Saturday, December 5, 2009

Big Rig Driver Fell Asleep = $1.6 million

"The big rig driver admitted at the accident scene that he fell asleep when he crossed into my lane and nearly killed me. Later, he told his insurance company that he blacked out from some unknown medical condition. They refused to pay for my 5 surgeries. Todd personally conducted a complete investigation and located witnesses and evidence to prove the truth. Todd won my case for me which settled before trial for a value of $1.6 million."
Ken N.
Elk Grove, CA

Friday, December 4, 2009

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is one of the most prestigious affiliations that a trial attorney can achieve during a career. ABOTA has existed for over 50 years. There are only 6,300 members in the world while California alone has approximately 250,000 lawyers admitted to its Bar. To become a member, a trial attorney must be invited, sponsored by an existing member, and approved by at least 75% of the chapter's membership. To qualify, all members must have tried numerous civil cases before a jury to conclusion with a verdict.

Todd Bissell was honored with an invitation to join ABOTA and has held an Associate status with their Sacramento Valley Chapter since 2007.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Todd Took My Case All The Way To Trial

"The other driver was elderly and ran a red light when he crashed into my car. He told the police that he did not know what color the light was. He later changed his story and sued me, saying that I ran the red light! Because there were no witnesses, his insurance company refused to pay for my totaled car or for my injuries. My first attorney then dropped my case. My doctor recommended Todd Bissell who agreed to take on my case. Todd fought hard for me and took my case all the way to trial. After Todd won our pre-trial motions, the insurance company got reasonable and we were able to settle the case. Thanks Todd for sticking with me when my other attorney gave up on me."

Carol L.
Sacramento, CA

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

2 Motorcycle Crash

Staff report

A second person has died following a double motorcycle collision this afternoon(September 3, 2009) northeast of Arroyo Grande, according to the California Highway Patrol.

One motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other succumbed to his injuries after being transported to French Hospital in San Luis Obispo, according to CHP Officer Mike Egan.

The accident on Highway 227, near Noyes Road, occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m., and investigators have not returned with any more details of the fatal crash, Egan said.

The accident narrowed Highway 227 down to one lane while the wreckage was cleared and investigation occurred, according to CHP officials. Article

Monday, November 30, 2009

Motorcycles: The Hurt Study

The Hurt study, published in 1981, was a ground-breaking report on the causes and effects of motorcycle accidents. Although more than 15 years old at this time, the study still offers riders insight into the statistics regarding motorcycle accidents and tips on safer riding.

With funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researcher Harry Hurt (from which the study gets its common name) of the University of Southern California, investigated almost every aspect of 900 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Hurt and his staff analyzed 3,600 motorcycle traffic accident reports in the same geographic area.

This is the same study that is frequently quoted in the MSF rider safety courses.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Motorcycle Rider Safety Course

A proven blend of classroom instruction and range riding, the Harley Davidson & Buell Rider's Edge New Rider Course delivers the basics of motorcycle operation . You’ll learn from devoted instructors certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in a relaxed, supportive environment that fosters camaraderie and confidence. And after passing a written and riding skills evaluation, you’ll receive an MSF Rider Course Completion Card that may qualify you for discounts on insurance and a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training (DL389) that may exempt you from the riding portion of the motorcycle license test. Riders are coming from Sacramento, Roseville, Davis, Elk Grove, Folsom, Modesto, Tracy, Manteca, Lathrop, Stockton, Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton Califronia to take this course.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Insurance co. said injuries were not caused by car accident

"I was rear-ended, and the insurance company for the man who hit me said that my car was not damaged enough to cause the injuries that I had. I needed two surgeries, and the man's insurance company said that these injuries were not caused by the car accident despite that my doctors said that they were. My first attorney was not able to get the insurance company to offer me anything! I transferred the case to Todd at the recommendation of a friend. At one point, they offered me $250,000. Todd suggested that I reject that. When I did, the insurance company got nasty and reduced their offer to only $50,000, and never offered more. Two settlement judges suggested that I take this smaller amount. Todd told me not to and to keep fighting. We took the case to a jury trial and Todd recovered for me a verdict of almost $600,000! Todd also forced the insurance company to pay for my legal costs, the expert fees of my doctors who had to testify, and interest on the money that the insurance company refused to pay me. Todd kept fighting for me and never gave up. Thank you, Todd."

Sunni C.
Sacramento, CA

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Serious Motorcycle Accident

"Paramedics and San Benito County firefighters rush a 56 year old, white male of Ceres into a CalStar helicopter for a flight to San Jose Medical Center after he broke his neck-along with many other injuries, in a motorcycle accident on Highway 25 south of Hollister. The driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, the California Highway Patrol said." (May 27, 2003 Hollister Free Lance News)

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident please call Todd S. Bissell, Personal Injury Attorney at 916 458-4244

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

1 Killed, 1 Hurt After Motorcycle Crash

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. -- A teenager is dead and another man is in critical condition following a motorcycle wreck in the Antelope area, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Officials said a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle driven by the teen was heading eastbound when it collided with a 1999 Chevy Suburban at 2:35 p.m. at North County Drive approaching Gray Wolf.

The teen was transported to San Juan Medical Hospital while undergoing CPR.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Motorcycle Riding Has Become More Popular

"Motorcycle riding has become more popular in recent years, appealing to a new group of enthusiasts consisting of older and more affluent riders. Sales of all types of two-wheelers were about 1,087,000 in 2008. There were 7.1 million motorcycles on the road in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. At the same time motorcycle fatalities have also been climbing, reaching 5,154 in 2007, the highest level since the Department of Transportation began collecting data in 1975." As more bikes have come on to the roads, there have been many more accidents. If you or your bike has been damaged in anyway call Todd S. Bissell - Personal Injury Attorney 916 458-4244

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Man hurt in car vs motorcycle accident

Written by Craig Cassidy, The Union Democrat

A motorcycle rider suffered major injuries this morning when he was hit by a car at Mono Way and Tuolumne Road. The accident happened about 7:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The motorcyclist was turning onto westbound Mono Way from Tuolumne when an eastbound 1996 Mercury Tracer driven by Waer, of Sonora, ran a red light and struck the bike, driven by Miller,of Sonora. The sun was in Waer's eyes and he failed to see the light, CHP said. Miller suffered major left-leg injuries. He was taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Motorcycle Accidents

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (October 19, 2008) - Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing rider David Estok executed a dramatic last-lap pass to win the ASRA Pro Thunderbike National at the 25th Annual ASRA Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway. Riding a Buell XB12R motorcycle, Estok drafted past BMW rider Nate Kern as the pair dashed for the finish line. Hal’s H-D/Buell/Hal’s Speed Shop rider Dan Bilansky finished third, also on a Buell XB12R.
Kern was the fast qualifier for the season-ending Pro Thunderbike National at Daytona with a lap of 1:55.748. Kern and Morton’s BMW rider Richard Cooper led from the start of the eight-lap race, with Estok following closely in third place. Cooper crashed and was out of the race on lap three, and Estok closed in on Kern and stayed just behind the BMW rider until the pair exited the final turn of the high-banked Daytona track. Timing the draft perfectly, Estok was able to pull ahead of Kern and take the win.
“Second place is a great spot to be in on the last turn at Daytona,” said Estok. “I’ve got a great Buell motorcycle and some experience at this track and was able to put both to use today. It’s nice to end the season with a win.”