Schizm stated "I should also point out in a lawsuit like this $20,000 is grossly over compensating someone." again if you look at the actual case $20,000 was the actual cost of the MEDICAL BILLS as a result of the accident in this injury.
This would be compensatation back to the insurance companies and out of pocket expenses after deductables and co-pay. The person injured would not receive the entire $20,000.
The actual appeal descision can be found and read on the web.
Tennessee has designated itself as a Bicycle friendly state, Roads are considered to be bicycle routes. The law actually states that the bicyclist has to ride as far to the right as possible accept when turning left, or passing.
You might be interested in reading the entire case. The article is not accurate in NO MONEY has been awarded yet. It was remanded back to the local court for awardment. Also the state has 60 days to appeal. The person that was injured actually had the bicycle safety helmet crack open from the impact, suffered a broken nose, broken jaw and facialy lacerations.
Sorry that you lost a friend while riding but take a look at this actual appeal before making blanket statements.