Two new lawsuits filed this week in Portland by two cyclists reveal two different dangers for bicycle riders: argumentative drivers and dogs.
The plaintiff in one of the two lawsuits, Halley Weaver, is a former blogger at bikeportland.org. She's also a musician billed as "Portland's zero-emissions harpist" for hauling her instrument using a bike and special trailer.
Weaver's suit filed Mondya claims she was stopped in the bike lane at Southwest Broadway and Madison Street last August when defendant Lucas Ebert made a right turn in his car and collided with her.
According to the lawsuit, Ebert was "arguing with a passenger in his vehicle" when he struck Weaver, causing "sustained lumbar and thoracic sprain/strain injuries."
The suit, filed by Portland lawyer Mark Ginsberg, seeks $334 for medical expenses plus $7,100 for pain and suffering. Ebert could not be reached for comment.