Newport Beach Bicycle Accident Lawsuit Seeks Damages from City Over Man's Orange County, California Wrongful Death

December 31, 1969

The family of Michael Nine is suing the city of Newport Beach, Harbor Ridge Master Association, and Harbor Ridge Estates Maintenance Association for his Orange County, California bicycle accident death. The Santa Ana man died from injuries he sustained when he hit a truck on the morning of July 15, 2010.

The 43-year-old cyclist was with a group of riders traveling from Tustin to Irvine to Newport Coast and Fashion Island when the Newport Beach traffic accident happened on Spyglass Hill Road close to the Harbor Ridge development. Nine wasn't able to swerve around a gardener's truck that was blocking the southbound uphill lane near the Harbor Ridge development.. At the time, the cyclists were moving at about 40 mph.

In their Orange County, California wrongful death lawsuit, Nine's widow and children are claiming that the city of Newport Beach did not set up warning signs or safe sight lines and that the existing signage was "confusing" and was an "unreasonable risk of harm" to others. They claim that the two associations also failed to set up routine signs and warning signs to stop accidents--despite other crashes having occurred in or around the same area. Nine's family also contends that the association did not let public agencies know about the roadways poor condition.

Also a defendant in the Newport Beach wrongful death case is the truck driver, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. Nine's family is seeking damages for medical, legal, and funeral bills, loss of his earning capacity, as well as the losses of his services, support, society, advice, consolation, training, love, companionship, and comfort.

The Nine family's case is an example of why it is so important to make sure that you are represented by an experienced Newport Beach bicycle accident law firm. There may be multiple parties who should be held liable and you want to work with a legal team that knows how to prove liability against all those who were negligent. There is a lot of work to be done to start building your case, including the gathering of key accident evidence as soon as possible. Your Orange County, California injury law firm will also need to talk to any witnesses and possibly retain the right experts to prove your case.

Cycling Victim's Family Files Lawsuit, Coronado Del Mar Today, June 21, 2011

Driver pleads guilty in fatal Spyglass Hill Road crash, Daily Pilot, February 8, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Bicycle Rules and Safety, California DMV

Bicycle Safety Tips, California Department of Transportation


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