Olympia man awarded $2million in lawsuit against state for poorly designed roadway

John Lancaster, 22, of Olympia, has been awarded a $2million settlement after he sued the Washington Department of Transportation (DOT) claiming that the DOT failed to repair a poorly designed intersection where he was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Lancaster was riding his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 101 when he collided with a car that was making a left hand turn onto the highway. Lancaster nearly died in the accident and has limited use of one hand and cannot not use the other arm. He was on life support at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for three weeks after the accident.

According to a report in The Olympian, the intersection where Lancaster was hit had been especially problematic. There had been 55 accidents at the intersection since 2001 including two fatal ones. In 2001, a DOT study said that the intersection was poorly designed and it recommended closing the left-turn lane. At one point the state legislature had funded $1 million to repair the road but thee repair has never been completed.

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