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Crossing Concerns: Making Bicyclists Safe On The Roads

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 15, 2014

As the weather begins to warm up and the sun pokes it’s head out for longer hours of the day, many people will start knocking the rust of the chains and bringing out their bikes again. The warm sun, the nice breeze, and two wheels cutting down the road is a favorite past time for many daily commuters.  However, despite how convenient and peaceful a bike ride may be, there are still serious dangers facing cyclists today.

One of the biggest dangers facing a bicyclists is crossing a street at an intersection. Often times a cyclist will be going steadily with the flow of traffic down a road and come to an intersection with a green light.  They will then cross the intersection in the bike lane, just as a car would.  Unfortunately this is probably the most risky time to by a cyclist.  bicycle2

RIght Turns On Red

Traffic laws in Texas allow motor vehicles to make right turns on red lights if there is no immediate traffic heading their way, so that the flow of traffic can continue without the risk of accident. It is because of this that motor vehicle drivers are keeping an eye out for oncoming cars and trucks when they approach a red light expecting to turn right.  As a result they tend to overlook smaller obstacles coming towards them, such as pedestrians or cyclists.

Even if a responsible cyclist is wearing a helmet and reflective gear, there is a still a high risk of being struck by a car and seriously injured. Common traffic commuters have a tendency to not take in the entire picture while they’re driving and just only pay attention to larger cars in traffic. Being struck from the side while on your bicycle can cause serious injury and head trauma which unfortunately sometimes results in death.

Justice For Your Injuries

Being hit by a car while on your bicycle can mean serious time spent in a hospital to recover, as well as time away from work and your daily routine.  In more unfortunate cases there are extended, long lasting injuries such as severe paralysis or head injuries that can occur from a driver’s negligence.

If you or a loved one has been injured while riding your bike due to the carelessness of another driver, you deserve a fight for just compensation. Those responsible, or rather irresponsible behind the wheel, should be held accountable for the hardships they made you endure. Contact The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today to schedule a free consultation.

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Another Bike Brake Recall

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on January 15, 2014

commuting-bike-riders-wt-johnsonIt seems like there are many bike components that fail, resulting in a recall. This time, SRAM LLC of Chicago, Illinois is recalling a hydraulic bicycle brake due to crash and injury hazard, according to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC). This recall affects over 23,000 bikes sold between May 2013 and December 2013, under various brands such as:

  • ASI: Fuji Altamira CX 1.1
  • Cannondale: Super X Hi-Mod Black Inc.
  • Diamondback: Steilacoom RCX Carbon Pro Disc
  • Felt Bicycles: F2x, Z2 Red and Z3 Red
  • Jamis: Supernova Team
  • Kona: Super Jake
  • Norco: Threshold C1and Threshold SL
  • Orbeastern: Avan M-LTD
  • Specialized Bicycles: Crux Elite Carbon Disc Rival, Crux Elite Evo Carbon Disc, Crux Expert Carbon Disc Red, Crux Pro Race Carbon Disc Red, and Crux Sport E5 Disc Apex
  • Volagi: Liscio 2

Complete details of the recall can be found at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/SRAM-Recalls-Hydraulic-Bicycle-Brakes/

To date, the CPSC has had 95 reports of the hydraulic brake system failing, several of these failures have resulted in an injury to the rider.This product failure has affected amateur bike riders all over the US, and has also affected the US Cyclocross Nationals. Bikes can be taken to any SRAM dealer for a free replacement of the brake system.

Causes Of Bicycle Accidents

According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, annually there are more than 500,000 people treated in emergency rooms for bicycle related injuries. There are three main causes for bicycle accidents:

  • Accidents involving cars.
  • Road hazards.
  • Failure of a bicycle component.

Accidents Involving Cars

Accidents involving bicycles and cars are the leading cause of injury and death among bike riders. In some instances, the driver of the car is at fault, but bicycle riders also contribute to their own injuries by not following traffic laws.

Road Hazards

There are many road hazards that also contribute to bicycle accidents. Potholes, uneven pavement, and gravel on the road affect the rider’s ability to safely handle the bike. When the bike rider swerves in traffic or actually falls, the consequences can be perilous for the rider if they are struck by a car, as a result.

