State Found Responsible for Biker Injury

A Snohomish County jury ruled last week that the State of Washington is responsible for 23-year-old motorcyclist Jared Barton's permanen...

A Snohomish County jury ruled last week that the State of Washington is responsible for 23-year-old motorcyclist Jared Barton's permanent brain injuries resulting from an accident caused by the defective design of a section of State Route 536.

The case's verdict issued from judge Anita Farris on Nov. 21 awards Barton $3.6 million.

Barton was riding his motorcycle westbound on SR 536 on the evening of November 27, 2004 when he was struck by a vehicle turning left onto the highway to travel east.

According to the testimony of the vehicle's driver, she looked in each direction after stopping at the stop line of the "T" intersection at SR 536 and Moore's Garden Road. When she didn't see on-coming traffic, she began making her turn and pulled directly into Barton's lane causing the collision.

Both the driver and Barton's attorneys argued that the driver was not able to see Barton's headlight because her view to the left from the stop line was blocked by two large trees. Additionally, the driver testified that she was unaware that her view was obstructed because it was dark and the trees were not visible at night.

OH GIVE ME A F'ING BREAK!

This was her fault all the way. Common sense tells everyone that if you can't see down the road because of some trees blocking your view, you pull out a little bit further.

What really happened was that she was lazy and didn't give a very good look down the road. She took a gamble that no one was coming down the road, and it cost a biker with permanent brain damage. So now she's blaming the State because of some trees.

She's trying to argue that the "Stop line" prevented her from pulling out a little bit further to see down the road. Worse yet, her proclaimed innocence allows her to continue putting more bikers in peril.

So now that this precedence has been set, how many more times will the State assume responsibility for bad drivers, until they decide to take drastic measures?

Source: Luvera Law Firm

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