Joseph Chaffee violently struck the rear of Joseph Schrom's bicycle on Sept. 23, 2010, causing serious injuries to Schrom.

Joseph Schrom of Horseheads was seriously injured in September 2010 when his bicycle was struck from behind by a drunken driver.

Joseph Schrom knows the dangers bicyclists face every day.

The 21-year-old Horseheads man was badly injured in 2010 when he was struck from behind by a drunken driver while riding his bike.

Joe, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, suffered a traumatic brain injury and numerous other injuries and has had multiple surgeries and hospitalizations since the accident.

Because of my experience with N.Y. bike crash cases, Joe and his mom contacted me to represent Joe in bringing a personal injury lawsuit.  After several years of hard work, I was able to recently secure a settlement for Joe of more than $1.8 million over his lifetime for his injuries. Learn more about his accident here.

Now Joe wants to educate others by promoting bicycle safety during a program from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Horseheads Elks Lodge on Hickory Grove Road.

“I want to prevent a tragedy, prevent another person from being hurt and killed,” he said. “You don’t think about it, but there’s always a chance it could happen to you.”

I will be speaking at noon about New York State bike laws and safety, and will be available to answer questions after my talk.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will also include discussions on road safety and bicycle equipment.

For Joseph, it’s part of an Eagle Scout project started before the 2010 accident. He received a lifetime extension to finish the project because of the accident. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 41.

Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles for inspection. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Thanks for reading!


James B. Reed
NY & PA Bike Accident Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
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