Mystery of bicycle and truck crash fatality

Sometimes, even when a lawsuit is filed, not all the facts and circumstance of a bike crash are known. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over an experienced cyclist’s death after a collision with a trucker who was involved in two prior fatal crashes. The mystery is what actually occurred to cause this cycling fatality. Many comments to the news stories surrounding this tragic accident ask “Why would an experienced cyclist turn into the path of a big truck on her right, especially if she was going straight and trucker was going to the right ?”

The biker’s family filed the lawsuit against the big rig trucker and his employer. The accident happened as the cyclist turned right Continue reading

At New York City Marathon, you may not touch the ground.

At least at the start of the race when the canon fires. That was Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau’s experience when he ran the New York City Marathon. He and his brother both ran on other people’s sweat clothes, gloves, hats, mittens and other garments for what seemed like the first mile ! This surreal experience drove home the magnitude of the event and the logistical planning required by the New York Road Runners Club (“NYRRC”) to stage a world-class event in one of the busiest cities on the planet. At the start on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, there will be 1,694 portable toilets, 42,000 PowerBars, 90,000 bottles of water and 563 pounds of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee beans, enough to make 45,000 cups. About 500 volunteers will collect more than 10 tons of sweat suits, sleeping bags and Snuggies, much of which will be cleaned and given to charities. The bridge must be cleared within an hour of the last runner’s leaving. More than 70 United Parcel Service trucks will take the athletes’ belongings to the finish line.

According to the New York Times, among the more than 6,000 volunteers on race day are medical workers at the 38 aid stations. They will have on hand 11,410 pounds of ice, 13,475 bandages, 57,059 salt packages and 390 tubs of Vaseline. They will have 435 cots and 30 defibrillators that, hopefully, will not be needed.

Bicycle Handlebar Stems Recalled as Unsafe

Salsa Cycles, a subsidiary of Quality Bicycle Products, of Bloomington, Minnesota, is recalling about 6.500 Salsa Handlebar Stems. According to reports, the handlebar stems can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the rider. This recall involves all CroMoto S.U.L. 25.4 and 26.0 threadless handlebar stems and all CroMoto S.U.L. 26.0 quill handlebar stems sold as individual aftermarket units after April 1, 2010. The handlebar stems are black and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The recalled handlebar stems have a hash mark on the inside of the stem bar clamp area.

These potentially dangerous sports products and bike components were sold at bicycle retailers and websites from April 2010 through October 2010 for about $65. These component parts were manufactured in Taiwan. Salsa Cycles has received Continue reading

Jingle All the Way 10K a Ringing Success

After a wet run, DC runners like Herndon lawyer Doug Landau get changed into warm, dry gear
After a wet Jingle Bell 10km run, DC runners like Herndon lawyer Doug Landau get changed into warm, dry gear

The 6th annual Jingle All the Way 10K was held despite the rain in Washington, DC’s West Potomac Park. The start was along Ohio Drive parallel to the Potomac River, just south of the Lincoln Memorial. Potomac River Running stores generously provided gift certificates for the overall and first and second in the age groups. The grand prize is a Garmin Forerunner 405.

There were cotton gloves to keep the runners warm, along with long sleeve technical shirts and, of course, bells for your shoes. Many pair of gloves were Continue reading

Free WABA Membership for Law Enforcement Officers on Bikes

Herndon Virginia biker lawyer Doug Landau applauds the WABA's free membership offer to bicycle police officers
Herndon Virginia biker lawyer Doug Landau applauds the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's free membership offer to Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC bicycle police officers

As part of the Washington Area Bicyclist Associations ongoing efforts to improve roadways safety and build relationshis with the law enforcement officers responsible for helping to enforce traffic laws in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, the WABA has begin offering free memberships. Any law enforcement officer in the DC Metropolitan area who rides a bike as part of his or her duties is eligible. The WABA is encouraging members to reach out to local police ion the community. It’s simple: if they ride a bicycle as part of their job they qualify for free membership.

As WABA members frequently interact with local police on a number of matters, from roadway safety, and enforcement concerns, to special events, information seeking after crashes and near misses. WABA members recognize the life-and-death importance that enforcement of traffic laws can have for cyclists sharing the road with motor vehicles of all sizes. Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. will be advising Herndon’s bike-based officers about this free benefit. Hopefully, all of the bicycle officers in Herndon and Reston Virginia as well as those who traverse the W&OD Trail will soon have WABA memberships and receive the excellent “Ride On” publication.

