Travel Plaza Transportation LLC, a tour bus company, has agreed to settle a lawsuit arising out of a bicycle accident that resulted in a triathlete becoming a paraplegic. John Henderson, 35, participated in several Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii before being struck from behind while riding on a paved shoulder along a public highway in May 2009. Henderson was struck by the bus, thrown 90 feet, and was severely injured. His injuries involved multiple pelvic fractures, eight fractured ribs, multiple vertebrae fractures, spinal cord injury, a tear in the spleen and lacerated liver.
The Plaintiff’s medical bills exceed $700,000. His doctor estimated that the Plaintiff’s future medical care will be several hundred thousand dollars a year for the rest of his life. The Plaintiff was hospitalized for more than three months. The Plaintiff says no amount of money could possibly replace what he lost when he was hit by the tour bus.
In January, the Plaintiff returned to work as a surgical representative in the operating room, consulting with doctors on surgical procedures. He says that he has a responsibility to create public awareness about street safety and promote the need for drivers to share the road. The Plaintiff is now advocating passage of a bill in the state legislature that would make it illegal for a vehicle to pass within three feet of a cyclist. It would also add information about the rights of bicyclists to the Hawaii driver’s license test. Richard Fried Jr., a lawyer from Honolulu, handled the case for the Plaintiff, and he did a very good job.
Source: Star Bulletin
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