Bike Accident Settlement: Vancouver Personal Injury Case Study

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Imagine an upbeat and energetic man who enjoyed riding his bicycle from his home to his office, a round trip of about 30 miles. 

As an experienced bicyclist, this man kept his bike well-illuminated while commuting. His bike was equipped with multiple lights, including:

  • Front and rear lights
  • Saddlebag light
  • Flashing strobe on the spokes of the front wheel
  • Powerful Sola 55 light attached to his helmet

During one early August morning commute, this man was hit by a vehicle.

The accident occurred as he approached an intersection with a green light. A car driven by a City employee approached the same intersection and went through a red light, crashing into his body and bicycle.

When paramedics arrived, they found the cyclist injured and lying in the middle of the road with the destroyed bicycle nearby. The paramedics transported the man to the local emergency room. He was in the hospital for the next 3 days with multiple injuries.

Enter Gehrmann Law…

Following his injury, this man called the Gehrmann Law Office and we met with him in the hospital to help coordinate the insurance interaction, follow up on the investigation, and help him understand the injury law of Washington and his legal rights.

As we pursued the case, we went to the scene, met with witnesses, hired an accident investigator, took photos of the scene, videotaped the stoplight sequencing and timing, and preserved all evidence to protect the client’s claim.

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“Grant was a joy to work with. When a problem came up he fixed things right away.”

— Leslie S.

 “I suffered a brain injury and couldn’t have gotten the medical treatment I needed without Grant’s assistance.”

— Gretchen H.

“Grant and his staff are fantastic to work with. I appreciated their honesty and expertise”

— Amber F.

Resolving the case…

“I am proud that we were able to work directly with the City and resolve the case in a way that both avoided litigation and got the client an outstanding settlement of over $800,000.”

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Through extensive negotiations with the City, we were able to help our client obtain an excellent settlement with the City. The settlement covered all medical bills, all wage loss, and our client was able to net substantial financial compensation for his pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life damages.

With a creative approach, we were able to obtain an excellent settlement for our client without the necessity of filing suit. This resolution minimized the disruption to our client’s active lifestyle.

Key Takeaways:

1.

Preventive measures, like lights on a bicycle, can reduce—but can’t eliminate—the risk of a life-changing accident

2.

Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following an accident

3.

An outstanding attorney can negotiate a fair settlement quickly to avoid a lengthy and life-disrupting trial.

Gehrmann Law Office

Get the help you need from an experienced Vancouver bicycle accident attorney.

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Vancouver, WA 98684
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