Right Hook Bicycle Verdict

Zickrick v. McLerran, Multnomah County Case No. 14CV04431

Mr. Zickrick was riding his bicycle westbound on North Broadway in the bicycle lane. Mr. McLerran was driving a car also westbound on North Broadway. McLerran began to take a right turn across the bike lane causing Zickrick to swerve left in an attempt to avoid a “right hook” style crash. As he did so, McLerran braked abruptly while sideways to the bicycle lane causing Zickrick to crash into the rear of his vehicle. Zickrick alleged that McLerran was negligent for failing to yield to the bicycle lane and driving without his required eyeglasses. Zickrick alleged injuries including facial and hand lacerations with resulting scarring, broken teeth and a jaw fracture. He sought $40,059.05 for past medical expenses, $60,000 for future medical expenses, $672.00 in lost wages, $500.00 for property damage, $195,000 for lost earning capacity and $450,000 in non-economic damages.

McLerran denied liability and disputed damages. He claimed that the crash was Zickrick’s fault for traveling too fast, following too closely and not staying within the bicycle lane.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Raymond F. Thomas

Defense Counsel – Eric E. Meyer

Verdict – $71,231.05

Date – June 24, 2015


June 26, 2015

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