Category: ‘General Bicycle Related Info’

Tour de France Riders Hit Snag When Tires are Flattened

July 17, 2012 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

According to reports approximately 30 of the 50 front cyclists ended up with puncture holes in their tires, from tacks on Sunday. Defending champion Cadel Evans and Brad Wiggins, were two of the riders that ran over the box of tacks that were strewn across the road in the vicinity of the summit of Mur de Peguero.

This is the second of two category one climbs, and the 14th stage of the 191 kilometer route, and is the second to cause problems. The first event occurred last Saturday, when British rider Brad Wiggins, was struck by a demonstrators flare and suffered burns to his arm.  Race officials are asking police to investigate the incident that put as many as for tacks in one rider tires.

Race director Jean-Francois Pecheux on French television that the search for a culprit, would be nearly impossible, with the thousands of fans on the roadside at the time the incident happened. Sky Team requested that riders did not speed ahead, taking advantage of the misfortune of the approximately 30 riders that ran into the tack covered roadway.

The winner of this stage of the Tour de France was Luis Leon Sanchez, who with several other riders ahead of the pack, missed the sabotaged roadway.

Riding Your Bike in Michigan State and National Parks

July 4, 2012 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

Riding Your Bike in Michigan State and National Parks

Often, when I am riding across the different parts of the world, I find I get hurt in an accident, typically involving a passenger car, or a pothole. I like to find areas where there are less cars.  Often, I find resources online that help me with the issues I experience. Since I just flew in from Michigan, I wanted to chat with you a little about riding in the national parks, the state in general, and also, who you could call if you needed legal advice.  Here goes nothing: In Michigan, bicyclists are permitted to ride on all highways and roadways, except limited access freeways or unless otherwise posted. Bicycles are also allowed on all road systems including those in the State of Michigan forests, state parks, national forests, and national parks.

Many of the state and national trails in Michigan are suited for all-terrain bicycles and as a resource to our clients, our Michigan bike accident injury lawyers have provided the use of trails in these areas below (information provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation):

  • State Forest Trials – Bicycles are allowed on most state forest trails. Contact phone number regarding state forest trails: 517-373-1275
  • State Park Trails – Bicycles are currently allowed on trails in 31 State of Michigan parks and recreation areas. This includes the Kal-Haven and Hart-Montague Linear State Parks, which were developed specifically for bicyclists. Contact phone number regarding state park trails: 517-373-9900
  • National Forest Trails – Bicycles are allowed on national forest trails except where posted. Prohibited trails include the following: Nine Mile Creek – Manistee National Forest, Hoist Foot Trail and Reed Lake Trail – Huron National Forest, and portions of the North Country National Scenic Trail – Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forest. Bicycles are also prohibited in congressionally designated wilderness areas. National forest maps are available at each forest service office. Contact phone number regarding national forest trails include:
    • Huron-Manistee National Forest: 1-800-821-6263
    • Ottawa National Forest: 906-932-1330
    • Hiawatha National Forest: 906-786-4062
  • National Park Trails – Bicycles are NOT allowed on national park trails

Bicyclists make up two percent of all victims in traffic accident annually. Although the number of bicycle accident injuries in the United States has decreased substantially since 1994, bike accidents are still a serious issue, as they can cause serious injuries, even wrongful death. <<< This link explains what a wrongful death is back in the US state of Michigan.

Victims of bicycle accidents do have legal rights. There are Michigan bicycle accident Buckfire attorneys that I found online whilst searching on Google.  I reviewed their videos, and the literature on their site, and see that this personal injury barrister/solicitor, has successfully represented injured motorcycle and bicycle riders for over 40 years. For more information after a bike accident and to discuss your case, the website says you can call (800) 606-1717 to speak to them.  It says they are an award winning personal injury law firm, and the name of the lawyer firm is Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. The website has a lot of great tips for cyclists, and we recommend it as a resource for when you travel.

Group of Bicyclists Shot At in South Los Angeles

November 12, 2011 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

According to authorities a group of bicyclists were shot at in South Los Angeles with four of them sustaining injuries. Three of the bicyclists suffered injuries that they are expected to recover from and a fourth rider is listed in critical condition. Police stated the shooting incident occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2011, resulting in the four cyclists being transported to area hospitals.

