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Triple Eight Distribution Recalls Bicycle Helmets

Triple Eight Distribution, Inc. has recalled  children and youth bicycle helmets because users could suffer head injuries after a fall.  The helmets, sold from August 2006 through November 2011, do not comply with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for impact resistance.   Dixon Law Office represents bicyclists who suffer serious injuries in bicycle crashes.  “Consumers rely on bicycle helmets to protect them from
harm. When a manufacturer sells a defective helmet, they are putting the
lives of consumers at risk,” said Dixon Law Office founder G. Grant Dixon  III, an avid cyclist himself.

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident or as a result of a product defect, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or contact them here.  We have the experience to help.

Crashes Can Be Caused By Defective Bicycle Pedals

Online retailer, Performance, Inc., has recalled high-end pedals it sold just last year.  The pedals, called Forté Pro Carbon Road Pedals, can break during use.  Dixon Law Office frequently represents bicyclists who suffer serious injuries in bicycle crashes.  “This is a really dangerous problem for cyclists,” said Dixon Law Office founder G. Grant Dixon III.  Grant, an avid cyclist, brings that experience to the courtroom frequently representing injured cyclists. He continued, “a pedal will more likely break during heavy use such as when the rider is standing or leaning into a turn.  Failure at that time will definitely cause a crash.”

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or contact them here.  They have the skill in the courtroom and on the bike to help you get the results you deserve.

Texting Kills When Driving

We all understand that driving while drunk is dangerous and wrong.  We would never close our eyes for 5 or 6 seconds while we speed down the road.  Studies show that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk.  Looking at a test message, or worse sending one, often takes 5 or 6 seconds.  We take our eyes off the road while we do it.  It is so dangerous.

Where u at?  That simple text cost one girl her life.  Watch this powerful video that shows the consequences of  texting while driving.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because someone was texting while driving, email Dixon Law Office or call us at (888) 354-9880 today.  We help people injured and killed by the negligence of others every day.  We can make it right.

Specialized Bicycle Recalls Carbon Fiber Forks

High-end bicycles often have forks (the part that holds the front wheel) made of carbon fiber.  Carbon fiber is light but stiff so it is a popular choice.  Specialized Bicycle has recalled more than 14,000 bicycles with a carbon fiber fork.  The brake component, housed inside the fork, can separate from the fork, fall into the wheel and cause the rider to fall.  The following models of 2011 Specialized bikes are involved in the recall: Sirrus Expert, Sirrus Comp, Sirrus Elite, Vita Expert, Vita Comp, Vita Elite, Vita Elite Step Thru, Tricross Sport, Tricross, and Tricross Comp. All bicycles have the brand name “Specialized” on the lower front frame tube. The model name is on the top tube.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective bicycle, contact Dixon Law Office by email or call (888) 354-9880.  They have the experience to get you and your family the compensation you deserve.

Race for ACES

Friends,

Dixon Law Office is one of the title sponsors for the First Annual Le Tour de Burbs Rally to raise money for ACES. When teens need counseling and support, there is often a gap in available, affordable services even when insurance covers the visits.  ACES—Adolescent Counseling, Education and Support—is a non-profit organization that helps fill that gap.  The organization’s objective is to provide resources that may prevent adolescents from making decisions that could derail their futures when they are most vulnerable. They serve adolescents in Cook County’s Lyons and south Proviso townships.

The RACE for ACES will be held the afternoon of September 18, 2011 and is open to everyone.  Families, teams and individual cyclists are welcome but you don’t even have to ride to participate. There will be games, food and fun for everyone.  There will be bike decorating for kids, warm up exercises and a free bike safety check for riders.  As part of the event, the La Grange Theater is showing the classic movie, “Breaking Away” at 7:00 p.m.  There will be a great raffle with major prizes including a new bike from the Wheel Thing. Come out and support us!

To sign up go to our website www.raceforaces.com.

Thank you for your support!

Riding Bicycles on Crosswalks, Sidewalks

Child Forced to Ride in Street

“Most States allow bicycles to be ridden on sidewalks,” said G. Grant Dixon III, founder of Dixon Law Office and an avid cyclist.  Grant continued, “The restriction is usually that the bike rider has to watch out for pedestrians.”  Illinois has such a law.  625 Ill.Comp.Stat. § 5/11-1512.  That law allows bikes to be operated on sidewalks and crosswalks unless the traffic signs say they cannot.  Some cities try and limit that right, forcing bicycle riders – even young children – into the street.  “The street is the place of the most danger for all bicyclists, particularly young children,” Grant said.

