The lawyers at Bay Area Bicycle Law are the leading bicycle-crash lawyers and bicycle-insurance lawyers in California, and the only lawyers who exclusively handle bicycle crash cases in Northern California.Read more
Very pleased with the successful settlement. Michael and Michelle helped from soon after I was side swiped and pushed into a guard rail by a slow passing 18 wheeler. The driver had the most "creative" story, about how I was passing him. Really? Up that hilly vary narrow bridge approach? And yet the policeman bought it. In spite of all that, we succeeded and won.READ MORE- Tom E.
Michael Stephenson and his team are light in a complicated web surrounding bicyclists rights in the bay area. This is a team with compassion for bicyclists who never foresee themselves facing accidental repercussions of an active hobby or fun exercise. Following my bike accident in Mountain View, I was in discussion with the vehicle owner's insurance company through snail mail and email. The discussions were starting to feel uncomfortable for me, as I had never had to engage with an insurance company for any accident prior. I reached out to Michael and his team last year in May at a turning point with the vehicle…READ MORE- Zee D.
After my bike accident I handled the initial communication with the driver's insurance up until the determination of liability, but at that point felt a lot more comfortable having an attorney on my side who knew the ins and outs of maximizing a settlement. The added variable of the "lien" place by my health insurance company for costs they help cover was not something I had any clue about dealing with. My initial phone call with Michael left me feeling certain I had found the right team to help me out. From then on, his associate Michelle handled my case, which spanned nearly 6 months.…READ MORE- Marc S.
I truly appreciate the way that Michael handled my case, he always responded quickly and was a pleasure to deal with. The result that he was able to achieve was far beyond what I had imagined getting for this accident with absolutely no requirement for my time or attention. I would not hesitate to refer Bay Area Bicycle Law to all of my bicycle agencies and associations as well as to any riding friends who need representation, you will not find any better lawyer at handling bicycling related issues in the bay area. If you've been involved in any type of bicycle accident and you…READ MORE- Randy P.
Michael, Michelle and the lovely people at Bay Area Bicycle Law were so helpful and happily took the time to guide me through every step of the way after getting in a cycling accident. They were timely, organized and thoughtful throughout the entire process. If you are even considering whether you need a lawyer for your bike accident, I would highly suggest BABL.READ MORE- Walter R.
This review is long overdue, but wanted to get my two cents in. Last year I was "car-doored" and ended up with a broken hand, and out of work for two months. I had never been in any type of situation like this, and wasn't quite sure how to proceed. I made a few calls and came upon BABL...READ MORE- Bradd H.
…if I could leave a 6th star I would…BABL are absolute rockstars…
After being doored last year I suffered major damage and had tens of thousands in medical bills. I needed a lawyer ASAP. The first and only call that made me feel comfortable and significant was to John Poulter at BABL. He very simply and smoothly talked me through the process and I was excited to work with him and BABL. Throughout the months John, Michael and the rest of the BABL family were workhorses for me, keeping me up to date on everything, dealing with the insurance circus and making sure I get what is deserved. We reached a settlement without going to court and…READ MORE- Xhris K. - Berkeley, CA
Michael Stephenson and Bay Area Bike Law are so so amazing--I am honored to write a recommendation for them. I hope that every bicyclist in the Bay Area has them on speed dial. We have to protect ourselves in this city--no one else will stand up for bikers! I was on my bike in the bike lane when a car doored me..READ MORE- Elizabeth S., San Francisco, CA
I was hit by an SUV while biking in Foster City in 2015. A friend who’s a cyclist suggested I find an attorney who specialized in bike law, so I called BABL without knowing anything about them.
After talking at length with Michael, I felt sure that I’d be far, far better off having him handle the case — and I was right.
He and his colleagues checked in periodically to see how I was healing, and they gave me excellent advice along the way so I didn’t feel pressured into settling. Just knowing that they were handling the aggressive insurance adjustors really helped!
They negotiated a settlement that I felt was fair compensation for the injuries I’d suffered and the pain and long rehab that followed.
I hope I never need their services again, but if I know anyone who does, I’ll definitely recommend them.