Failure of Bicycle Components

However, the failure of one or more components of a bicycle is the cause of many bike accidents that result in injury. Brake failure can cause the bike to be uncontrollable and very dangerous. The bike rims and tires are also prone to having defects that result in injury to the rider. The frames can come apart at the welds, and the front fork can break, again causing the rider personal injury.

In 2009, a bicycle rider was awarded $722,800 for injuries he received when the front fork of the bicycle he was riding snapped, causing him severe injuries. There have been many other cases of product liability settlements and lawsuits with bicycles.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, the experienced attorneys at W.T. Johnson can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. Call us today to set up a free consultation.

2 Mormon Missionaries Killed, Bicycle Accident and Accidental Death

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 16, 2013

book-of-mormon-wt-johnsonOn two consecutive days, two Mormon missionaries have died while on their mission trips. The consecutive deaths happened on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, in Mexico and California. 20 year-old from Idaho, Elder Colt Daniel Kunz had only been in the Mexican Gulf city of Tampico for a month when a freak accident killed him instantly. He was reported to have been walking into a two story building on a ledge, when he accidentally came in contact with a livewire. The wire electrocuted him, and he then fell to his death.

The very next day Andrew Edward Page, 18 year-old from Charlotte, was riding his bicycle when disaster struck. Page had only been in Arcadia, a city in Los Angeles, for two months when he was fatally struck by a car while riding his bike.

In a recent move to up the numbers of missionaries sent abroad, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has lowered the minimum ages for acceptance into the missionary program. In October of 2012 the Utah-based faith announced the new age guidelines. For men, the age was lowered from 19 to 18 and for women the age has been lowered from 21 to 19 years of age. Due to this change, there have been more active Mormon missionaries than ever before. These two mark the 11th and 12th deaths of missionaries this year, the highest in recent years. The rising number of deaths is being blamed on the higher number of active missionaries worldwide; hopefully no more occur.

Not all accidents are unpreventable. If you’re hurt due to another’s error, be it leaving an exposed livewire on their property or careless driving; please contact W.T. Johnson. Our professionals will work their hardest to get your life back on track with the compensation you deserve.

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4 Bicycle Safety Tips

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 10, 2013

commuting-bike-riders-wt-johnsonAs an avid bike rider of four years, I’ve crashed a couple times. Sometimes a fall is unavoidable, but there are many that can be avoided or made less severe by keeping a few things in mind. Below are some helpful tips on how to safely travel by bicycle.

1. Assume No One Can See You

It’s safe to assume that most drivers don’t think twice about the presence of cyclists. While riding, I not only assume I’m invisible; I anticipate people cutting me off. Unfortunately, I’m proven right swerve after swerve.

2. Wear A Helmet

Much to their mother’s chagrin, too few people people actually wear a helmet. It’s unavoidable, you are going to look a little goofy wearing it, but that contraption will save your life. The effects of getting into a crash without a helmet are terrifying. I’ve seen a wreck victim completely lose their short term memory from a head injury. She didn’t remember calling me for help when I arrived at the hospital.

3. Make Eye Contact

To be absolutely sure a driver sees you, hold eye contact and communicate with your hands and body language as much as you can, to establish your intentions. Drivers are prone to ignoring cyclists. When eye contact is established they now see you as a fellow human being, as opposed to a two-wheeled obstacle.

4. Stop at Stop Signs

This one is a no-brainer. I’ve seen countless cyclists blow through stop signs, and this isn’t establishing any trust among drivers. Let’s establish a new status quo, and prove to drivers that we know and obey the law. When you follow the law, you are forcing others to respect your presence on the road as a legitimate presence.

Bike accidents are very common, and often unavoidable. If you are a victim of driver’s lack of responsibility, you deserve proper compensation. If you’re a victim of bicycle accident, please contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson for legal counsel.

