Robin Ellen Levinson, a community services officer with the Laguna Beach Police Department, is suing the city for Orange County, California personal injury. Levinson suffered physical injuries when she crashed her electrical bicycle in February 2010.
Levinson blames the city for her Laguna Beach bicycle accident. She claims the city failed to properly maintain Eagle Rock Way and did not remove the root deformity, which her bike ended up hitting. This caused her to lose control of the bicycle and she was thrown off it.
Per a California Highway Patrol report, Levinson sustained a shoulder fracture, a broken hip, bruises, and abrasions. The report noted that there is no designated bike lane on Eagle Rock Way.
Earlier, the city denied Levinson's Laguna Beach personal injury claim, contending that she did not "exercise ordinary care" and caused her own accident. (Prior to being able to file a civil lawsuit against a city, the injured party must first file a claim that will either be resolved or denied.)
Levinson, who had to take time off from work to recover, is claiming about $1.5 million in losses. She says the city should be responsible for her medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, rehabilitation, future medical bills and lost wages, and other compensatory damages.
Road defects can prove dangerous for motorists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists, which is why it is so important that such safety hazards are repaired immediately. Common road defects:
• Turns in roads that cannot properly accommodate the legal speed limit
• Merging lanes that are too short
• Inadequate road width
• Improper signage
• Inadequate grading
• Uneven lanes
• Malfunctioning stop signs
• Blind intersections
• Corners with blind spots
• Inadequate speed limits
• Absence of a sidewalk
• Poorly designed roads
• A tree placed too close to the curb edge
• Inadequate road construction warning signs
Interstates, highways, and streets in California are maintained by the city, county, another local government, or the California Department of Transportation. These parties are among those that can be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by a road defect.
Poor road conditions can cause catastrophic Orange County, California car crashes with devastating results. Medical and recovery expenses can be astronomical and there may be a loss of wages and benefits because the victim had to stop working to recover. There are also the life-altering changes that you and your family may have to live with as you cope with a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, or a loved one's death.
You will want to work with a Laguna Beach car accident law firm that knows how to prove liability on the other party's part.
Police Department employee sues city over bike accident, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, September 1, 2011
City of Laguna Beach
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