Defense Verdict in Bicycle Case

Reese v. Butsch, Multnomah County Case No. 14CV04975

Plaintiff Reese, a minor, was riding his bicycle eastbound.  He claimed that he was riding on the sidewalk adjacent to Sandy Boulevard and had slowed to cross the exit to the 52nd Avenue Sports Bar when he was struck by Defendant Butsch who was exiting the bar’s parking lot.  Reese alleged that Butsch did not yield to pedestrians or keep a proper lookout.  He alleged that he suffered a fracture to his left lateral orbit and skull surrounding his left eye and lacerations to the left side of his face.  He sought $29,363.30 for past medical expenses and $20,600.00 in non-economic damages.  This was an appeal from an arbitration award for Plaintiff.

Defendant Butsch denied liability and claimed that Reese was not riding on the sidewalk but instead was in the roadway going the wrong way against traffic.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – David B. Wagner

Defense Counsel – Brian B. Williams

Verdict – Defense Verdict (60% of negligence attributed to Plaintiff)

Date – July 7, 2014.

July 10, 2015

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