The shooting incident occurred at Long Beach and Vernon Avenues on the group of bicyclists that ranged in ages between 18 and their 20s. Police believed early in their investigation that the shootings on the group of bicycle riders could have been gang related and are still investigating. They have not identified or arrested the person responsible for the shootings of the bicycle group in South Los Angeles.

Malibu Bicycle Crash Fatal for Laguna Beach Bicyclist

November 8, 2011 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

November 7, 2011 – According to reports a bicyclist from Laguna Beach was killed in a Malibu crash. According to the California Highway Patrol a bicycle rider identified as a 51 year old Laguna Beach was killed in a bicycle collision.

The accident according to the California Highway Patrol occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. Saturday on Las Flores Canyon Road in the vicinity north of Hume Road. According to the California Highway Patrol the bicyclist was riding on the wrong side of the road on a sharp curve when he struck a guardrail. The rider was thrown to the ground head first, causing him to suffer severe head injuries. The California Highway Patrol said that the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Collision Involving a Bicyclist Results in Serious Injuries

November 4, 2011 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

November 3, 2011 – When I ride, I always see accidents and close calls. Here is another one. According to reports a bicyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a Lexus. According to the California Highway Patrol that at approximately 12:47 p.m. Thursday a bicyclist was seriously injured when they were struck by a Lexus. The bicyclist was traveling southbound when struck while riding on Santiago Canyon Road at Lomas Peak Road.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone the bicyclist, who was identified as a woman was wearing a helmet at the time she was struck by the Lexus. She was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.
According to the California Highway Patrol the driver and passenger in the Lexus remained at the scene of the crash, during the police investigation. I hope she makes it out ok.

Eighty-Five Year Old Flies into Shop Window

September 15, 2011 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

Arright Jimmy. So I was surfing Google today and I finds me this. Fucks sake, these yanks are fuck all crazy and daft sometime mon. On September 14, 2011, according to reports at the bicycle accident lawyers blog, an 85 year old woman crashed through a bicycle shop window Tuesday in Mission Viejo. According to Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority the accident occurred Tuesday at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 27800 block of Santa Margarita Parkway in Mission Viejo at the Rock N’ Road Cyclery.

Authorities stated the bike shop had customers and employees in the store when the 85 year old driving a 2001 Cadillac Deville crashed through the front window, traveling through the store and hitting the back wall. According to Lt. Gary Strachan, two people were struck by glass and a third person suffered a minor knee injury, who just had knee surgery. Lt. Strachan said the women and her granddaughter were in the vehicle and uninjured. The woman told investigators she was pulling into a handicapped parking space and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes. According to Capt. Stone customers and employees were shaken up, but there were no major injuries and there was no major structural damage to the building reported.

Bike Accident News out of the Dallas Area

August 16, 2011 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

Texas roads teach us the importance of sharing the road with bike riders and motorcyclists almost daily. Sadly, both bike and motorcycle injuries are commonplace in Dallas, Fort Worth and other cities, as many car drivers fail to keep a proper look-out for the said bikes. All it takes is one moment of bad timing or decision making to end the life of a motorcyclist, or at least change it forever. A female passenger on a motorcycle was killed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area last week after a collision with a car. Both lights at the intersection in Grapevine, Texas were yellow when the accident occurred. Another woman’s Dodge Charger attempted to turn left while she was westbound on Texas 26 onto Kimball Road when she crashed right into the male driver of the motorcycle and his female passenger. The motorcycle rider in question was flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, but his condition is unknown.
The police continue to investigate the collision and why the Dodge driver failed to yield to the motorcycle. It is extremely easy and common for drivers to make left turns into motorcyclists, because those turns require a driver to look extremely carefully. Many drivers simply do not see the motorcycles they turn into, because they unconsciously expect other cars. The name of the victim of this crash has not been released. Her husband’s life will never be the same—injured and grieving at the hospital. The road to recovery and peace is never easy. Dallas personal injury attorneys such as the offices of Regis Mullen and Shane Mullen can help anyone affected by a violent accident. If you or a loved one is injured by the negligent driving of a fellow motorist while traveling on Texas roads, never hesitate to contact a knowledgeable Dallas motorcycle accident attorney
Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
1825 Market Center Boulevard #200, Dallas, TX
(214) 747-5240. Their experiences and legal counsel can make a world of difference when tragedy strikes, oftentimes determining whether or not you receive a suitable settlement.
Traffic was diverted for several hours after the wreck. The woman died of her injuries at John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth. The driver of the car, a 20-year old woman, and her two passengers were also injured and taken to local hospitals.

