PORTLAND, Ore. — A jury has awarded greater than $9 million in damages to a person and girl from Vancouver, British Columbia, who had been struck by an 18-wheeler truck whereas using their bikes alongside Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.
The eight-member jury discovered Exel Inc. — extra generally referred to as the delivery firm DHL — responsible for the Aug. 3, 2016, collision late Friday after a five-day trial in US District Court docket in Portland.
It awarded $1.Three million in financial damages, $four million in non-economic damages and $four million in punitive damages to Eric Moutal, whose decrease left leg was practically amputated, and $400,000 in non-economic damages to his now spouse, Andrea Newman, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Moutal, who was 31 on the time, and Newman, then 25, had been vacationing in Oregon, tenting and biking in the Columbia River Gorge earlier than a deliberate go to to Portland.
The 2 had been biking alongside the Historic Columbia River Freeway however rode a stretch alongside the interstate in order to return to their campground.
Beneath Oregon legislation, it’s authorized to bike on the shoulder of most freeways, apart from a handful of city freeways the place the Oregon Division of Transportation has expressly prohibited it in Portland and Medford.
Exel’s lawyer Robert Barton mentioned Moutal and Newman had crossed the white line separating the shoulder from the journey lane and the trucker wasn’t in a position to keep away from them. The lawyer additionally advised the jury that the highway shoulder at that location is extraordinarily slender.
“It occurred as a result of they had been the place they shouldn’t have been,’’ he advised the jury.