Well-known 13News Weatherman Jeff Lawson was injured while riding his bicycle in Smithfield, Virginia (VA). The chain on Lawson’s bicycle slipped and Lawson was catapulted forward on the ground, according to The Virginian-Pilot. He endured a separated shoulder and broken neck requiring surgery.
As an injury lawyer practicing for over 20 years, I recommend Mr. Lawson speak with an attorney immediately. The bicycle he used needs to be examined and research should be conducted to verify if chain slips are common for that particular model.
Chain malfunctions are not uncommon. A perfect example was back in 2008 when the Amsterdam Bicycle series was recalled by the manufacturer, Electra Bicycles. The chain regularly derailed and posed a major risk to bicyclists.
Every year in the United States, over 500,000 people are treated in emergency departments due to bicycle accidents, and over 700 people die as a result, according to the CDC.
Some people’s injuries are due to not wearing a helmet or not properly following rules of the road. Mr. Lawson, however, was wearing a helmet and the accident was likely caused by a malfunctioning component on his bicycle.
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