Bicycle Accident Lawsuit Seeks $155K from Cop Who Allegedly Caused the Accident
September 9, 2014
A bicycle accident lawsuit currently underway in the Multnomah County Circuit court is attempting to secure about $155,000 for the 33-year-old plaintiff, who suffered a broken collarbone when a cop stuck his arm out in front of the rider, allegedly causing a serious bicycle accident.
According to the court documents, the plaintiff was riding in the car-free zone of Old Town on April 27, 2013 at around 2 a.m., a time when many local bars close down and there are a lot of pedestrians on the street. Law enforcement officials had reportedly set up various barricades to prevent motor vehicles from passing through the area and to facilitate pedestrian traffic. The barricades were reportedly also intended to prevent cyclists from riding through the area.
As the plaintiff claims, he was riding past these barricades, which had “Street Closed” signs on them, when Sgt. Charles Harris stuck his arm out. The plaintiff alleges that the officer had tried to grab him and, in so doing, caused a bicycle accident and broke the plaintiff’s collarbone. The defendants – both the officer and the city of Portland – are contending that Sgt. Harris had stuck his arm out in order to simply to try to warn the bicyclist to stop pedaling towards the area and had not tried to grab him in any way.
Bicycle Accident Injuries and Damages
While the facts of this case continue to be proven and disputed in a Multnomah courtroom, what is not disputed is the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries in this case. As the complaint explains, the broken collarbone in this case has required the plaintiff to undergo one surgery and need at least two additional surgeries to help the fractured collarbones heal and regrow.
The costs of the various damages the plaintiff has reportedly sustained include (but are not exclusive to):
- About $17,000 in surgery costs
- Additional expenses for physical therapy and other recovery costs
- About $13,000 for two months of lost wages
- Additional costs to account for the plaintiff’s pain and suffering.
This case is expected to be concluded any day now, with Judge Jerry Hodson handing down a ruling likely by tomorrow.
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