Here we are in the dead of winter and even the most die-hard riders are having to crawl into their cages to get from Point A to Point B. I thought I’d share some advice about calling police after an accident because the decision is often less obvious when you’re in a car. Typically, if a motorcycle is involved in an accident, there’s no question whether you need to call police; the damages and injuries are usually significant. But what about car accidents? [Read more…] about Should I Call the Police After an Accident?
Bruce Philp was in his 50s when he says, “Something detonated inside me.”
He was sitting at his car dealership getting an oil change and looked across the street to a Yamaha dealership. [Read more…] about Under Every Motorcycle Helmet Lives a Philosopher
By: Scott O’Sullivan, The O’Sullivan Law Firm
In the immediate minutes, hours and days after a motorcycle accident, people do the strangest things. Sometimes they act irrationally due to the burst of adrenaline in their bodies. Other times, they are simply naïve about their own injuries, or they innocently trust the other driver to take responsibility for the damages they caused. [Read more…] about Top 8 Dos and Don’ts in the First 24 Hours After a Motorcycle Accident
From September 19 through 23, 2018, ABATE of Colorado hosted hundreds of bikers for the annual Meeting of the Minds conference. What an amazing gathering of caring bikers from around the country! Everywhere you turned, bikers were greeting each other with hugs, questions about family members, big barks of laughter, and a few embraces of condolence. Such a warm, passionate, loving gathering of bad-ass bikers! [Read more…] about Motorcycle Rider Foundation Brings Bikers Together in Denver
I’m seeing a disturbing trend. Actually, this shady insurance practice has been going on for a long time but I used to only see it with the… shall we say… less respectable insurance companies. Now, I’m seeing it across the industry. [Read more…] about Don’t Get Punked by Your Insurance Company
In 2017, I worked closely with Colorado Senator Lois Court to draft and champion a bill that would have increased the fine for texting-while-driving from $50 to $500. A second offense and any offense thereafter would have been punishable with a fine of $750. [Read more…] about Rider Justice Fighting for Stricter Texting-While-Driving Laws
I recently received a call from a man who was at a funeral home saying goodbye to his son. To say that this call was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” would be a serious understatement. Prior to this call, I was already feeling overwhelmed, emotional and angry about the devastation I see in the Colorado biker community, which faces an unacceptable number of accidents, injuries and deaths on our roads.
Then, this father called me. I have two sons and I couldn’t – I can’t – seem to keep my professional distance any longer. I knew that I had to do more than just help these victims and their families after their accidents; I wanted to make them safer so that they don’t get hurt in the first place. Additionally, I’m also tired of seeing bikers get the ticket after every accident, even when they are clearly the victim of another driver’s negligence. The discrimination that bikers face in our legal system is rampant!
I’m tired of seeing bikers get the ticket after every accident, even when they are clearly the victim of another driver’s negligence.
So, I decided to start a new organization aimed at promoting biker safety and fighting biker discrimination. It’s called Rider Justice and I’m proud to announce that it is now launched, live and ready to help bikers!
What is Rider Justice?
In a nutshell, Rider Justice fights biker discrimination and promotes safer roads for motorcyclists. If we’re successful, there will be fewer bikers hurt and killed on Colorado roads, auto drivers will be more aware of and respectful of bikers, and bikers won’t receive as many undeserved traffic tickets.
Here are the ways that Rider Justice fights for biker safety and equality:
1) Standing Up for Bikers
Free Traffic Ticket Support: We help motorcyclists fight the traffic tickets they receive, no matter who is supposedly at fault. We have seen too many motorcyclists receive the ticket when it’s the other guy’s fault or when the biker was doing nothing wrong. (We do not defend DUI or felony cases; we can refer bikers to criminal counsel who will work for a discount.)
Free Insurance Review: We have found that the majority of bikers are underinsured and may even receive bad advice from their insurance agents. We review riders’ insurance for free and help them work with their agent to get the coverage they need.
Legislative/Policy Advocacy: We work with lawmakers and like-minded organizations to create and support bills that make our roads safer for riders.
2) Educating the Community
Trainings: We host training events for both bikers and auto drivers. These trainings, hosted around the community and in motorcycle dealerships, cover everything from accident scene management to insurance reviews to motorcycle awareness.
Community Strength: We host events that foster the brotherhood and sisterhood of the motorcycle culture and community.
Raising Awareness: We regularly post articles on topics that are relevant to bikers and to anyone who cares about road safety in Colorado. Additionally, we developed The Denver Accident Map to raise awareness about the unacceptable level of accidents on Denver’s roads.
3) Giving Back to Bikers
We support organizations that do good in the biker community, including BikerDown, ABATE and CORD.
Ultimately, I also plan to launch a Rider Hit-and-Run Tip Line, offering a reward for tips leading to the arrests of people who hit riders and take off.
Wish Us Luck!
So, there you have it! I’m very excited about this new endeavor and about the impact that we could make on rider safety and rider rights in Colorado. If you have any thoughts, questions or suggestions for me as we begin this new journey, I’d love to hear from you. And please visit RiderJustice.com often!
I live in Denver and I’ve lived here a long time. And, as anyone who has lived here for more than five years can attest: traffic is getting nuts! It feels like Denver’s streets are getting more dangerous by the day. But, aside from weekday morning traffic reports, it can be hard to determine how dangerous and where the accident hot-spots are. I wanted a way to view accidents in Denver by type and location so that I could make better, safer decisions about my typical travel routes. [Read more…] about Do You Know Denver’s Accident Hot Spots? This Map Shows You
I just have to tell you about a motorcycle podcast that I recently found! As you know, I do a lot with the Colorado motorcycle community, from sponsoring rides to joining the board of BikerDown to giving away bikes. Recently, I was in a conversation with a biker who told me about Wild Ride Radio, so I tuned in. It’s great! I asked a friend who is a freelance writer to interview Dallas so that we could get the word out about his great work to the local and regional biker community. Read the story below and check out the podcast: I think you’re going to like what you read and hear… [Read more…] about Wild Ride Radio: A Biker Podcast
By Scott O’Sullivan, The O’Sullivan Law Firm
Motorcycle riders are a tight-knit group. When I attend rallies, rides and other motorcycle events, I’m always inspired by the sense of camaraderie shared by bikers, who seem to walk around like they share the best secret in the world. They all love biking, bikers and bikes. They share a special bond. [Read more…] about When Someone You Love is in a Motorcycle Accident