Motor vehicle versus Bicycle accident 1

Accident Overview

On June 8, 2013, at 9:07 am, our client was riding his bicycle in unincorporated Napa County on Trancas Street at the intersection with South Bound, CA, Highway 29. Our client was obeying the rules of the road while riding his bicycle when an automobile driver hit our client, causing a serious accident. The accident resulted in the loss of work, serious injuries, and large medical bills, leaving our client in a difficult situation.

About the Accident

This was a vehicle versus bicycle accident that resulted in serious injuries for our client due to the other driver’s negligence. The driver of the other car was driving a 2007 BWM 335 series. 

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

After the accident, our client suffered multiple lacerations to the side of his body.  He was transported by way of American Medical Response ambulance to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, CA, where he underwent diagnosis and treatment for serious lacerations. The driver of the car that caused the accident was insured by California Automobile Insurance Company.

Case Facts

Our client needed ongoing medical treatment including wound treatment and physical therapy after he was released from the hospital. Our client missed a significant amount of work and was charged large medical bills from this accident. Based on this information, he reached out to GJEL Accident Attorneys to see if he was entitled to compensation and to have his questions answered. He 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 offered to represent the client. 

Based on the serious injuries from this accident and the mounting medical bills, our client decided to retain GJEL Accident Attorneys to help get 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 Napa County Sheriff’s Department. The police report showed that the other driver was 100% at fault and responsible for the accident.

Our client initially attempted to settle the case himself, dealing directly with the insurance company. He was offered $12,500. He realized that this was nowhere near sufficient given his medical bills and injuries. GJEL Accident Attorneys determined that this was a case where filing a lawsuit and moving toward trial would result in a recovery.

Attorneys Jim Larsen and Andy Gillin helped our client through this difficult time and ultimately were able to settle this case before trial. The case took approximately 11 months to resolve. In the end, our client was awarded $212,500 by California Automobile Insurance Company after aggressive representation.

Insurance Company Names:     CSAA
Police Report   Napa Police Department
Vehicle Types   2007 BWM 335
Accident Locations: Trancas Street at the intersection with South Bound CA Highway 29, unincorporated Napa County
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited American Medical Response, Queen of the Valley Hospital
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible) Multiple lacerations
Tear to his labrum – will need surgery
Permanent limp due to bursitis


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.