share-the-roadA friend of mine in the insurance business sent me a VERY disturbing email this morning:

Disturbing: I talked to an 80-plus-year-old guy who has a Caddy Escalade with big chrome brush bars.

I half jokingly said,  “So, plan on off-roading a lot with your $65,000 truck with those brush bars?” and he said, “Ha ha- we call those bicycle bars”

What?!?!? I can already can imagine the death and destruction when this guy has a heart attack behind the wheel of this death-dealer. There should be a law….

Sadly, this kind of “joke” is way too common these days. We all heard about the California road rage criminal trial where a doctor was convicted of intentionally mowing down two cyclists. There are countless other stories of motorists “buzzing” or “brushing back” cyclists.

Cars kill cyclists every day. I am very concerned about this emerging, popular attitude that it is somehow OK or “funny” to talk about maiming cyclists.

So, let’s be clear: There are laws—both criminal and civil—that protect cyclists and punish motorists who hurt or kill bicyclists.

And let’s be even more clear: AS AN AVID CYCLIST AND BICYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO HESITATION TO SUE THE PANTS OFF ANY MOTORIST WHO INJURES ONE OF MY CLIENTS!

Let’s see how funny the motorist thinks he is when he mows down one of my clients and is now facing the mother of all lawsuits.

“He who laughs last…….”

Thanks for reading and RIDE SAFELY,

Jim
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James B. Reed, Esq.

NY & PA Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
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