Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Months after Bicycle Accident U2’s Bono Still Unable to Play Guitar in Paris

So of course, being a Gen X er, I am a child of the 80's, when America was feared, the economy was rocking, and patriotism was en vogue. And of course, I was also an anarchist, punk rocker living in Anaheim Hills when U2 broke the album "War." Best album ever, especially considering MV3 with Richard Blade, and MTV.

Songs like Gloria and War made my life better, and clearly not just mine. As my readers all know, I ride almost daily, and was floored when I saw that Bono, a bicyclist himself, had been downed in a Los Angeles bicycle accident. Five months ago U2’s front man Bono was involved in a bike crash and has said he is still having problems with his arm broken during the crash.  The lead man of U2 broke his arm in six places, fractured his shoulder, elbow, left hand and eye socket in the November, Central Park crash.  The guitarist said even after surgery, intensive therapy he is still trying to get back to normal and is unable to play the guitar.

And all those facts were revealed as truth and not fiction, last night in Paris. Bono looked exhausted, tired, and ready to retire in my honest opinion. I felt so bad, for my life and all its injuries are so interconnected to his own malaise. Many may be unaware, but prior to the concert, the Irish U2 front man said in an interview that it feels like he has someone else’s hand attached to his wrist, and he is unable to bend his fingers comparing it to rigor mortis. Bono went on to explain he was told the nerves heal approximately a millimeter per-week and said he should know in about 13 months if he will be able to continue playing the instrument.

"Titanium Elbow" is Not a Song

He said his shoulder’s better and face, but he has titanium and numbness and the most difficult is not being able to play his guitar. Though he stated the members of U2 do not appear to mind. Bono said if he could not “finger the frets of his green Irish falcon or Red Gretsch” he would miss it because of the pleasure he gets from playing, just as he does from writing songs. The rocker said he doesn’t know any other guitarists that have a titanium elbow.

Bono said he isn’t sure of the details about the bike accident he has learned lesions from his mistakes and realizes he isn’t an “armored vehicle.” He said on his 50th birthday he was injured by over doing it with bicycling and boxing as an over compensation for consuming alcohol on his birthday. Bono said he “promised himself” that he would be more careful of his limits, but then he had his cycling accident.

Bono's Bones Were 'Sticking Out'

The Irish rocker said he can’t blame anyone except himself for the injuries and has no memory of being transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital after impact, but his humorous bone  was sticking through his leather jacket.

On the U2 website under Iris Pride the singer commented that recovery has been harder than he thought it would be. The website does have a large list of play dates for the upcoming tour.  Even without being able to play Bono is not sitting back, the 54 year old Irishman is headed on tour with the band kicking off in Canada later in December with their Beautiful Day tour.  Was terrible that Bono did not strike a single guitar, and that at times, he looked crippled.

My wife and I personally saw U2 at the Rose Bowl playing to a record crowd, and we are both praying to Christ that he will mend, and be back. But just in case he is on his last legs, we wanted to thank Bono for giving us a beautiful life. Thanks Bono for enduring the pain and exhaustion in Paris last night. And keep on riding bikes mate. Surrender to the fun.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Truth About Los Angeles Bicycle Accidents

The truth about Los Angeles Bicycle accidents is a scary thing. The car turns into your path as you ride my bicycle down to the Marina del Rey pier and a car turns left in front of you without looking. The driver was talking on her cell and putting on make up. Cyclists call it getting "T-boned."

In Los Angeles County alone, at least 34 cyclists die every year in car crash collisions. At least 2,900 cyclists are injured in LA every year. Many car drivers don't know or simply do not even care that bicyclists have the same rights and are governed by the same regulations as motor vehicles.

Wearing a bicycle helmet is the first step for cyclists to avoid serious injury or death, according Arline Dillman, who is a Traffic Safety Manager at the Automobile Club of Southern California. Statistics from the California Highway Patrol, prove that only two of the 28 cyclists killed in LA in 1999 wore their helmet. Bicycles are used on the road for many purposes.

A study by of bicycle accidents in LA suggests that children from 5 to 14 years old have the highest bike crash incidents. This is despite the fact there is a legal requirement in California for bicyclists under the of 18 to wear bicycle helmets.

Safe Bicycling Information:
  • Wear a helmet approved for bicyclists by the state.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Obey signs and traffic signals.
  • Use hand signals.
  • Stay in the bike lane if safe to do so.
  • Don't weave in and out of traffic and keep an eye out for swinging doors of cars that could cause you to flip.
  • If no bike lane provided, ride to the right side of motor vehicles.
  • Do not share narrow lanes - ride in the center. This is called "taking the lane" and it is in fact legal.

