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Defective Folding Bicycle

Our consumer product liability group recovered$4,173,975 on behalf of a 53-year-old man who was rendered a quadriplegic. The plaintiff was riding his folding bicycle and as he approached a wide and busy intersection, he entered the intersection just as his light turned green.

Unbeknownst to the plaintiff, a taxicab was still clearing the intersection. Once he saw the taxi, the plaintiff slammed on his brakes, flew over the handlebars of his bicycle and the hood of the taxicab, and landed on his head, causing quadriplegia. The design of the bicycle placed the rider’s center of gravity very high and his body very close to the handlebars, making the bicycle unstable and the rider prone to flipping over.