Bicyclist gets $2.1M verdict but half the blame

Posted at: 12/20/2012 7:53 AM
By: The Associated Press

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque bicyclist has won a $2.1 million judgment for injuries he received in a crash with a delivery truck but will likely collect only half that amount because a jury said he was partly to blame.

Bicyclist Simon Lees crashed into the three-ton truck in 2009 and spent weeks in a hospital recovering from broken ribs, a punctured lung, a fractured clavicle, a dislocated left shoulder and dislocated bones in his right hand and wrist.

The Albuquerque Journal reports a jury on Wednesday awarded the money but found the 48-year-old auto dealership manager was half at fault.

Lees was in a bike lane when he entered an intersection where traffic had backed up and was hit by a westbound truck turning left in front of stopped eastbound traffic.

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