The City of Vancouver, Washington has agreed to pay Gary L. Graham $300,000 for injuries he suffered when Officer Chris Kershaw turned his police car in front of Graham’s motorcycle, causing him to crash reports The Columbian. The motorcycle accident, which occurred in May of 2004, caused severe injuries to Graham including a head injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), a back injury, and a leg fracture that required surgery. Graham has residual neurological problems and has a cognitive disorder associated with the brain damage.
According to a City of Vancouver staff report, Graham was deprived of oxygen for about 5 minutes after the accident and Washington State Patrol officers arriving to the scene of the accident thought he was brain dead.
The motor vehicle accident occurred in the early morning hours of May 2, 2004. Both Graham and Kershaw were traveling west on Mill Plain Boulevard. Responding to a call, Officer Kershaw crossed two lanes and pulled in front of Graham, neglecting to turn his lights or sirens on. Graham was unable to avoid the collision.
According to The Columbian, Graham’s medical bills were almost $90,000 thousand and his lost wages and motorcycle were approximately $30,000 more.
In 80% of the cases of motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles, the cyclist is not at fault. Motorcycle accidents are often caused the negligence of another driver.
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