A Pickup Truck Hits Carl’s Bicycle — With Life-Altering Results
Carl was pedaling his bicycle along Broadway Street in San Antonio. He had just reached an intersection when a Ford F-350 pickup suddenly pulled out and smashed into him. Carl suffered catastrophic injuries, and emergency responders immediately rushed him to the hospital.
During the police investigation of the crash, the truck driver claimed that he did not see Carl’s bicycle until seconds before the collision. The police cited the driver for distracted driving and failing to yield the right of way.
However, a witness said they had seen Carl’s bicycle shortly before the crash and did not observe an operating headlight on the bike. As a result, the police report listed “failure to use a headlight” as a factor that may have contributed to the crash.
Unfortunately, because Carl had suffered such severe injuries, the police could not interview him and get his side of the story after the crash.
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Carl Requires Emergency Surgery for His Injuries
When Carl arrived at the hospital, the physicians diagnosed him with multiple severe injuries, some of which required emergency surgery. Those injuries included:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken leg bones (tibia and fibula) with nerve damage
- Bowel perforation
- Bruised and collapsed lung with blood in the chest cavity (hemopneumothorax)
- Multiple broken ribs
- Broken nose
- Fractured breastbone (sternum)
- Pelvic bone fractures
- Spine fractures
- Facial lacerations
To treat Carl’s leg injuries, doctors had to implant hardware and screws to stabilize his leg. Carl also underwent emergency abdominal surgery and needed a drain tube inserted in his chest.
Even after Carl’s medical condition stabilized, he still required additional care. Carl struggled with chronic pain and needed intensive physical therapy. To this day, he has difficulty walking. His brain injury also caused fatigue, depression, concentration problems, and short-term memory loss, among other issues.
Crosley Law Helps Carl Get the Compensation He Deserves
The insurance company for the driver that hit Carl initially denied the claim, taking the position that Carl was at fault for the crash. Even though there was no disputing that the truck crash caused Carl’s serious injuries, the insurance company tried to shift the blame to Carl by arguing that his failure to use a headlight caused the crash. Carl maintained that his headlight was on and working properly at the time of the wreck.
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Frustrated, Carl turned to Crosley Law for help. The team at Crosley Law quickly took control of the situation, carefully investigating all the circumstances surrounding Carl’s collision with the truck. The attorneys at Crosley Law consulted with accident reconstruction experts, economists, physicians, and developed a detailed report of Carl’s estimated future medical expenses relating to his injuries. They also took several witness depositions, including the investigating police officer and a husband and wife who were in a nearby vehicle and witnessed the crash.
Finally, the Crosley Law attorneys performed detailed jury research and conducted jury research using a mock jury focus group to help them figure out the best way to present the case at trial.
The hard work that the Crosley Law team put into building Carl’s case paid off. After attorneys from the Crosley Law team presented Carl’s case to a mediator, the pickup truck driver’s insurance company agreed to settle the claim and pay Carl $1.5 million for his injuries. After expenses and legal fees, Carl’s net recovery was $852,384.
After attorneys from the Crosley Law team presented Carl’s case to a mediator, the pickup truck driver’s insurance company agreed to settle the claim and pay Carl $1.5 million for his injuries.
Crosley Law: Cutting-Edge Strategies for San Antonio Crash Victims
The attorneys at Crosley Law know that a carefully investigated claim and a well-crafted legal strategy can have an enormous effect on the value of an injury claim. That’s why we go the extra mile for our clients. If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a car or bicycle crash, contact us today. You can schedule your free initial consultation with an attorney by calling us at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or completing our online contact form.
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