The Kid's Smiles Make Our Christmas Complete
We had the nicest and most appreciative group of kids and parents participate in our 8th Annual Bikes For Kids. There were six children between the ages of 5 and 11 who lived in the Clearwater area and as far away as Riverview and Plant City. The wonderful folks at Chain Wheel Drive provided them with the coolest bikes the kids could have imagined. One had green tires! They were each individually fitted to their new bike which was complete with front and rear lights. Kati from our office fitted them with very cool new helmets which she got each of them (and their parents) to agree they would always wear. Tom and Dottie Jessup even arranged for the Bearded One to make a special appearance in his red regalia. Thanks to the kids, the terrific folks at Chain Wheel Drive in Clearwater, and to Kati in our office for a wonderful event.
What a New Bicycle Can Mean to a Child
"I know what the first bike represents to a kid," Jim Dodson says. "Freedom, independence, and of course the opportunity to get exercise." For the past five years, the firm has worked with local agencies like Isaiah's Inn and Shepherd's Village, to help locate families with children who are facing hard times and need or would enjoy a new bike but would not otherwise have the opportunity to receive one. "Very few things are as fulfilling as putting a smile on a child's face," Jim says, "it's one of the most enjoyable events of the year and we're thankful we are able to do it."
Attorney Jim Dodson is an Advocate for Bicycle Safety
Jim Dodson loves cycling and is well known by local cyclists as an advocate for bicycle safety in the community. In 2012, he partnered with bike commuter David Sandman and Sergeant George Edmiston of the Largo Police Department in an effort to raise public awareness of the "3 Feet Please Initiative" which is drivers responsibility to pass cyclists at a safe distance, no less than three feet.
Jim emphasizes the responsibility in bicycle ownership, especially with parents and their kids, because he knows from his law practice the dangers that come with riding a bike. "Teaching children to protect themselves, and educating drivers on their responsibility toward cyclists are simple ways the community can help reduce accidents and allow cyclists to enjoy the benefits of riding a bike," he explains.
25 Years of Practicing Personal Injury Law
In Jim Dodson's 25 years of practicing personal injury law in Florida, he has helped many cyclists recover compensation from negligent drivers. In addition to helping bicycle accident victims, Jim has published a book of information that would benefit any cyclist who rides a bike in Florida. The Florida Bicycle Accident Handbook offers information about Florida bicycle laws, how to avoid accidents, what to do if you were in an accident and the insurance you must carry to protect yourself. Order your free copy today.