Civil Plaintiff

$7.5M award upheld in motorcycle crash

Appellate judges have upheld a $7.5 million jury award against Spokane County in a case involving a woman who was left paralyzed from the chest down in a motorcycle crash that occurred in 2011.

The case began on Sept. 28, 2011, when Tapken, who was 20 at the time, got on a motorcycle with Conrad Malinak. They drove south of Spokane, WA, and crashed at a fork in the road known as the “Waverly Y” on Prairie View Road, which has a speed limit of 45 mph. 

The lawsuit alleged the intersection had been the scene of about two dozen single-car crashes prior to 2011, but Spokane County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fennessy only allowed three of those collisions to be discussed during the three-week trial.

Read the source article at The Spokesman

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