Case Details: Our client, an experienced bicyclist, was riding westbound on Lone Tree Way in Antioch, California. He was in the #3 lane approaching the on-ramp for northbound Highway 4 when he was struck by an automobile swerving from the #2 lane to avoid another vehicle. Our client was wearing a helmet and the bicycle was equipped with an operating front headlight and two flashing red lights facing to the rear.
The Antioch Police Department investigated and concluded that the automobile driver was responsible for the accident because of the unsafe lane change.
The bicycle rider was smashed to the ground with such force that he was initially unconscious. He was taken by ambulance to John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek. He had suffered a closed head injury with loss of consciousness and injuries to his face, jaw, knees, ankles, right shoulder, and low back. CT scans were taken of the head and brain, cervical spine and abdomen and thorax. These studies were negative for findings, as were the X-rays.
Facts About The Case
The GJEL Accident Attorneys were retained by the bicyclist to pursue his claim for damages against the motorist. Attorney Andy Gillin negotiated with the adverse driver’s insurance carrier, Farmers Insurance Company, who conceded that their insured was the sole cause of the accident and of our client’s damages.
Further negotiations were required to obtain Farmers’ agreement to pay the policy limits to our client. The GJEL law firm then was successful in negotiating a significant compromise in the medical liens of Kaiser Hospital and John Muir Hospital, resulting in the maximum benefit for our client.