Mark Young (plaintiff) was riding his bicycle on a street. In the left lane next to Young was a bus operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (defendant). The bus, while next to Young, was about to turn, and the bus driver saw Young in his side mirrors. Despite this, the bus began to turn right, and Young struck the side of the bus and fell under it. Young brought suit against the bus company for negligence, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of Young. Specifically, the jury found that the bus driver was negligent, and that Young was contributorily negligent. The jury further found the bus driver had the last clear chance to avoid the accident and, thus, held the bus company responsible. The bus company appealed, arguing that the trial court should have granted its motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict.