Bicyclist paralyzed in Montlake Bridge accident settles negligence lawsuit with WSDOT

Mickey Gendler, who was paralyzed in a Seattle bicycle accident on the Montlake Bridge, has settled his negligence lawsuit with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The state has agreed to pay Gendler $8 million for the injuries he received in the 2007 bicycle accident.

Gendler was bike riding with his friend when his tire got stuck in a gap in the bridge deck, causing him to go over the handlebars. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the neck down.

Gendler’s lawsuit claimed that the WSDOT’s build of the bridge was faulty because it had a seam in the bridge check which was 1/2 inch greater than design, wide enough to cause Gendler’s bicycle tire to get stuck.

It was discovered that prior to Gendler’s accident, another cyclist had a similar accident though not with such a severe outcome.

If a governmental entity fails to maintain a road in a safe condition or if a roadway was constructed with a defective design, a person who is injured in an accident caused by the defective roadway may be able to recover compensation for damages received in the accident.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.


WSDOT to pay $8 million over Montlake Bridge bike accident Posted: October 25, 2010
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