I was riding my bike around Lake Monroe, a ride I do all the time, and I was just finishing up on the backside of the lake on the final stretch, going through a neighborhood and there was a car that was on a cross street at a stop sign that I saw. I didn't think anything of it because the car was stopped and I made visual contact with the car and I continued on and the next thing I knew the car was right in front of me. They were going straight across through the intersection and they pulled out a lot quicker than I could react. I ended up hitting the side of the car and then went down to the ground.
Then the next thing I recall is I'm laying on the ground with the car moving right beside me and I'm struggling to get away from the car so I don't get run over by the tires because it's still moving. Then I notice that I'm bleeding profusely on the ground but I managed to get away from the car and the car stops and the passenger rolled down the window and asked are you ok and I said "no I'm not" and then they left. They left the scene.
Finding an attorney I think is hard. I'm not type that is going to call a number that is on the side of a bus. The 1-800 call Gary or whatever it is. Or the 411-PAIN, you know I see those and I see them as just rackets to get people in. With Jim's office, I never felt that. It was kind of like the feeling you get going to a mom and pop restaurant, where you can get to know them and you can address them by first name. And, they have actually taken the time to get to know you. I had that feeling with Jim's office. And, we're on first name basis. I didn't have to say, "I'm calling for Mr. Dodson. Is Mr. Dodson in, this is Mr. Garett calling about case X-whatever." I could always ask "Is Jim in, this is Richard", and they would know me and they would know the case.
Jim being a cyclist himself, made me feel like he knew exactly what I went through. It's that moment that I'll never forget when right before you make impact with that car, there's a moment that goes through your mind that you realize you're not in control and you don't know what is going to happen next. You just know it's not good. That's something that I feel that Jim could certainly relate to. He's not only a cyclist himself but he's heard a lot of other cyclists stories who have gone through something similar like me. Knowing that he was also a cyclist made me want to have him my side even more.
When we did get to the mediation it was a completely new process for me, so I don't know all that mediation, the back and forth, it's like a dance. A legal dance. I didn't understand it, I didn't pretend to, I was just kind of mesmerized by it and at the end, I ended up getting a settlement which I was very happy with. It was actually more than I had even anticipated and the process lasted even shorter than I expected as well.
I was very pleased with Jim's performance. I was extremely pleased with the outcome of the case. So, doing a testimonial for him was my pleasure.
Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.Richard G.