Cyclist sues after hitting bolt in road

A bolt protruding from a road, close to the curb with a phone used to give scaleThe bolt which caused the accident

A cyclist is suing local government agencies in Oregon for causing him to crash his bike. He says that he suffered serious brain injuries as a result of riding his bike into a bolt which was protruding from a paved area. The bolt was protruding by 75 to 100 mm and was hard to see as it was surrounded by dirt. The cyclist, Jesse Calhoun, is asking for $70,000 for non-economic damages and $15,000 for medical costs. It is not clear whether he was wearing a helmet or whether cycling was permitted in the area where the accident occurred. What do you think – should the government be liable?



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