Bicycle Accident Case Results
We think results speak louder than words and just a few examples of our results in bicycle cases, include:
In 2021 Arash Homampour and Pejman A. Ben Cohen of Carpenter & Zuckerman secured a Dangerous Condition of Public Property settlement for $23,750,000. Arash was brought in as lead trial attorney on this case originally and expertly handled by Michael Bomberger of Estey & Bomberger. The incident occurred at Fiesta Island in San Diego when an impaired driver was speeding the wrong way and struck a group of cyclists. The driver was ultimately convicted of multiple felonies and is serving her 17-year sentence.
With Arash as the lead, the legal team was able to prove at trial that it did not matter who the driver was or whether they were sober or on drugs, the accident waiting to happen happened because overgrown shrubbery prevented the cyclists from seeing the driver and avoiding the collision. Also, mandatory warning signs designed to prevent this very incident were missing. The cyclist was left paralyzed from the neck down. The city of San Diego settled, as they were found by a jury in the first phase liability trial to be partially responsible for the crash, due to their negligent maintenance of a blind corner.
In 2011, we represented a wife whose husband was riding his bicycle on the side of the road when he crashed into truck on the side of the road. Because her husband died and there were no actual eyewitnesses to the crash itself, it was unknown what happened to cause the bicyclist to crash.
Nonetheless, we were able to locate witnesses that saw the bicyclist and the truck before the incident. Through complex accident reconstruction, we were able to argue that the truck was illegally parked and secured the truck’s insurance policy limits.
In 2012, Arash obtained a $3.5 million verdict in a wrongful death case in Federal Court. The case involved a truck driver that ran over and killed a young girl on her bike. The investigating officer found (erroneously) that the young girl was totally at fault. Again, another attorney brought our firm in, but this time to take the case to trial.
Even though strong evidence in the form of surveillance video showed that that driver was at least partially at fault, the insurance company refused to pay a reasonable settlement. This was a particularly difficult case because it was tried in Federal Court, the young girls parents testified through Spanish interpreters, and there was evidence that the young girl rode her bike from the sidewalk into the crosswalk against a flashing red pedestrian signal.
Many attorneys are afraid of Federal Court and its strict procedures, harsh restrictions on jury selection and unanimous verdict requirement. But, not Arash, as he was successful in convincing a Federal jury which unanimously found that the truck driver could and should have avoided the collision and that a beautiful precious young life was needlessly taken. The jury awarded $3.5 million or more than 10 times what the insurance company offered to settle during trial.
In 2012, we represented a bicyclist riding on the road that was struck by a delivery truck. Although his initial injuries did not seem to be severe and permanent (he had orthopedic injuries that resolved), his wife noticed that he simply was not himself and had experienced a change in his personality.
We determined that our client had what was called a mild traumatic brain injury which produced anything but mild effects on our client’s life.
The insurance company for the delivery truck driver disputed liability and damages. It contended that our client’s injuries were minor, that he did not have a permanent brain injury and that any issues he had were the result of pre-existing and long standing issues that had resulted in his retirement before the incident.
Nonetheless, we aggressively pursued the case, retained the best experts on brain injuries and forced the insurance company to pay its $2 million in insurance policy limits.
No matter the extent of the injury, we are prepared to fight for your claim. Our attorneys immediately begin building your case, preserving and examining evidence for the strongest claim possible. We are accomplished trial lawyers who will take all necessary steps to obtain fair and full compensation for your injuries.
To talk to one of our Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers, call 323-658-8077 or toll free 877-827-2748. Or, if you prefer, send us an email by clicking on the red button below.
Initial consultations are free and our multilingual staff speaks Spanish, Farsi and Armenian.
We take cases on a contingency — which means there is no fee if there is no recovery.
We also can handle complex cases via attorney referral.