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Motorcyclist and his lawyers win his case after he suffers massive injuries resulting from a crash with a backhoe
Accident Type:Motorcycle Accident
Incident Date:Thursday, August 30, 2001
Result Date:Monday, October 16, 2006
Perry Wise, A 48-year-old hospital laboratory technician, was driving his BMW motorcycle east on State Route 6 just east of Menlo, Washington when he stoped a backhoe travelling on shoulder of his lane ahead of him. As Wise attempted to pass the backhoe, its driver, Ron Epperson, suddenly drove into his lane. Wise hit his brakes and laid his motorcycle down on the highway and subsequently slammed into the back of the backhoe. As a result of the accident Wise suffered extensive injuries. He sustained multiple face fractures and injuries requiring reconstructive surgery. He suffered fractured ribs and a catastrophic chest injury. His hips were fractured, and he sustained a laceration of his liver. Wise underwent many surgeries and emergencye procedures. He has permanent loss of sensation in areas of his face, and has a permanent hip disfunction that affects his mobility. He spent 31 days total in the hospital. Wise sued Epperson and his employer, Pilchuck Contractors for negligent operation of the vehicle resulting in the crash and his injuries. The defense attorneys argued that Wise was inattentive and that his poor motorcycle riding skills resulted in the accident. They brought an accident reconstruction expert who testified that Wise did not pay attention to the backhoe and that he should have avoided collision by simply steering around the backhhoe instead of laying down the motorcycle. They also brought a psychiatrist who argued that Wise's untreated Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) contributed to his inattentiveness. Ultimately, Wise and his attorneys won his case, awarding him $722,794.