Deceased motorcyclist's wife and her lawyers win her case against a driver her drove in front of him, resulting in his death in Snohomish County, Washington

Accident Type: 
Motorcycle Accident
Incident Date: 
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Result Date: 
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Monetary Result: 
  David Aultman was driving his Yamaha motorcycle north on State Route 9 in Snohomish County, Washington on September 20, 2003. Meanwhile, Margaret Blystone was driving her car west on 164th Street SE and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with State Route 9. She began to proceed into the intersection, placing her car in the way of Mr. Aultman. According to his family and attorneys, he did not have enough time to avoid hitting her, and he and his motorcycle collided with the side of Mrs. Blystone's vehicle. Mr. Aultman died in the accident as a result of blunt-force trauma.  Mr. Aultman's wife Bonnie filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2004 against Mrs. Blystone and her husband Olin. She and her attorneys argued that Mrs. Blystone's negligence was the single factor that caused the accident and her husband's death. She sought damages on behalf of her husband for physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium (loss of her spouse and his support), and medical and funeral expenses. The Blystones denied any negligence, and contended that Mr. Aultman had negligently operated his vehicle. They brought an expert witness, an accident reconstructionist, who concluded that Mr. Aultman shoudl have been able to stop before the collision. He had, according to the expert, applied his brakes too heavily, resulting in him losing control. Ultimately, the jury sided with Mrs. Aultman and her lawyers, awarding a total of $615,773.29. Mr. Aultman was not found to have contributed to the accident.

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