Thursday, January 21

Suzuki to pay $8 Million After Motorcycle Brake Problems Led to 2013 Cypres Accident

A Santa Ana jury on Monday ordered Suzuki Motor of America to pay roughly $6 million in punitive damages in a civil lawsuit by a motorcycle rider who was injured when the front brakes failed to work, causing a collision.

The same jurors on Friday decided that Suzuki also should pay about $2 million in compensatory damages to Thomas Joseph Soulliere in connection with a June 8, 2013 traffic accident in Cypress.

According to the lawsuit, Soulliere was riding his 2009 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle southbound on Valley View, below the speed limit, when a vehicle pulled out of a parking lot in front of him. Soulliere hit his brakes, but they failed to respond, and he “violently collided” with the vehicle and was thrown from the motorcycle.

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