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Former college football player sues after motorcycle accident

Motorcycling is a popular activity both in California and across the nation. It appeals to many demographics, from young adults to retirees. However, one person, whose promising football career was cut short due to a motorcycle accident, pursued a lawsuit against the California Department of Transportation, maintaining that the agency knew its roads were dangerous and did nothing.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been ordered to pay $35 million to a former University of California, Los Angeles, football player after a motorcycle accident caused the victim to lose his leg. At issue was the intersection where the accident took place, which was deemed to be dangerous.

The 29-year-old victim initially sued Caltrans for $50 million. The lawsuit was based on the argument that the agency knew the intersection where the accident took place was dangerous, and did not do anything to correct it. The trial lasted for six weeks.

The incident occurred in July 2012. The victim was traveling on his motorcycle down the Pacific Coast Highway when another vehicle made a left hand turn at the Redondo Beach intersection and struck him. Despite the fact that the victim underwent 13 operations, his leg could not be saved.

As this shows, sometimes the defendant in a personal injury suit is not just the driver of the other vehicle. Sometimes municipal entities can be responsible for creating or neglecting unsafe roads. However, trying to pursue a lawsuit against a government entity is not easy, and should not be handled alone. In situations like this, it is imperative to obtain legal advice to determine which parties may be at fault and develop a strategy as to how best to pursue compensation for your losses.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Caltrans ordered to pay ex-UCLA player $35M in crash lawsuit," Jan. 10,, 2017

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