Verdict in 20.080 Bicycle Case

Jacobs v. Oregon Pacific Railroad, Multnomah County Case No. 1305-06356

Plaintiff was riding her bicycle on the Springwater Corridor Trail when she attempted to cross railroad tracks maintained by defendant. Her tire got caught in the gap next to the track causing her to fall. She suffered a concussion and multiple scrapes and bruises. Plaintiff claimed that defendant failed to warn of the dangers present and failed to properly maintain the crossing. Defendant claimed that plaintiff was also negligent for failing to keep a proper lookout and maintain control of her bicycle. The jury found both parties to be negligent and apportioned fault 80% to defendant and 20% to plaintiff.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Christopher Larsen

Defense Counsel – Leonard Kovac Jr.

Verdict – Plaintiff – $3,296.00 (after 20% reduction for comparative negligence)

Date – June 10, 2014

June 29, 2014

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