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Bike crash spurs $17 million claim against City of Palo Alto

Original post made on Jul 4, 2013

The family of a 12-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle while riding on the 2500 block of Park Boulevard has filed a $17 million claim against the City of Palo Alto for negligent design of the bike route on the road.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 5, 2013, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by myhometoo, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

From the event described the driver was at fault for driving and not being able to see. This follows the pattern of a driver hitting something in front of him, it is that driver's fault - like a rear end collision. The driver was intoxicated and displayed bad judgement, hit and injured someone.

Hau, the driver's, insurance is liable here.

I can sympathize with the family of the injured boy looking for a way to pay for his injuries and care for the rest of his life - this is why I believe it is much fairer, and more sensible to have to a social safety net and a universal health care so that the future of victims like this does not ride on the gamble of a roll of the dice in the legal system ... on how good one's lawyer is, or how much money their family has, or whether they were injured in a construction zone that can be accused of being set up faulty. This could be or affect any of us ... and we ought to have a system that will care for all of those who are injured appropriately.


Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

This is a very unfortunate incident. Sadly, I am surprised it doesn't happen much more often, given how many people I see driving with their windshields fogged during the colder months. The city is being sued because of a "negligent design" of a bike route. I fail to see how any bike lane design that shares pavement with a road can protect a rider when the driver is driving "25-35" and can't clearly see where he is going.

Drivers -- do not proceed if your windshield is fogged. Ever. If you can't see where you are going because of sunshine/glare -- stop. Warm the engine and defrost the windshield.