I saw an interesting t-shirt for sale today on FaceBook and couldn’t help how it precisely captures the mindset of so many people I come into contact with through my business as a bicycle accident lawyer.
As a committed cyclist and a dedicated bicycle crash lawyer I find it completely disturbing how little people seem to care about cyclists. Trust me I am not ranting here, just perplexed and disturbed. After months of litigating several different bicycle cases recently the over arching feeling in every deposition, every phone call with a defense attorney or insurance adjuster, and even today on a sunny afternoon ride is: Shhhhhh no one cares.
It’s as if everyone knows they should care about cyclists getting hurt, but in the end they all but admit they don’t care and even want to blame cyclists for the crime of riding a bike on the same road a car might travel. Of course that is no crime. But in the eyes of so many it is an all out assault to their right to drive if anyone on the road is slower than they are. I get it. I promise I really get it. I may or may not have lost my patience on more than one occasion while driving in areas of sunny Arizona where there may be an influx of retirees. But frustration is not even by a long shot any justification for hitting a cyclist nor is it a productive way to feel while driving.
Just today I was descending a well ridden road by cyclists in South Phoenix Arizona in South Mountain Park. I was nearly hit twice as drivers boldly crossed the double yellow line into my lane of traffic while out of frustration they aggressively and carelessly passed other cyclists in their lane. Each time the drivers holding up their hands and yelling in the car as if I was in their way! They illegally passed a cyclist and crossed a double yellow line almost hitting me just to get on their way a few seconds faster. And of course they blamed the cyclists for their inconvenience. What an over inflated sense of entitlement.
Driving with frustration like this leads to tragedy. On this very road not long ago an incredible cyclist and all round amazing human being was hit and killed on this very road by a young woman who also carelessly crossed the double yellow line. If a driver doesn’t hit and kill you with this sort of frustration and aggressive and careless driving, then you may end up permanently injured. If you’re lucky you may just end up having a close call like I did today.
What happens next? What happens after the dust settles and the legal case is over? What happens if it was merely a close call? I will tell you no matter the result, a close call, permanent injury or death, it seems that eventually the feeling in the room or the feeling of the drivers out there ever remains: Shhhhh no one cares. The drivers still drive carelessly, aggressively, and do everything they can to blame cyclists. Insurance adjusters, defense attorneys, and law makers still ignore the realities and dangers our current laws which do not protect cyclist enough. They still pretend that it isn’t that big of a deal since the collision was really just an accident and it was with a bicycle. I want to be crystal clear; that is a total lie that society wants us to believe. Lots of people care!
So listen, I don’t accept this mentality. I don’t accept our current legal state of affairs I don’t accept the blatant disregard for cyclists, for the lack of laws protecting them as vulnerable users of the roadways. I don’t accept that cyclists are inferior or at fault simply because they are exercising their right to use the roadway. I have a zero tolerance policy for drivers with entitlement and patience issues relating to cyclists. I am committed to changing this culture, the legal landscape as we know it, and serving and protecting cyclists. I am proud to be a bicycle accident attorney.
Next time you have a “close call” with one of these drivers or you encounter an attitude or paradigm of shhhhh no one cares then I challenge you to do something about it. Be someone who cares. Be someone who makes a difference.
For those of you who have been injured, or have lost a loved one in a bicycle wreck – please know that there are lots of us who care. This ridiculous mind set of shhhhh no one cares is simply NOT TRUE within our cycling community. I have witnessed so many random acts of kindness within the cycling community. Cyclists take care of each other, and look after one another. There is a bond of friendship formed and a strong community established with cycling. If you want to make some sincere and true friends who are incredible and who will inspire you to be better then get a bicycle and join a local bike club.
Loads of people care; and we are going to do something about it every single day!
Bicycle crash and bicycle accident lawyer Ben Dodge
A bicycle crash is not always an accident. If you, or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle crash or accident caused by a road hazard or dangerous road condition, hire a personal injury attorney who is experienced and has a successful track record. Ben Dodge, a licensed bicycle accident lawyer in Arizona, has dedicated his entire firm to one purpose: representing cyclists. Bicycle accident cases are the only cases Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC handles. Home based out of the great state of Arizona, Ben can still help cyclists in the entire United States. Ben also founded Bike Accident Attorneys Network, a national network of attorneys who focus on representing cyclists. He can find you help anywhere in the country.
Ben Dodge has represented and assisted bicycle accident victims across the entire United States. As an avid and competitive cyclist himself, Mr. Dodge currently participates in national and local cycling events all over the world. It isn’t uncommon to spot him in early morning hours out riding his bike. Having competed in 8 Ironman triathlons, numerous local and national cycling races, and a successful finish in the Race Across the West 2016, he really knows what it’s like to ride and race a bike. Ben is competing in the first ever Race Across France – 2018. The day he fell in love with his job was the day he devoted himself completely to bicycle accident cases.
Ben represents cyclists injured in bicycle accidents, at the police station, with insurance companies, and in the courts. He advocates for the rights of all cyclists, not just his clients. He teaches police about bike laws and bike safety, he educates drivers about the rules of the road, and he trains cyclists and clubs to ride more safely.
A consultation with experienced Arizona bicycle accident attorney Ben Dodge is free
In recent years there has been approximately 700 bicycle fatalities in the United States every single year. Approximately 2,000 bicycle accidents are reported in Arizona every year. Approximately 30 fatal bicycle accidents are reported in Arizona every year. Bicycle fatalities are terrible and horrific tragedies that affect the lives of too many families and friends to count. Understanding your rights and obligations as a cyclist can bring clarity to your specific accident situation. It will always be in your best interest to be represented by an attorney who knows the bicycle laws and has a successful track record of winning bicycle accident cases. The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your bicycle accident case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in bicycle accident law, local and state bicycle ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and laws. You should hire someone very familiar with negligence and tort law, civil procedure, and the rules of evidence as they all relate specifically to bicycle accident cases.
Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all local cyclists and a complimentary phone consultation to any cyclist injured in a bike accident. Typically the consultations are schedule from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the accident. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal bike accident liability and potential for recovery. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:
- your specific bike accident details, diagrams, and pictures from your perspective and then from the perspective of your bike accident attorney.
- the applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
- your rights as a cyclist, obligations, and any potential liability.
- the process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.
- the value of your case and what you might expect as compensation.
You can call Arizona bicycle lawyer Ben Dodge of Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC at 1.855.663.3922. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Ben will personally return your call within 24 hours. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in representing cyclists and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness and patience.
Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC
Call Ben Dodge, the Bicycle Lawyer today at 1.855.663.3922. Reach him by fax at 1.800.958.8902.
Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
His main Arizona offices are located at:
Mesa Arizona (home base office)
4824 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 124
Mesa, Arizona 85206
Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Mr. Dodge represents cyclists in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to mesa, phoenix, tucson, yuma, gilbert, peoria, glendale, scottsdale, ahwatukee, tempe, chandler, prescott, sedona, flagstaff, surprise, kingman, page, lake havasu city, payson, goodyear, buckeye, queen creek, paradise valley, show low, winslow, maricopa, nogales, globe, avondale, cave creek, fountain hills, apache junction, carefree, wickenburg, pinetop-lakeside, strawberry, anthem, safford, and more. Ben Dodge is currently involved with bicycle accident cases all over the country and has founded a national network of independent bicycle lawyers that can assist in representation in all 50 states.