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Injured Bicyclist Wins $54 Million in CO Lawsuit

by Paul Overett
October 27, 2020
by Paul Overett
October 27, 2020
bicylist claim

Court of Appeals Upholds Large Verdict for Cyclist Paralyzed in Accident

A Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld one of the “largest civil judgments” in the state. The court determined that a cyclist who was paralyzed after being hit by two cars sustained $54 million in damages. The case demonstrates how, in an instant, a bicycle accident can result in life-changing, catastrophic injuries.

Long Beach regularly ranks as one of the most bicycle-friendly yet dangerous cities in California. If you have been injured in a cycling accident, call Paul Overett at (562) 986-9864. At the Overett Group, we have recovered millions on behalf of injury victims. Contact our office for a free consultation.

Cyclist Injured in Car Accident Is Struck by Second Car

Gary Suydam was an avid cyclist who rode his bike to and from work. As reported by the Denver Post, January 27, 2017, would change all of that. On his route home, as he traveled in the safety of the bike lane, a driver turning left across the intersection struck him knocking him to the ground. Within seconds, a second car ran over the injured Suydam, dragging him several feet.

The impact of the two collisions caused irreparable damage. Suydam is now paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair. The driver of the second car left the scene and faced criminal charges as a result of his actions. A jury found him 10% at fault and the employer of the first driver 90% at fault. A court of appeals affirmed the decision.

Long Beach Bicycle Accidents

According to the City of Long Beach’s Draft Bicycle Master Plan, nearly 60% of residents surveyed want to ride a bike but are concerned about being hurt.

Long Beach has implemented several bicycle-friendly paths to make the city safer for cyclists, including:

  • Shared-use paths
  • Bicycle boulevards
  • Separated bikeways
  • Bicycle lanes
  • Bicycle routes

Unfortunately, even with these measures, horrific bicycle accidents still happen, causing devastating injuries or death. A four-year study showed the city has a disproportionately high bicycle-involved crash rate compared to surrounding communities. 

Additionally, collision reports showed that most of the time, the bicyclist was not at fault. Where a motorist was at fault for the accident, it was usually because they violated the right-of-way.

Injured in a Bicycle Accident? Contact the Overett Group Today

Long Beach has been at the forefront of bicycle safety for years, but cyclists are still at risk. Even when they do everything right like Denver cyclist Gary Suydam, an inattentive driver can still cause life-shattering injuries in an instant.

If you have been injured in a cycling accident, contact the Overett Group for a free consultation. Attorney Paul Overett has won thousands of cases for his clients. He is committed to getting the maximum compensation for those injured by someone else’s negligence or recklessness.

Call (562) 986-9864 to speak with an experienced attorney who will give you the compassionate, dedicated representation you need to get the results you deserve.

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