Recent settlements & victories

Prieto v. Yellow Cab

San Francisco County Superior Court February 2015
Michelle Weiss; John Poulter

This lawsuit was filed against a local cab company after the corporate defendant continuously denied any responsibility throughout settlement negotiations for an accident caused by their negligent driver. The Plaintiff was a young woman returning home from work at 10:30pm when a cab driver attempted an illegal u-turn, striking her in the process. Ms. Prieto suffered a fractured knee and concussion.

The cab company alleged up until trial that Ms. Prieto was 100% responsible for her injuries for failing to wear a helmet or use a bike light. On the eve of trial, Defendants finally offered the Plaintiff $35,000 to settle the case — an amount insufficient to even cover her economic damages. At trial, the jury found Defendants 80% at fault and awarded $105,000.00 in damages.

   

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Confidential settlement between cyclist and corporate entity

San Francisco County January 2015

Large settlement despite disputed liability and damages. Truck driver turned right without looking, causing our client to collide with the truck. Our client was uninsured and sustained a permanent back injury as a result of the driver’s negligence. The defendant alleged that our client was traveling too fast and questioned the severity of said injury.

   

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Urwiler v. Ingram

Alameda County Superior Court July 2014
Michael Stephenson; Michelle Weiss

This lawsuit was an up-hill battle, as the Plaintiff cyclist was unable to remember the collision itself due to a head injury. However, Bay Area Bicycle Law was able to elicit testimony from the Defendant during her deposition indicating that she was not paying proper attention immediately prior to the subject accident.

On the eve of trial, Defendant’s had made a $0 settlement offer and insisted that the Plaintiff was 100% responsible for her own injuries (concussion and fractured clavicle). It was Plaintiff’s position that both parties were comparatively at fault — the Plaintiff for making an unsafe turn and the Defendant for failing to keep a proper lookout. At trial, the Plaintiff prevailed after the jury apportioned split liability of 70/30.

   

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Confidential settlement between cyclist and local winery

Napa County October 2014

Large settlement despite paid medical expenses of less than $7,000.00 after an elderly man was struck by a negligent grape truck driver while crossing a narrow bridge in Napa County. Cyclist suffered numerous painful rib and hip fractures that left him largely bed-ridden for weeks. Due to the driver’s impatience, the cyclist was placed in substantial peril, bouncing back and forth between the large truck’s tires and the adjacent guardrail. We were able to settle this dispute without filing a lawsuit, saving our client both the hassle and costs of litigation.

   

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Confidential settlement between cyclist and corporate entity

San Francisco December 2014

Large settlement despite disputed liability, the cyclist’s inability to recall the collision due to a concussion, and disputed damages. The accident occurred as a truck driver turned left at an intersection into the path of an oncoming cyclist and caused the cyclist to collide with the side of the truck. Both parties maintained that the other had run a red light. The truck driver initially fled the scene, only returning after-the-fact. The cyclist had numerous facial fractures and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury as a result.

   

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