Defense Verdict For University In Bicycle Accident Trial

Plaintiff, a college student, was riding his mountain bike at night on a university campus.  He rode off a bike path and into a landscaped area, lost control of his mountain bike and then suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash.  The university was represented by McCune & Harber.  Plaintiff alleged that this part of the campus constituted a dangerous condition of public property and that the university should have foreseen that a storm water catch basin posed a hazard to off-trail bicyclists.  Plaintiff demanded $26 million before trial, asked the jury for about $15 million in damages and offered to settle for $7 million during the jury’s deliberations.  The jury ultimately deemed the university not responsible and returned a defense verdict in the university’s favor.