Bicycle Accidents: Biomechanical, Engineering, and Legal Aspects

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Jeffrey P. Broker, Paul F. Hill
Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 580 pages
With this book you will learn about many different aspects of bicycle accidents and the legal issues surrounding them. The authors, who between them have over twenty years experience investigation bicycle accidents, present a wealth of information including such topics as the physical and operating characteristics of bicycles, cyclist's rights and duties, accident types, insurance and liability issues and bicycle regulatory information, including the Uniform Vehicle Code and State Bicycle Statutes. The book is divided in to two parts for easy access to pertinent information. Part one discusses many of the physical and mental aspects of operating a bicycle. You will learn about topics such as the cycling setting, crash tests, bicycle types and designs, visual perception and response, equipment failure, and biomechanics of cycling injuries. Part two covers the legal aspects of operating a bicycle and of liability, both of the cyclist and others such as pet and property owners. This section provides information an a wide variety of topics including releases or waivers of liability, common accident types including accidents involving dogs, product defects and liability, and cycling setting defects and liability. Bicycle regulatory information is also covered in greater detail in this section. If you are handling a bicycle accident case, this book is a necessary addition to your library. Topics Include: Bicycle types, anatomy, and setup Bicycle design and equipment failure Cycling setting Bicycle accident reconstruction Crash test data Biomechanics of cycling injuries Visual behavior related to bicycles Cyclist's rights and duties Common bicycle accident types Liability and insurance issues Bicycle regulatory standards The Uniform Vehicle Code State Bicycle Statutes

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About the author (2006)

Jeffrey P. Broker, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Biomechanics at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He received his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Biomechanics from UCLA in 1991. Prior to attending graduate school he worked for five years as a Development and Project Engineer for Garrett Ai Research in southern California. After obtaining his doctorate and prior to joining the University of Colorado he spent eight years working as a Senior Biomechanist with the United States Olympic Committee. Dr. Broker's courses at the University of Colorado include Biomechanics, Advanced Human Anatomy, Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury, and Anatomy and Exercise Science: Applications to Golf. These courses are taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also teaches a statistics and research design course to biology undergraduate students He continues to work closely with Olympic Sports. Current projects include analysis of long and triple jump technique for the U.S. National Track and Field Team, assessment of visual processing, perception and reaction for softball pitchers, cycling biomechanics/aerodynamics, injury mechanisms, and volleyball serve optimization. He also collaborates with the Medical Education and Research Institute of Colorado (MERIC) in clinical orthopedic biomechanics, including injury mechanisms and musculoskeletal injury management. At the time of this writing, Dr. Broker has authored or coauthored over 30 peer-reviewed articles and published abstracts, 24 concerning cycling biomechanics. He has written or coauthored 13 book chapters or review articles, 8 concerning cycling. He is on U.S.A. Cycling's Sport Science Advisory Board, has authored numerous chapters on cycling biomechanics and aerodynamics for inclusion in U.S.A. Cycling's coaching education manuals, and regularly presents at their coaching education seminars and summits on cycling biomechanics, cycling aerodynamics, and power measurements as training and technical aids. Dr. Broker has been consulting for lawyers, insurance companies, and private companies since 1991 in the areas of injury biomechanics, injury mechanisms and mitigation, human factors and bicycle/industrial accident analysis. His particular expertise in cycling accident analysis includes bicycle control (balance, steering, braking, emergency maneuvers, and destabilizations), pitch-overs, diversion falls, motor vehicle interactions, off-road situations, equipment/rider interactions, cyclist decisions and related human factors issues, and injury mechanisms linked to cycling accidents.Paul F. Hill is a retired law school librarian from the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. He has coauthored books, published by Lawyers and Judges, covering litigation on bicycle, motorcycle, pedestrian, bus and recreational vehicle, electrical, and emergency vehicle accidents. He is a graduate of Kenyon College, State University of New York at Albany, and earned his J.D. from Capital University School of Law. He has been riding bicycles for almost forty years and currently lives in Wooster, Ohio.

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