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Jury Awards $19M To Family of Las Vegas Surgeon Killed on Bike

Las Vegas jurors awarded nearly $19 million to the family of a hand surgeon who was killed after being struck and swept under a bus because of a flaw in the vehicle’s aerodynamic design.

Dr. Kayvan Khiabani, the 51-year-old head of hand and microsurgery at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine and the chief of hand surgery at University Medical Center, died less than a year ago while cycling near Red Rock Resort.

Witnesses in April told police that Khiabani was pedaling his bicycle alongside a Motor Coach Industries tour bus when he appeared to accidentally veer left. The quick move caused his bike’s handlebar to bump into the bus’s passenger side, before Khiabani fell into the vehicle’s path.

After a five-week trial and less than a day of deliberation, jurors on Friday found that the bus company failed to provide adequate warning, according to a verdict form. The jury awarded a total of $16.2 million for Khiabani’s sons, Keon, 14, and Aria, 16, along with $2.5 million to the estate of his wife, Dr. Katy Barin, a dentist who died in October after a battle with cancer.

District Judge Adriana Escobar presided over the case.

By Nevada law, vehicles must allow at least 3 feet of space when passing bicyclists. If possible, drivers should yield an entire lane.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, call Battle Born Injury Lawyers at 702.570.9000.