As 2010 draws to an end I am announcing the beginning of an exciting new project. I have begun collecting the accident reports of every fatal bike crash in Ohio for 2010. My plan is to review these reports independently in order to figure out what happened and why in each case, to search for common themes, mistakes and problems and to provide a written summary of my findings.
I am NOT a “researcher” per se and am not entirely familiar at this point with the tools that most researchers use to gather data. My thought is not to review numbers and publish “statistics” but to review the public records and analyze each crash separately, independently and in detail. It’s not that I’m afraid of math – I have a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati. Here, though, the data pool is small enough to permit a thorough review of each crash.
So what gives me the right to think I can tackle this project? Well, I have reviewed and legally analyzed thousands of crash reports in my 28 year career as a trial lawyer. I have been the “first chair” trial lawyer in hundreds and hundreds of crash cases – both on the plaintiff’s side and working for the insurance company defending the claim. I have handled more than 250 “bike” cases – cases where bike riders have been involved in crashes caused by errant motorists operating cars, trucks, school busses, SUV’s pulling trailers and more, as well as crashes caused by dogs, defective components, kids riding “Big Wheels” and more – crashes occurring on roads, parking lots, bike trails, sidewalks and crosswalks. I have been lucky enough to have worked with, and cross-examined, top-notch forensic people – bicycle accident reconstructionists, forensic pathologists, human factors experts, engineers, bike design & manufacturing experts, helmet experts. I believe I am well qualified to review these reports, analyze the data and independently review the findings of “fault” made by local law enforcement.
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