When last I wrote about the accident I was in in 2016, I was shortly told "don't talk about it online anymore". Turns out lawyers (Giuliani excepted if you consider him to still be a lawyer) advise clients to not say anything about ongoing cases.
For years later, I had a verdict and an award. This is three years and 11 months after the insurance company told me that Maryland's 100% contributory negligence bullshit meant that I couldn't collect on a claim over their client causing a collision.
When waiting outside the court building for the doors to open I noticed a lawyer just standing there. He seemed to ooze sleaze. Once the doors opened and I went inside, this sleaze oozery approached my lawyer for a conference. Turns out Mr. Sleaze was the attorney for the opposing side.
A settlement offer was made. This offer was less than the medical costs alone. It was ignored.
I won the docket lottery. Once cases were divided into "preliminary motions", "no one showed up", and "we're gonna do this bitch" piles, my case was pulled first.
After that, I won on the merits. That is to say none of the facts over which there was controversy were relevant. The statutes alone proved my case. Namely, cars have to yield to bicycles in a bike lane.
The best part of the trial was the judge bringin out the Maryland Revised Code to the defendant's attorney and asking point blank "how do you get around this?"
Short answer: he didn't.
After damages were awarded, the judge called my attorney and the defendant's attorney up to the bench. Turns out he had written on his memo pad before the case started that I was sure to lose because I was going to claim that the car hit me instead of me hitting the car.
I didn't. My claim was that the motorist should have seen me and not turned in such a fashion that I ran into the car.
If the case had gone to the facts I think I still would have won. The motorist claimed that she had passed me when she was going 30 or 35mph about a quarter mile before the intersection and that she had slowed down about 5mph to make the turn and at that point I had caught up to her and collided with her car.
This week was my first week of going salary at my employer. Today I worked extra hours, probably, because a coding error in some new development breaks SQL Server.
Three hours of conference call between me, my boss, the web management guy, and the web developer later, we figured it out. Probably.
Bike shop emailed to say that my frame is now completely finished and the frame company is shipping it.
Fully built bike should be ready by mid-March.
I forgot that tomorrow was an important day and made plans not involving someone very special to me.
I fucked up.
Yeah, I gots it.
I've been living without hot water, heat, or a working stove for a week. It sucks.
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