Catastrophically injured cyclist

A catastrophically injured cyclist brought proceedings against a public road authority in relation to injuries suffered while cycling on a country road. We acted for the public road authority. At issue was the extent to which the authority was properly managing its expenditure in maintaining its road network. The plaintiff’s claim being that the maintenance regime adopted was negligent and ultimately wasteful of rate payer’s funds. We prepared evidence of the strategic allocation of resources, the prioritisation of the authority’s expenditure and the reasonableness of its maintenance regime. Although unsuccessful in the first instance, we were successful on appeal, saving the authority in the vicinity of $4 million.


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