By: Allan M. Siegel
I recently read that a 43-year-old man from Hammond, Louisiana obtained
a $3.35 million settlement after he was struck by a Domino's Pizza
delivery car while riding his bicycle along a two-lane highway overpass.
During the incident, the man was thrown onto the hood of the car, hit
his head on the windshield, and fell onto the ground.
The man suffered multiple injuries during the crash, including facial fractures and
traumatic brain injury. Prior to settlement, the defendants contested fault and stated that the
man had been riding in the middle of the lane, that an article of clothing
obstructed two flashing safety lights on his bike, and that the man had
a history of head injuries and substance abuse.
Despite claims from the defense, the man had been gainfully employed before
the accident as a fine-jewelry engraver. Due to his injuries and inability
to focus, however, he was unable to perform the same work he did before.
For his damages, the man was initially offered a $750,000 settlement.
The afternoon before the trial was set to begin, however, the case was
settled for $3.35 million.
I found this case particularly interesting and worth sharing because here
in the District of Columbia, we see too many of these types of accidents
where cars strike bicyclists. In fact, in the last few weeks alone I have
had several new cases where D.C. bicycle riders were severely injured
by negligent drivers. Unfortunately, even though these bicyclists were
wearing helmets, they suffered not only terrible physical injuries but
also concussions (or mild traumatic brain injuries) .
It is important for people to learn about these horrible cases, so that
they are more careful, and pay more attention to bicyclists on our roads.
Bicycle riders have the same rights as other motorists. When riders suffer harm in traffic accidents caused by the negligence
or wrongful acts of other drivers, they have the right to pursue compensation
by filing a personal injury claim. If you or someone you know has been
injured in a bicycle accident in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington
DC, our legal team can help. For a free consultation to learn more about
your rights, call 888-887-4128..