The headline on a recent River Front Times article reads, "Polar Vortex Will Make St. Louis Weather Colder Than a Snowman's Balls Next Week." That's a pretty colorful way to talk about something so chilling. The St. Louis Times' take on the forecast was more muted: "Polar vortex to bring negative temperatures to St. Louis area."
You’ve probably heard of people selling fake designer watches and fake luxury purses on street corners, or on remote corners of the internet. However, there is a new type of counterfeit that could cause much worse damage than simply wasting your money. Counterfeit bicycle helmets have entered the online market, and they could cause serious injury to you or the cyclists in your life.
Nearly half of the states in the nation have passed laws requiring children to wear helmets whenever they ride a bicycle. In 2010, Illinois also considered passing the Child Bicycle Helmet Safety Act. However, this bill was never signed into law. Nonetheless, there is a common consensus that wearing a helmet increases safety by preventing serious head injury in the event of an accident.
Last week, we wrote a post about bicycling being named the official exercise of the state of Illinois. Obviously this makes it a critical priority to the state, and lawmakers should have a focus on promoting safety regulations that look after bicyclists.
Illinois took legislative measures at the beginning of 2018 to establish bicycling as a priority in the Prairie State. As of January 1, bicycling is the official state exercise of Illinois.
A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and funded by State Farm insurance reveals an alarming trend. The 2015 fatality rate among bicyclists rose by 12.2 percent over the previous year, and the rate outpaced the overall traffic fatality rate that year. Moreover, the average age of those killed in traffic collisions that year was 45.
Many people assume that when you strike a bicyclist with your vehicle, much like when you hit a pedestrian, the fault is entirely on you. Pedestrians and bicyclists tend to have more protections during most traffic interactions, and drivers must exercise more care when navigating around them.
As the weather slowly but surely improves in Illinois, it is common to see children out on their bicycles. Sadly, there have been numerous children who have been hit by automobiles while enjoying this activity. In some cases injuries resulted, in others lives have been lost. When a child is injured or killed in an auto-bicycle accident, damages may be sought through legal means?
Some Illinois residents enjoy watching the Chicago Cubs on television at their favorite local bar, restaurant or with friends. Game viewing is often accompanied by consuming alcohol. Some people unfortunately make poor decisions after consuming alcohol that could harm themselves and/or others. Not long ago, a Cubs fan caused a bicycle accident after he made the poor choice to drive drunk.
People choose to ride bicycles for a number of reasons. Many ride them for exercise, recreation enjoyment, convenience or lack of another vehicle for transportation. Whatever the reason people ride, they face many dangers sharing the roads with larger vehicles. The drivers of larger cars and trucks frequently fail to see and properly yield to bicycles, at times resulting in a bicycle accident. Many car and truck drivers may not realize that the state of Illinois recognizes bicycles as a vehicle, giving cyclists the same rights on roads.