I was hit by a driver and left with injuries and a ruined bike. Michael and Bay Area Bicycle Law were very helpful. They looked over my information and gave me advice for free on my difficulties dealing with the drivers insurance company. I appreciate his knowledge and advice and highly recommend the firm to any cyclist dealing with a similar situation. It’s great to know we have help with the legal process and an advocate. Thank you Bay Area Bicycle Law!
Over a year ago, I was struck by a pickup truck and taken to the ER. I contacted BABL, and they took my case after a simple consultation. After the initial paperwork, the only thing I needed to do was recover. John Poulter took on my case, and put all my worries to rest. He was always available, and in my area when we needed to discuss things. John kept me and my father up to date on everything, each step of the way. I didn’t have to speak to the insurance company (which usually is a nightmare), and everything was resolved quickly.
I signed a few papers, and the entire nightmare was over.
In the end, I’d recommend Bay Area Bicycle Law to anyone who was involved in an accident. Michael and his team resolved my case quickly and professionally, and allowed me to get back on the bike and do what I love.
What a cliche, I was: “I don’t need a lawyer. I’m not trying to sue anyone. The guy admitted fault, so he’s good for it.” Yeah, I found out really fast how wrong I was. Just dealing with his and my insurance companies was horrifying, intimidating, and I nearly blew it for myself to even get reasonable compensation. I got a referral to BABL and I was truly saved from a bad situation turning horrible. Michael and team worked hard guiding me through the process and protecting me from making any mistakes… keeping me informed through each step. In the end, I got a fair compensation for pain and suffering. I highly recommend BABL.
My final update. The bodily injury settlement process took some time. But with patience and perseverance the process was very successful. From the initial settlement offer I made 3 counter offers. Using specific advice from Michael in my counter offer letters, I was able to get an additional 70% from the initial bodily injury offer. The entire settlement process took almost 9 months but I could have shaved off a couple of months if I had contacted BABL earlier in the process.
I was hit in a bicycle lane by a driver who admitted, and was determined to be, 100% at fault. I suffered significant injuries, which might have been fatal had I not been wearing a helmet. Because of the driver’s admission, the police report and witnesses, I thought this would be a relatively simple matter to settle by myself. Unfortunately, the major insurance company that I dealt with was determined to lowball me.
After some back-and-forth with the adjuster, I researched attorneys and even spoke to a few. When I called Michael, he took the time to thoroughly explain all of my options including providing advice even if I were to attempt to settle the case unrepresented. Ultimately, I decided to hire Michael and Bay Area Bicycle Law and I’m very glad that I did. As the settlement negotiations continued, the insurance company used unethical tactics, including completely fabricating statements and questioning liability. Michael communicated updates with me regularly and was still able to effectively negotiate a settlement that I thought was fair and definitely more than I would have received had I not hired him.
In the end, If you’re looking for an honest and diligent attorney specializing in bicycle law, I would highly recommend Michael and Bay Area Bicycle Law. If you’re on the fence about whether to handle the case without an attorney, I would at least recommend that you call him to discuss the case.
Insurance companies have endless means to fight claims, and they will use them. It’s a huge relief to know that Michael and his team are out there to fight for the rest of us. Good luck.
Two years ago I was involved in a collision with a major taxi corporation. I was violently thrown off my bike due to the driver attempting an illegal u turn. I was nineteen, uninsured, and barely making ends meet when I received my first hospital bill of 20 grand. The taxi company claimed that the driver wasn’t making a u-turn and that the accident was my fault. I didn’t know what I was going to do until someone pointed me in the right direction and that was with the hard-working team at Bay Area Bicycle Law.
Michael Stephenson, Michelle Weiss, and John Poulter worked together to make the best out of my circumstances. They were with me every step of the way.
Michael handled my deposition and arbitration without breaking a sweat, showing that he is one of the best representatives you can have when you find yourself in a situation similar to mine.
Michelle Weiss and John Poulter were the ones to represent me during my trial and for that I could not be more grateful. Michelle and John always made me feel at ease and always offered the best possible advice. At one point Michelle noticed how stressed out the trial had caused me to be and actually sent me to go get a massage. And John was always offering constant reassurance when he sensed I needed it. We met a lot of walls during this trial (not to mention the cab corporation’s top defense lawyer and their team of paid expert witnesses) but Michelle and John were able to step around them to get the verdict we worked hard for. I expect a lot of great things to come from these two!