Bicycle Statistics:

  • The first car crash in the United States involved was an 1896 motor vehicle v. bicycle.
  • The fatality rate for bicyclists from 5 and 15 years old is almost double that of adult cyclists. For every youngster killed on a bike, at least 100 were seriously injured.
  • Alcohol involvement, either driver or cyclist, is often a factor in at least 1/3rd of bicyclists fatalities.
  • 112 cyclists were killed in California back in 1999.
  • At least 64 percent of all bikers wrongfully killed by cars in California were riding bikes while riding in their neighborhoods.
  • From 1986 and 1995 cars in Los Angeles County killed at least 340 bicyclists, and out of that, 29,920 were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving a bicycle.
If you were seriously injured or someone you love was killed in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles call our personal injury hotline at 888-400-9721.

Bar's Insurance Company to Pay over One Million for Fatal Bicycle Crash Caused By Alcohol

A lawsuit filed by the parents of the rider has been settled in amounts over one million dollars against the driver and a bar’s insurance company that served a bicyclist who was fatally wounded in December of 2006 after being hit by a drunk driver.

John Osborne, the plaintiff’s attorney said Robert L’Ecuyer and Barbara Nordlund agreed to the offer from Berky’s in the amount of $1 million dollars for the death of Paul L’Ecuyer. $25,000 is to be paid on Monday by Melissa Arrington’s insurance company, being just one day prior to the trial that was to be held in the Pima County Superior Court.

The death of Paul L’Ecuyer’s death resulted in a 10.5 year prison sentence for Arrington, decided in January 2008 by a jury who found her guilty of aggravated DUI and negligent homicide.

Jurors were told by prosecutors that about 8:40 p.m. 45 year old L’Ecuyer was in the bike lane on his Schwinn when Arrington struck him after swerving off of the road and finally coming to a stop after going 800 more feet.

Already driving on a license that had been suspended, Arrington’s blood-alcohol level showed to be 0.156 in a test that was performed 2 2/3 hours after the accident occurred, being twice the level for a DUI. Witnessing the crash, a witness stated that before the collision occurred Arrington had swerved off of the road two other times.

Arrington’s lawyers stated the collision was just a tragic accident.
Arrington stated in testimony that she had recently signed an agreement for lease to purchase on her home located in Vail, and stopped at Berky’s located at 5769 E. Speedway to celebrate with her friends, where she had three drinks. She also stated that as she was reaching for hand sanitizer is when the accident occurred.

Osborne stated that L’Ecuyer’s parents filed the lawsuit against Arrington and Berky’s as a reminder to everyone how important the need is to continue “working tirelessly to do away with drinking and driving and to over-serving at bars."
Osborne said that the plans for the settlement are going to be used for the funding of a scholarship named after their son shortly after he lost his life, and for the education of their nephews’ and neices’. Part of the money might also be donated to Phoenix College and the University of Arizona.

When Arrington was being sentenced, Judge Michael Cruikshank stated the reason an aggravated sentence was given to Arrington was because of a recorded phone call that he found between a friend and Arrington to be "breathtaking in its inhumanity." Instead of being silenced from shock, Arrington laughed during the call that was made from Pima County jail where the gentleman told Arrington that someone they were both acquainted with said she deserved "a medal and a (expletive) parade because she had taken out "a (expletive) tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot."

When the man stated it was a terrible thing for him to say, after laughing Arrington simply responded with "No, it's not." During the proceedings of the hearing, siblings and L’Ecuyer’s mother described him as being being a person with "enormous ideals" who helped pass out Martin Luther King Jr. Day fliers and urging others to write down their goals and dreams, who rode in other charity events and handed out baskets to needy people for the Thanksgiving holiday.

L’Ecuyer held degrees in counseling and career development from Phoenix College and the University of Arizona, as well as degrees from Chapman University.
A phone call for comment was not returned by Martin Claire, an attorney from Phoenix that represents Berky’s.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Update On Bono Frontman for U2 Being Seriously Injured in Bicycle Crash

Bono age 54, suffered serious injuries in a Bicycle crash and will be out of action for an extended amount of time. As our readers will recall, the lead U2 band member sustained a broken left humerus bone in his left arm, shattered shoulder blade and facial fracture that included the orbit of his eye.

In total, Bono sustained six fractures at the elbow. Bono underwent five hours of surgery and orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD stated his elbow was cleaned to remove debris and a trapped nerve. The bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws. The band member underwent a second surgery for damage to his left pinky finger at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Medical professionals stated the singer’s worst injuries were the facial fracture involving the orbit of his yet and the broken bone that tore through his skin. According to doctors the singer will require intensive and progressive therapy to fully recover. Bono is an avid cyclist according to reports. As I have warned my readers before, riding injuries do not discriminate.

No matter how safe you are, no matter what the laws are regarding looking our for riders, passenger car drivers still run us over. Read my tips on staying safe, and hope for the best. In the meantime, Bono may never play guitar again. So make sure you understand the risks versus the reward when riding on city roads and streets near motor vehicles people. Being thrown from a bike usually means bad injuries, or even a death.

With distracted driving, and the low silhouette of bikes and small size, we riders are at a particular risk and one must consider this before pedaling down the road.