Automobile versus Pedestrian Automobile Accident 1

Accident Overview

On October 23, 2015, at 6:10 p.m., our client was walking in a crosswalk on Tice Creek Drive at its intersection with Golden Gate Road in the city of Walnut Creek, county of Contra Costa, state of California. Our client was legally in the crosswalk when a driver hit her causing serious injuries. The accident resulted in the loss of work, serious injuries, and large medical bills leaving our client in a state of uncertainty.

About the Accident

This was a vehicle versus pedestrian accident that resulted in serious injuries for our client due to the driver’s negligence. The driver of the car that caused the accident was driving a 1995 Toyota SR-5.  

There were no adverse road conditions when the driver struck our client in the crosswalk.

After the accident, our client suffered from severe neck and back pain as well as ankle and leg injuries. Our client was taken by ambulance to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California where she underwent treatment for these injuries. The driver of the car that caused the accident was insured with AAA insurance.

Case Facts

Our client needed ongoing medical treatment after the case including physical therapy. At first, AAA insurance was not convinced of the necessity of the medical treatment.

Our client missed a significant amount of work and was charged large medical bills from this accident. Based on this information, she reached out to GJEL 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, at the potential client’s request, went to meet her at John Muir Hospital.

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 from the Walnut Creek Police Department. The police report stated that our client was primarily at fault and that the driver only had a minor amount of fault.

Through aggressive representation and ongoing private investigation, GJEL Accident Attorneys was able to establish that the police report was incorrect and the accident was primarily the fault of the other driver.  

At first, the at-fault driver’s insurance company, AAA, based upon the police report in their favor, was offering a rather small amount. As the law firm filed the lawsuit, reinvestigated the accident, took depositions, and sent interrogatories, the insurance company changed its mind.

Attorneys Andy Gillin and Jim Larsen helped our client through this difficult time. This case took approximately eight months to resolve. In the end, our client was awarded $100,000 by AAA insurance after aggressive representation by GJEL Accident Attorneys.

Insurance Company Names:     CSAA
Police Report   Walnut Creek Police Department
Vehicle Types   1994 Toyota SR5
Accident Locations: Tice Creek Drive at Golden Gate Road, Walnut Creek. CA
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited John Muir Medical Center: treat the open head trauma: ICU for 6 days, Manor Care Rehab in Rossmoor
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible) Open head trauma – laceration: memory issues
Left knee pain and swelling with restriction
Fractured left rib
Left elbow pain

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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.