After 15 surgeries, 2 months in the hospital, and 4 years later, an Olympia, WA man settled a $2 million, dangerous highway design lawsuit against the Washington State Department of Transportation (WADOT). The man’s critical injuries occurred after crashing his motorcycle while turning left at a highly controversial intersection. Although safety officials and state studies indicated the significant dangers of the intersection for over 10 years and even recommended closure of the left turn lane, no action had been taken prior to this incident. (Source: http://fpn.advisen.com)
The WADOT may have benefited from purchasing an Owner’s Protective Professional Indemnity (OPPI) product for defense costs in the action against them and for damages they incurred as a result of negligent acts, errors or omissions of the design professionals they hired to design the intersection or associated stretch of road.