Thank you Bay Area Bicycle Law for getting me back on my feet (or bike, I should say!)
Michael, Michelle and the lovely people at Bay Area Bicycle Law were so helpful and happily took the time to guide me through every step of the way after getting in a cycling accident. They were timely, organized and thoughtful throughout the entire process.
If you are even considering whether you need a lawyer for your bike accident, I would highly suggest BABL.
Bay Area Bicycle Law is the BEST! John and the rest of the caring staff helped me to recover financially from the injuries sustained by getting doored while on an internship in San Francisco. I found the firm through the SF Bike Coalition and could not have been happier with my choice, The concise legal advice to pursue both the driver’s and passenger’s insurance companies for the acute injury to my hand was both sound and caring.
I was in a bike accident 1+ years before contacting Bay Area Bicycle Law. I am not the type of person who wants to milk a situation and so I figured I’d work directly with the insurance company to get my expenses paid. As I started to get close to the 2 year statute of limitations for settling or suing, I realized I was potentially going to have some longer term dental issues. This is where BABL and Ashley Lohr came in. Ashley was incredibly clear, helpful, understanding, professional and responsive. She really helped relieve the stress and anxiety that was building up as I got closer to the 2 year limit. In the end, Ashley and BABL were able to get the maximum possible compensation from the driver’s policy, which was relatively modest since the driver had the state minimum insurance, but enough to pay for potential dental crowns down the road.
I just moved to the East coast, but if I were still in SF and got into another accident, I would contact BABL and Ashley Lohr in a heartbeat and avoid the hassle and stress of trying deal with the insurance companies.
Thank you for your commitment to the bike community!
Michael was extremely helpful in giving me advice about an issue with my bike. He gave me the information and confidence to figure out how to resolve the situation. I definitely recommend him and thank him for the service he offers to our bicycle community. Keep up the great work!
Michael Stephenson is a brilliant attorney willing to think outside the box to get results for his clients, with a strong work ethic and dedication to his clients.
I am happy to say that I highly recommend Michael Stephenson and Bay Area Bicycle Law. I had what seemed like a fairly straightforward case at first but ended up being quite complicated. A lot if it seems unbelievable and some of it was downright bizarre. Michael took care of everything professionally and as quickly as possible given the circumstances including hiring and paying for an investigator and negotiating my medical bills.
I ended up with a fair settlement (the maximum) and I always felt like my case was being handled. I never felt like it was on the back burner or forgotten. All of my emails and phone calls were replied to promptly and all of my questions were answered.
This is such a needed service in the Bay Area- I will definitely give Bay Area Bicycle Law’s number to anyone I know who’s involved in a bike accident. Thanks Michael!
Mr. Johnnie Cochran, er, Mr. Stephenson. You kicked some serious booty in court on Friday. Thank you.
Michael, I can’t tell you what this has meant for me and my family. Thank you.
I had the pleasure of watching Michael in a trial … I was amazed at how he interacted with his jury, his excellent and relatable voir dire questions, his calm demeanor, and his intuitive ability to humanize his client to the jury. He skillfully presented his client’s story … Later, not to my surprise, I learned that Michael won that trial. Michael has a great gift of connecting with and reading people, which makes him a very effective trial lawyer.
…if I could leave a 6th star I would…BABL are absolute rockstars…
After being doored last year I suffered major damage and had tens of thousands in medical bills. I needed a lawyer ASAP. The first and only call that made me feel comfortable and significant was to John Poulter at BABL. He, very simply and smoothly talked me through the process and I was excited to work with him and BABL. Throughout the months John, Michael and the rest of the BABL family were workhorses for me, keeping me up to date on everything, dealing with the insurance circus and making sure I get what is deserved.
We reached a settlement without going to court and I could not be more pleased or more grateful for what they have done for me, as there is no possibility one can do this on their own. I have been struggling through the toughest times of my life since the accident and John and Michael were so unbelievably kind and understanding to my situation. We still talk to this day because they actually care about the people they work with. Yes, they are lawyers, but more importantly, they are human, and they treat you like you are family.
