Bicycle Accident

Bicyclist is struck by car in or near bike lane. $4.7M. Los Angeles County.

City's dangerous bike lane said to contribute to death of bicyclist.

  • Case Name: Knopp v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Bike/pedestrian accident on shared trail. $10M. Sacramento County.

Pedestrians found liable for causing cyclists' injuries when tandem bike strikes pedestrian from behind.

  • Case Name: Kenneth Korsmo and Carol Korsmo v. Madalyn Ashby and Julio Lawrence
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cyclist runs into truck making a right-hand turn. $688K. Marin County.

Cyclist says driver was negligent for turning right in front of him.

  • Case Name: Henry Hodge v. Kenneth M. Fox
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 09, 2019

Experienced bicyclist suffers TBI after crash. $9.18M. Los Angeles County.

City of LA is paid to sweep/clean Pacific Coast Highway, but debris left on road causes cyclist to swerve into traffic.

  • Case Name: Robert Jeffrey Watts v. City of Los Angeles; Caltrans
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dangerous condition of City of Long Beach bike path. Defense. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff on bike path through area congested with disembarking boat passengers collides with boat passenger or luggage.

  • Case Name: Nicholas Espinosa v. City of Long Beach et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 27, 2018

Avis employee hits a bicyclist with SUV. $5.2M. Los Angeles County.

  • Case Name: Karina Sanchez v. Avis Budget Group, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, January 19, 2018

Manhole cover in bike lane said to be cause of cyclist's crash. $6.7M. Santa Cruz County.

Manhole cover causes cyclist to swerve into traffic lane where he collides with car.

  • Case Name: Joseph C. Wessling v. Pacific Bell Telephone Company, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, December 07, 2017

Bus strikes bicyclist on street. $900K. San Diego County.

Bus driver tries to pass cyclist; cyclist is struck.

  • Case Name: Myers v. San Diego MTS
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 18, 2017

Bicycle rider crashes at night due to raised sidewalk. $138K. Los Angeles County.

Tree roots damage sidewalk where bike rider falls at night when riding on sidewalk rather than in the adjacent bike lane.

  • Case Name: Larry D. Walker v. City of Pasadena, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 12, 2016

Cyclist in crosswalk struck by SUV; herniated disks. $577K. Orange County.

College-age soccer player riding bicycle is struck by SUV; claims he will not be able to continue playing soccer.  Plaintiff beat his Section 998 offer.

  • Case Name: Both v. Elizarraraz-Lopez
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

TBI claimed when bicyclist hits door opened on parked car. San Francisco County.

Traumatic brain injury is disputed by experts after cyclist suffers a concussion when the door of a parked car is suddenly opened in front of her. CCP 998 demand of $749K and offer of $119K.

  • Case Name: Chastidy Ronan v. Antonios Panagiotopoulos
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homeless ex-con on bike hits car door that's suddenly opened; $44K offer. $85K verdict. Santa Barbara County.

Plaintiff is riding his bike after a shift at a fast food restaurant when a car door is opened in front of him, causing him to fall. Fractured clavicle, shoulder injury.

  • Case Name: Lopez v. Wicklman
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 06, 2014

Bicyclist falls at site of highway roadwork; paraplegic. $15.5 million. Los Angeles County.

Multiple bicyclists fall on same weekend at site of roadwork on PCH in Malibu; dangerous condition claimed.

  • Case Name: Vincent Colarossi, et al. v. Roe defendants
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Bicyclist and his wife awarded over $4.75 million after car driver deemed responsible for accident. San Diego County.

Bicyclist runs into driver's door of a moving vehicle. Bicyclist had right of way. Defense admitted liability on eve of trial but disputed extent of injuries; made 998 offer of $750,000.

  • Case Name: Gabriel Varela and Bernice Varela v. Birdi & Associates Inc., Moninder Birdi, and Hertz Vehicles LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Jury verdict of $3.5 million for parents of 18-year-old bicyclist killed by tractor-trailer. Los Angeles County.

Tractor-trailer hits 18-year-old on bicycle, killing her.

  • Case Name: Juan Medina and Ramona Medina v. Pile Trucking, Inc., Earl Pile Trucking, and Alvin Flynn
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 01, 2012

Hit-and-run motorist leaves bicycle rider with spinal injuries. $3.1 million arb award. Los Angeles County.

Bicycle rider is hit on city street by motorist who flees the scene.  After driver turns herself in, she disputes the extent of injuries.

  • Case Name: Livingston v. Chin
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2016