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How to Choose a Bicycle Helmet

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 7, 2013

How to Choose a Bicycle HelmetIf you enjoy riding your bike, don’t forget to wear your helmet. Even though not every state requires it, it’s the best way to protect yourself from serious injuries from a tragic bicycle accident. In 2009, 91 percent of bicyclists killed were not wearing helmets, and helmet use reduces head injury risk by around 85 percent.

It’s important not only to wear a helmet, but to choose one that will protect you well. Here are four tips on choosing the best bicycle helmet:

  • Choose the right type: Depending on the type of cycling you enjoy doing, it’s important to choose a helmet that fits your needs:
    • Sport helmets: great for recreational bikers and commuters
    • Road bike helmets: perfect for cyclists who ride for miles and miles on the road
    • Mountain bike helmets: ventilate well at low speeds and have better rear-head coverage
  • Choose the right size: You can measure your head by wrapping a flexible tape measure around the largest portion of your head, which is about one inch above your eyebrows. You can also wrap a string or ribbon around your head, and then measure the length of it with a ruler. Then choose a helmet that matches your measurement.
  • Adjust it to a proper fit: Your helmet should be snug but not painfully tight. It should sit level on your head, and not be tilted back. The front edge should be no more than a width of two fingers above your eyebrows in order to protect your forehead. Try pushing the helmet. If it shifts an inch or more, adjust the sizing wheel to tighten the fit.

If you are ever in a biking accident, make sure you replace your helmet, even if it looks ok since it might be damaged internally.

If you or a loved one were ever the victim of a Texas biking accident, you deserve justice and compensation. Contact the biking accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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How to Avoid Bike Accidents at Intersections

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 22, 2013

How to Avoid Bike Accidents at IntersectionsRiding your bike to work in Dallas is the perfect way to exercise while saving on gas. But even though riding your bicycle is great for you, it can be very dangerous, especially when riding through intersections.

Around 45 percent of bike accidents occur at intersections when bikes are hit by cars. To help protect yourself from becoming a victim of a biking accident, here are four tips on how to avoid bike accidents at intersections:

  • Be visible: Most bike accidents at intersections occur because the driver never saw the cyclist. Make sure you wear bright, reflective clothing, and have front and rear lights on your bicycle. Try to ride more in the center of the lane when approaching an intersection, so cars can see you more clearly.
  • Be attentive: At intersections, you should always be on the lookout, watching the cars around you at all times. It’s easy to get distracted by other cyclists or by the scenery, but especially at intersections do your best to stay attuned to what the vehicles are doing around you.
  • Be defensive: When riding through an intersection your bicycle, it’s important to go into defensive mode. It’s best to always assume that cars don’t see you, so you can be prepared to prevent a bike accident from occurring.
  • Be smart: It’s vital to learn how to handle emergencies so that if you are ever about to get in a bike accident at an intersection, you will know how to prevent it. In an empty parking lot, try practicing things like emergency braking, swerving and other evasive maneuvers.

Even if you follow safe biking rules, you can still become the victim of a bike accident due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were the victim of a Texas bike accident, you deserve compensation. Contact the experienced Texas bike accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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How to Bike Safely in the City

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 2, 2013

It’s fun to ride your bicycle on winding, empty, country roads. But now many cyclists ride their bikes as they commute around the city, which is very dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control, across the U.S. each year more than 500,000 people are treated for bicycling injuries from biking accidents.

It’s important to know how to navigate your bike when riding in the city in order to prevent a biking accident. Here are three tips on how to cycle safely in the city:

  • Pretend you are a car: Since you are supposed to ride in the road along with cars, and not on the sidewalk, you must follow all traffic laws that cars do. If there is no bike lane, try to ride in the center of the lane to make your presence known to the other vehicles around you. Also, stay away from parked cars in case someone is about to open their door and hit you.
  • Know how to merge: When bike lanes end and you have to merge in with the rest of traffic, it’s important to merge in front or behind merging traffic. When merging, it’s vital to stay smart and alert, and to ride on the far outside of the bike lane before merging, so cars know you are there.
  • Be visible: The best thing you can do to protect yourself from ending up in a biking accident is to ensure other vehicles can see you. Try to wear bright colored shirts, have a white light on the front of your bike, and a red light on the back of your bicycle, and even try wearing a headlamp to ensure visibility.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a Dallas biking accident, you deserve compensation for your physical and emotional trauma. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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Top 3 Types of Biking Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 25, 2013

