Car vs Bicycle Accident at Contra Costa Settlement 1

Accident Overview

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

Andy Gillin

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. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.