Yea the kid was one of those outa control kids, i would have never let him ride my mower.
But it still sux, and is a reality biter, you can never let your gaurd down, i know i have had those days when you ride for an hour, get back in town, hotter than hell, so i pull off my helmet for the 30 mph through town ride, well things like this just let me know that your never safe.
Even though i would never ride wheelies without my helmet, i can remember a couple yrs back when i could be found with a couple buddies, no shirt, no helmet, stand ups at 75mph, thinkin i was cool. I'm glad i lived through my squid days.
As far as the lawsuit thing, i know a guy who had a gixxer 1000 about 3 weeks, wrecked it and decided to get rid of it, let someone take over payments, they wrecked it, and since it was still regestered in his name, and he was not insuring it, the kid sued him for hospital bills, and won! Kinda shitty, but goes to show, you gotta cover your ass good these days!