Cyclist Is Struck By Quick Left Turn From The Opposite Lane
February, 2014 – Driver made a quick left turn without yielding or signaling and in doing so cut off and caused cyclist (who had been approaching from the opposite direction) to crash while on a training ride in the Atherton area. Cyclist’s injuries required minor surgery to repair torn ligament. Driver’s insurance company, AAA, denied responsibility and claimed cyclist was riding too fast and should have been able to avoid the collision without crashing. AAA also claimed that the cyclist’s injuries were minimal and that much of the medical treatment was unnecessary.
Result: After filing a claim and extensively developing/presenting evidence of the driver’s negligence and cyclist’s injuries, Michael Stephenson and the rest of the Bay Area Bicycle Law team convinced AAA to accept 100% responsibility and pay the cyclist $158,322.00 in damages.