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(Iowa City Press-Citizen)   Woman wins $1.2 million after riding bicycle through puddle   (press-citizen.com) divider line 112
    More: Stupid, bicycle accident, Coralville, drainage systems, Johnson County, traumatic event, Boy Scouts  
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2013-03-16 08:02:06 PM  

nacker: ReverendJynxed: Of course no responsibility on the part of the poor "victim" who was obviously riding at unsafe speeds.

What was the posted speed limit on that part of the trail?


It's a walking trail. If you decide to ride some high-speed device on a walking trail you do so at your own risk.
 
2013-03-16 08:30:22 PM  

madcharlie: This is why we can't have nice things, or at least new things. Frivolous lawsuits like this prevent forward progress by making it too risky. I have a hard time believing that had this gone to trial the jurors would have found for the plaintiff.


how is it frivolous?

Im not on the town council or anything but you can be absolutely sure they spent $50,000 easy on studies.....easily. Somehow nobody thought that it might rain ? Sounds like they didn't do their jobs to me.

She lost her health she lost her ability to perform a pretty physical job. She lost it all due to negligence that she paid for with her tax dollars. Seems pretty legit to me
 
2013-03-16 08:42:23 PM  
Couldn't she have walked her bike through it instead of gunning through? There have been times the city hasn't properly laid out cinder on icy roads like they normally do, but I've never said, "F' it" and slammed my foot on the gas.
 
2013-03-16 09:39:27 PM  

evil saltine: nacker: ReverendJynxed: Of course no responsibility on the part of the poor "victim" who was obviously riding at unsafe speeds.

What was the posted speed limit on that part of the trail?

It's a walking trail. If you decide to ride some high-speed device on a walking trail you do so at your own risk.


I don't know of many walking trails with 20 MPH speed limits posted on them.
 
2013-03-16 10:24:17 PM  
If she was wearing the helmet correctly she should have sued the helmet manufacturer.
 
2013-03-16 10:59:45 PM  

IbiEvacua: So when I trip and fall down my stairs, and break my brain, do I sue the apartment's owners? The landlord? The firm which built it? Because goddamnit someone other than me deserves to pay for my accident.


That depends - did you trip because you're naturally clumsy, or forgot to tie your shoelaces? Or did you trip because the building was poorly built and/or maintained? Did your landlord help you, or did he scream that if you didn't move your paralyzed body out of the stairwell, he was going to charge you extra rent?
 
2013-03-17 12:09:45 AM  
Fark: Where everyone hates lawyers despite supporting a system pitting everyone against each other.
 
2013-03-17 04:26:15 AM  
She should sue her parents for breeding her such an eggshell skull.

Maybe it's just me but I've always thought women were a bit worse at learning how to prevent injuries.  Perhaps it's because they don't explore as much as boys do (or used to).  I crashed my bike enough times to learn how to hit the ground to cause the least amount of pain.  We didn't use bike helmets in the 80's and stunts were usually practiced near grassy landing areas.  And if you're going down you make dang sure your head isn't hitting any curbs or parking stops.
 
2013-03-17 05:28:09 AM  
 
2013-03-17 02:25:32 PM  

Wayne 985: Couldn't she have walked her bike through it instead of gunning through? There have been times the city hasn't properly laid out cinder on icy roads like they normally do, but I've never said, "F' it" and slammed my foot on the gas.


No she absolutely could not walk her bike or go at a reasonable speed.  It was at the bottom of a hill and because ye know, weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
 
2013-03-18 09:19:10 AM  
I see the *Fark lawyers are all here. No lawsuit is too stupid or undeserved here at Fark
 
2013-03-18 09:15:29 PM  
Drain grates really shouldn't be of the wheel grabbing variety for this reason.  It's not hard to have slats go in both directions so if you catch one blindly, you don't go flying.  Heck, the ones around here could grab a motorcycle!

That said, if the cyclist was riding as far right as practical (which would have been farther left than the drain grates, she was riding too far right), people would have been biatching that she wasn't riding far enough to the right (and to those people, I just gotta say, go fark yourself...everybody's just trying to get where they're going in one piece).
 
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