Originally Posted by slagjumper
$200K is the basic insurance payout amount for an avereage adult/teen. A painless amount for the bus company since they pay insurance anyway and likely have lawyers on the payroll. If the driver was at fault for hitting the cyclist in the bike lane. There should have been a larger punative amount.
That's why you have insurance. To cover liability. Duh.
To say there should be a larger punative award is assine. The facts are pretty much in evidence. An experienced cyclist failed to properly exercise caution when exiting from a sidewalk/mup onto a roadway. It's immaterial that the part of the roadway was a bikelane, he failed to stop at a signal apparently thinking he could beat the bus. Bikelanes don't grant immunity from common sense and personal responsibility.
I'm sorry he died, it's a terrible price to pay for a momentary lapse. I've been there several times.
This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.
Last edited by dobber; 04-11-09 at 07:51 AM.