Dealing with Whiplash after a Car Accident in San Diego

August 15, 2011 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

Southern California is known for its heavy traffic, and San Diego is no exception. Drivers on its congested freeways have no doubt either seen or been involved in a traffic accident at some point in time. When most people think of car accidents, they immediately think of “whiplash”. Whiplash is a neck and spine injury that occurs when the head and neck snap backward and forward during an automobile collision. The strain can cause tearing and stretching of the ligaments, muscles, and even of the spine. Symptoms can include neck pain, shooting pains from the neck into the shoulder and arm, dizziness, and swelling.

Whiplash can be misleading as many victims of its injuries don’t realize how badly they’ve been injured immediately. Symptoms can take days to manifest. Some victims will be tempted to refuse medical care or a trip to the hospital believing they are simply sore, only to find later that they are indeed seriously injured. It is vital for someone injured in a car collision to be evaluated in a hospital setting, not just by ambulance technicians. As daunting and expensive as this may seem to some, in the long run it will be the least time consuming and expensive option as long term complications can be even more expensive, if impossible, to remedy as time passes. Immediate action may even save the victim long term complications that can affect the victim’s ability to work and lead his usual lifestyle.

The tearing of the ligaments and muscles in the neck can take a very long time to heal and that healing can be hampered if the patient isn’t under medical care for the resulting inflammation. Permanent nerve damage can even occur. It the accident is due to the negligence of another party, the victim may be worried that the other party’s insurance may leave him with all of the costs of treatment.

As the first hours after an accident are the most important ones, a victim should be able to feel comfortable with receiving the necessary care right away. Calling a personal injury attorney convenient to San Diego can help the victim of a car accident to receive immediate and thorough medical evaluation and treatment in those first crucial hours following the accident. Additionally, they can start the process of a claim against the negligent party in order to receive compensation for other losses that result from the accident.

Auto News: Texting behind the Wheel

August 15, 2011 Posted by mountain-bike-scotland

Many drivers text behind the wheel of their auto, however, such a habit can be dangerous and deadly. According to the Associated Press, the evidence keeps mounting that texting while driving can lead to fatal traffic accidents. A recent fatal auto accident in Omaha, Nebraska was caused by texting distraction. Here in San Jose this is a big issue also with auto drivers.The Omaha driver in question killed two teenage girls, Elizabeth Chadwick and Jessica Weinfurter. Evidence showed that the driver responsible for a fatal car crash was texting in the moment of the accident. He should be denied texting service in my opinion.

In Asheville, North Carolina, a driver admitted in court that he was texting behind the wheel when his truck crashed into a motorcycle. The motorcyclist did not survive the collision. 25 year-old Andrew Watkins was sentenced to two month in jail and two hundred hours of community service for killing 39 year-old Joel Severson. In Michigan 40 year-old J.Joseph received only a month behind bars and a year of probation for causing a collision while talking on a cellphone and killing a 78 year-old grandmother. These dangerous drivers should have received a harsher punishment. A friend of mine who runs a San Jose auto service has told me this kind of thing is not an uncommon occurence at his auto service station, unfortunately.

Many motorists think that using their cellphones wile driving is relatively safe compared with driving while intoxicated. Shocking statistics show that texting while driving is four times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving. If the driver was under the influence in the time of a fatal accident, he would be sentenced to at least four years in jail. Many people agree that drivers who cause deadly collision while texting should receive much harsher penalties.