Corvallis Bicycle Accident Case
A Benton County Jury returned a verdict for $132,349.60 for a Corvallis woman who was hit by a truck and trailer while on her morning bicycle commute to work. The driver pulled out of a gas station parking lot in a pickup with a car hauler attached. The cyclist hit the back of the trailer, became entangled and was dragged a short distance. The crash caused her to tear her ACL which required a surgical repair. The driver had State Farm insurance. They denied responsibility for the crash and made no settlement offers. In fact, they blamed the cyclist for the crash. The cyclist began looking for a Corvallis bicycle attorney but could not find one willing to take her case. She then contacted The Law Office of Chad Stavley.
Chad immediately understood that the case had significant challenges. The cyclist hit the very back end of the long trailer. The defense would argue that the cyclist should have been able to stop in time if she was paying attention.
State Farm held firm and made no pre-trial offers. The case went to trial in Benton County Circuit Court. Chad offered the testimony of an accident reconstructionist who testified that the cyclist would not reasonably have had time to react and brake before hitting the trailer.
The defense showed that the combined length of Defendant’s truck and trailer were over forty feet. And the driveway he was leaving had a steep slope. They offered testimony from their own accident reconstructionist and a video showing how a fast exit from the parking lot would bottom the trailer hitch out due to the slope of the driveway. Thus, they argued that the cyclist was going too fast and not paying attention as their driver slowly exited the parking lot. Chad challenged the defense accident reconstructionist and forced him to make some concessions.
The jury deliberated for several hours before returning a verdict for the cyclist.