$250K Settlement to Motorcyclist Hurt In Crash with Fire Truck
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on June 30th, 2017
A 26-year-old California motorcyclist is receiving a $250,000 settlement from the City of Palo Alto, Calif., after she was seriously injured in June 2015 when she crashed as she tried to avoid a fire truck that was stopped in the middle of a roadway.
Alexis Ferreira was riding her motorcycle at 10:45 a.m. on June 29, 2015, when she rounded a curve on Skyline Boulevard in Palo Alto and found the road completely blocked by a fire truck which did not have its emergency lights in operation, according to a June 12 story by PaloAltoOnline.
Another motorcyclist in front of her on the road quickly braked to avoid a crash with the truck and as it did, Ferreira spotted the fire truck blocking the northbound and southbound lanes of the road and lost control of her Yamaha R-6 motorcycle as she tried to stop abruptly. She fell from the motorcycle and suffered a myriad of injuries, including an open femur fracture, hand fractures, a separated collarbone, a coccyx fracture and extensive road rash and contusions, the story reported.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court in August 2015, sought at least $225,000 in damages. The suit alleged that fire officials had stopped the truck in the roadway without placing any warning cones or other traffic indicators to let oncoming traffic know about the presence of the parked fire truck. The city, which originally rejected her claim for damages, did not admit to any wrongdoing in the case.
Ferreira’s lawsuit sought compensation for medical costs, loss of wages and earning capacity, as well as damages for past and future pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement. Her father, David Ferreira, who owned the motorcycle she was riding that day and who was riding another motorcycle behind her, sought damages for serious emotional distress because he witnessed the crash. He also sought compensation for the motorcycle, which was destroyed in the crash.
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