Man to get $300K from ODOT for pothole crash

A Delaware man and his family will receive $300,000 for injuries he suffered when crashing his motorcycle after hitting a pothole in Ottawa County in 2008.
Jessica Cuffman
Nov 16, 2012

Michael Hamon was on the eastbound entrance ramp from Ohio 269 onto Ohio 2 when his Kawasaki motorcycle struck a four-inch deep pothole and he was thrown from his bike, according to court documents.

Hamon suffered six broken ribs, brain and head injuries, road rash, blood clots and bleeds, a collapsed lung, memory loss and other injuries. He was flown by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital for treatment, where he remained for months of treatment, followed by physical and occupational therapies.

When Hamon and his family filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Transportation only a few months after the crash, he'd already racked up more than $1.1 million in medical bills and lost almost $60,000 in wages, according to court documents.

In the lawsuit, Hamon alleged there were no warnings, signs or barrels marking ongoing construction at the entrance ramp the day of the crash. He also alleged there had been other crashes on the entrance ramp because of the pothole, and ODOT workers should have know of the size of the pothole and its danger.

This month, Hamon and ODOT reached the settlement agreement — four years after the crash.

Comments

Brick Hamland

Considering the medical bills, loss wages, and injuries that is a pretty small settlement. Not to mention the costs and fees taken out of the settlement amount. Good luck to this man and his family.

Ehovemom

It might have been more if he had been wearing a helmet, maybe migating circumstances? I am just guessing. Sometimes you take a smaller settlement because you just can't afford to continue in court, too. It sounds like this family has suffered both emotionally, physically and financially for a long time. I wish them the best in the future.

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BW1

Yes, given the head injuries, not wearing a helmet might be ruled contributory negligence, and reduce ODOT's share of actual damages from 100% to something less.

luvblues2

Ohio does not require a helmet after the first year of riding a motorcycle. They also don't require safety belts or air bags on a motorcycle. It's a kind of "what you see, is what you get" on a motorcycle. I guess he wasn't looking?

kURTje

Hey: If we cause an accident we must be liable. The state must be responsible too. I was this man well.