$737,500 Settlement for a Bicycle Accident vs Car Accident 1

In the serene setting of Contra Costa County, a cyclist found herself in a life-altering situation. As she pedaled along the road, diligently observing the rules, an automobile abruptly turned left, crossing her path. The cyclist, who had been enjoying a typical ride, was thrown into a whirlwind of pain and uncertainty.

The accident wasn’t a result of adverse road conditions or the cyclist’s negligence. It was the direct consequence of the driver failing to notice her on her Cannondale (BB30) bicycle.

This miscalculation by the driver of the 2013 BMW 750 LI resulted in our client suffering severe spinal injuries, multiple abrasions, a traumatic brain injury, and a C7 cervical fracture requiring spinal fusion, among other injuries.

This harrowing event led her to the medical facilities of San Ramon Valley Fire, John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek, and other notable medical centers, where she met with experts like Maxwell Merkow, M.D., and Dolores Musco, M.D.

Beyond the physical trauma, the aftermath of the accident brought financial and emotional distress. With mounting medical bills and an inability to work, she was left pondering: Who would cover her medical expenses? How would she manage the financial strain caused by her loss of income? And what if the repercussions of this incident left permanent scars, both physically and mentally?

In her search for answers and justice, she reached out to GJEL Accident Attorneys. Their reputation for tenacity and expertise in handling bicycle accidents made them the ideal choice. After an initial phone evaluation, she met with the firm’s attorneys, where the gravity of her situation was acknowledged and addressed.

Under the adept guidance of attorneys Andrew Gillin and Jim Larsen, the firm began a thorough investigation. Despite the initial reluctance of the guilty party’s insurance company, Farmers Insurance, to take full responsibility, GJEL’s aggressive approach in establishing fault and highlighting the severity of the injuries led to the filing of a lawsuit.

Their unwavering commitment and expertise culminated in a settlement of $737,500 for our client, all within a year of the tragic incident.

If you were injured in a bicycle accident don’t wait to contact an attorney. GJEL can help you maximize your potential compensation and help you get more than other firms might be able to get for you.

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Case Facts

This bicycle accident versus vehicle accident happened in unincorporated Contra Costa County. Our client was lawfully riding her bicycle when the automobile driver made a left turn in the path of our client. Our client was obeying the rule of the road when another driver caused a serious accident. The accident resulted in the loss of work, serious injuries, and large medical bills leaving our client in a quandary.

About the Bicycle Accident

This was an auto versus bicycle accident.

There were no adverse road conditions and the accident happened when the driver failed to see the bicycle.

After the accident, our client suffered from severe spinal injuries and multiple abrasions. Our client was transported via ambulance to John Muir Hospital where she underwent treatment for her injuries.

Case Facts

Our client needed ongoing medical treatment after the case. Originally, the insurance company of the party at fault was not willing to pay for our client’s medical bills, let alone her pain and suffering.

Our client missed a significant amount of work and was charged up large medical bills for this bicycle accident. Based on this information she reached out to GJEL Bicycle Accident Attorneys to see if she was entitled to compensation and to have her questions answered. She wanted to know:

  1. Who is responsible for my medical bills?
  2. How will I pay these bills and the loss of work?
  3. What if I have permanent lifelong damage to my body?

The staff at GJEL were able to quickly evaluate the case over the phone and the client came to the GJEL offices to meet with our attorneys.

Based on the serious injuries from this accident and the mounting medical bills, our client decided to retain GJEL Accident Attorneys to help get her life back on track after this tragic accident.

The staff at GJEL started a full investigation which started with getting the police report.

At first, the party at fault’s insurance company was not taking full responsibility. The firm filed a lawsuit and moved aggressively to establish fault as well as the significance of the injuries.

Attorneys Andrew Gillin and Jim Larsen helped our client through this difficult time and were able to settle this case prior to trial. The case took approximately one year to settle, and in the end, our client was awarded $737,500 through aggressive representation.

Insurance Company Names:    Farmers Insurance
Police Report  
Vehicle Types  2013 BMW 750 LI, Cannondale (BB30) bicycle
Accident Locations:
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited San Ramon Valley Fire
John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek
John Muir Trauma Physicians
California Emergency Physicians
Bay Imaging Consultants
Maxwell Merkow, M.D.
Dolores Musco, M.D.
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible) TBI
C7 cervical fracture (HCC) – requiring spinal fusion
Pain in the right arm
Acute pain in the left shoulder
Multiple abrasions

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Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Since 1972 he has been helping seriously injured victims throughout northern California fight & win their personal injury cases. Andy is one of the top awarded & recognized wrongful death lawyers in northern California.