City of Azusa Sued by Azusa Pacific University Student Over Dangerous Roads

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The City of Azusa, California, is being sued by Azusa Pacific University student Julie Farris for failing to properly design and maintain its roads. Farris was forced to maneuver her bicycle around a parked car and into the path of the Azusa Pacific University trolley. The accident caused severe personal injury, including head trauma. California personal injury law firm Bisnar Chase is representing Farris. The case was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles County, Case #KC055075 with Judge Oki presiding.

We can never restore her future, but we can--and we will--seek justice for Ms. Farris.

The City of Azusa, California, is being sued by Azusa Pacific University student Julie Farris for failing to properly design and maintain its roads, causing her Farris severe personal injury. California personal injury law firm Bisnar Chase is representing Farris. The case was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles County, Case #KC055075 with Judge Oki presiding.

According to court documents and the police report, on February 19, 2008, student Julie Farris was riding her bicycle eastbound on East Foothill Boulevard in Azusa. As there were several cars parked along the roadway narrowing her right-of-way, Farris was forced to swerve her bicycle around them and into the path of the Azusa Pacific University trolley traveling westbound. The ensuing collision with the trolley knocked Farris off her bicycle, causing her severe personal injury, including head trauma. She was flown by helicopter to U.S.C. County Medical Center where she immediately underwent surgery. Farris is now permanently disabled.

Court documents state the City of Azusa failed to properly design and maintain Foothill Boulevard, as it lacked a crosswalk or traffic signal that would have allowed pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the roadway safely. The roadway also lacked sidewalks or bike paths that would have allowed pedestrians and bicyclists to travel safely, away from traffic.

The complaint also asserts that the trolley driver was inattentive, and that Azusa Pacific owed a special duty to its students to provide them with a reasonably safe method to travel between the east and west campuses.

In her lawsuit, Farris is asking for general damages; past and future hospital, medical and other health care expenses; loss of wages and/or earning capacity, both past and future; and court costs.

"The City of Azusa's alleged negligence has cut short the promising future of college student Julie Farris," said Brian Chase, partner at Bisnar Chase. "We can never restore her future, but we can--and we will--seek justice for Ms. Farris."

About Bisnar Chase

Bisnar Chase is a California personal injury law firm that represents people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member because of an accident, a defective product or negligence. They have won a wide variety of challenging personal injury cases, ranging from auto, construction, pool and on-the-job accidents, dog attacks, governmental agency negligence to defect products made by Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit: http://www.bestattorney.com and http://www.californiainjuryblog.com

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