[Update: Bishop, CA: August 20, 2012]
Our client was riding his Kawasaki Ninja 650 eastbound on North Sierra Highway at approximately 45 miles per hour just outside of Bishop, California. The other driver was Dodge 3500 truck and stopped southbound on Brockman Lane at a stop sign. Without warning, the Dodge pulled out directly in to the path of travel of our client and causing this collision.
According to the investigating police officer, the driver of the Dodge was found at fault for the collision and in violation of California Vehicle Code section 21802(a), which states in part, “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, and yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which have approached from another highway. D-1 failed to yield the right-of-way to Vehicle #2 (Kawasaki).”
As is usually the case in the motorcycle claims we handle, our client sustained major injuries including an open fracture and deep lacerations to his lower left leg. After several surgeries, we are now happy to report that he is now doing fine.
Our wonderful client was patient and never rushed us. He let us do our job. Now here’s the good news– after negotiating and reducing his mandatory health insurance lien obligations, we were able to save our client $156,308.26. Then, after completing an asset background check to confirm that the other driver did not have any other available liability insurance and, after confirming the other driver was not in the scope and course of employment (this may have allowed us to seek additional benefits through his employer), we were then able to settle our client’s case with a major insurance carrier for other driver’s $250,000 policy limits.
We never met this client in person. We didn’t have to. Here’s a pretty cool story that we just had to share…
Bishop is about 300 miles and a 5 hour drive from our Laguna Hills Office. This smart client located our law firm using Google (he searched for and found us using a phrase similar to “best motorcycle accident lawyers in California”). We then each used technology to communicate and exchange information. All of our interactions were over the telephone, email, and several social media platforms. Although we never physically met, I think it’s safe to say that at the end of the case, we each felt as though we knew each other well.
We’re sharing this interesting aspect of this case because now, more than ever, geographic boundaries should not prevent someone in need of legal counsel from going online and finding an attorney they are comfortable with. Talking to or otherwise communicating with clients by phone, email, chat, and even direct messaging on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and other social media platforms is straightforward and easy. Documents can be quickly exchanged using this platforms. Dropbox is an outstanding free resource that allows you to exchange large files with just a couple of mouse clicks.
When it’s all said and done, we were able to provide this client with exemplary legal service and, in my humble opinion, also provide him with an outstanding outcome to his claim. If you’re a potential client, don’t be afraid to use technology to find a lawyer for your next case.