Woman files $3 million claim for bike crash on streetcar tracks
The Arizona Daily Star’s transportation reporter writes that a woman who crashed her bike on streetcar tracks has filed a $3 million claim.
Here’s a snippet from the article:
Lawyers for Angel Welch sent notice of her personal injury claim to the RTA and city-owned Sun Tran transit service earlier this year, saying they’ll settle for $3 million.
The crash happened in August as Welch was turning south from Congress Street onto Fifth Avenue. Her tire caught in the groove between the tracks and pavement and she was thrown into the street.
Welch is now permanently disabled, with memory loss and communication problems, according to her lawyers, Barry Bellovin and David Karnas. Her medical bills are around $450,000, they said in a letter to the RTA.
The lawyers assert in their letter that the RTA was negligent and used inadequate maintenance, substandard design, dangerous construction and inadequate warning signage in the streetcar project. The claim is an offer to settle before a lawsuit is filed.
Read the rest of Pallack’s article to see the RTA and City’s response.
I do not recall seeing any of the warning signs that they have placed along the route (you can see them above) at that intersection.
Interestingly, the tracks where Welch crashed have actually been installed for many years and were not a result of the new construction of streetcar tracks.
Here’s the Google Streetview of the intersection:
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