$120,000.00 (Bicycle Rider Injured)
$120,000 Settlement for Bicycle Rider Injured by Unmarked Speed Bump This case involved a 48 year old Oceanside third grade school teacher who was injured while riding her bicycle to a friend's home in an Oceanside mobile home park in 2006. The asphalt road into the park was on a downhill grade and had been recently resealed. Because the resealing covered the speed bump, which was not re-painted and thus unnoticeable, the client hit the speed bump and fell from her bike suffering a badly fractured right elbow requiring surgical repair with a plate and screws. Medical expenses were $30,000 and lost earnings were $28,000 over a four month disability period. The settlement was ultimately shared by both the mobile home park owner and its paving contractor, which both contended until close to trial that the injury was the victim's own fault for not seeing the speed bump. Defendants hired a safety expert who testified that the speed bump was visible and did not need to be painted. This case involved a frivolous defense, and proves that some safety experts will testify to whatever opinion they are paid to give.
Practice area(s): Personal Injury, Wrongful Death