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Preventing children’s bicycling accidents and injuries

posted in Bicycle Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on December 13, 2009

One of the reasons bicycling so often leads to injuries is that parents treat their child’s bicycle as a toy. They’re not toys, they’re vehicles. Ray Hall, cycling and road safety instructor says, “You wouldn’t give your child a mini-bike and say go out and play, and bikes should be…

Teaching your children how to avoid bicycle accidents and injuries

posted in Bicycle Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on December 10, 2009

In addition to making sure your children are wearing bike helmets, the second major area of concern with cycling is road safety. Most experts agree that children shouldn’t be riding in traffic until, developmentally, they can handle such a complex task. Until a child hits about 12 years old, they’re…

Sentencing in road rage car versus bicyclists case delayed

posted in Bicycle Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on December 4, 2009

We learned yesterday that the sentencing of Dr. Christopher Thompson, the man convicted of six felonies including assault with a deadly weapon—his car—after he seriously injured several bicyclists in Los Angeles’ Mandeville Canyon, has been delayed until January 8, 2010. While I am not happy about the delay, it does…

San Francisco Attorney Claude Wyle of Choulos, Choulos & Wyle receives “Superb” rati

posted in San Francisco Motorcycle Attorneys in the News, by Claude Wyle, on November 29, 2009

San Francisco, CA–Claude Armand Wyle, a partner with the renowned San Francisco personal injury law firm Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, has received a “Superb” rating from Avvo.com, based upon his experience, industry recognition and professional conduct. “This rating is very important to me,” said Mr. Wyle, “because Avvo.com is not…

Wrongful death in San Jose caused by bicyclist with leashed dogs

posted in Bicycle Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on

After a deadly bicycle accident, San Jose is exploring a law to make the city the first in California – and possibly the country – to address the issue of bicyclists riding with leashed dogs. Councilwoman Nancy Pyle is convening a meeting Wednesday night to gauge public opinion on whether…

Hit and Run Suspect Finally to Face Prosecution for Bicycle Death, But What Will Help Take Care of T

posted in Bicycle Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on November 18, 2009

The San Francisco Bay Area cycling community suffered a tragic loss last November when Mark Pendleton, a loving husband and father to two sons, was struck by a car while riding his bike. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and Pendleton died along the side of a road.…

Santa Clara County Agrees To Pay $800,000 for Wrongful Death of Bicyclist

posted in Bicycle Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on November 15, 2009

As bicyclists, all were shocked in March 2008 to learn the horrible news that Santa Clara Sheriff’s Deputy James Council had crashed into several innocent bicyclists, causing the wrongful death of two riders, and badly injuring a third. As a bicycle accident attorney who handles many cases for riders against…

Bicycle Safety

posted in Bicycle Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on November 4, 2009

Sacramento ranks high in auto accidents, drunk driving I was dismayed earlier this week when the California Office of Traffic Safety [OTS] released its yearly ranking of 13 cities of similar size, including Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco, for collisions by daily vehicle miles traveled and average population. The numbers…

Is Texting While Driving Dangerous?

posted in Negligent Driving, by Claude Wyle, on October 31, 2009

Wisconsin State senators are set to begin debate Tuesday whether to ban texting while driving for people under age 18. Wisconsin would become the tenth state with such a law if it passes. The 18 states which currently ban texting while driving are Arizona, California, Colorado (eff. 12/09), Connecticut, District…

Bikes, California Law, and You

posted in Bikes and California Law, by Claude Wyle, on October 14, 2009

I was recently reminded that many California bicyclists are not well-versed in bike law. For example, many understand that a public entity would not be liable-that is, be responsible for personal injuries-to a person who participates in a hazardous recreational activity. (Govt. Code sec. 831.7(a).) Hazardous recreational activity is defined…

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