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'Bicycle Accident Victim's Fund' launches

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 13th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Got this via press release today. Hadn't seen it before. Looks interesting. Started in Boulder, CO, but it can be used by anyone in the U.S.:

BICYCLE ACCIDENT GROUP ANNOUNCES ESTABLISHMENT OF VICTIM FUNDS
BOULDER, CO USA (December 13, 2010) The Bicycle Accident Victim’s Fund announces the establishment of two Funds dedicated to providing financial assistance to bicyclists who are involved in bicycle-motorist accidents through no-fault of their own.

The Bicycle Accident Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is designed to help bicyclists defer legal expenses associated with their bicycle-motorist accidents. The Bicycle Accident Victim’s Assistance Fund (VAF) is designed to help bicyclists defer non-legal expenses associated with their bicycle-motorist accidents.

In order to be eligible for financial assistance bicyclists must not be at-fault in their bicycle-motorist accidents, and the accidents must occur in one of the 48 United States or the District of Columbia within the funding year. The Bicycle Accident Victim’s Fund will begin accepting Eligibility Applications in January 2011, and financial awards are planned to commence as early as first quarter 2011 for accidents occurring after December 31, 2010.

The Bicycle Accident LDF is made possible by annual memberships from law firms. The Bicycle Accident VAF is made possible by donations and in-kind services from corporations, foundations, individuals, government agencies, participants of organized events, and philanthropists, club and team memberships, and through the sale of RiderID™, the national bicycle-rider registry facilitating emergency contact response, and promoting bicycle riding safety and security.

RiderID™ is being sold through network of Independent Bicycle Dealers and authorized retailers, and direct from the Bicycle Accident Victim’s Fund. The Bicycle Accident Victim’s Fund commits 100% of the net proceeds from RiderID™ sales to the Bicycle Accident Victim’s Assistance Fund, and at least 80% of all donor and member contributions are committed to their respective Funds. For more information about how to support the Bicycle Accident Victim’s Fund, please visit the Fund’s website at www.bavfund.com.

Bicycle Accident Victim’s Fund
Through its Legal Defense and Victim’s Assistance Funds, the Bicycle Accident Victim’s Fund provides financial assistance to bicyclists involved in bicycle-motorist accidents through no-fault of their own. The Bicycle Accident Legal Defense Fund is made possible by annual memberships from law firms. The Bicycle Accident Victim’s Fund is made possible by donations and in-kind services from corporations, foundations, individuals, participants of organized events, and philanthropists, club and team memberships, and through the sale of RiderID™, the national bicycle-rider registry facilitating emergency contact response, and promoting bicycle riding safety and security. www.bavfund.com

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  • Kt December 15, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Interesting. I like the idea of this. That said:

    RiderID performs the same function as RoadID, but seems like it would be less easy to find for EMS. At least with RoadID, it's right there strapped to my body, not tucked in my helmet or something!

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  • VIE December 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Should have been front page news, Jonathan!

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) December 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

      I hear you VIE. I thought about it, but then wondered about the source and whether it was new or not. I could easily get a bit more background and then do something front page.

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  • VIE December 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

    The LDF is, IMHO, a huge deal because it significantly expands (by funding) legal services to low-income cyclists and could even allow for advocacy-type work. Consider how a bicyclists' LDF compares to one for people who are gay or lesbian (and facing discrimination or just needing someone to stand up in a public forum) or other minority-focused LDFs. I'm guessing we could raise money for this in Oregon, and I might just do that now that I am returning to town...

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