motioned for him to pull over. Frightened, Mr. Speed took the first exit after
the bridge. Dr. Geyer followed Mr. Speed
for an extended period of time before the
two vehicles stopped for a traffic signal.
According to witnesses, Dr. Geyer got
out of his vehicle, opened the door of Mr.
Speed’s vehicle and beat Mr. Speed with
his fists and a metal thermos, pulling Mr.
Speed from his vehicle as he did so. Dr.
Geyer then drove away from the scene
leaving Mr. Speed bleeding and unconscious in the street.
The letter stated that “[t]his case is aggravated by the intentional conduct of Dr.
Geyer, including leaving Mr. Speed, potentially for dead, at the scene” and that
“[w]ere this a case of negligence that was
covered by insurance” Speed’s attorneys
would be seeking a seven-figure verdict
or settlement. The letter further stated
that if Geyer agreed to pay the requested
amount, Speed and his attorneys would
recommend to the prosecutor that Dr.
Geyer be allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.
A Washington appeals court, affirming a trial court’s deci- sion, has decided that a case alleging road rage did not
allege an “accident” as required for coverage under either a homeowners-insur-ance policy or an auto-insurance policy.
Dennis Geyer and Robert Speed alleg-
edly were involved in an altercation in
which Speed suffered serious personal in-
juries. Washington State charged Geyer, a
physician, with second degree assault with
a deadly weapon. Speed’s attorney sent a
demand letter to Geyer seeking $650,000
to compensate Speed for his injuries. The
letter described the incident as follows:
On March 2, 2009, Mr. Speed and Dr.
Geyer were operating their motor vehicles in the vicinity of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Dr. Geyer apparently became angry over something Mr. Speed
had done while driving in front of him.
Once they were on the bridge, Dr. Geyer pulled along side [sic] Mr. Speed and
The Case, the Policy
and the Decision:
for Road Rage
By Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq.