Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Montrose and the Lake Front Path Signage... Yield or Stop?

John Greenfield wrote a good article about the ambiguous signage on the lake front trail at Montrose. At the intersection of Montrose and the Lake Front Path street traffic traveling on Montrose has a stop sign while traffic on the lake front path has yield signs. What is CDOT trying to do?

For the rest of this post, please see:
http://lawyerjimfreeman.com/blog/2008/11/18/montrose-and-lake-front-path-signage-yield-or-stop

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Common Bicycle/Motorist Crashes - Left Cross

Almost one third of my bicycle cases involve the "Left cross." For some reason these are more common than the "right hook." I suspect it has to do with visibility issues and motorists' mistaken belief with respect to bicyclists rights on the road.

For the rest of this post, please see:
http://lawyerjimfreeman.com/blog/2008/11/06/common-bicyclemotorist-crashes-left-cross

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Common Types of Injuries - Concussions

I see brain injuries over and over in my bicycle cases. The severity of theses injuries varies widely from a headache to permanent functional brain damage. My experience is that there is no silver bullet when it comes to brain injuries. People who use helmets suffer brain injuries as well. If the hit is hard enough you can still have a brain injury despite proper helmet use.

For the rest of this post, please see:
http://lawyerjimfreeman.com/blog/2008/11/04/common-types-injuries-concussions

Monday, November 3, 2008

Common Bicycle/Motorist Crashes - Doorings

In my experience about 30% of crashes in Chicago are doorings. Doorings are discouraging because they are completely avoidable. It never ceases to amaze me how people will just fling open the doors of their cars without any consideration for approaching traffic. Doorings violate both Illinois and Chicago law. Typically driver side dooring cases are hard to defend unless the dooring happened at night and the cyclist didn't have a headlight. In such an instance the motorist will say that they checked their mirror before opening the door and they didn't see the cyclist because of the lack of proper lighting equipment. The lack of headlight is a very effective defense in dooring cases.

For the rest of this post, please see:
http://lawyerjimfreeman.com/blog/2008/11/03/common-bicyclemotorist-crashes-doorings

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Common Types of Injuries - Joints

There are certain injuries I see over and over in my bicycle cases. Injuries to joints are common. Typical injuries to joints might involve shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips and knees. These are the areas of the body we usually fall on when we crash. When someone complains of pain to a joint after an accident I am typically very concerned.

For the rest of this post, please see:
http://lawyerjimfreeman.com/blog/2008/11/02/common-types-injuries-joints