March 15th, 2011 | News | Posted In: Cops and Courts, Transportation

JUICY SUITS: Bicycle Dangers Include Dogs and Driver Arguments

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 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.

In the second suit, plaintiff Michael Whitney claims he was riding his bike on Southwest Morgan Road in Sherwood last summer when a small white terrier with brown spots ran onto the road.

"The dog was barking and trying to bite the bicyclist and others with him," says the lawsuit, also filed Monday. "The dog ran in front of plaintiff's bike, colliding with the front tire and causing plaintiff to crash."

Whitney suffered a broken back and "multiple deep abrasions with contamination," the lawsuit says. The suit, also filed by lawyer Mark Ginsberg, seeks $50,000 for medical bills plus $200,000 for pain and suffering.

The dog's alleged owners, Craig Bomgardner and Christina Wiseman, are the defendants in the suit. They could not be reached for comment.




 
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