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The family of a bicyclist who was killed last year in a collision with a truck on Maryland Avenue has filed a wrongful death suit against the driver and his employer.
On Aug. 4, John R. “Jack” Yates, 67, was riding his bike south on Maryland Avenue behind a truck when he got caught in the vehicle’s rear wheels as it turned right on Lafayette Avenue, police said at the time. He died at the scene.
The civil suit, filed Wednesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court on behalf of Yates’ wife, son and daughter, seeks $5 million in compensatory damages for negligence by driver Michael Dale Chandler of Severn and Potts & Callahan Inc. The demolition, excavation and equipment rental company is located on Lafayette Avenue.
Baltimore police investigators determined that Yates was at fault because he was riding in the parking lanes and tried to pass the truck. No charges were filed against Chandler.
But Steven D. Silverman, the attorney representing Yates’ family, said that the driver and his company were negligent because a surveillance video shows he turned right without signaling.
Also, “he took a right turn without making sure it was clear and free of traffic — cyclists or pedestrians,” he said.
The lawyer also argued that Yates was not negligent because statutes governing bicyclists require them to stay with the flow of traffic, as far to the right as possible.
“That’s exactly what Mr. Yates did,” he said.
More here, and, I’m sure, terrible comments from all the jerks in the state.
Have I just been living under a rock, or is this the first time it’s been made public that it was Potts & Callahan’s driver who was driving the truck?
I’m glad that Mr. Yates’ family is sticking to it, since it seems like the Police gave up.
I’ve always thought they looked not only pretty cool, but also very practical. The first mile or so of my commute heads Southeast into the morning sun, and my tinted glasses don’t do the job on the brightest of days. No visored helmets I’ve ever used did a good job or anything except hitting me in the face in a crash when one broke off. For the sake of my eyes (i.e., keeping them in my head), I went visorless this time around. But I assumed it was either a cap or a helmet. Because, having smashed my head into the ground before, I don’t go anywhere without my shell-hat, AKA, my helmet.
But, duh. (I’m admitting a high level of density here.) I could just wear a cap under my helmet. I mean, at least, I assume I could. I do have the largest size helmet, with the thin pads, and it’s a tight fit. I have an enormous head, seriously. But maybe I’ll shave my head and get everything under there.
Also, if you’ve worn a Nutcase helmet, you’ve probably noticed the oddly-shaped pads. While “normal” helmets usually give you “striped” helmet head, these sorta make it look like something pooped on you or that you stuck your head into a watermelon or something. A different helmet head when I show up at work would be nice.
Anyone have any experience with, or recommendations for, cycling caps?
[Image, Walz Caps.]
When we think we have a rough time with snow here in Baltimore this winter, think of our Northern comrades in Alaska. Check out Bicycles and Icicles. It made me feel kinda wimpy for my bike being inside for a week. These folks are serious adventurers!
I realize that comparing climates is futile. Plenty of cities with much harsher winters than Baltimore have great bike ridership and strong “bike cultures.” But we do also have pretty long and terrible summers. But there are hotter cities with plenty of ridership, too. Maybe it’s just a matter of cycling being incredibly fun and of lots of people wanting to do it, wherever they live?
Still, this is some wild stuff I’d love to try one day. If we keep having winters like this (and climate change scientists often say we might), I think I might have to invest in a hardcore snow bike like these intrepid cyclists pedal around the snowy North.
Wow. Feet and feet of snow this winter, ruining so many nice bike rides. Sure, riding in snow is fun and do-able, but not in two feet of the stuff. Or maybe I’m just a sissy for not riding when my hubs, bottom bracket and feet would be under snow. With what else is coming, I’ll bet half the bikes in Baltimore lost their minds. Maybe their riders’ minds, too.
I’ve used both, hated both and loved both. I’ve traveled with two messengers for a weekend trip and hiked with one, and I’ve cycled with very heavy backpacks that almost took me down with crosswinds.
I get a sweaty back; so I was carrying a messenger bag this summer and fall. But usually I hate adjusting them (even with the cross-strap) and the Messenger Bag Should Sloop (where you’re just bent from those things). I used to like that carrying a messenger bag identified me as “a cyclist.” But, for one, that’s not really true. Just as everyone with a backpack is not a backpacker, traveler or vagabond, not everyone with a messenger bag is a cyclist. Secondly, I don’t want to be identified by my favorite mode of transportation. I do also walk and take transit a lot. Plus, well, if we want everyone to cycle, the cyclist/non-cyclist distinction is counterproductive.
I do notice that I over-pack with backpacks. Right now I have 17 pens and four Moleskines on me. No kidding. Add work papers, dissertation drafts, a 40 oz water bottle, lunchtime book and other junk, and it’s a lot more weight on my back. Sweating is not usually a worry this time of year, but I think my high-riding daypack can get in the way of my helmet a little.
Lately, I’ve been throwing my stuff into an old totebag and strapping it to my rack. I do feel like a sucker with a bag on and an empty rack. I call it my Bike Bindle. I’ll have to do a post about that.
The Baltimore Bike & Brew Club started in 2007 as an informal group of friends who enjoy leisurely, social biking, in good weather, on relatively flat routes, with beer & food incorporated somewhere in the ride. Since then…well, not much has changed. We’ve just made more friends. Join us!
An average ride consists of:
- Riding on established trails or low-traffic roads in the DC/MD/N.VA area.
- Scenic riding, ranging from the waters of Annapolis to the parks of Baltimore to the Eastern Shore’s countryside.
- A pace of 10-12 MPH, with plenty of rest stops.
- A round trip ride of about 15-20ish miles (varies per ride).
- A mid-ride or post-ride stop at a bar/restaurant for some well deserved food and beer.
- More socializing.
Check out their site here (and under “Bike Baltimore”).
We’re back from our holiday break now, with more posts in the works. Hope everyone had a very fine break (if you got to take one) and is having a fantastic new year so far. Good news department: plenty of cyclists out this morning, with the cold winds!