Journeyman Bike Commuter
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: '88 Fuji Saratoga, '12 Jamis Sputnik, '13 Motobecane Fantom29 HT, '16 Motobecane Turino Pro Disc, '16 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite
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I'm also sorry for your loss. My dad died in 1993 and it was devasting to me. Time does heal wounds.
It seems outrageous for the driver to be suing for recovery of damages to a vehicle. My gut response is to discourage the driver. But this may not lead to healing. So, why not combine the healing process with something additionally constructive. Hence my suggestion below. I've never done this myself, so can't speak to the difficulty and the commitment that's involved. But here goes:
1) Establish a charitable foundation in your father's name - devoted to something that he held dear.
2) Affiliate the charity with like-minded or parent charities. Begin holding modest fundraising events.
3) Lawyer up. Seriously.
4) On advice of counse and after appropriate considerationl, file a wrongful death civil suit for, say, $5-10M - the proceeds from which will go in total to the foundation.
5) Fight with every ounce of your strength.
Last edited by Phil_gretz; 10-24-12 at 08:03 AM.