truly value your dedication and loyalty to LALLANDE LAW, PLC.

LALLANDE LAW, PLC looks forward to continuing to work diligently for our clients in the coming years and maintaining our commitment to our core values of “Excellence. Results. Justice.”

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Superior Court Websites

08.8.14

For questions involving court forms or court rules, check the links provided for the local Superior Courts websites for counties in Southern California.

Los Angeles County Superior Court

Orange County Superior Court

Riverside County Superior Court

Imperial County Superior Court

San Bernardino County Superior Court

San Diego County Superior Court

Ventura County Superior Court

Santa Barbara County Superior Court

 

Karina N. Lallande Selected to 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

08.8.14

Lallande Law, PLC is pleased to announce that Karina Lallande has been named among the Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for 2014. The recognition honors top up-and-coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

The Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list will be published in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, as well as in the July 2014 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Ms. Lallande has the added distinction of inclusion in Super Lawyers 2014 list of The Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, which will be published in the September 2014 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

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M. Lawrence Lallande, Sr. Selected to 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers List

08.8.14

Lallande Law, PLC is pleased to announce that M. Lawrence Lallande, Sr. has been selected to the 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list. This is the eighth consecutive year Mr. Lallande has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

The Southern California Super Lawyers list is published in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, as well as in the February 2014 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

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BP Protests Settlement Payments with Negative Ad Campaign

07.9.13

BP, the corporate felon who pled guilty to killing 11 rig workers, polluted the Gulf and ruined the livelihoods of thousands of Americans is now spending 20 million dollars for newspaper ads to falsely claim that is a victim of small businesses, judges or even trial lawyers. BP has the money to scream its lies against the lawyers who have championed getting justice for the victims of BP’s negligent and intentional wrongful acts. BP’s ads also target the officers of the Court who have had the courage to hold BP accountable, regardless of BP’s money, power, and influence. Shamelessly, BP targets its victims.

Here are the facts:

  • BP pled guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter and lying to the Federal Government, stemming from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.
  • BP was on probation for three prior disasters at the time of the blowout.
  • BP has been suspended from doing business with the US government for a lack of corporate integrity.
  • For nearly two years BP’s team of corporate lawyers negotiated, co-authored, agreed to, and sought Court approval of every word in the Settlement Agreement resulting from the oil spill disaster.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

10.13.12

Motorcycle use has increased dramatically in the last 10 years.  In 1997 there were 3,826,373 registered motorcycles n the United States. Ten years later, in 2006, the number of registered motorcycles nearly doubled to 6,686,147. Rising expenses associated with automobile prices and fuel prices have encouraged many to trade their 4 wheels for 2 wheels. The greatest increase in motorcycle use has been in riders forty years and older.
M. Lawrence Lallande, the founder and principal of Lallande Law, PLC is a licensed motorcycle rider who rides motorcycles for commuting and recreational purposes. Mr. Lallande has successfully tried motorcycle accident cases to verdict and understands the causes and dynamics of motorcycle accidents.
Motorcyclists are very often the victims of careless drivers of other types of motor vehicles. According to statistics compiled by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 6.2 million motorcyclists accounting for 3% of all registered vehicles on U. S. roads in 2005. Motorcycles accounted for only 4% of miles driven in 2005.  In 2006 a motorcyclist was 37 times more likely to die in a crash than drivers of other vehicles, and 8 times more likely to be injured than drivers of other vehicles. http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.portal/site/nhtsa/
Motorcycle injuries and deaths have increased steadily as the number of motorcycles has increased.  In 1997 there were 3,826,373 registered motorcycles. That year there were 53,000 motorcycle injuries and 2,116 deaths with a fatality rate of 55.30 per 100,000 registered vehicles. Just nine years later, in 2006, there were 6,686,147 registered vehicles, 88,000 motorcycle injuries, 4,837 deaths with a fatality rate of 72.34 per 100,000 registered vehicles. Of note is that in 1997 riders 40 years old or older comprised about one-third of the deaths (699 of 2,116). However, in 2007 almost half of the deaths are attributed to riders 40 years old or older (2,537 of 5,154).
In 2007, 40% of motorcycle deaths resulted when the motorcyclist was going straight and the driver of the other vehicle was turning left.  That same year, crashes where both vehicles were going straight (including the driver of the other vehicle making an unsafe pass in the opposite direction of travel as the motorcycle) accounted for 27% of the crashes.
California is second in the nation, behind only Florida for the number of motorcycle deaths. In 2007 there were 495 California motorcycle deaths, nearly one tenth the national total of 4,833. In 2007, 50% of all motorcycle deaths involved fatal crashes with another type of motor vehicle that was in transit.  Of these collisions, only 5% were motorcycles struck in the rear, while 78% involved motorcycles struck in the front.
Motorcycle accidents can occur for many reasons but the most often heard statement at the accident scene is:  “The motorcycle came out of nowhere; I just did not see him”. This statement defies logic and physics. Motorcycles and their riders are subject to the same laws of physics as the rest of our planet – they don’t magically appear from thin air.  Drivers of other vehicles often do not see motorcyclist because they are inattentive, distracted by electronic devices such as cell phones, participating in distracting activities such as eating, or are too hurried to carefully observe their surroundings before making changes in direction or speed.  The fact that motorcycles are less conspicuous than other vehicles is added to driver inattention in contributing to accidents.  Motorcycles are simply smaller and therefore an inattentive driver is less likely to see and perceive the motorcycle. Furthermore, the smaller “target” (visual) value of a motorcycle makes it more difficult for drivers to evaluate the speed of the motorcycle, particularly when the motorcycle is approaching the other driver from the opposite direction.
There are many in the non-motorcycle public that consider motorcycles unsafe and therefore believe that riders must be careless. This is a myth. Motorcycle riders are aware that they are unprotected and vulnerable and ride accordingly.  The reality is that most motorcycle accidents involve short trips associated with errands such as shopping. Most motorcycle crashes do not involve high rates of speed. The median motorcycle pre-crash speed is 29.8 mph with a motorcycle speed at crash of 21.5 miles per hour.  If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injuries or death (wrongful death) Lallande Law, PLC has the knowledge, motorcycle accident expertise, experience, track record, to tirelessly pursue justice though results.