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Bicyclist Sues New York over Defective Patch of Road

Destiny Baker3 years ago

The state of New York has agreed to pay a bicyclist $13 million to settle a lawsuit over a defective patch of road.

About the Bicycle Accident

  • According to reports, the plaintiff was bicycling on a newly paved road when he veered to the right near an intersection to allow an approaching vehicle to pass.
  • The plaintiff claimed that his front tire encountered a 2.5 inch drop-off that separated the newly resurfaced road and a section that had been missed by maintenance crew causing him to fall from his bike.
  • Due to the fall, the plaintiff suffered neck injuries and damage to the C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 and C7 levels of his spine. He filed a lawsuit against the city of New York.

Bicyclist’s Lawsuit against New York for Defective Road

  • In his lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that the state of New York was negligent in maintaining the road.
  • According to a maintenance supervisor, the defective area would have been resurfaced had it been noticed.
  • Though the plaintiff underwent decompression and fusion surgery, he had already sustained permanent damage that causes incomplete quadriplegia which he claimed prevented him from going back to work.
  • The judge found the state 90 percent liable for the accident and the plaintiff 10 percent liable. New York agreed to pay the $13,000,000 to settle the case.
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