Anyone who knows anything about motorcycles is well aware of the name Harley Davidson, and is well aware of the danger involved in riding a motorcycle. A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a firefighter who was left as a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident.
The 2004 accident on an Arizona interstate led Jim McMahon to eventually hire a personal injury lawyer and sue Harley Davidson alleging that the company produced a faulty motorcycle that led to the crash. The company did not take the blame insisting that driver error caused the accident.
Testimony in this case began last month, and the jury was already in deliberations when jurors informed the judge that they were hung and unable to agree on the topic of liability. The parties involved, agreed to a confidential settlement.
While the details of the settlement are confidential the plaintiff’s attorney said “It’s done, he can get on with the rest of his life.”
A settlement is more than likely the most satisfying outcome for a case such as this. Harley Davidson is a well known and large motorcycle company that has been around for decades, and while the damage to McMahons life is horrifying it is also a fact of life that motorcycle riders are willingly placing themselves in danger every time they straddle the bike. Settling the case or agreeing to disagree could be the best solution for both parties. There were no recalls or known defects in the model of HD Motorcycle involved in the accident.