“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring.” – Desmond Tutu
No kidding, the Bishop really said that.
Most everyone I know owns a bicycle. They fall generally into two categories: 1) slavishly devoted; or 2) occasional posers. While the first group is almost too small to matter, the posers are the vast, overwhelming majority. They never take the bikes off the wall hanger except for the odd Sunday afternoon spin.
The reason for this is pretty simple – Alabama roads are a terrifying place if on two wheels. While this is true for motorcycles, it is a scientific fact for the human-powered version.
Bikes Never Win in Collisions with Cars
Over the years, we have had the opportunity to get to know some pretty amazing people from all walks of life. But it is because we have represented them in some pretty terrible accidents. The fact that we have been successful for them does little to fix the harms and losses resulting from car vs. bike collisions.
For instance, a drunk went to jail on Saturday around 3 p.m. His truck was impounded. When he dried out the next day, his girlfriend dropped him off at the lot where they had towed his truck. He took a big drink of whiskey and bought some pain pills off the tow truck guy. He jumped in and a few hours later hit and killed a very nice gentleman out for a Sunday afternoon ride.
This was a real case that we worked on some years ago. We recovered not only from the drunk (who is currently in Kilby state prison, by the way), but also from the gentleman’s own automobile insurance and the wrecker service.
Our Client Won the Case, but…
We got every penny available.
It wasn’t enough. It couldn’t have been.
Please be careful. Wear a helmet. Wear a vest. Wear a wolverine spray painted neon orange if it will help. But be safe.
If something happens, call us. We can help, but we’d rather you not need us.
Which leads us to another great quote:
“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” – Mark Twain