Couple Demands $7.2M Settlement From Arizona Town After Motorcycle Collision

An Arizona couple claims unsafe road construction caused their motorcycle to crash.An Arizona couple who were seriously hurt after a car hit their motorcycle last year are demanding a $7.2 million settlement from the town of Gilbert, claiming that road construction caused unsafe driving conditions, according to the Arizona Republic.

Brent and Charlotte Kapustik were riding westbound on Guadalupe Road on October 30 when they were hit by a Toyota Prius attempting to turn left in front of them. The newspaper said the couple's motorcycle then crashed into the side of the Prius, ejecting them from the bike. Charlotte Kapustik spent weeks in a coma after the collision and suffered internal lacerations to several organs. Her husband sustained multiple injuries, including fractures to his face, leg and foot and bleeding in his brain, reported the newspaper.

The Kapustiks allege that the poor quality of Guadalupe Road led to the crash. The paper said it had recently been resurfaced and crews had not completed lane striping. In addition, the town put up 50-inch barricades to separate east and westbound traffic, which the couple claims obstructed the vision of Renae Urie, the driver of the Prius, as she turned into a parking lot.

The news source said Charlotte Kapustik's medical costs as the result of the incident have totaled $1.2 million. She has reportedly undergone multiple surgeries since October and developled complications such as E. coli pneumonia, staph infection and mild cognitive deficits. Brent Kapustik's medical bills have come out to about $149,000.

The news source report said the couple's lawyer obtained an expert opinion from Robert Bieyl, a forensic transportation engineer who said that the traffic barriers would have blocked Urie's view of oncoming traffic.

Town officials have not officially responded to the claim, saying that they cannot comment on pending claims, reported the source.

The crash could have been a deadly one if the Kapustik's had not been wearing helmets. In 2010, the National Transportation Safety Bureau added stricter helmet laws to its "Most Wanted List," urging state's across the country to adopt mandatory helmet regulations.