San Francisco Bicycle Accident Attorneys

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When an accident leaves you injured and overwhelmed, trying to recoup your losses on your own can just make everything worse. An experienced San Francisco bicycle accident attorney can pursue compensation while you focus on recovery. Contact Delfino, Green & Green for a free consultation. a bicycle crash If you live in the Bay Area, you know how congested the roads can get. By opting to ride a bicycle instead of driving, you can save time and money and reduce your carbon footprint—all while getting a great workout. With so many benefits to offer our city, you’d think that cyclists would be safe on the road, but that isn’t always the case. Rushed or inattentive drivers present a huge danger to cyclists, and San Francisco’s notoriously hilly streets don’t help the situation. As a result, drivers injure and kill cyclists every year, many of whom weren’t breaking any bicycle laws. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we think that’s unacceptable. If your bicycle accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation. The lawyers at Delfino, Green & Green may be able to help you find it. Keep reading to learn who is liable for your losses and whether you’re eligible to file a bicycle accident lawsuit.

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If you were injured by someone’s reckless actions, why should you have to foot the bill for your recovery? The answer’s simple: You shouldn’t. Give us a call at 415-442-4646 to request a free consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer.

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What to Do Immediately after a Bicycle Accident

Even if you don’t know anything about bikes, you know they don’t fare well in collisions with cars. With nothing to shield them, cyclists are extremely vulnerable in any type of accident, and wrecks involving motor vehicles can be catastrophic, if not deadly. If you regularly bike around the city, it’s important to have a plan laid out in the event of an accident. Here are some important actions to take immediately after a bike accident;
  1. Get to safety. If you’re able to move, get off the road and out of the way of traffic.
  2. Call 911. When someone is in a serious accident, their body may flood with adrenaline, which temporarily reduces pain. Even if you’re not convinced you need medical attention, you may still want to call 911 to request an ambulance and the police.
  3. Take pictures. If you’re able to, take pictures of the scene while you wait for your ambulance to arrive. This includes pictures of your bike, injuries and the driver’s car.
  4. Gather evidence. Make sure to gather any other information that might be relevant to your case, like the driver’s insurance information. Take mental note of anything that seems out of place or suspicious.
  5. Get a police incident report. This will be a crucial piece of documentation when making a case for your compensation. You can request a free incident report through the San Francisco Police Department’s website.
  6. Seek medical care. Prioritize your recovery and make sure you receive the necessary treatments. Ask your healthcare professional for documentation of your injuries and treatments.
  7. Contact a personal injury attorney. Although you may get some compensation through the driver’s insurance company, it may not be enough. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you calculate and pursue the settlement you deserve.
The most important thing to remember in the event of a bicycle accident is that your health is paramount. Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure your safety, gather any evidence you can from the scene, as it may prove invaluable to your lawsuit.

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Who Caused My Bike Accident?

Figuring out who’s at fault in a bike accident isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Some bike accidents aren’t caused by the driver or the cyclist, and some cases have multiple at-fault parties. Police incident reports sometimes oversimplify and may not shed much light on the matter. So how do you figure it out? A San Francisco bicycle attorney can help you investigate and ultimately pinpoint the at-fault party or parties. The party responsible for your accident may simply be the driver, or it could be an entity behind the scenes, like the driver’s brake manufacturer or the construction company that left a mess in the street. An experienced lawyer will investigate the incident and discover the root cause.

California Statute of Limitations

If you suffered serious injuries in a bike wreck, starting a lawsuit is probably the last thing on your mind. Although it’s important not to jeopardize your recovery, you need to understand that there is a time limit for filing. In California, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the incident, after which you probably won’t be eligible to sue for compensation.

Why Do I Need a Bicycle Accident Attorney?

There’s a misconception that people who file lawsuits are just out to make a fast buck; this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that most injury victims don’t want to sue, but medical bills, lost wages and other losses add up. Filing a lawsuit against the negligent party is often the only way for them to salvage the situation. A lawyer can make this process much, much easier.

Calculating a Settlement

After identifying the at-fault party, your personal injury lawyer will want to calculate a settlement amount. Rather than strictly monetary losses, this figure may also reflect non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. Your lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for the following damages:
  • Lost wages and work-related benefits
  • Lost earning capability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Medical bills, treatments and therapies
  • Possible punitive damages in the case of gross negligence
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but they are damages to consider when discussing a fair settlement with your lawyer.

Contact a San Francisco Bike Accident Lawyer Today!

If you were involved in a serious bicycle accident caused by someone else, you shouldn’t be bearing the financial burden of that person’s negligence. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely compensate injury victims fairly (if they pay out at all), so you could be left dealing with tremendous debt.

Secure The Compensation You Deserve

With an experienced bicycle accident lawyer on your side, you may be able to secure the compensation you deserve after your traumatic wreck. So don’t wait! Contact the trusted Bay Area personal injury attorneys at Delfino, Green & Green to schedule your free consultation today.

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Verdicts & Settlements

We've recovered millions for our clients

$10,000,000

Bad Faith Insurance Claim

Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Bad Faith – Pollution Coverage Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Green worked at one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the U.S. He was the primary attorney on an environmental insurance case that went to trial in San Francisco. After a several week trial, Mr. Green came away with a trial verdict against the insurers with a value of over $10,000,000 in available insurance coverage.

