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Michael Ehline sufferred a horrific rollover accident when he was young. Dealing with his injury lawyers, and the medical industrial complex made Mike want to study law. So after his tour in the U.S. Marines, and running several small businesses, Ehline went for it. Check out some of his Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer Verdicts and Settlements. Now Ehline is a highly successful, ambitious car crash lawyer. He operates ELFPI.com, which is an accident and injury law practice based in Los Angeles, CA.

L.A. is One of the Car Chase Capitals of the World

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Turn on the local news, and there is a fair chance you’ll see a video of a car chase. Police car chases are not just a Southern California thing. However, recent evidence shows that it is more prevalent in L.A.

Perhaps the most famous of all of these car chases is the OJ Simpson Bronco getaway. Broadcast on live TV across the country it burned the idea of such chases into our brain.

Today, the greater Los Angeles metro area sees more chases than any other. There are many reasons why this is, and we’re here to examine them.

  • Part of it has to do with the weather. It’s almost always warm and sunny in SoCal. Much less likely to see a high-speed chase on I-90 in two feet of snow in Buffalo, New York. Crazier things happen, but likely not in this case.
  • Car-friendly roads play a large part, too. Southern Cali was built for and around the auto. It is no wonder that a large number of freeways and wide roads would encourage such pursuits. The asphalt jungle allows for a unique situation here rather than the back roads of Colorado.
  • A different approach to law enforcement also plays a role. The LAPD has a separate manual than the NYPD. Besides, such chases would be difficult on the crowded streets of another city. Here it almost seems natural.

A Complicated Situation.

Of course, the above are just some examples. It doesn’t look like the number of car chases will fall anytime soon. However, increased awareness of their potential dangers can improve road safety. No one wants to be on the wrong side of a police chase gone wrong. Understanding some of the reasons why they start in the first place will reduce crashes and injuries.


https://www.facebook.com/ABC7RobMcmillan and https://www.facebook.com/ABC7Amy. “Deputies in helicopter shoot wrong-way driver after the chase.” ABC7 Los Angeles. September 19, 2015. Accessed February 13, 2017. http://abc7.com/news/deputies-in-helicopter-shoot-wrong-way-driver-after-chase/991282/.

Are Uber Drivers Employees?

Newest Accusation of Corporate Malfeasance

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One thing we know about Uber and Lyft is that traditional taxicab companies are on the brink of extinction. But in a California case at least, many cabbies may be drooling at a new era of hefty fares.

What is the reason for all this? It appears that Uber stepped in it again. The ride-sharing company again is under the microscope. A former employee accused Uber of unfair fare practices.

The former driver filed a mighty lawsuit. Also, the case, expected to be a significant precedent, is in the works. It alleges that Uber deliberately underpaid its employees. And considering a slate of recent cases, this seems very plausible. So now with victory in a North Carolina court, the floodgates opened.

Ars Technica reported on the suit. And the case is from Michael Hood. Initially filed in 2016, Hood started a proposed class-action lawsuit that the company misclassified him as an independent contractor instead of an employee. In fact, this classification resulted in him being paid well under minimum wage. Astonishingly, in one case he alleges he made under $2 an hour. This case is just one of over a dozen similar cases against the company.

Is This Just the Beginning?

Hood’s attorney expects thousands of potential litigants to join the case. All told, this could mean Uber on the hook for hundreds of millions in back pay. There is a local case, O’Connor v. Uber advancing through the case. If the O’Connor and Hood cases both proceed, Uber may face a wave of suits from across the country.

Of particular concern, Uber consistently used its influence to underpay workers. And this influence includes manipulating the drivers themselves. Furthermore, this also includes some sleazy inroads to the government at all levels. However, Uber faces incredible push back against its model. Some significant rape, assault, and even murder cases came to the spotlight.

Also, Uber faces off against Google. The two locked horns in a major self-driving car conflict. All of these add up. Uber lost some significant executives. The company is standing on its last legs. Perhaps this major suit will the be the end of it. Maybe it might just be one part of it.

In any event, we can see how traditional, licensed cab companies may be back in business, as Uber potentially declares bankruptcy. But beware, should that happen, look for cabbies to make the claim they too, are employees. So they could soon be arguing they are entitled to matching SSN, work comp, and a whole litany of job-killing rights. But for more info, including how these cases turned out, keep it here at the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC.

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