Nebraska Bicyclist Sues Homeowners over Crash on Trail

January 30, 2013

The past and current owners of a south Lincoln, Neb., home are being sued by a man who was hurt when he crashed his bike on a trail near the house in 2011.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Christopher Hepburn of Lincoln filed the lawsuit because he believes his accident was caused by the home’s sump pump dumping water on the trail.

The current owners of the home, Daniel and Lori Howell, and the past owners, Dean and Mary Hoag, are defendants in the lawsuit. The Hoags now live in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Hepburn says in the lawsuit that he suffered a permanent injury to his face and head. The lawsuit seeks $100,000 for past medical bills, $2,000 for lost wages and an unnamed amount for future medical care.

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  • February 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    Elizabeth V m says:
    The biker should have known better before riding his bike over water, moreover, muddy water, he should have known it would make the bike slippery, even people slip on water we... read more
  • February 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    Nebraskan says:
    I guess I will add this much. If the homeowner (past and present) really had a(n)(un)known sump pump problem and didn't fix it....then I guarantee you there would be plenty o... read more
  • February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm
    SteveB says:
    John - the "assumption of risk" is being blurred by all of the frivilous lawsuits that are won, just because it is less expensive to settle rather than fight. Unfortunate!
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