The Law Offices of Irwin R. "Rob" Miller is pleased to provide the following links for the benefit of individuals and families seeking information on personal injury, wrongful death, motorcycle accidents, and automobile accidents in Ventura County and southern California. These links are designed to provide basic legal and practical information, including safety information, in hopes of preventing motor vehicle accidents, as well as providing legal and practical resources for injured individuals and their families. If you have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Ventura County or surrounding areas, please contact Rob Miller in Oxnard for a free personal consultation with a skilled and experienced Ventura County personal injury attorney.
Motorcycle Safety Resources
The Foundation develops rider education and training courses and maintains a library of informative safety booklets and helpful rider tip sheets.
The Motorcycle Industry Council is a non-profit, national trade association representing motorcycle manufacturers and distributors created to promote and preserve motorcycling and the U.S. motorcycling industry.
A summary of California motorcycle laws can be found on the website of the American Motorcyclist Association.
Automobile Safety Resources
Individual driving records, including information on auto accidents and convictions, are maintained by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Information on planned lane closures and current highway conditions can be found at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website.
Learn about the many federal highway safety programs directed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Although funded by the insurance industry, you may find car crash and vehicle safety information at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a publicly-supported, not-for-profit charitable, educational, and research organization which is dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on the roads.
If you motor vehicle needs to be repaired or replaced, the Kelley Blue Book is a well-known, trusted resources to help you determine the value of your car based on model year, mileage and other factors.
The National Safety Council provides many tips for safety on the road, covering topics such as defensive driving and distracted driving.
Distraction.gov is the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, helping to spread the word about texting while driving, cell phone use, and other potentially-dangerous driving habits.
Other Personal Injury Resources
Victims of traumatic brain injury and their families can turn to the Brain Injury Association of America for guidance and support on living with TBI.
Dedicated to promoting medicine and the betterment of public health, the American Medical Association provides abundant resources covering many aspects of medical care.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) promulgates regulations and rules governing the trucking industry, including maximum hours of service for truckers, required maintenance and safety inspections of trucks, and other matters.
Verdicts and Judgements
- Edwin Alvarez v. Santa Ynez Feed & Milling
On May 4, 2016, the team of Irwin R. “Rob” Miller (Law Offices of Irwin R. Miller, Oxnard) and Augusto Focil Jr. (Focil Law Firm, Oxnard) obtained a verdict of $1,436,403 at the Santa Maria courthouse. The case is Alvarez v. Santa Ynez Feed & Milling. The defendant made a left turn onto the highway and collided with the plaintiff’s automobile. Injuries included a herniated disc requiring surgery and right shoulder rotation cuff tear also requiring surgery. Defendant’s last offer prior to trial was $500,000. Superior Court of the State of California Santa Barbara County Superior Court Case No. 1460762. Trial Judge, the Honorable Timothy J. Staffel.
- Edward Kutchma v. Aiko Oshima
Topic: Personal Injury Sub Topic: Negligence Further Description: Skiing Accident
Attorney: Plaintiff - Irwin R. Miller (Law Office of Irwin R. Miller, Oxnard)
Facts: On Dec. 20, 2015, plaintiff Edward Kutchma, age 78, an expert skier with a certified teaching credential, was skiing at Mammoth Mountain. Plaintiff was coming down the ski run known as "solitude," which is an intermediate run. At approximately 11 a.m., the ski run was very congested with skiers of varying levels of experience. Plaintiff was traversing down the ski run making very controlled short radius turns traveling at approximately 10 - 15 mph. Defendant Aiko Oshima, an advanced skier was coming down the solitude ski run at a high rate of speed in excess of 40 mph. He failed to see the plaintiff and collided with plaintiff. Injuries included a concussion, four broken ribs and a cervical disc herniation that required surgery.
Superior Court of the State of California County of Los Angeles Case Number BC609225
- Keila D. Virto v. Ceva Freight LLC
Topic: Rear end accident Date: December 12, 2012.
Plaintiff operating a Nissan automobile was rear-ended by a truck driving by Defendant. Defendant was inattentive, driving too fast for road conditions and failed to maintain a safe distance between vehicles. Injuries included a cervical disc protrusion and disc herniation. Plaintiff underwent a microdiscectomy surgery to the lumbar spine. Medical specials totaled approximately $75,000. Plaintiff had loss of income claim of approximately $37,000 and a claim for loss of future earning capacity. A Mediation was held with the honorable Russell Bostrom. The case settled for $1,500,000. Defendants’ initial offer to settle was $700,000.
Superior Court of the State of California County of Ventura Case Number 56-2013-0043775
- $4,269,169 for a motorcycle rider who lost a leg when a trash truck pulling an overloaded trailer cut into our client's lane around a curve.
- $1,000,000 for motorcycle rider who broke an arm and a leg when defendant struck him after entering an intersection against the light.
- $851,000 to father and son injured when their work truck was struck by defendant's van. Defendant had lost control of vehicle upon encountering fuel spill on the roadway, but we proved with an expert witness and demonstrative evidence that driver error was to blame.
- $850,000 to a man who fell inside a hospital elevator compartment when the support bar became disconnected from the wall, resulting in a herniated disc and requiring spinal surgery. Rob Miller obtained this settlement after learning that the support bar had fallen off several times during the preceding months, but had never been repaired properly.
- $575,000 for injured driver who swerved into lane divider to avoid colliding with portable toilet which fell off defendant's truck onto the freeway. Settled one week before trial after defendant's initial offer to settle for $75,000.
- $300,000 for a caregiver who tripped over a mislaid plastic mat outside the dining area of a nursing home, requiring surgery on her shoulder and knees.