Family Wins $1.8M Settlement From San Diego

A family won a settlement from San Diego after claiming the lack of a traffic light at a busy intersection led to the death of Kenneth Sully. The city of San Diego has agreed to pay a $1.8 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit after failing to install a traffic signal at a dangerous city intersection for 12 years, reported The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The family of Kenneth Sully sued the city after Sully was killed while riding his motorcycle in the intersection of Pacific Highway and Cedar Street in April 2009. The news station said a Toyota Corolla driven by a teenage girl turned left in front of Sully, causing him to veer his bike and hit the rear passenger side of the car. He died of traumatic head injuries.

Sully's family claimed the city was at fault for a "foreseeable, preventable accident" and initially sought $5 million in damages.

City records show a dozen other accidents occurred at that intersection between 2006 and 2009, two of which happened after Sully's death, according to the media report. The City Council said they had been slow to act in improving the intersection's safety and unanimously approved the settlement, although it did not acknowledge any wrongdoing on its part.

The city installed a left-turn signal at the intersection three months after Sully's death.

Wearing a helmet can considerably improve a person's chances of surviving a motorcycle collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that helmets saved the lives of 1,829 motorcyclists in 2008.