Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident on Market Street

A 31-year-old neotropical field ecologist suffered serious injuries when a driver failed to yield while making a left turn in front of the ecologist’s motorcycle at Market Street and 16th Street in San Francisco. As San Franciscan’s know, Market Street is crazy!! Many changes have been made to Market Street in recent years and the downtown part (Front Street to Van Ness Avenue) of the street is almost exclusively limited to transit vehicles. However, the rest of Market Street (past Van Ness Avenue) is still a mess. This is evidenced by this motorcycle accident on Market Street and 16th.

The ecologist suffered a fractured knee and detached ACL, as well as a broken arm. He was for several weeks he was unable to walk and was forced to miss time from his job. He was also unable to apply for field research grants, which was a serious hit to his income.

Also, due to the accident, he was facing issues with his health insurance, and the medical bills were piling up. He was all alone trying to figure this all out. The ecologist knew he needed help, so he hired the San Francisco motorcycle accident team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers to help him navigate the process of bringing an accident claim. The moment he hired Sally and her team, his stress faded as he knew they would handle everything.

Some interesting challenges arose in the case. The at-fault driver carried low insurance policy limits, and the ecologist’s health insurance company had made several clerical errors in calculating his medical charges, which complicated the claims process. Further, the police report was unclear about liability, regardless of a witness statement in the motorcyclist’s favor. The team was undeterred by the difficulties, and forced the at-fault driver’s insurance company to pay out their full policy limits of $100,000. The team also required the motorcyclist’s health insurance company to produce an accurate list of charges.

Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers Negotiates Medical Liens so Clients Pay Less and Keep More

After getting the policy limits paid. The Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers team negotiated his health insurance lien down significantly, and then convinced two additional medical providers to waive their bills altogether. This extra effort by the team did not increase their attorneys’ fees. It simply put more money in the client’s pocket. That’s really the bottom line for us here – client happiness!

Making the best out of limited insurance policy limits.

We understand that the policy limits settlement of $100,000.00 was less than the claim was worth. However, after diligently looking into the responsible motorist’s assets, it was discovered that they were of limited means and recovering any money from them personally would be futile. The client agreed that going after the motorist would be a fool’s errand. He therefore asked that we do the best we could with the $100k settlement.

Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers Puts MORE Money in The Client’s Pocket

Despite the low limits and high medical bills, the Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers team worked tirelessly to put over $45,462.63 (almost half of the settlement funds) in the client’s pocket. After all was said and done, the ecologist was very grateful to have minimized his stress through the process, have all of his bills paid and to now be back on his feet and back to his research, with some extra cash in his pocket!

If you or someone you love has suffered a motorcycle accident on Market Street — or anywhere in San Francisco, please contact our team to see if we can help.

Accident Client

"Last March, my partner was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. During this difficult time of healing, we knew that bills were going to pile up and his was going to be a long process. After looking at multiple law firms, we knew that Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers was going to be the best place to work with. Lauren and her team were patient, supportive and caring during his difficult time. His schedule was always busy with work and doctor appointments that his main source of communication was through email. Lauren and her team made it to where he didn't have to worry about anything but just sending over the paper work he got from the hospital, and other bill collectors involving his incident and they worried about the rest.

Because of all their help my partner Aaron, was able to heal with less worries on his shoulders. By end of December, everything was settled and we were pleased with the results. I'd like to give a huge thank you to Lauren & the Sally Morin team. If you're looking for a law firm for your incident, I'd definitely look at this law firm."

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