If you or your child has been injured in a bicycle accident, please email us or call our office at 888-354-9880 to schedule an appointment with an experienced bicycle accident attorney.   We are here to help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.

allow bicycles to be ridden on sidewalks,” said G. Grant Dixon III, founder of Dixon Law Office and an avid cyclist.  Grant continued, “The restriction is usually that the bike rider has to watch out for pedestrians.”  Illinois has such a law.  625 Ill.Comp.Stat. § 5/11-1512.  That law allows bikes to be operated on sidewalks and crosswalks unless the traffic signs say they cannot.  Some cities try and limit that right, forcing bicycle riders – even young children – into the street.  “The street is the place of the most danger for all bicyclists, particularly young children,” Grant said.

If you or your child has been injured in a bicycle accident, please email us or call our office at 888-354-9880 to schedule an appointment with an experienced bicycle accident attorney.   We are here to help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.

Bicycles Riding on Roads – Is Right Right?

As young children, we are taught to ride our bikes on the right side of the road.  Generally that is the right answer but not always.  “Most States have laws that allow bicycles to ride in other places at certain times,” said G. Grant Dixon III, founder of Dixon Law Office and an avid cyclist.  For example, the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code requires bikes to ride on the right side of the road only when moving slower than the normal speed of traffic.  625 Ill.Comp.Stat. § 5/11-1505.  If the bicyclist is passing someone, preparing to make a left turn, or avoid something in the road, the bike can operate anywhere in the lane.  Grant concluded, “Motorists often ignore cyclists and that usually ends badly for the cyclists.”

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, please email us or call our office at 708-354-9880 to schedule an appointment with an experienced bicycle accident attorney.   We are here to help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.

Mountain Bike Dangers

More than 27,000,000 children aged 5 to 14 ride bicycles, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in a 1994 study.  Off-road bicycles, known as mountain bikes, account for 62 percent of new bicycle sales in the United States.  But they are not just for off-road use. Mountain bikes are as frequently seen on city streets as well.

A study in American Family Physician reported on how often people were injured when riding a bicycle.  Head injuries accounted for only between 22 and 47% of all injuries.  Collisions with cars and trucks accounted for the over 60% of the catastrophic and serious injuries.  Injuries involving mountain biking are most common in men between 20 and 39 and are often caused by the rider striking an object or losing control on a descent.  For more about mountain biking injuries, or if  you are interested in the full text of the article, you can see it here.

If you or a loved one is seriously injured or killed in a mountain biking accident, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We are cyclists and have the experience in the saddle and in the courtroom to get you the compensation you deserve.  Call us today at (708) 354-9880 or email us here.  We are here to help.

Thankful

We at Dixon Law Office are a thankful bunch.

We are thankful to live without pain.  Every client comes to us with a story.  That story always ends the same: pain.  Inevitably, someone did something seriously wrong.  That wrong caused our client to get hurt.  It may have been the driver that ran a red light and hit the bicyclist.   It may have been the truck driver who was speeding.  It may have been the doctor who did not run that test.  It may have been that employer who removed the guard from the machine.  In each case, the victim ends up hurt or killed.  For those that survived, that hurt leads to a life lived in pain.  We are thankful to live without pain.

We are thankful to work where we do.  Every day, we have the privilege of helping clients who work in very difficult conditions.  Many of our worker’s compensation clients are forced to work in dangerous places.  The construction site is not safe because the boss will not supply safety equipment.  The manufacturing plant is full of tripping hazards.  The office worker is forced to work in a chair that is painful to her back.  They all have bosses that illegally threaten them if they refuse or complain.  Many work on but end up with serious injuries.   We are thankful to work where we do.

We are thankful for today.  For all of our clients, the day they were hurt just another day.  They neither expected nor believed that the day would end any differently than the day before.  But it didn’t.  For them, the day ended very differently.  For them, that day ended like no other.  A catastrophic injury.  Amputation.  Pain.  For some, death.  We are thankful for today.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed because of the fault of someone else, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We have the training and experience to get you the compensation you deserve.  Our results prove it.  Call us today at 708-354-9880 or contact us by email.  We are here to help.

Huge Recall of Defective Bicycle Helmets

More than 31,000 Bell Exodus bicycle helmets have been recalled.  Bell Sports of Scotts Valley, California, has recalled ALL Bell Exodus bicycle helmets sold between August of 2009 and March of 2011.  The helmets were sold in the US, mostly at Wal-Mart or on-line at Amazon.  “This recall represents a very real danger to users because the chin strap that holds the helmet on is known to fail,” Grant Dixon said.  As founder of Dixon Law Office, Grant has years of riding experience.   In fact, his abilities in the courtroom and bike were featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.   “If your child has one of these helmets, they should stop using them right away and return them to Wal-Mart or the retailer where you got them.  Bell should be responsible and give you a new helmet to replace the defective one,” he said.