During picturesque June days, you might love riding your bike around Dallas. But even though you might enjoy cycling during the summer, Dallas bicycle accidents occur often. To protect yourself from getting in a biking accident, here are three common biking accidents and how you can avoid them:

  • The Right Cross Biking Accident: The most common biking accident is when a car is pulling out of a side street, parking lot or driveway on the right. You could be in front of the car, and it hits you, or a car could pull out in front of you and slam into you. The best way to avoid this bike accident is to have a headlight so you can be seen, wave at the driver and ride further out on the left side of the road to get the driver’s attention.
  • The Door Prize Biking Accident: A driver might open his door right in front of you before you have time to stop, which happens more often that you would think. To avoid this cycling accident, ride enough to the left so you can avoid anyone opening their door and hitting you.
  • The Crosswalk Slam Biking Accident: Sometimes you can get in a Dallas biking accident if you are riding on a sidewalk, and then you cross the street at a crosswalk and a car makes a right turn into you. It is easy for a car to hit a bike in this situation since drivers don’t expect bikes on a sidewalk crosswalk. The best way to avoid this biking accident is to not ride on the sidewalk or to ride extremely slow once you near a crosswalk.

Even after following safe biking rules, you can still end up in a biking accident due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were the victim of a biking accident, you deserve compensation for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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How Dangerous Is Cycling Compared to Other Transportation?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 23, 2013

Riding a bicycle in Dallas is a great way to get fresh air and exercise. But even though riding a bike is fun, it’s also one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. Every year many are injured or killed in bicycle accidents. These are the annualized injury rates of U.S. transportation:

  • Motorcycle: 10,336
  • Bicycle: 1,461
  • Car: 803
  • Walking: 216
  • Bus: 161

And these are the comparable fatality rates:

  • Motorcycle: 537
  • Bicycle: 21
  • Walking: 14
  • Car: 9
  • Bus: 0.4

If you are looking for a safer form of transportation, take the bus. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2007 found that, statistically, you’re far more likely to be injured or killed riding in a car or a bike than in a bus.

But one of the most safest ways to travel is still by plane. Professor Arnold Barnett, a U.S. statistician, has worked out that the average passenger has a one in 45 million chance of dying on a flight. This means you could expect to die on a flight only if you flew every day for 123,000 years.

Since most people can’t fly or ride a bus every day to get around, it’s important to know how to stay safe on a bike to avoid bicycle accidents when riding in Dallas. Remember to always wear a properly-fitted helmet, follow all traffic laws and have lights on the front and rear of your bike.

Even after following bicycle safety, many Dallas bicycle accidents occur due to the negligence of a driver. If you or your loved one were the victim of a bicycle or pedestrian accident, you deserve compensation. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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Understanding Your Right to File Bicyclist Wrongful Death Claims in Texas

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on December 11, 2012

When a collision occurs between a bicycle and another larger vehicle, the consequences are often catastrophic or fatal for the bicyclist. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 716 bicyclists were killed in 2008. If your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to receive financial compensation.

Keep in mind that a driver does not have to face citations or criminal charges to be held financially accountable for a fatal bicycle accident. A wrongful death claim in Texas is a civil lawsuit that the family of a deceased bicycle accident victim can file against the at-fault party. However, proving that a driver’s negligence caused or contributed to a fatal car accident can be challenging.

If your loved one was the victim of a fatal bicycle accident, you should ask these questions:

  • Was the driver distracted by his or her cell phone?
  • Was the driver fatigued?
  • Was the motorist speeding or making a dangerous lane change?
  • Were there any witnesses to the collision?
  • Were there any security cameras in the area that captured the incident?

A bicycle accident investigation can become lengthy and complex. Investigators may have to sift through conflicting eyewitness testimony and other evidence before arriving at a conclusion.

If you are a family member of a bicycle accident victim, you may be left with unanswered questions in the aftermath of a crash. It is important that you seek out legal support during this time to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today to set-up your free consultation.

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