Bicycle Verdict

Leighan v. Kreps, Multnomah County Case No. 1403-03341

This was a bicycle accident case. Plaintiff alleged that he was on his bicycle heading eastbound on Fremont when Defendant suddenly turned his car left across his lane causing a crash.  Plaintiff alleged that Defendant was negligent for failing to keep a proper lookout, speeding and failing to control his vehicle.  Plaintiff’s injuries included a cervical disc herniation requiring surgery.  He sought damages including medical expenses of $53,353.57, lost income totaling $36,000.00 and non-economic damages of $250,000.

Defendant denied liability.  She alleged that Plaintiff was riding his bicycle between cars that were parked along the curb and cars that were backed up for traffic. She claimed Plaintiff rode his bike into the side of her car after she had begun to make her turn. She claimed Plaintiff was speeding, not keeping a proper lookout and did not exercise adequate control of his bicycle.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Mark Ginsberg

Defense Counsel – Gretchen Mandekor

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – March 18, 2015

March 19, 2015

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