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Salutatorian Still in Hospital after Crash with Fire Truck

7666415898_417b2ff48c_mThe graduating salutatorian at Providence High School in Burbank is still in the hospital after a crash with a Los Angeles County fire truck last weekend.

According to authorities, Olivia Menke, 18, was driving her Toyota Prius last Saturday when she was T-boned on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu by a LA County fire truck.

Emergency crews airlifted Menke to UCLA Medical Center, where was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.

Menke is an outstanding student with a 4.6 grade-point average and she is respected by both classmates and teacher alike. She recently won a four year $100,00 scholarship to Bentley University.

Family and friends are hopeful as doctors indicate that Menke could make a full recovery. The road to that recovery, however, will be a long one.

Accidents involving vehicles owned by cities and municipalities can be a challenge. Emergency vehicles such as police and fire departments often go at high speeds, ignoring traffic signals and put motorists, pedestrians and other innocent bystanders at risk. Often there are limits put into place by city, municipal and state governments as to how much time someone has to file a claim.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an emergency or municipal vehicle, call our offices today. Before you sign any kind of statement, or settle with an insurance company, get legal representation of your own as soon as possible. Factors such as eyewitness accounts, deadlines set by metropolitan, city and even state and county governments can limit how long you have to file your case or make any claim.

At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, we have years of experience representing clients in accident and personal injury cases and we can help you. The success of our clients is important to us and we are here to give you not only the compensation you deserve but to see that justice is served.   Expenses such as medical costs, rehabilitative care and time off the job or from school can cause serious financial difficulty for you and your family.

Get someone to fight on your side. Call Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP today.  Your initial consultation is free and carries no obligation to you.

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Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.