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Road Design Causes Bicyclist To Get Hit By Car Exiting The Freeway

The claim was against the public entity for failure to recognize the subject location’s significant accident history and address it. The accident history at this specific location was discovered during the course of litigation to be drastic. Additionally, the county was aware that a bike trail ran right though this intersection. The public entity took the position that the incident was solely the fault of the driver whereas the claim made was that there was ample information and time for the subject public entity to take the necessary steps to protect bicyclists and other citizens in and about this location. The claim was that it was a foreseeable event and had the public entity taken the necessary steps, the incident would not have happened. The injured party suffered a cervical spine injury that rendered him quadriplegic and ventilator-dependent. Pretrial offer was $2.5 million.