At Caress Law Group, we frequently see how the use of bicycles can change a person’s life in an instant. With a portion of our practice dedicated to representing injured bicyclists, our Indiana bicycle lawyers know that a rider’s favorite hobby can take a dangerous turn as a result of someone’s brief moment of carelessness. However, make no mistake; cycling brings great joy, pleasure, and self-satisfaction to riders an overwhelmingly majority of the time. Recently, for example, there have been a number of inspirational stories from Indiana news outlets describing Hoosiers utilization of bicycles to show appreciation, raise money, and, generally, to make a positive impact in the community and beyond.
Jesse Beller and his cousin Garrett Caldwell used their bikes to show gratitude for the assistance of the American Cancer Society, an organization that supported their grandmother during her successful battle against breast cancer. On July 6, 2013, these two college-aged men began their 700 mile bicycle journey in Jasonville, Indiana with the intention of pedaling all the way down to Fort Walton Beach, Florida. These dedicated young men wanted to use their passion for bicycling to raise money for the American Cancer Society after all the organization did to help their grandmother, and the ride seemed to have been a great success.
The Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation began its inaugural Indiana bike ride in 2012, but last year’s journey was such a success that it has made great strides in 2013. Cops Cycling for Survivors is another example of Hoosiers using their bicycles to show support for the community; in particular, this bicycle ride across Indiana consists of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, family members, and friends to pay tribute to Indiana law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty, to raise funds, and to promote awareness of the sacrifices made by Indiana law enforcement members and their families. Riders participating in this event are riding their bikes around the perimeter of Indiana, a 962 mile bike ride. Just recently, you could see these bicyclists pedaling through Dubois County, Vigo County, Sullivan County, and Princeton, Indiana. Riders in this event are expected to finish their 962 mile trek this weekend in Indianapolis.
On a lighter note, singer Dave Matthews was riding his bicycle in Hershey, Pennsylvania this past weekend when his bike tire went flat. Two Dave Matthews Band fans happened to be driving by and helped him fix his flat tire. Dave was so appreciative that he gave the couple back-stage passes and front row tickets for the show in town that weekend. The moral of the story is, when you see a biker in trouble on the side of the road, it might be worth it to stop and help – you never know what you might get out of it!
The Indiana bicycle accident lawyers at Caress Law Group are truly proud to represent victims of bicycle injuries in Indiana. It is for that reason that we are also proud of Jesse Beller, Garrett Caldwell, and groups like the Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation. While riding bicycles are a hobby for many, it is also a strong passion for many others, and Caress Law Group supports and will continue to support such endeavors.