At Dixon Law Office, we help bike accident victims recover the compensation they need. We have extensive experience with cases involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death. For a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer, please call 708-354-9880 or contact us online.

Bicycle Deaths

Everyone knows that riding a bicycle is great exercise and a wonderful way to experience the great outdoors.

It can also be deadly.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 630 people died in bicycle-related accidents in 2009.  “Many times drivers just don’t look for bicyclists,” Dixon Law Office founder G. Grant Dixon III said.  Grant has four decades of bicycle riding experience and has represented many victims of bicycle accidents.  “Bicycles and cars are a dangerous combination for sure,” he said.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, call Dixon Law Office.  We have the experience to handle your case
and get you the results you deserve.

Powerless

This past Monday, a strong thunderstorm rolled through the Chicago area leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.  Hundreds-of-thousands of people were left without electricity, telephone, or cable television.  We at Dixon Law Office were not spared from the damage.  Electricity and our internet connection were severed for two days.  Because of advanced planning, we had a back-up generator that kept the phones and computers running.  Still, the storm reminded us of how much of a disruption to our normal lives a storm like this can cause.

During that time, we were reminded that what brings clients to our door is a storm of a different type.  For nearly all our clients, they did nothing to cause the trauma in their life.  They were victims of another person’s poor choices.  Our clients walked out their doors that day thinking it was just another day.  For most of them, that day ended with pain and trauma.  Sadly for many others, they never came home again.

When speaking with our clients, they often express how they feel powerless.  If they had the power to stop the pain, they would.  If they had the power to bring back that amputated limb, they would.  If they had the power to turn back time, they would.  If they had power to alter the course of that car or change that doctor’s actions, they would.  But they are powerless.

One of the greatest privileges we have at Dixon Law Office is to help those powerless people.  While we cannot stop the pain, regrow a limb, turn back time, or change that doctor’s actions, we can hold those who do wrong accountable.  The system is not perfect.  But when we can look at our client and say we have held the wrongdoer responsible, we know we have given power to the powerless.

If you or a loved one has been left powerless because of the wrongs of another, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We can help give power back to the powerless.

Once Every 10 Minutes

In 2009, more than 51,000 people suffered an injury while riding a bicycle that was serious enough to require a trip to the emergency room.  That means about every 10 minutes, someone is injured in a bicycle accident.   The same study revealed that of those injured, about 17% were children under the age of 14.  “What is scary is that many of those involve drivers not paying attention.  The bicyclist is doing what they should, the driver is not,” Dixon Law Office founder G. Grant Dixon III said.    If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, call Dixon Law Office.  We have the experience to handle your case and get you the results you deserve.

A Day to Remember, July 11, 2009

The date July 11, 2009, is one that stays in the mind of Dixon Law Office founder, G. Grant Dixon III.  “I was riding my bike when next thing I know, I am on the ground,” he said.  He continued, “I landed with all my weight on my right shoulder.  I could hear the bones crunching like someone was stepping on corn flakes.”  In fact, his injuries were serious.  Grant shattered his right collar bone, tore a tendon in his shoulder and ripped his rotator cuff.   His bike was also badly damaged in the fall.

Grant went straight to the emergency room.  There, he was misdiagnosed.  “The doctors said nothing was broken.   They gave me some pain pills and basically told me I would be fine,” Grant said.  The doctors were badly mistaken.  Grant followed up with two different orthopedic surgeons and eventually had to have surgery.

Grant has taken his experiences and applied them to his work.  One lesson he has learned is that the medical profession sometimes gets it wrong.  “While I knew my shoulder was broken, no one in the emergency room would listen to me.  All they said was ‘it’s fine’ and they shoved me out the door.  If I had listened to them, my shoulder would have been mangled for life.”  Grant has vast experience in medical malpractice cases so he followed his instincts, not the doctors.  “Most people trust their doctors.  But many times the doctor’s mistakes cost people their lives. My experience is one of the reasons I am so passionate about helping victims of medical malpractice,” Grant said.

The results show his passion and that of the staff at Dixon Law Office.  If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, call Dixon Law Office.  We have the medical and legal experience to make things right again.  We are here to help.

