South Carolina Man Sues Federal Government for 2016 Motorcycle Accident
ASHEVILLE, NC. – September 12, 2018 (citizen-times.com) According to an online news story from citizen-times.com, a man from South Carolina is suing the federal government in connection with a motorcycle accident that occurred in 2016.*
On September 8, 2016, 57-year-old Dallas Fisher, of Irmo, South Carolina, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina. Near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at milepost 465, Fisher encountered a large bump in the road and crashed his motorcycle. His motorcycle flipped, the handlebars crushed his chest, and he fell on his right hand. He sustained numerous injuries, including a punctured lung, broken ribs, and a broken finger.
In a handwritten statement after the accident, Fisher said he did not see the bump or a road sign regarding the bump until it was too late. Investigation revealed that the “Bump” sign in the road was located 25 feet from the actual bump in the road. Federal regulations require such signs to be placed at least 100 feet from the hazard to provide drivers with enough time to react.
A report from a National Park Service investigator found that the bump was the “main contributing factor to the cause of the accident,” and that another contributing factor was “the fact the sign is very close to the bump itself and blends into the series of direction arrow signs of the same color pattern.” The investigator even noted that when he was traveling to the site to make his report, he did not see the bump coming.
Fisher and his wife filed a lawsuit September 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior for negligently failing to install adequate traffic signs and failing to maintain safe roadways. They are seeking more than $500,000 in damages.
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