A bicycle accident victim received a $1.2 million settlement from the city of Coralville, Iowa, as well as the state, according to the Iowa City Press Citizen. Bridgid Ruden lost control of her bicycle on May 24, 2008 as she was riding on the North Ridge Trail on the University of Iowa’s Oakdale campus.
Ruden slipped into a coma and required several surgeries. She suffered permanent damage and a traumatic brain injury despite the fact that she was wearing a helmet.
According to Ruden’s lawsuit, the city, state and Horsfield construction were negligent and contributed to the accident. The lawsuit alleged that there were flaws in the design of the trail, improper maintenance of the trail and negligence in allowing water and mud to gather on the trail. Her lawsuit claimed these conditions contributed to a foreseeable accident, such as hers.
“Obviously, this was a very traumatic event for the Ruden family and they are doing their best to move on with their lives,” said Tim Semelrith, Ruden’s attorney. “This settlement will help them do that.”
The claim contended that the trail was not built in full compliance with safety codes. Improper drainage contributed to the conditions that allowed for water and mud to accumulate on the trail.
The Dudek Law Firm, APC, represents bicycle accident victims throughout Southern California. Attorney Frederick M. Dudek is committed to recovering damages for those injured due to the negligence of another party. If you or a loved one has sustained catastrophic injuries in a bicycle accident, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.
Tip of the week: This is an example of how third parties can be liable in a bicycle accident. Just because a cyclist assumes a certain level of risk by riding does not excuse companies and municipalities from failing to provide a reasonable level of safety.
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