Since 1995, William Mitchell Margolin, Attorney at Law, A Professional Law Corporation has delivered aggressive advocacy on behalf of people who have been hurt in car crashes and other motor vehicle accidents. We have obtained millions of dollars for victims to compensate for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost earnings, and other damages available under the law. In wrongful death cases and catastrophic injury cases, our firm has delivered exceptional results at trial and favorable settlements.
Once you’ve been involved in a car accident, the injuries and resulting financial pressure can be overwhelming. Attorney William Margolin and his firm give you knowledgeable advice and formidable advocacy to help you deal with issues such as:
Our firm’s reputation for exceptional counsel and service is based on our commitment to asserting clients’ rights and focusing on results that provide you with the greatest recovery available.
Careless drivers hit people walking across the street or riding bicycles on a daily basis. Cell phone use has caused more accidents today than drivers under the influence. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists who are hit by negligent vehicles are not protected within the cabin of a car. A bicycle or motorcycle rider may be going between cars when a car hits them. We help them recover for their injuries. All the facts need to be discussed, however automobile drivers are usually liable for not seeing the pedestrian or bicyclist or motorcyclist. Our office has handled many successful pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle cases. We do our best to ensure that these difficult cases come out in your favor. In motorcycle cases in particular, the law is clear. Though a driver may allegedly signal to change lanes, he/she cannot change lanes into that of another vehicle that has the right of way. If a large motorcycle is next to you or coming, there is no way to change lanes with reasonable safety. CVC 21658. Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, the following rules apply: (a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety. Additionally, the act of changing lanes into a motorcycle violates CVC 22400 in part stating: Intentionally blocking or impeding a motorcyclist in a way that could cause harm to the rider is illegal. In 2016 the California Legislature insured the legality of lane splitting as follows: AB 51 now CVC sec. 21658.1. (a) For the purposes of this section, “lane splitting” means driving a motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways. (b) The Department of the California Highway Patrol may develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist and the drivers and passengers of the surrounding vehicles.
In a crash, large trucks do much more damage than standard passenger cars, which is why specific safety regulations exist for commercial vehicles and their drivers. If you’ve been hurt in a collision with an 18-wheeler, tractor trailer, or some other type of big rig, we’ll investigate which individuals and businesses are responsible for the crash. From there, our firm will determine whether regulations on driver rest, speed, load weight, or other safety measures were violated in order to give you the best chance at a fair result.