On Tuesday, July 19, Clairemont Mesa city council members approved a $375,000 settlement for two people who were injured in a motorcycle accident in 2013 at an intersection outside of the town’s Walmart store.
At the time of the accident, the couple was riding a motorcycle south on Shawline Street. At the same time, the driver of an automobile was coming out of the Walmart parking lot, cutting off the couple. One victim seriously injured his arms in the accident, while the other injured her neck. They filed a lawsuit against the city in August 2014, alleging the city created a “trap” in the right-of-way and failed to mark and design a two-way roadway. In the lawsuit, they pointed to the city’s failure to implement appropriate traffic control devices that could have minimized or eliminated the problem.
In May, the city council finally agreed to a settlement in the case. The result was a $375,000 award to the victims, which resolves all the claims against the city and its employees. The award covers all damages and medical expenses (past and future), along with attorney fees.
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