Swimmer dies during long distance swimming competition

While competing in the FINA Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup, a swimming race held near Dubai, 26-year-old Fran Crippen, died. According to news reports, Crippen was a medal-winning member of the U.S. national team who in July placed fourth in the 10K and third in the 5K at the 2010 world championships in Quebec. Temperatures at the time of the race had reached abnormally high levels for competition—roughly 87° in the water and 100° on land—and Crippen was said to have told his coach late in the race that he wasn’t feeling well. When Crippen failed to finish, several competitors turned around to start a rescue effort. The rescue concluded when deep-sea divers recovered his body near the final buoy on the triangular two-kilometer course. (Three other swimmers were hospitalized and later released with what were believed to have been heat-related issues.) According to the Sports Illustrated coverage, Crippen’s death marks the first fatality at a FINA event.

Running safety – winter runs

Sometimes, after running in extremely cold conditions, Herndon Virginia sports injury lawyer shows very little brain activity !
Sometimes, after running long distances in extremely cold conditions, Herndon Virginia sports injury lawyer Doug Landau, despite wearing layers, shows little brain activity !

When it gets dark earlier in the evening, and when glare and low sunsets compromise driver’s vision, it’s best to run off the roads or with a group. Join a local running group in your area and enjoy your running. Running off roads has its own set of special hazards. For one thing, the uneven surfaces that I favor can cause twisted ankle in the low light conditions this time of year. Also, the cold temperatures make soft cinder, mud and grass courses more unforgiving, leading to stress on the knees, IT bands and ankles.

If you run on streets, wear as much reflective and light colored gear as you can. I understand that black clothing is “slenderizing,” but as a driver myself, I have a hard mew seeing runners in all black during “rush hour.” If you can run during your lunch break, when the temperatures are higher and the lighting is better, try to do so. It will keep your energy level high during the afternoon “doldrums,” and you won’t be so tired (or unmotivated) facing a workout after your commute home at the end of the day. I tend to overdress in the winter with lots of layers, as I can always remove a light jacket, hat or open up some vents. When there is snow on the ground, I like to wear high gators like mountain hikers wear. It keeps snow and ice out of my running shoes and socks. As long as my extremities are warm (my hands, feet and head), then I can keep going for many miles. But, as soon as I get wet and cold, I head for home,. hot soup and a bath. Stay warm, run with friends, be safe and have fun this winter.

Accused Steroid Cheats Bonds and Clemens

Both accused of taking anabolic steroids, Barry Bonds, the only 7 time MVP and Roger Clemens, the only 7 time Cy Young winner, are both to stand trial for lying. As Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post astutely pointed out, there are many reasons for an athlete not to cheat. Not only should you not cheat and that it may seriously and permanently damage your health (or kill you), but as the Bonds and Clemens’ cases have demonstrated, there are so many ways you can get caught.

  • Your sources,
  • your trainer,
  • your coach,
  • your friends can decide to roll on you,
  • your girlfriends,
  • your ex-wives,
  • even your former team mates.

Bottom line, to borrow from the Nike commercials, “Just Don’t Do It.”

Sports Illustrated looks at concussions effects on professional athletes

A month ago Sports Illustrated looked at concussions and their effects on professional athletes. Instead of photos of swimsuit models or multimillionaire athletes, the popular sports magazine looked at a very serious subject, that of head trauma and permanent disability in the ranks of professional athletes. The periodical looked at the hits no one is noticing, the “invisible” traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) and cumulative concussions, especially among professional football players. The SI article relates, “At the Veterans Administration hospital in Bedford, Mass., one of the world’s foremost experts on repetitive brain trauma slipped a slide into a microscope. Dr. Ann McKee, an associate professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University who has been studying the brains of deceased football players, wanted to illustrate the damage that repeated hits to the helmet can cause. This slide of a cross-section of a human male brain, magnified 100 times, showed scores, maybe hundreds, of tiny brownish triangular bits of a toxic protein called tau, choking off cellular life in the brain.”

“This is Louis Creekmur,” said McKee. “You can see there are hardly any areas untouched by the damage. Like with Wally Hilgenberg, it is widespread in Louis Creekmur. I would call it incredible chaos in the brain. Continue reading