Motorcycle Accident in Santa Clara County, California 1

Accident Overview

On August 5, 2017, at 11:36 a.m. our client was traveling westbound on First Street in Santa Clara. Our client was obeying the rules of the road on his motorcycle when a driver in a Mercedes E-350 made a left turn in front of him. 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 motorcycle 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 2006 Mercedes E-350.

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 from a fractured right hip, a left metacarpal fracture, a left inferior pubic ramus fracture, and severe back pain. Our client was flown from the scene via helicopter to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The driver of the car that caused the accident was insured by Liberty Mutual Insurance while our client was insured by Geico Insurance.

Case Facts

Our client needed ongoing medical treatment after the case including surgeries with pins and plates. At first, Liberty Mutual Insurance was not willing to pay for our client’s medical bills and other damages.

Our client missed a significant amount of work and was charged up 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 send an attorney to meet him at his request in his hospital room.

Based on the serious injuries from this accident and the mounting medical bills, our client decided to retain GJEL Accident Attorneys to help get his 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 Gilroy Police Department. 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, Liberty Mutal Insurance, attempted to place fault on our client because one party who spoke to the police had the opinion our client was speeding.

However, our firm was able to point out that the witness did not see the accident and only heard the roar of the motorcycle. All of the people who did see the accident placed the fault on the other vehicle.

Attorney Jim Larsen helped our client through this difficult time. Attorney Andy Gillin filed a lawsuit and the case took fourteen months to settle. In the end, our client received a total of $830,000 for this motorcycle accident injury.

Insurance Company Names:     Liberty Mutual, Geico Insurance
Police Report   Gilroy Police Department
Vehicle Types   2006 Mercedes e350, 2001 Suzuki/GXR1000
Accident Locations: First Street in Gilroy, CA
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited Gilroy Fire Department
CalStar Ambulance
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible) Fractured right hip/surgery w plate
Closed Colles’ fracture of the left radius with routine healing
Left 5th metacarpal fracture
Right open medial malleolus
Pubic symphyseal widening
Left inferior pubic ramus fracture
Right scapular fracture – nonoperative

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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.