So, I could go on and in dramatic detail, but I will shorten it to this…IF you EVER need someone to represent you after a traumatic bike accident, look NO FUTHER than BABL. They are truly brilliant at what they do and they are class acts too. Thank you again, John, Michael and the rest of the BABL family. You are gems. BABL = GOAT
Very pleased with the successful settlement. Michael and Michelle helped from soon after I was side swiped and pushed into a guard rail by a slow passing 18 wheeler. The driver had the most “creative” story, about how I was passing him. Really? Up that hilly vary narrow bridge approach? And yet the policeman bought it. In spite of all that, we succeeded and won!
I met with an accident early last year when I was riding in the bicycle lane and a car cut me off making an unprotected left turn. I started searching online for advice on how best to present my case to the auto insurance company when I came upon Michael’s website. All I have done since then is to focus on my recovery, giving Michael an estimate of property damages and a periodic report on my progress. That’s it. Michael and his firm took care of everything. They handled all communication with the insurance company while keeping me up-to-date on progress.
The final settlement was way over what was offered initially and was way over my expectation!
I cannot thank Michael enough for his handling of my claim. While none of us wish to be involved in an accident with an automobile, I unhesitatingly and heartily recommend his practice to anyone who finds themselves in that unfortunate circumstance.
Michael is an intelligent and creative out-of-the-box thinker and great legal mind.
I think if I had to describe Michael Stephenson with one word I would use the word ‘integrity.’ He is hands down one of the most honest and straightforward people I have ever worked with.
Thank you, Michael. You are my angel. P. Evans., Client (Berkeley)
I contacted Michael after I was riding to work and had a car turn in front of me causing me to hit it, fly over the hood and fracture my pelvis and ribs on the concrete. The police report said I was at fault, which I thought was bogus. Michael got a good settlement from the other party’s insurance, and even from my own car insurance’s underinsured coverage after my insurance had told me they wouldn’t cover me because I was on a bike. Michael did a great job and I would definitely call him again, although in all honesty, I hope I don’t have to.
I’d like to commend Mr. Stephenson for his work in this case. This is exactly the kind of lawyering that we need more of.
I was hit by a car back in Feb 2013 and it took me a while to find a right attorney to represent me because I didn’t feel comfortable working with any personal injury and bicycle lawyers that I talked to. I even thought of handling my own claim with the other insurance company until I talked to Michael. I felt very comfortable and at ease after talking to Michael as if I can trust him to work for me. He was very pleasant to work with and provided many inputs and support to guide me through to final settlement. Michael helped me so much in handling with negotiation with other insurance company that all I did was provided some information and stayed focus on getting better from my injury. I was very pleased with his professionalism and performance. In return, I received a fair settlement and peace of mind. I’m grateful for the end results. I highly recommend Michael to represent any injured cyclists out there. Lastly, his firm’s website and facebook page provide many good resources for all cyclists’ communities to enjoy. Kudos to Michael and his firm!
My husband was hit by a car while commuting to work on his bicycle last fall, so we hired Michael to help us with the negotiations with the other insurance company. Michael and his team went above and beyond our expectations and handled everything with such professionalism and honesty. We received a fair settlement that we would not have been able to accomplish had we tried to handle this ourselves. Furthermore, they successfully handled negotiations with our health care provider who demanded we pay them back for all costs they incurred due to my husband’s accident, and did not charge us an additional fee to handle these negotiations. We are very thankful for all the hard work and expertise that Michael displayed throughout our case, and highly recommend his services.
All through this process, you and your staff pushed along in our best interest, and I need you to know how grateful I am to all of you for your help, skill, tenacity, and professionalism. I am pleased that this is over, and ….nothing personal….but I hope I don’t have to talk to you at work again !!!!…….[read:I hope I have no need for your services again] but if I did, or know someone who does, I would recommend your firm in an instant, as I was very happy with all you did for my case. Thank you so much for everything you did for me.
About a month ago I got hit by a car while riding my bicycle in Nob Hill, San Francisco. I contacted several law firms. When they realized that I don’t have any broken bones and most likely other hard injuries they politely finished our conversation. I almost felt sorry for not being injured harder to provide them a good case.
