A California jury has awarded a California motorcyclist a significant award in relation to a 2007 accident that left the biker with serious groin injuries. The motorcyclist at the time of the motorcycle accident served as a noncommissioned officer in the Navy on active duty in San Diego. The man was riding his Harley-Davidson to work on Aug. 30, 2007, when a shuttle van from a San Diego automobile company cut him off in traffic, according to the lawsuit.
The van reportedly made a left turn in front of the Harley without checking for traffic. The Navy officer on his Harley and the van collided, launching the rider forward onto the bike’s handlebars. The 23-year-old rider suffered a fracture of his pubic ramus bone. He also suffered nerve and artery damage and a crushing injury in his groin, according to the lawsuit.
Doctors performed reconstructive surgery after the motorcycle accident. Doctors still do not know if the victim of the crash will be able to have children as a result of his injuries.
The driver of the van reportedly was never trained to drive a shuttle van. The van driver is believed to be a non-citizen who was driving on an expired license.
The motorcycle accident victim sued the California auto dealer and its parent company that owned the van for negligence. The motorcycle accident evidence was presented to a jury, which found in favor of the accident victim last month in awarding several million dollars in damages.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, “Jury awards man with penis injury $7.5 million,” Greg Moran, Jan. 13, 2012