A woman has settled a lawsuit with the City of Palo Alto for $250,000 in a lawsuit she filed in December 2015 after receiving significant injuries caused by a motorcycle crash with a city fire truck, according to court documents supplied by the city City Attorney's office. The city does not admit any wrongdoing, according to the settlement.
Alexis Ferreira and her father, David Ferreira of San Jose, were riding their motorcycles on Skyline Boulevard on June 29, 2015 at 10:45 a.m., when fire personnel stopped a large fire truck in the middle of the road in a non-emergency situation, according to the lawsuit they filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The truck completely blocked the northbound and southbound lanes. Fire personnel did not provide any advanced or adequate warning or notice to approaching motorists, according to a $225,000 claim filed with the city on Aug. 18, 2015. City officials rejected the claim.
Ferreira, 26, was riding north in single file between another motorcyclist and her father. As she rounded a curve she saw the other motorcyclist suddenly brake and saw the truck blocking the highway. She braked abruptly and lost control of her Yamaha R-6 motorcycle in an attempt to avoid a crash, but was thrown and landed in the highway, according to the lawsuit.
Ferreira suffered an open femur fracture, hand fractures, separated collar bone, coccyx fracture and extensive road rash and contusions. Her lawsuit asked for unspecified damages for medical costs, loss of wages and earning capacity in addition to past and future pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement. David Ferreira claimed serious emotional distress as a result of witnessing the accident and also asked for compensation for the totaled motorcycle, which he owned.
The Ferreiras' claim filed with the city asked for payment for past medical bills of $225,000 and for unknown future medical bills, earning loss and non-economic damages. It was later rejected by the city.