"the university put up no barriers to protect cyclists or pedestrians from
slacklines"For those of you who are not familiar with Old Main
Hill, it is very large, fairly steep, and has a long cement staircase going up
the middle of it. It was designed for pedestrians to commute up-and-down via the
staircase. I'm not sure why the university should be held
liable for people choosing to act recklessly by riding their bikes down the
hill's grassy areas (between trees) when riders can and are encouraged to
use sidewalks or street biking lanes down the boulevard. I went to
Utah State and graduated the year before this tragic event took place. My heart
aches for this family. But slack lining is common on campus and always takes
place in grassy areas away from paths meant for foot and bike traffic. In my opinion (and I'm sure many others) the most negligent party in this
story was the rider. Sad as it may be...
were the negligent students ever held accountable?
They lost their son through an act of negligence. They're entitled to
compensation. But $172k seems a pitifully low number.
RichDaddy: Read the entire article. The family will donate the money to a
charitable cause.Without knowing more details, I think the fault
lies more with the three students than the university. Also, if the deceased
was riding across grass (my assumption), he bears some responsibility as well.
Looks like a tuition hike coming.
I think the main difference between an incident and related settlement like this
in Utah vs. say California is a couple of zeros.
If the purpose of the law suit is truly "to bring about policy changes
rather than collect damages," then donate the settlement to charity.