- Date: July 16, 1998
- Victim’s age: 12
- Victim’s Sex: Female
- Occupation: N/A
- Place: Ottawa, Ontario
- Circumstances: hit both brakes to control the speed
- Injuries sustained: 32 stitches, and suffered permanent scarring, two broken teeth, continual headaches and back pain
- Settlement Amount: $24,150
The Bike Accident
A 12-year-old girl was attending a 2-weekday camp. She nor her mother were aware that the camp had organized a bicycling activity. The girl had minimal experience riding a bike and had never done mountain biking. She was going down a hill when she braked suddenly sending her over her handlebars and she landed face-first on the gravel path.
Victim injuries from the bike accident
She suffered a laceration to the face requiring 32 stitches. She also broke 2 of her teeth in the fall. She continually suffers from headaches.
Compensation for victim
The judge found the camp liable for damages as she was only 12 years old and they didn’t ask about her experience riding or discuss the route they were taking and she was provided with no instructions or precautions for riding a bike. The judge awarded her a total of $24,150 in damages.