Due to a recent accident on the Pigeon Creek Greenway, the Evansville Parks and Recreation Board has hired an outside firm to come assess the dangers of the bike trail. Instead of hiring a local firm, Evansville has hired someone out of Indianapolis and paying them $9,500 to point out where patrons could get hurt.
Although the inspection is most likely being done to curb any future lawsuits, the parents of the small girl who fell look like they will be suing the Parks and Recreation Board.
Jones said the girl’s family has sent a tort claim to the city, a preliminary step to filing a lawsuit.
So what's the solution, put up barriers everywhere and make sure said barriers are padded? Take down the bike trails, because it's too dangerous anyway? Surely some of the responsibility should be laid squarely on the parents and people who ride the trails and enjoy the scenery. We are a sue happy society and it's going to end up ruining Evansville for the rest of us.
My heart does go out to the little girl cited as getting hurt, it's a very scary thing to have a child injured. But is the first step to always go after someone else in hopes of getting money? Instead, lets look at ways that the community could help with medical bills or another means of generating funds, that won't require extreme measures like building walls.
Lastly, if assessment is necessary and actions are required, let's keep the work local. I can already imagine the next headline, 'Evansville Hires Employees From Mexico To Install Safety Equipment On Greenway'.