Though we’re known throughout the bicycle community as a leading Los Angeles and Bakersfield bicycle accident attorney, few know why we are so committed to bringing justice to cyclists and their families.
For more than 30 years we have represented cyclists who have suffered serious personal injuries and families who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death because of the carelessness or negligence of another. But it was the experience a few years ago with one case in particular that galvanized us to take civic action to make the roads safer for all.
I represented a cyclist who was the victim of a hit and run in Beverly Hills that broke almost every bone in his body. Worse, my client suffered serious traumatic brain injuries from which he would never recover.
Thanks to witnesses, the driver was tracked down. She was a 19-year-old woman who was driving drunk. She claimed she didn’t know she’d hit anybody, in spite of his leaving nine teeth in the back seat of her SUV.
The person this man was prior to the accident was gone forever. The compensation my client received from his case would be his primary source of income for the rest of his life. Working a traditional job would never again be an option for him.
The woman’s insurance company wanted to settle the case for “policy limits,” which is the maximum amount they are required to compensate a victim of serious personal injuries or the family who lost their loved one in a wrongful death. But, knowing my client’s situation, I pushed. We finally settled with the insurance company and obtained a “contribution” from the woman’s father resulting in a pay out of multi-million dollars for our client.
In spite of the settlement, our job wasn’t done. We brought in financial specialists to ensure that this money would be invested wisely so that our client would have an income for the rest of his life.
This is the case that got me involved as a bicycle advocate. I sat on the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, where I was vice president for two years. I also sit on the board of directors of East Side Riders in Watts and on the advisory board of Walk ‘N Rollers.
We sponsor and participate in an array of educational programs, collateral materials, and rides throughout Bakersfield, Los Angeles and Southern California.
As an attorney I’m on the front-lines fighting for cyclists and their families to ensure they get the compensation they need and deserve because of the negligence of others. You can see my success by visiting our Results page.
I also have taken the Free, No-obligation Consultation further than most. I encourage every cyclist to call me if they have been in a bike collision, no matter how “small” it might be. Knowing your legal options is the first step.
Learn more about me and the other bicycle accident attorneys at Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP. We have the legal expertise and experience to provide you the best possible legal results.
As difficult as this time is, remember that you’re on the clock to bring legal action. If you miss the deadline to file a case, you give up all rights to recover compensation in the future.
Don’t worry about the cost of retaining a Bakersfield bicycle accident attorney. At Pocrass & De Los Reyes, you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
Contact us, and let’s discuss your case.