Bicycle Accident Lawyer with Experience On the Bike and In Courtroom

Bicycle accident cases are personal for Dixon Law Office founder, Grant Dixon. “As a cyclist for more than 30 years, I know how dangerous it is for people riding on a bicycle,” Grant said. He has first-hand experience in the dangers of cycling. Grant continued, “A woman ran a red light and hit me as I was riding in Chicago. I was left in the middle of the road, bruised and bloodied.” He had months of physical therapy and it took a very long time before he recovered from his injuries.

“Like any activity, bicycling has dangers but often bicyclists are hurt because a driver did not pay attention,” Grant said. Dixon Law Office has represented many clients who have been the victims of bicycling accidents. These can be simple car accidents to complicated product liability cases. “While every case is important, my experience on a bike gives me an edge when representing clients in bicycle accident cases,” Grant said.

The results have been impressive. Dixon Law Office has secured large settlements for clients involved in bicycling accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident or is in need of a bicycle accident lawyer, contact Dixon Law Office. We are here to help.

Fire Chief Charged In Bicycle Hit and Run

A man driving a pick-up truck at 60 miles per hour is accused of swerving into a bike lane and striking a cyclist. The pick-up driver continued on, leaving the bicyclist on the shoulder of the road with major head trauma. Witnesses who saw the impact followed him until he reached his home. Once there, witnesses called local police. The driver, a local fire captain, is now facing felony charges in connection with the hit-and-run. He is also accused of driving while under the influence. For more on the story, see this link:  http://lat.ms/hhA16a

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880. We are here to help you.

Dixon Law Office adds DuPage County Office

Dixon Law Office has recently added a second office, expanding into DuPage County, Illinois.  Grant Dixon, founder of the firm, said, “It was important to us that we have an office that is easy for our clients in DuPage County to get to.”  The new location is at 3 Golf Avenue in downtown Clarendon Hills.  It is conveniently located near all the train station.  The new office serves all communities in the area including Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Willowbrook, Wheaton, and Lombard just to name a few.  Grant continued, “Helping clients in DuPage County and around the country is our mission.  We hope this new location will let us be of service to even more people.” 

If you or a loved one is in need of an aggressive and tough lawyer to handle your case, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or stop by one of our offices.  We are here to help.

Consumer Safety Website Launches

The US Consumer Products Safety Commission has launched a new website to help consumers. The website is called www.SaferProducts.gov.  With the new website, “consumers will have open access to product safety information that they have never seen before and the information will empower them to make safer choices,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, chairperson of the CPSC. On the Report tab, consumers report any problems they have with a product they already own. On the Search tab, consumers can check products to see if there are any reported problems or recalls.  “This website makes more of the amazing data the CPSC has available to the public and hopefully will encourage manufacturers to report unsafe products more quickly,” Dixon Law Office founder Grant Dixon said. 

The website can be found at www.SaferProducts.gov

Cycling for Success

Nice story of how cycling helped her get through tough times.

REI Recalls Bikes

Outdoor equipment seller REI has recalled certain bicycles sold through its stores. Novara Fusion Bicycles were sold at REI in 2009 and 2010. The affected models were called “Step Through” and “Fusion”. The steerer tube – the part of the bike that attaches the fork and wheel to the handlebars – can unexpectedly separate causing the bike to collapse and injury the rider. Owners of these bikes should stop using them immediately and return them to REI where a replacement fork will be installed.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please call Dixon Law Office at (708) 354-9880. We are here to help.

Felt Bicycle Recall

Felt Bicycles of Irvine, California recalled brand new 2011 Felt racing bicycles because the front forks are defective. About 1,550 Felt bikes are affected by the recall. The affected models are Felt F3, F4, F5 and F75 bicycles. All have carbon fiber frames AND carbon fiber forks. The forks are manufactured by ADK Technology Limited of Guang Dong, China. These are high end bicycles, usually sold in specialty stores across the US. Prices for the bikes range from $1,400 to $5,000 per bicycle. Anyone owning one of these bikes should stop using it immediately and return it to the dealer for inspection, repair, and replacement. Felt Bicycles can be reached at (866) 433-5887.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, call Dixon Law Office at (888) 354-9880. We are here to help.

Seattle Bike Supply Recalls Bikes for Headtube Failures

Seattle Bike Supply of Kent, Washington announced it was recalling all of its Redline D640 Bicycles.  The company has received reports of the headtube (the vertical tube where the handlebars enter the frame) separating from the frame during use, causing injuries.  The bike has “REDLINE” written down the frame’s tube.  The high-end bicycles were sold at specialty bicycle shops nationwide from December 2007 to May 2010.  If you own one of these bikes, return it to the place of purchase for a free replacement.  For additional information, contact Redline Bicycles at (800) 283-2453 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.Redlinebicycles.com

Jury Duty

As a very young lawyer, I was on trial before a very seasoned trial judge.  The judge was late in his career and nearing retirement.  He ran his courtroom with military precision and took no guff from anyone. You could tell, however, that he loved his job.

