Accident Overview

On October 29, 2021, at 2:27 p.m., our client was driving northbound down the Silverado Trail 2 miles south of Yountville Cross Rd. in unincorporated Napa County. Our client was obeying the rules of the road driving his Harley Davidson Road Gide when another driver hit our client, causing a serious car accident. The accident resulted in loss of work, serious injuries, and large medical bills leaving our client in a state of uncertainty.

About the Accident

This was a two-vehicle accident that resulted in serious injuries for our client due to the other driver’s negligence. The driver of the car that caused the accident was driving a 2017 Tesla Model S.

There were no adverse road conditions, and the accident happened when the other driver left their lane and entered our client’s lane.

We represented not only the driver of the motorcycle but his wife.

After the accident, our client was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa with a fracture to his right arm. His wife was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa with road rash and bruising to most of her body.

The driver of the car that caused the accident was insured by State Farm, while our client was insured by Mercury Insurance.

Case Facts

Our client needed ongoing medical treatment after the accident, including trauma activation at Queen of the Valley Hospital. At first, State Farm was not confident that our client’s version of the accident was accurate and was unwilling to pay for their medical bills until they could complete their due diligence.

Our clients missed a significant amount of work and were charged large medical bills from this accident. Based on this information, they reached out to GJEL Accident Attorneys to see if they were entitled to compensation and to have their questions answered. They 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 arrange to meet with the clients.

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

The staff at GJEL started a full investigation which started with getting the police report. The police report showed that the other driver was 100% at fault and responsible for the accident.

At first, the party at fault’s insurance company, State Farm Insurance, was not taking full responsibility until they had more of the investigation completed. As the firm continued to collect the evidence and report the treatment to the insurance company, they changed their mind before GJEL had to file a lawsuit.

Attorney Andy Gillin helped our client through this difficult time and ultimately was able to settle this case without litigation. This case took approximately six months to settle without having to file a lawsuit.

In the end, our client was awarded $200,000 for this accident by State Farm Insurance company after aggressive representation.

Insurance Company Names:    State Farm, Mercury Insurance
Police Report  Napa County CHP
Vehicle Types  2017 Tesla Model S, Harley Davidson Road Gide
Accident Locations:Silverado Trail 2 miles south of Yountville Cross Rd. in unincorporated Napa County
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited AMR, Queen of the Valley Napa, Kaiser Vacaville
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible) Steven – Shattered shoulder/will need surgery, broken ribs, deep gashes/punctures. He is a liver transplant patient.
Donna – Concussion, broken ribs, cuts and bruises
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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.