$88,970.22 Skateboard v. Car Verdict

Kaufman v. Tkachuk and Grand Prix Motors, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV07602

Plaintiff Kaufman was riding his skateboard eastbound on SE Lafayette Street on his way to school.  Defendant Tkachuk was driving a car on SE 21st when he took a left turn onto Lafayette striking Kaufman on his skateboard.  Kaufman sued Grand Prix Motors as well as Tkachuk because he alleged that the vehicle was owned by Grand Prix Motors and Tkachuk was either in the course and scope of his employment or Grand Prix had negligently entrusted Tkachuk with the vehicle.  Kaufman alleged crash-related injuries including a skull fracture with hematoma, concussion, broken clavicle, jaw injury, scrapes, contusions, and soft-tissue injuries.  He sought past medical expenses totaling $40,128.15, future medical totaling $13,498.81, and $500,000 for non-economic damages.

Grand Prix Motors denied that Tkachuk was in the course and scope of his employment or that they were negligent for entrusting him with the vehicle.

Tkachuk denied liability and claimed that the crash was Kaufman’s fault for riding fast on his skateboard in the middle of a road that was too narrow for two vehicles.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Charley Gee

Defense Counsel – Douglas Wiegel and Elizabeth Rhode Motley

Verdict – $88,970.22 (After 25% reduction for comparative negligence) against Tkachuk only. 

Date – April 4, 2019

April 19, 2019

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