As Washington, D.C. continues to position itself to be the bicycling capital of the United States, with bike shares and radically improving bicycle-friendly initiatives, even the “big wigs” in our city are taking to the streets on two wheels. Of course, with more bicyclists on the road, more cycling injuries occur, and even our most powerful figures in politics are not immune to the risks of biking.
On April 26, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was involved in a biking accident near the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Breyer, who is 74 years old, suffered a proximal humerus fracture in his fall. He was taken by ambulance to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, where he later underwent a reverse shoulder replacement surgery. A spokesperson for the Supreme Court confirmed that the surgery went well.
Justice Breyer, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President William Clinton in 1994, is no stranger to biking accidents. He broke his collarbone in a 2011 cycling incident, and prior to his Supreme Court appointment, a 1993 accident left him with broken ribs and a punctured lung.
Authorities did not provide details about Justice Breyer’s accident.
As the weather heats up and school sessions end, be aware of bicyclist’s vulnerabilities, both as the driver of a vehicle and as a cyclist. Wearing a helmet can prevent serious brain injuries that are all too common, and practicing patience and caution while driving near cyclists can go a long way.
The Bethesda bicycle accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins wish Justice Breyer a speedy and full recovery, and look forward to seeing him resume his important duties once he is feeling better.