When I called to Bay Area Bicycle Law secretary connected me with John H. Poulter. John provided me several very helpful and absolutely free phone and email consultations. I feel much more confident and prepared for conversation with other part’s insurance company. Thanks John!
You are scary good.
I just wanted to thank you again for doing such a good job last week at the trial … the results were what I wanted, so thank you. Eric Spielman, Client
I caught part of your trial last week in court and saw your opening statement. It was impressive. Damn impressive.
Michael Stephenson has been a joy to work with. He has handled everything I have had to deal with in a friendly and professional manner. I would recommend him for anyone needing top notch help with their legal issues.
“Your cross-examination of [that witness] should go down in the history books as one of the most demolishing cross-examinations ever.”
Wow, just got home and saw this email [regarding the settlement]. This is awesome! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You honestly exceeded our expectations and we can’t say it enough how much we appreciated your insight, knowledge and help throughout this entire process.
Thank you. If any of my friends are ever in an accident, I will make sure they call you.
Mr. Stephenson helped me out a great deal after I was hit by a car last January. I had an adverse police report where SFPD blamed me for the accident and yet, with Michael’s help, we were able to collect the maximum from the driver’s insurance as well as much of my insurance policy and get a favorable settlement with my own health insurance. He took a stressful process and made it very easy for me. I simply gave him info he asked for and he dealt with all of the negotiations. I would highly recommend that any cyclists involved in an accident talk to Mr Stephenson and see what he can do for you.
I was doored by a car while on a training ride in Oakland last Summer. I spoke with several attorneys who all made my case seem like a huge time consuming process which may not result in any financial payoff for me. I spoke with Michael over the phone and in 5 minutes it was clear that he was the guy to handle my case. Over the course of several months I probably spent in total 2 hours of my time emailing and signing documents during which time I never had to go to a lawyers office, to special doctors, experts, depositions, etc (all of which the other law firms told me would be inevitable). Michael’s office handled everything for me. I truly appreciate the way that Michael handled my case, he always responded quickly and was a pleasure to deal with. The result that he was able to achieve was far beyond what I had imagined getting for this accident with absolutely no requirement for my time or attention. I would not hesitate to refer Bay Area Bicycle Law to all of my bicycle agencies and associations as well as to any riding friends who need representation, you will not find any better lawyer at handling bicycling related issues in the bay area. If you’ve been involved in any type of bicycle accident and you do not talk to Bay Area Bicycle Law you are making a HUGE mistake. THANKS MICHAEL!!!!!!!!!!
We just wanted to thank you again. You really did an incredible job. Thank you for taking on my case. The other lawyers we spoke with before you took our case told us we could only expect to receive a small fraction of what you got for us. Thank you so much.
I have said it before and I am sure it doesn’t hurt to say it again, I am very happy with the way your office has handled this case.
This review is long overdue, but wanted to get my two cents in. Last year I was “car-doored” and ended up with a broken hand, and out of work for two months. My first talk with Michael on the phone was so reassuring and he laid all my options out in layman’s terms. I moved ahead and hired them and throughout the entire 6 – 7 month process, Michael, Michelle and John were slugging away for me with the 3rd party insurance and ended up with a healthy out of court settlement.
I’ve never sued anyone before and wasn’t looking at trying to get a million dollars out of this. I just wanted my hospital bills covered, some pain and suffering and lost wages. Even after the settlement came down in November, I was still having issues in February with MY insurance trying to screw me over, and Michael jumped back in for me and guided me through a few more bumps in the road at no cost. He just wanted to make sure I was getting things sorted out. I highly recommend Michael, Michelle and John at Bay Area Bicycle Law.
After my bike accident I handled the initial communication with the driver’s insurance up until the determination of liability, but at that point felt a lot more comfortable having an attorney on my side who knew the ins and outs of maximizing a settlement. The added variable of the “lien” place by my health insurance company for costs they help cover was not something I had any clue about dealing with.
My initial phone call with Michael left me feeling certain I had found the right team to help me out. From then on, his associate Michelle handled my case, which spanned nearly 6 months. She kept me in the loop every step of the way and in the end was able to negotiate a great settlement as well as a reduced lien from my insurance. Highly recommended!