Motorcyclist Splitting Lanes in Unincorporated Alameda County 1

On the evening of October 8, 2018, one of our clients faced a life-altering event on I-580 in Alameda County. Riding his 2013 Honda Motorcycle, he was following the speed limit and driving responsibly, even as he was lane splitting—a legal maneuver in California. But in a split second, his world turned upside down when a 2007 Toyota Camry cut in front of him, causing a serious collision.

This was no ordinary accident. It left our client with severe injuries, including a fractured right hip that needed surgery, road rash, and deep anxieties. Alongside the physical pain, he faced a mountain of medical bills and the burden of not being able to work.

Faced with such overwhelming challenges, he reached out to us at GJEL Accident Attorneys, hoping to find answers and support. He had many questions, like who would pay for his medical bills, how he would manage his financial losses from not being able to work, and what would happen if his injuries had lifelong impacts.

Our team at GJEL took immediate action. We understood that the road to recovery and justice was not going to be straightforward, especially since AAA Insurance, the insurer of the Toyota Camry driver, was initially not convinced about our client’s innocence in the matter. They contested his right to compensation, citing his lane splitting as a possible fault.

But we knew better. We knew our client deserved justice. We started a thorough investigation, beginning with obtaining the police report from CHP Dublin, which provided crucial details about the accident. Our commitment was to ensure our client did not bear the burden of this accident alone.

Accident Overview

On October 8, 2018, at 7:35 p.m., our client was driving his 2013 Honda Motorcycle on interstate 580 eastbound 0.62 miles west of Grant Line Road in unincorporated Alameda County. He was driving the speed limit and he was driving carefully, however, he was floating lanes. Another driver in a 2007 Toyota Camry cut in front of our client resulting in a collision. Splitting lanes in California is legal, and our client was obeying the rules of the road. The accident resulted in the loss of work, serious injuries, and large medical bills leaving our client in a state of uncertainty. They contacted GJEL as the Alameda County Accident Attorneys for their case.

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 2007 Toyota Camry.

There were no adverse road conditions when the accident happened.

After the accident, our client suffered from a severe back injury and was transported via ambulance to Eden Hospital in Alameda County. The driver of the car that caused the accident was insured by AAA Insurance while our client’s motorcycle was insured by Geico Insurance.

Case Facts

Our client needed ongoing medical treatment after the case including physical therapy. At first, AAA Insurance contended our client was at fault for splitting lanes. For that reason, the insurance company was not convinced that our firm would prevail at trial in this case.

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 invited our client into the office to meet us regarding his case.

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.

At first, the party at fault’s insurance company, AAA Insurance was not taking full responsibility for the damages caused by the wrongdoer and offered an amount that neither our client nor GJEL Accident Attorneys was willing to accept.

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 $100,000 for this accident by AAA Insurance company after aggressive representation.

Insurance Company Names:    CSAA, Geico Insurance
Police Report  CHP Dublin
Vehicle Types  2013 Honda CBR500R, 2007 Toyota Camry
Accident Locations:I-580 Eastbound, 0.62 miles West of Grant Line Road, unincorporated Dublin, CA
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited Paramedics Plus, Eden Hospital, Kaiser Walnut Creek, Kindred Rehab walnut creek, Kaiser San Ramon,
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible) Fractured right hip in two places w/implant surgery, road rash, anxieties

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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.