In 2004, four people drowned (in a poorly maintained pool) at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, despite “No Swimming” signs. The city paid $750,000.
In 2013, two men drown after wading into deep water at Lake Worth — outcome of lawsuit against the city is pending.
People undertake dangerous activities; the survivors expect the city to pay. The city has no money of its own; it only has money it takes from us.
The Daily STEW comments calling the bridge stunt “harmless” missed the point. What if the rider had managed to kill himself? Or what if a copycat does kill himself? How much will the city be sued for then?
I’ll hate to see a beautiful bridge defaced with multiple barriers and copious warning signs, but until courts develop the wisdom to automatically dismiss these spurious damage suits, I see no alternative.