$335 THOUSAND

Bicycle Accident - Injury

Stephenson and Rife hired multiple experts who helped establish that D.H's bicycle crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. Shortly before trial, the case settled for $335,500.

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Example Bicycle Accident Cases

Shelby County and County Bridge Inspectors Fail to Properly Inspect and Maintain County Bridge

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.
Other attorneys had investigated this case and turned it down due to Indiana contributory negligence laws. D.H. retained Stephenson and Rife, who immediately starting performing a detailed investigation into the background of the bridge. Through the investigation, they were able to learn that as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced within five years, or by 2003. Because of the poor condition of the bridge, inspectors recommended the county inspect the bridge every six months, rather than the statutory requirements of every two years. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

Rather than battle the opponents head on, the county commissioners tabled the matter for months or years at a time, not making any decision on whether to repair the bridge or replace it.

A new bridge inspection company was hired by the county in 2006. Again, it recommended that the bridge be replaced no later than 2007, and that it be inspected twice a year. In 2008, the inspection company took several pictures of broken welds in the bridge and decking and said that the bridge had deteriorated, but did not recommend repairing the broken welds. The county obtained additional funding in 2008. No bridge inspection was done in 2009.

D.H. was not aware of any issues with the bridge. There were no warning signs for pedestrians or bicyclists. D.H. was bicycling across the bridge with his uncle when he hit a hole in the bridge, flipped over the handlebars, and was severely injured. Stephenson and Rife hired multiple experts who helped establish this crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. Shortly before trial, the case settled for $335,500.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

Mike Stephenson, Indiana Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Can Help You

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a bicycle wreck, you no doubt have some important matters worrying you. Mike Stephenson’s appeal to Hoosiers injured by someone else’s negligence is, “Hand the worry over to us and let our resources back you up.”

With more than 30 years of experience and success, Mike Stephenson will pursue your right to compensation for your injuries — past and future medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, and other financial consequences of the accident. If you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, Mike will help you seek justice through a wrongful death action.

For a free evaluation of your case, call Mike Stephenson at 855-206-2555.

 

 

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