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Motorcycles and Poorly Maintained Roads: An Accident Waiting to Happen

Roads can be deadly when it comes to motorcycles, particularly if they are not maintained properly. The case of Brad Rowand who received a $1.75 million settlement of his motorcycle accident, personal injury lawsuit, is a tragic reminder. He was suing the county because of the poorly maintained roads. Rowand lost a leg and spent 62 days in hospital as a result of his accident.

It was a well known fact in the community that the road where the accident happened was in serious need of repair. The unmaintained road was over 70 years old; it had seen better days. The neighbors along the route had signs up saying, “Read my lips, pave our road.” Instead of fixing the road, the county repeatedly cold-patched the potholes.

On the day of the accident, 20-year old Rowand and three friends were riding on the road. His bike hit a pothole; the front wheel wobbled and threw him off into a metal pole. The pole took his leg off at the hip. There were doubts he would survive, but, somehow, he made it. Although fitted with a prosthetic leg, scar tissue prevents him from wearing it.

This young man (and other accident victims in the same or similar circumstance) may have been interested to know that he most likely, would have qualified for a lawsuit cash advance; funding that would have allowed him to wait for his settlement. Lawsuit funding is intended to be used to pay all the bills, and that includes medical bills, therapy, the prosthetic leg, his wheelchair and other incidental expenses as a result of the accident. It also lets him pay other expenses such as a mortgage or tuition or car payments. Litigation funding may have saved him the worry of wondering how he was going to pay for his medical care and survive for the rest of his life. It is easy to apply and if you lose your case you do not have to repay the money. This is truly risk-free lawsuit funding.