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The Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette is focused on protecting the rights of bicyclists and triathletes injured in accidents caused by someone else. I've recovered over $50 Million dollars for my clients. Since 1983, I, Richard L. Duquette, have been representing ordinary people and have opposed large insurance companies and challenged unfair government practices. I am a skilled litigator trained to win by the world-famous trial lawyer Gerry Spence, Wyoming.
I take seriously my oath to jury try cases and obtain justice for bicyclists, triathletes, and their families. Throughout my years of practice, I have tried 65 jury trials to verdicts and have obtained millions of dollars in settlements for injured bicyclists and triathletes. Although past victories cannot predict or guarantee future results, my success in the courtroom is a testament to my dedication to doing what it takes for victims and their families.
I serve the people of Oceanside and the surrounding areas, and a portion of my recovery goes back into triathlon and bicycling, as well as to select adaptive sports and education 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
To seek justice and fair compensation, I employ a strategic approach that artfully integrates my clients’ needs and goals with the law. I begin each case by getting to know my clients and their families, learning about them and their accidents. I also research relevant laws to build a compelling legal strategy.
Dedicated Representation for Personal Injury Cases in Oceanside
A personal injury case arises when an individual is harmed in an accident caused by another’s negligence or reckless actions.
To prove a personal injury claim, the injured party must show that:
• The at-fault party had a duty of care, meaning, when engaged in certain conduct, they were expected to act in a way a reasonably prudent person would have under similar circumstances. For instance, many bicycle triathlon accidents involve vehicle collisions. A driver’s duty is to follow traffic laws and operate their vehicles free from distractions.
• The at-fault party breached their duty. This means that the person who caused the accident acted below what a reasonable person would have. Returning to the vehicle collision example, if the driver fails to obey the laws of the road, is on their phone, or is engaged in some other distraction, they could be said to have breached their duty of care while driving.
• The at-fault party’s negligence led to harm. For a bicyclist or triathlete to bring a personal injury claim, they must demonstrate a link between the accident and the injury they suffered.
• The accident led to damages. The victim must also show that their injuries led to damages, such as lost wages and medical bills.
Unfortunately, if a driver does not pay attention to the road, does not give enough space to runners or cyclists, or engages in any other dangerous conduct, they could cause an accident that results in injury or even death.
I do not believe victims should be held accountable for injuries caused by another person. That is why I fight relentlessly for my clients, seeking the just recovery they need and deserve.
Oceanside Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic injuries can severely impact a bicyclist’s or triathlete’s life. These injuries result in temporary or permanent disability and often require round-the-clock care or assistance.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Head injuries
• Losses of limb
Because of their severity, catastrophic injuries can affect the injured party’s job, marriage, and plans. They can also negatively impact the victim’s well-being as well as that of their family members.
Catastrophic injuries require extensive medical treatment, which often extends well into the future. As such, healthcare bills can pile up, and financial stresses can mount, especially if the injured party is out of work.
I help injured triathletes and bicyclists pursue just compensation for accident-related damages. I understand the challenges you and your loved ones may face during this difficult time. That is why I will be your zealous advocate, working hard toward obtaining justice on your behalf.
Wrongful Death Lawyer in Oceanside
Sadly, some bicycle or triathlon accidents result in the victim’s loss of life. California’s wrongful death laws allow the victim’s family members, including their surviving spouse, domestic partner, or child, to pursue compensation.
Damages in a wrongful death case can include, but are not limited to:
• Loss of income
• Loss of support
• Medical expenses
• Funeral and burial expenses
Although financial recovery can never replace a loved one nor erase the pain experienced by those close to the victim, it can help ease some of the financial stresses, allowing the family to focus on their well-being.
Understandably, wrongful death cases can be extremely emotional, and navigating the complexities can be overwhelming for family members. I am here to take care of all the legal details for you. I will conduct an investigation, review and analyze relevant evidence, and handle the paperwork, relieving you of some of your worries.
An Oceanside Attorney Here to Help You
Pursuing compensation for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident requires going through a lengthy and complex legal process. It can be difficult to understand the laws and your rights when you are trying to recover. Fortunately, you do not have to go it alone. You can have an attorney on your side fighting for you.
I am ready to stand up for you through all stages of your case. An avid cyclist myself, I know that an injury can affect your ability to participate in an activity you love and can devastate your future. That is why I will use my knowledge and skills to fight for you.
For me, no case is too complex. In fact, I am energized by taking on complicated legal matters and finding innovative ways to seek solutions.
I am well-versed in California’s personal injury and wrongful death laws and can deliver the compassionate guidance you need. Providing personalized representation, I will put my full attention on your case. I will be available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and discuss your legal options. With me on your side, you can be confident that you are making informed decisions about the path your case takes.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Appeciation Award||Bar Association of Northern San Diego County Court||1996|
|Aprecition Award||North County Criminal Defense Bar||1987|
|Certificate of Recognition||Bar Association of Northern San Diego Committee Chair Membership||1987|
|Attorney||Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette||1983 - Present|
|Law Clerk to Judge David Hennigan||Riverside Superior Court||1980 - 1980|
|Law Clerk||Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law Offices of Harold Sullivan, APC||1980 - 1980|
|Library Assistant||Western State University College Of Law||1980 - 1980|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Attorney at Law||1983 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||N/A|
|California DUI Lawyer Association||N/A|
|San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association||N/A|
|Consumer Attorney of California â€“ Auto and Insurance||N/A|
|San Diego County Bar Association||N/A|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A|
|California Public Defenders Association||N/A|
|Bar Association of North San Diego County, Criminal Law Section||Elected Chairman||2004 - 2004|
|Bar Association of North San Diego County, Personal Injury Section||Elected Chairman||2000 - 2000|
|Bar Association of North San Diego County, Criminal Law Section||Elected Chairman||1997 - 1997|
|Bar Association of North San Diego County, Criminal Law Section||Co-chair||1996 - 1996|
|Bar Association of North San Diego County||The Walking Wounded & PTSD||N/A|
|Blade Citizen||Independence of Judiciary||N/A|
|North County Lawyer Magazine||Lawyer's Dream Vacation||N/A|
|North County Lawyer Magazine||How to Advertise your Law Firm on the Internet||N/A|
|North County Lawyer Magazine||Wonder in Wyoming Trial Lawyer College||N/A|
|North County Lawyer Magazine||Revolution or Evolution (Rise of the Criminal Law Section of North County Bar Association)||N/A|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||2001|
|University of California - Irvine||undergraduate||N/A|
|Western State University||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Lawyers on the Line||Community Cable Call-in Show Guest Speaker||2005|
|Not Guilty on 2 Felony Rape charges||Not Guilty on 2 Felony Rape charges|
|Two-tour Iraq war veteran DUI case||Not Guilty 2 Felony Counts, Not Guilty Misd. Guilty Driving w/ BAC above legal limit|
|Not Guilty on DUI; 6-6 Driving with a .08 or higher||Not Guilty|
|Hung Jury - Federal Drug Smuggling and Distribution||Hung Jury|
|Not Guilty - .18 Felony and Misdemeanor DUI||Not Guilty|
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