Oakland Cyclist in “hit and run” accident recovers $250k after Sally Morin Law tracks down the responsible driver.
A successful financial planner and avid cyclist was training for a charity bicycle event when she was separated from her bicycle while trying to avoid collision with a young man who was not paying attention to the road while driving. She has noticed the vehicle stopped at a driveway ahead and signaled to the rest of the group that a vehicle was present just ahead. He abruptly began pulling out in front of the training group and the woman was forced to apply her brakes sharply in order to dodge the vehicle. She was thrown from her bicycle, landing primarily on her elbows. The young man left the scene without offering his contact or insurance information, and before emergency assistance could arrive to take his statement.
Upon impact with the road, the cyclist suffered fractures to both of her elbows, which required multiple surgeries to repair. She was hospitalized for four days and was then released to begin her painful recovery. With medical bills in excess of $150,000.00 and loss of income estimated at over $50,000.00, this woman was worried that her recovery would be hampered by the difficulties of handling an injury case on top of therapy and managing her injuries, let alone trying to get back to her clients who relied on her for financial advice. She did not have the young man’s contact or insurance information and did not know how to go about finding him to hold him responsible for the damage he had caused. The cyclist, who most certainly did not want to be bogged down by the intricacies and complications of her legal case, sought out experienced bicycle accident lawyer Sally Morin to help her navigate the legal process so she could focus on recovering from her injuries and getting back to work as soon as possible.
The legal team at Sally Morin Law – who focuses on Bay Area bicycle accident cases – aggressively took up her case and immediately began the search for the young man who caused the accident. After taking multiple witness statements and canvassing of the neighborhood, our office found the young man who caused her accident. He denied liability and refused to provide any information to allow our client to make a claim against him for this accident. After months of corresponding and extensive research into the individual himself, our office was able to make a claim against the young man’s insurance. After diligent work in proving liability in the case, our office forced the insurance carrier to turn over the policy limits of $250,000.00 within five days of submitting our demand. Although the case was likely worth an amount much greater than this, our client did not wish to pursue the third party personally and wanted to move on with her life. Because of her large medical bills, our office’s first priority was to ensure that our client received a financial recovery in her pocket, after paying the medical bills and legal fees. We fought to reduce her medical liens, despite the hardcore language in her health insurance reimbursement provision and netted her over $130,000.00 in her pocket after medical bills and attorney’s fees and costs were paid. Needless to say, this woman was another very happy with Sally Morin Law’s bicycle accident attorney services.