Call

Blog

Law
02

Blog

Mercedes the Menace Could Have Killed Someone.

Road rage in NC is not an isolated incident. Anti-bike rage kills.

Well, road rage has again reared its ugly head near Charlotte, North Carolina. This time no one was hurt, but the behavior was life threatening, photos were taken, and the social media story went viral.

As a bike crash attorney in Charlotte, and as a member of the Bike Law national network, I deal with anti-bike rage all the time.  This time, though, there were photos.

On August 24, a group of bicyclists, led by a safe and experienced rider, was out for a ride in Ballantyne, south of Charlotte. As they rode along in a tight double paceline, a woman in a Mercedes sedan, with her daughter in the front seat, buzzed the group, veered in front of them into the bike lane and almost to the curb and then slammed on her brakes. Instead of screaming or pounding on the car, the cyclists tried to talk calmly to the woman, but she was not to be calmed. As the now viral photos show, she flipped them a double backwards bird with a possessed look on her face.

Here’s the original post. 

Photos were taken (and the scene was witnessed by 30 people) and posted. They have now been seen by thousands of people, and cyclists around the country are pissed off.

Why are we pissed off? Well, let’s start with the doctor in California who pulled the exact same stunt but caused one of the cyclists to slam face first through his rear window and the other onto the sidewalk. Or the driver who killed 5 cyclists in Michigan. Or the one in Angier, NC who ran over 4 people, leaving two of them hospitalized for months. Or in Durham, or Lillington, NC where bicyclists were killed just in the past several months by motorists running them over from behind. The list goes on and on and on.

Yeah, we are pissed off!!!!!

Yet the bicyclists at the scene, unlike the driver, acted calmly and rationally, calling for police help and documenting the event.

The next day, the greater bicycling community took the opportunity to vent. The driver’s social media accounts were found and publicized (she took them down), some suggested informing her employer of her actual behavior. Some called her names or said unkind things about her appearance.  I have followed most of the comments generated by this post, at least locally.

I also regularly read the comments individuals from the general public write when a bicyclist is killed or seriously injured. Now THOSE comments are hateful. They wish death and maiming on people who are parents, brothers, sisters, spouses, children, and who are hurting no one, because they are riding a bicycle! Those comments make those written by cyclists about the Mercedes the Menace look like kindergarten insults.

Comments

Contributory negligence Bike crash
Ann Groninger May 08, 2021

If you’ve met me, you’ve heard talk about contributory negligence many times, including here and here and here. My vocation and my passion as a bike crash attorney is representing injured bicyclists and families of bicyclists who have been killed by careless drivers. Contributory negligence severely impairs the right of these individuals and bicyclists to […]

Read More
Asian-American Triathlete
Rachael Maney May 04, 2021

Bike Month 2021 is setting the bar pretty high. Two days ago, Sika Henry became the first Black woman to earn her pro card in the sport of triathlon. And today, Bike Law and I are honored and excited to announce our sponsorship of the only Asian-American racing on the professional triathlon circuit, Clarice Chastang […]

Read More
Cycliq video close call
Rachael Maney Apr 22, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2021 Jon Korin, President Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (‘BikeAAA’) 443-685-4103, [email protected]   Rachael Maney, National Director Bike Law 410-382-7803, [email protected]   DRIVER CONVICTED ON CYCLIQ VIDEO EVIDENCE Christopher Lee Bradshaw of Lothian, MD was convicted of violating Maryland’s 3-foot bicycle passing law and negligent driving on […]

Read More
cycling friendship
Ann Groninger Apr 21, 2021

Cycling friendships are wonderful benefit to our sport and community.  A major part of our work as bicycle “accident” lawyers means putting a value on losses that our clients suffer as a result of injures from crashes. When it comes to past and future medical expenses, lost income and other financial losses, the job is […]

Read More
Contributory Negligence
Ann Groninger Apr 08, 2021

There is finally a positive development in the fight against Contributory Negligence in North Carolina. Last week a bill called the “Victims’ Fair Treatment Act” was filed in the North Carolina Senate. If passed, the bill would finally bring North Carolina into line with all but 3 other states by eradicating this deeply unfair law. […]

Read More
Bike Shop with wheels
Danny Feldman Apr 04, 2021

Birmingham is blessed to have a number of great bike shops.  Two of these shops, although very different, are the focus here.  Future blog posts from Bike Law Alabama will focus on some of the other great shops in Birmingham and throughout Alabama. A NON-PROFIT BIKE SHOP: REDEMPTIVE CYCLES Why choose Redemptive as your Bike […]

Read More
Dooring of bicyclist
Charlie Thomas Mar 24, 2021

Buena Batiste did not plan to be “doored.” She was knocked off her bike by a car door and then yelled at by the woman who opened it. Fortunately, we were able to take Buena’s dooring case to trial and win. And in doing so, we set a new precedent for bicyclists who suffer a […]

Read More
Bike Hand Signals
Peter Wilborn Mar 12, 2021

Before you get a driver’s license, you typically have to take a test that demonstrates your understanding of the rules of the road. This includes the importance of signaling your intentions when you are turning or changing lanes. Across the United States, bicyclists are required to use signals to let others know what they plan […]

Read More
Ash Our Streets
Daniel Brazil Jan 13, 2021

As a Minneapolis-based attorney, I live, work, play and bike in the city. Although my city might be known for its lakes and our infamous Juicy Lucy, Minneapolis’ dedication to having safer streets for all should be included in that list. To reach the safe streets goal, numerous non-profit organizations and groups are working tirelessly […]

Read More
Load More