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Regardless of how difficult court victories might be for those suing the city for dangerous sidewalk conditions, as long as conditions on city streets and sidewalks remain subpar, the lawsuits will continue.

In the latest lawsuit, cyclist Craig Robinson is seeking damages after he was seriously hurt in October of last year while riding his bike on a sidewalk along Carmel Valley Road.

According to the suit filed on January 23, Robinson was unable to maneuver around a section of uneven sidewalk. He was thrown from his bike and landed nearly 20 feet away. The impact resulted in five cracked ribs, a punctured right lung, fractured orbital, and brought on a serious bout of amnesia. Robinson spent the following ten days in the hospital.

"Plaintiff's accident and subsequent injuries were the direct and proximate result of city's negligence and their failure to ensure that public sidewalks are free of hazardous conditions like the one described above and safe to members of the public, including plaintiff for all reasonably foreseeable uses, and that the sidewalk and related structures were properly designed, built, constructed, and installed so as to be susceptible to becoming dangerous to the public."

The lawsuit comes less than two weeks after interim mayor Todd Gloria and councilmember Mark Kersey launched a $1 million project to assess the city's estimated 5000 miles of sidewalks. The program consists of arming engineering students from UC San Diego and San Diego State University with survey equipment and sending them off to find missing and deteriorated sidewalks. But as is often typical with expensive studies, the program got off on the wrong foot. As was reported by online news organization Voice of San Diego, complications in the hiring process resulted in six-month delays before it began.

Robinson is asking that the city pay his nearly $115,000 in hospital bills, $11,000 in physical therapy visits, as well as loss of earning and other damages.

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aardvark Jan. 30, 2014 @ 11:50 a.m.

Doesn't Carmel Valley Rd have a bike lane?


Dorian Hargrove Jan. 30, 2014 @ 12:20 p.m.

Yes, but according to the lawsuit he was trying to access a nearby trail and had to use the sidewalk.-dH


JustWondering Jan. 30, 2014 @ 12:07 p.m.

Before this poor guy becomes a victim of identity theft too...maybe the READER will redact some of his personal info from the PDF you included in this story.


Dorian Hargrove Jan. 30, 2014 @ 12:22 p.m.

JustWondering: This PDF, the lawsuit, is a public document, posted by the SD Superior Court.-dH


JustWondering Jan. 30, 2014 @ 12:57 p.m.

Dorian...Granted it's a public document. But it's one thing to be on the court's website where few people go and quite another to be on the Reader's website where hundreds, if not thousands could see it.
All I'm suggesting is a little pro-active redacting ...hasn't this guy suffered enough at the acts or omission of others? And, come to think of it... In these days of widespread identity theft as demonstrated in the news, is there a story about why the Courts are posting such information? Why would anyone not associated with the case need to know / see all those pieces of personal information?


Dorian Hargrove Jan. 30, 2014 @ 2:14 p.m.

JustWondering: I was referring to the lawsuit. I wasn't aware the claim was attached. I'm working on taking it down. Thanks!-dH


JustWondering Jan. 30, 2014 @ 10:15 p.m.

Thanks for being responsible! It's nice to know people DO care about keeping our personal private information off the Internet.


Visduh Jan. 30, 2014 @ 12:22 p.m.

While state law now does permit bicycles to be ridden on sidewalks, I always thought they should stay in the street, and as far to the right as possible. (That's how I rode.) While I feel for the guy and his injuries, if he'd not been on the sidewalk, this would have not happened.


aardvark Jan. 30, 2014 @ 2:03 p.m.

My question is this--looking at another photo that was included in the posting of the lawsuit, it appeared that the street had a marked area that looked very much like a bike lane.


Dennis Jan. 30, 2014 @ 1:33 p.m.

So how fast do you have to be riding on the sidewalk to get tossed 20 feet? While I concede that per the photo this is a huge unnecessary obstacle it is a sidewalk, not a street.


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