Driver Opens Door Striking Cyclist – Defense Verdict

Morrison v. Griesar, Multnomah County Case No.1304- 04746

Plaintiff was on a bicycle travelling on NE Alberta on the far right side of the roadway when she approached a car parked on the street. The defendant was in the car and opened the door.  Plaintiff collided with the door causing scarring and nerve damage in her leg. Plaintiff alleged that defendant failed to keep a proper lookout before opening the door and violated Oregon law (ORS 811.490) in opening the door without first making sure it was clear to do so.  Plaintiff sought $550,000.   Defendant denied liability and alleged that plaintiff was travelling too fast, too close to parked cars and not keeping a proper lookout.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Michael Colbach 

Defense Counsel – Edward Sears 

Verdict – Defense Verdict 

Date – April 22, 2014

April 29, 2014

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