After some preliminary lawyer stuff, the jury was marched into the courtroom for jury selection.  The sheriff ordered us all to stand, out of respect, for the potential jurors.  The grey-haired judge then gave a little speech.  He said that our Country is unique from every other country in the world because it allows ordinary citizens to decide cases.  He said citizen juries were so important to our Founding Fathers, they put it in the Constitution so that the right of having citizens listen to cases would not be taken away.  That system has served this Country ever since.

The judge then said something I had never considered.  He said our Country asks us for our service in only two situations: war and jury duty.  Both require you to take an oath.  Both require your time.  Both require work.  And, both can involve life and death.  He asked that jury to take the work of jury service as seriously as we do service in times of war.

Recently, I was called for jury duty.  Like most people, I did not like the idea of having to spend a day at jury duty.  I did not have time for it.  I had other things to do, more important things to do.  Besides, who would put a trial lawyer on their jury?

Dutifully, I arrived at the courthouse on the given day at the time.  I walked the long hallways to the jury room.  When I arrived, I found hundreds of people.  Some were old, some young, some moms, some dads, some single people.  People from about every walk of life and in every color and shape.  It was a wide cross-section of Chicagoland.

We began the day by watching a short video about our jury service.  It explained the process of a jury trial in civil and criminal cases.  It explained who the parties were and their roles in the courtroom.  The video explained who was in charge and who could say what.  Other than being somewhat old, the video explained the process well.

As I listened to that video, I was reminded of my work.  As a trial lawyer, I have the privilege of spending a fair amount of time in front of juries.  I am constantly amazed at how 12 people work so hard.  They always pay attention.  They always look at the evidence very carefully.  They always take their job very seriously. In nearly every case, they arrive at the right decision.  All that work for about $17 a day.

The words of that old judge ring in my ear nearly every time I stand front of a new jury for the first time.  I feel honored that these people have taken their duty to their Country seriously.  I feel honored to be a part of a process that allows ordinary people to do these extraordinary things.  I enjoy helping my clients navigate through the process.  I love it when those juries give my clients the justice they deserve, the justice that was delayed for years.

Back in the jury room, we were getting packed up for lunch when jury panel 3 was called.  That was me.  Along with about 30 other people, we walked down to the courtroom.  I sat in the seats and listened as the judge’s clerk called out names for people to be questioned.  I was not picked to serve on the jury and, I must admit, I was a little disappointed.  I wanted to hear the evidence and make a decision with 11 other people.  Still, I know that just by being there, I served my Country in a small way.  Along with hundreds of others that day, I did my duty.

 If you have any questions about jury service, call us at Dixon Law Office, we are here to help.

Safest Cities, Statistics Don’t Tell the Whole Story

When one thinks of the most crime-riddled city in the US, few would put St. Louis, Missouri even close to the top.  Still, the Associated Press is reporting that St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the US.  The report is based on a study issued by the FBI on crime in the US.  While true, St. Louis has the most reports of crime in the US, the FBI tells people accessing the study, “The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.”  Seems like the FBI does not even think we should be using the stats for that purpose.  Interesting that the FBI shows so many reports in St. Louis but not much else can be gleened from it other than that.  You can read the AP story at this link, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjbTudvgLq379jbYawS7w_WOFUjA?docId=22c9981f4ca34807ba7ac8dc07726067

Bicycle Recalls: Frames and Cranks

Several bicycle manufacturers were forced to recall their products in last couple weeks.  For riders, it seems recalls are more and more common. Here are just a couple.

 The Full Speed Ahead Company of Woodinville, Washington, recalled its BB30 Gossamer crankset installed as standard equipment on a number of high-end bikes including Felt, Bianchi, and Cannondale.  The cranks were manufactured in Taiwan by TH Industries.   To find out if your bike has the defective cranks, contact Full Speed Ahead at (877) 743-3372 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, via email to recall@fullspeedahead.com, or visit the firm’s website at www.fullspeedahead.com.

The Giant Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and the importer, Giant Bicycle Inc. have recalled the Giant Anthem X29 bicycle.  The frame can crack during normal use and cause the rider to fall.  These bikes were expensive, between $2,200 and $3,500, and sold all over the country.  If you think you may have one of these bikes, contact Giant at (866) 458-2555 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.giant-bicycles.com

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