Sometimes, all it takes is one careless or negligent move by a motorist to turn a person’s life and plans upside-down forever.
Such was the case of a client who was struck by a truck while he was riding his bike on Carrillo Street in 2008. The young man was planning on becoming a Navy Seal and he had moved to Santa Barbara to study at Santa Barbara Community College (SBCC) to get his Associates Degrees in Marine Diving Technology and Marine Biology. He was extremely active and had recently completed the application process to become a Los Angeles County Beach Life Guard — finishing 76th out of 500 applicants.
He had been working part-time as a commercial diver to make ends meet while attending SBCC.
On Dec. 31, 2008, his life was irretrievably altered. A tired surfer driving a Dodge Ram truck had gotten stuck behind a slow-moving, three-wheeled traffic-control vehicle on Carrillo Street. Impatient to get around the vehicle, the driver of the truck illegally moved into the bicycle lane to pass the vehicle and struck our client.
He suffered a litany of injuries including: visual disturbances, cognitive compromises, loss of taste and smell, depression, severe hip, thigh, and groin injuries, and deep vein thrombosis.
Sadly, as a result of his injuries, his pursuit of an active lifestyle was permanently compromised and he could no longer work as a commercial diver and his lifelong dream of becoming a Navy Seal was effectively over.
In October of 2010, the Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand was able to win an award of $554,856 for our client to cover his medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Renée J. Nordstrand promise that we will aggressively seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Are you wondering whether you have a personal injury case? Our lawyers can help you determine the best course of action. If you’ve been injured by a negligent, fatigued, or careless driver, call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022. Your case review is free.