An Austin, Texas client was riding his motorcycle behind a car on a busy section of a four-lane 35-mph street. When the young driver of the car made an abrupt u-turn, my client could not avoid a t-bone crash with the rear driver’s side door of the car.
While the motorcyclist luckily avoided catastrophic injuries, the crash broke his wrist, requiring surgery within a few days. Upon filing a claim with the car owner’s insurance company, the company denied coverage for the crash by claiming the driver was not covered under the policy.
We quickly went to work after being hired and identified the actual driver, investigated the relationship between the driver, passengers, and the car owner, and were able to prove that the driver was not an unlisted co-resident of the owner. After this liability investigation and providing proof of injuries, the insurance company agreed to pay the maximum amount owed under the policy.
After my client stopped at a four-way stop sign and proceeded through the intersection, another driver ran her stop sign, t-boning the driver’s side of my client’s car. The crash broke her wrist, requiring months of physical therapy and an eventual surgery recommendation.
The other driver claimed to have stopped at the stop sign, but photos of the damage made it clearthat she was driving at speeds much higher than if she had taken off from a start – the investigating officer agreed.
We supplied evidence of the injuries and surgical recommendation, but the other driver’s insurance declined to make an attempt to settle the case without a lawsuit. After we filed suit, the insurance company asked to restart settlement talks before they were required to assign a defense attorney to the case. After briefadditional negotiation, the insurance company agreed to pay the maximum amount owed under their policyjust before the deadline to file a formal response in the case.
As my minor client rode his bike across a residential street—through a crosswalk—a young driver wasn’t paying attention, left her stop sign, and drove through the crosswalk. The crash threw my client from his bike, breaking his collarbone.
Based on the driver’s statement to police and to her insurance company, which blamed my client for crossing away from the crosswalk, the insurance company denied responsibility for my client’s injuries and denied to make any settlement offer.
After providing additional evidence and argument as to why their driver was wrong, and that my client was in fact in the crosswalk, the insurance company agreed to pay the maximum amount owed under the policy.
After a client stumbled at night over a four- to five-inch drop in a sidewalk, the responsible party’s insurance company refused to acknowledge responsibility. In attempts to resolve the case without a lawsuit, the insurance company made no offer to pay for nearly $30,000 in medical bills incurred after the fall.
In the lawsuit, the homeowner admitted to knowing about the drop off for months leading up to my client’s fall. She admitted to doing nothing about the drop off and to not notifying the City of the issue. A City ordinance requires homeowners to repair sidewalk faults such as this one.
After depositions and mediation, the insurance companyfinally agreed to a settlement which cleared my client of medical debt and compensated her for her injuries from her fall.