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Wrongful Death, Catastrophic Injury
& Personal Injury Lawyer

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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. 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.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, reach out to me as soon as possible by calling (760) 545-5563 or submitting an online contact form today.

Disclaimer: Each Case has unique facts and there is No guarantee of similar results.

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 or triathlon 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.

Schedule a consultation with the Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette by calling (760) 545-5563 or submitting an online contact form. Your initial consultation is free.

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    If you or a family member have been injured by another's carelessness, my firm is here for you. With over 38 years of legal experience and a commitment to the best interests of my clients, you can have confidence when you retain my legal team. Don't delay in securing the competent legal services you need.

    Anyone in need of excellent legal counsel can take advantage of a free consultation with me to learn more about what my firm can do to handle their case. The sooner you get my firm involved in your case, the better your chances of achieving the favorable outcome that you need.

    Committed to Protecting Your Best Interests

    The Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette is committed to helping clients recover compensation for wrongful death, catastrophic injury and personal injury cases. My firm is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® and goes above and beyond in order to get the results that my clients need. I conduct deep investigations of the facts for each case and research all relevant laws in order to support my client's case as strongly as possible.

    • Free Consultations
    • 38 Years of Experience
    • Strong Community Presence
    • Individualized Approach

    Giving Back

    A Community-Oriented Firm

    My firm is community-oriented and focuses on giving back to the community. I have been involved with many triathlons and bicycle races and have also participated in numerous IRONMAN competitions. My dedication to the community bleeds through into my legal practice as I advocate for those who have been wrongfully injured or accused of a crime

    As an avid cyclist myself, I regularly sponsor and volunteer for cycling events in San Diego County. I know your bicyclist rights and understand insurance coverage for bicyclists. In addition to my years of cycling experience, I have obtained the Traffic Skills 101 Certificate from the League of American Bicyclists. All of this establishes that I am highly qualified to handle your bike accident case.

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    Raving Reviews

    Read Past Clients' Praise for the Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette
    • “Helped Me Get a Substantial Settlement”

      Brian B.
    • “Were Able to Get the Best Result Possible”

      Chris T.
    • “Bicycle vs. Auto Case - Better Settlement than Expected”

      Mark B.
    • “We Appreciate Your Strength and Guidance”

      David, Patricia and Family.
    • “Thank You for Your Legal Guidance and Assistance”

      Jeannene M.
    • “My Expectations Were Met and My Case was Handled Promptly”

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    • “No Surprises During the Entire Process”

      Steve F.
    • “Thank You for Your Hard Work”

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    • “Richard Really Knows His Stuff”

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    • “Thank You for Helping Me”

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    • “You Didn't Let My Daughter Down”

      Michael O.
    • “I was Compensated Very Well”

      Jim S.
    • “You Were Certainly Worth Every Dime”

      Alice M.
    • “The Damage Control You Achieved is Greatly Appreciated”

      Diana S.
    • “Thank You for Being Pugnacious in Fighting”

      Kathy and Jim