$2,400,000

Disability Claim

Disability – Neurological Issues Our client became disabled from neurological issues. Our attorneys were able to work with the client and his physicians to quickly assemble all of the documentation necessary to support out client’s claim of total disability. The insurer agreed that our client was totally disabled and paid his claim.

$2,000,000

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury to Child A three year old child was being carried across the street when she was struck by an oncoming car. The child suffered a serious traumatic brain injury when she hit the ground. Her injuries were so serious she had to be hospitalized for several months. Our firm negotiated a settlement of $2,000,000 by forcing the payment of all of the available insurance from the driver’s automobile insurer ($1,250,000), the entire amount of the homeowners insurance limits available ($500,000), and all of the amounts that the person carrying the little girl was able to recover from the negligent driver ($250,000). We then arranged for another firm to prepare and fund a large Special Needs Trust for the health and welfare of the injured child.

$1,800,000

Heart Condition Disability

Our client became disabled by a heart attack. The insurer refused to pay, claiming that our client was still able to perform his occupation. We met with all of our client’s doctors, obtained reports confirming the client’s inability to perform his prior occupation, and ultimately convinced the insurance company to pay the claim in full.

$1,700,000

Builder’s Risk/Collapse

A contractor suffered a severe collapse at one of his sites. The claim was submitted to the insurer and denied. Mr. Green reviewed all of the facts, researched the law, and brought together the necessary experts to prove that the Contractor’s Builders Risk insurer was responsible for a substantial portion of the loss. He also proved that a subcontractor was negligent and the subcontractor’s insurer also paid a substantial settlement. In total, Mr. Green was able to obtain more than $1,700,000 in compensation for his client.

$1,000,000

Heart Condition Disability

Our client had worked for the government for many years when she began suffering from a serious heart condition. All of her doctors told her that she could no longer work and if she continued to do so, she would be risking further injury to her heart or even death. Based on thi

$1,000,000

Traumatic Brain Injury

Our client suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury when heavy object struck her in the head. The responsible party denied all fault and insisted until the very end that our client had not suffered a brain injury and offered nothing to settle the case. Our firm assembled a team of world renowned expert‘s to demonstrate that our client had suffered a mild Traumatic brain injury. The case settled shortly before trial.

$985,000

Traumatic Hand Injury

Our client was working at a manufacturing plant. While operating a piece of machinery, his glove became caught in the machinery and part of his hand was severely injured. Ordinarily, this type of injury would be restricted to remedies available through Worker’s Compensation. However, through the knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity of our team of attorneys, we were also able to obtain a very substantial civil settlement for our client in addition to the workers comp settlement of his case.

$975,000

Aviation Death Settlement

A husband and father of two small children was killed in an aviation accident involving a small aircraft. Our firm represented the widow and two children against the pilot of the aircraft. By hiring experts in aviation (to prove negligence) and economists (to prove damages), and utilizing William Green’s expertise as an instrument-rated pilot, we were able to make a very powerful case and obtain a very favorable settlement that allowed the family to survive financially.

$700,000

Forklift Accident

A construction supervisor went to pick up some materials for a construction job. A worker at the yard neglected to set the parking brake on a piece of heavy equipment a few yards away. While the construction supervisor had his back turned, the machine rolled into him, pinning him against the side of his pick-up truck. He suffered several broken ribs, but that was the least of his injuries. Within several weeks of the accident, he had partially lost his sight. By working with medical experts, our firm was able to directly connect the sight loss to the injuries caused by the machine that rolled into our client. The case settled at Mediation without any need for a trial.

Words of Praise from Our Clients

“Such amazing and professional attorneys. I would (and have) highly recommend Bill Green to anyone who needs a professional and classy individual for representation. I was self represented for a year and a half, and the opposing attorney was just disrespectful, and unprofessional with her personal opinions which spun the case out of control. Bill has the right attitude and level headed legal knowledge to assert whats wrong and bring justice where it is needed. My case is very much on the right track because of Bill.”

- amy w

“Bill Green taking my case was life changing, I truly do not know what I would have done had I not retained his services. It was not easy finding a competent lawyer such as Bill in this field. Bill and his team are incredibly caring, ethical and kind, that is not easy to find these days. When Bill or a member of his team say they will do something, it gets done. Bill and team are always patient and make time for me. What stands out the most is Bill’s expertise, professionalism, knowledge and concern for his clients best interest. With his calm and approachable demeanor, genuine caring personality, I always feel I can contact him. Bill is an incredibly competent lawyer and a true gem. I would (and have) highly recommend Bill Green to anyone needing representation.”

- staci g

“Delfino Green & Green handled my disability case in the San Francisco Bay Area and I recommend them highly. Bill Green was thorough in evaluating my case and explaining the issues to me. I felt they were a strong advocate and were attentive and concerned with protecting my best interests. They kept me up to date and communicated well. I am a physician and was referred to them by another physician so they can be called ‘the doctors’ lawyer.’”

- Kenneth F

“The attorneys here are simultaneously the most competent and the most willing to go above and beyond for their clients in the areas of law they practice. The attorneys here are extremely competent, and the attorneys at this law firm have inspired me to practice law not for money nor personal glory, but for simply making a positive impact on people’s lives and on society, especially for individuals who have been wrongly treated. This firm embodies every attribute that an ideal attorney should carry in their careers. From tenacity to compassion and going above and beyond for the sake of their clients, you’re truly in the best hands if your case is lucky enough to be accepted by these high level attorneys.”

- daniel c
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