Court: Motorcyclist Can Sue Lansing Over Pothole

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan appeals court has saved a motorcyclist's lawsuit against the city of Lansing, saying a mistake in the location of a pothole shouldn't doom his case.

Kyle Speelman was thrown from his motorcycle and injured when his bike hit a pothole on Mount Hope Avenue. He was traveling westbound, but his notice to the city said he was eastbound.

That was enough for an Ingham County judge to dismiss the case. But the appeals court revived it this week, noting there were photographs and an online map pinpointing the location of the pothole.

The decision was 2-1. Judge Michael Riordan disagreed with the decision, saying Michigan law requires the exact location of a road defect.


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  • by Bob Location: Laingsburg on Nov 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    Motorcycles are only as dangerous as their riders are. There is enough to watch out for without riders who can't control their bikes or who are being reckless. @Anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM - not all accidents are the bike's fault. @Jason (Jackson) - There are more vehicle/deer accidents than motorcycle accidents each year. Shall we ban deer in Michigan, too?
  • by Angie Location: Lansing on Nov 13, 2012 at 07:55 AM
    As a homeowner, if someone is injured on my property because I have neglected to properly maintain it, I am liable. Why wouldn't the city of Lansing be held just as liable? @Jason, Lansing: I have seen plenty of "idiots" on motorcycles ignoring basic rules of the road (manuevering between lanes, speeding, etc.) Apparently, there are enough "idiots" to go around.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
    Mike(Lansing) & Jason(Lansing) well the two of you go ahead and ride them then if you choose to put yourself in that kind of danger. I have lost three friends that rode them and I will never forget it and they were not hit by cars it was just a dangerous thing for them to be riding and they paid with there life. I have rode on one once and never will again they are to dangerous. I stand a better chance of surviving a crash in a car than on a motorcycle with nothing around me to help protect me. So make your own life choices but on a motorcycle is a bad one.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Jason if we take your position. " Motorcycles wouldn't be near as dangerous if all the idiots out there driving their cars around would just pay attention... " If motorcyclist would pay attention to the road for potholes since this is Michigan, they wouldn't hit it and get hurt and want us to pay for it.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Nov 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM
    I agree. Motorcycles should be banned in Michigan. This moron who is going to sue over a pothole should be beaten in a back alley. Maybe he would gain some common sense.
  • by mike Location: lansing on Nov 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    With a stupid remark like that i can see why you are Anoymous Nov.10,2012 at 11:56pm.
  • by Jason Location: Lansing on Nov 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
    Good news, the roads in Michigan are so bad that they are often impossible to avoid whether it's on a motorcycle or in a car... To anonymous, more people are killed and injured in cars than on motorcycles... Maybe we should take your idea and ban all the cars on the road too... They are just too darn dangerous... We should probably go back to just walking everywhere, much safer... Motorcycles wouldn't be near as dangerous if all the idiots out there driving their cars around would just pay attention...
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
    Well quit riding them stupid motorcycles and then this will not happen. You will not be thrown from a car if you hit a pothole. Motorcycles are dangerous and should not be allowed on the road anymore. To many people get hurt on them and it is just not a good thing.
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