A Texas Jury found that a highway guardrail manufacturer, Trinity Industries, deliberately withheld information and defrauded the government and awarded damages in the amount of $175 million dollars, which, under federal law, will triple to $525 million dollars. The dispute centered around a design change Trinity made in 2005. During the discovery phase of the… Continue Reading
Guardrails are a common occurrence. They are a vital safety component on thousands of highways and roadways across the country. They are designed to protect vehicles from leaving the road as well as to lessen the severity of a crash. Many motorists do not even take notice of them. Guardrail energy absorbing end terminals are… Continue Reading
Personal injury attorneys are advocates for people who have been injured in an accident, whether it is a slip and fall, trip and fall, work related, car, motorcycle or recreational accident. Our job is to represent the rights of the injured party, not the insurance company. So, why do personal injury attorneys have such a… Continue Reading
Fall is here. The leaves are just starting to change and we had our first rainy day in a long time. The days are still warm and inviting to riders to get out and enjoy a nice ride, but with autumn comes new hazards to motorcyclists. Obviously, wet leaves, slippery roads and objects or potholes… Continue Reading
Harley-Davidson is recalling thousands of motorcycles because a faulty ignition switch can cause bikes to stall and crash. Harley has determined that modifications that allow engines to rev above 5,600 RPMs can cause engine vibration that can turn the ignition switch from “on” to “accessory.” When that happens the engine can shut off while being driven and potentially cause a crash. Bikes that have experienced this vibration have so far been identified to have some after market modifications that allow the engine to rev higher than Harley typically tests in the factory.
I represent many motorcyclists who have been in crashes. Some more serious than others. I’ve been fortunate that, while I’ve had close calls (close enough that my wife won’t get on again), I have not crashed. So I don’t personally know how I’d feel but I’m sure there must be some fear in everyone before they go out for those first few post-accident rides. I found an article on this topic that seems to me to make sense and provide sound advice at RideApart.com.
The author takes us through a number of steps of analysis to help us logically deal with this emotional issue.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that reaffirms Congress’ intention to continue to prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) from lobbying state legislators on issues involving motorcycle safety.
The 23rd Annual International Motorcycle & Scooter Ride to Work Day is June 16, 2014. Ride to Work Day was started in 1992 as a way to raise awareness of the benefits of motorcycling as an alternative mode of transportation. Since 2008 it has been held on the third Monday in June. According to www.ridetowork.org and the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus and other sources, over one million American commuters ride to work that day to publicize the social benefits of motorcycles.
Not too long ago I represented a man who was injured while riding in a group. The group had just left the local motorcycle dealer and as happens the bikes started off at varying speeds, spread apart and then contracted or bunched up unexpectedly. The bike behind my client clipped his rear wheel, caused him to crash and he was then struck by another motorcycle while he lay in the roadway. Group riding can be fun but this client was seriously injured.
With riding season upon us I thought this topic was worthy of some discussion. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation website has some tips for group riding that are worth a few minutes of your time. If you are planning a group ride I recommend you refresh your memory here.
I was leafing through an old “Hog Tales” magazine from November/December 2004 and came upon an article about safe riding and the hidden dangers of the roads. The article titled Between the Lines, discusses ways to maintain your focus and improve your odds of avoiding a crash. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation ® (MSF) created an acronym to help us stay sharp and focused while riding.