Bicycle v. Bicycle Defense Verdict

Doyle v. LaRowe, Multnomah County Case No. 16CV25772

Plaintiff Doyle was on a bicycle ride with a friend on the Springwater Trail. They were riding side by side.  Defendant LaRowe was on a bicycle approaching from behind with the intent to pass.  Doyle alleged that LaRowe gave no warning that he was approaching or going to pass. He alleged that LaRowe approached at high speed, did not give himself enough room to pass and thus struck Doyle causing him to crash.  Doyle alleged that he broke his clavicle, pelvis, tailbone, and hip socket.  He also alleged that he suffered a minor heart attack as a result of the stress. He sought $23,252.04 in medical expenses, $3,500 for property damages and $300,000 for non-economic damages.

LaRowe denied liability.  He claimed that he rang his bell as he approached the riders and that Doyle appeared to move to the right to allow him to pass.  Just as he was passing Doyle moved back to the left and ran into LaRowe, causing the crash.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jan Kitchel

Defense Counsel – Rudy Lachenmeier

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – December 5, 2017

February 16, 2018

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