Kelly Law MAY2018

OFFICES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTH BEND

A Lifelong Passion for ‘Wind Therapy’ Why We’re Dedicated to Making the Road a Safer Place

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orking as a paralegal at this firm for over 25 years, I’ve seen clients deal with every conceivable motorcycle injury under the sun.

there’s a reason they call it “wind therapy”— there’s no feeling quite like the one you get with a light breeze gusting through your hair as you gun the throttle, the rolling landscape stretched out in all directions. However, as any non-biker is eager to point out, there’s no denying that riding is also very dangerous. The safest motorcyclists are like owls, always keeping their eyes wide open, checking every nook and cranny on the road to avoid some hapless motorist’s deadly

I’ve had my own terrifying close calls on a bike, from motorists looking right past me as they take a left turn in an intersection to nearly shoving me off the road as they switch lanes. Because of these experiences, I can relate to the dangerous challenges all motorcyclists contend with on the road. Though I’ve witnessed the consequences of countless bike-related accidents, many of them affecting our clients for the rest of their lives, I’m not about to pack it in and pawn off my Harley. Instead, I ride defensively and advocate for motorcycle safety and awareness alongside my peers at the firm. Being Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the work we do seems more important now than ever. My history with motorcycles starts back when I was a little kid, riding on the back of my dad’s bike whenever I got the chance. Later in life, after my two children reached a decent age to ride, I decided to finally try getting on a bike of my own. My husband showed me the ropes out in some parking lot on the outskirts of town, and I caught on quickly. Before long, I was cruising with my family on the open road, feeling utterly empowered and free as a bird. After all,

error. After I’d been riding on my own for a while, I decided to take a safety course from Indiana ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education). Even if you’re a confident rider of several years, I’d recommend taking such a class. The experts there helped rid me of a number of dangerous habits I’d developed over the years and instilled in me a heightened sense of road awareness that’s been invaluable ever since. I found this training so valuable, I became an ABATE instructor myself. Over the years, I’ve developed a passion for biking that gives me a unique perspective on motorcycle accident law. Though the worst I’ve ever gotten from a wreck was a pair of black eyes, I can sympathize with and understand what our clients are going through. It’s really a privilege to be able to help fellow motorcyclists out as my job, ensuring that their medical bills are taken care of so they can focus on their recovery. It’s just one of the reasons I’ve stuck with this firm for close to three decades, doing everything I can for the wonderful people we serve.

–Lynn Shively

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