The Supreme Court of the State of Washington recently made a ruling in a motorcycle accident case that could result in the county where the accident occurred being held legally accountable for the plaintiff’s injuries based upon overgrown bushes at an intersection where the accident took place. The plaintiff’s complaint, which had previously been dismissed at the trial level, alleged that the municipality failed to maintain the roadway in a reasonably safe condition to allow motorists stopped at the stop sign to see oncoming traffic and prevent an accident.
Based on the court’s recent ruling, the plaintiff may be entitled to receive damages from the government entities for the injuries he suffered when another motorist turned in front of him and collided with him at the intersection.
A Motorcyclist Is Hit and Seriously Injured After A Motorist Failed to See Him While Turning onto the Highway
The accident which injured the plaintiff in the case of Wuthrich v. King County occurred at the intersection of a smaller road and a highway in King County, Washington. Drivers on the smaller road were controlled by a stop sign, though motorists on the highway had the continuous right of way through the intersection. On June 20, 2008, the plaintiff, who was driving a motorcycle on the highway, was hit by another driver as that driver turned left onto the highway from the smaller road after stopping at the stop sign.