Oct 01 by GJEL

California Should Match Recognition for Bike Accident Memorials

In mid-August, German tourist Nils Yannick Linke was struck and killed by a drunk driver at the intersection of Masonic and Turk streets in San Francisco. Soon after, a “ghost bike” was placed on that intersection, with the purpose of memorializing Linke and other cyclists who have been killed on city streets. The Ghost Bike movement is only seven years, but has recently gained momentum here in California, and elsewhere, as ghost bikes have been implemented in 134 cities including 35 states and 21 countries.

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Sep 24 by GJEL

Recent Bike Accidents Show Need for Stronger Laws Protecting Cyclists

As more Americans take to the streets on bicycles in order to reduce their carbon footprints, unclog the streets, and get some additional exercise, traffic laws often prove insufficient to protect cyclists in the case of traffic accidents. Since the roads were originally made with cars in mind, existing rules are frequently dangerous to cyclists since drivers are typically reluctant to share the road. Currently, only 13 states have criminal penalties for drivers who kill cyclists. Noticeably absent is California, which had 131 bike fatalities in 2008 alone, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Jun 10 by Ben

Andy Gillin in California Lawyer Magazine: The First 100 Days

Catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits are not your regular personal injury fare, writes GJEL Accident Attorneys’ managing partner Andy Gillin this month for California Lawyer Magazine. In the “Expert Advice” column, Andy says that more often than not, a lawyer makes or breaks a case in the first 100 days.

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