Fallen Riders Foundation

Mission Statement

It is the mission of this organization to provide immediate assistance to fallen Riders of two and three wheeled vehicles in the event of incapacitation or death.

The purpose is to honour all riders (a) in the event of death by preventing burial in a pauper's grave due to legal time constraints when there is a delay in contacting next of kin and/or their ability to make appropriate arrangements themselves; (b) in the event of incapacitation to assist a family in financial need to transport the injured to a care facility near to next of kin.

In addition, we will encourage all riders to carry an information card with their driver's license indicating (a) emergency contact information (b) known allergies (c) the location of the last will on file and/or health care proxy. We will help to educate all riders for the need to have these legal documents in place.

We are a non-profit, donation funded organization and request replacement of emergency funds used by those with ability to pay.

General Information
The Call No One Wants to Receive!

There was no one at home when the State Police knocked on our door. I was out of state visiting my children. They went to our neighbours. Luckily they knew where I was and how to contact me. How will your next of kin be contacted if no one is home ... or if you live alone?

Funeral Services

In shock at the news ... I hadn't thought to ask where they had taken his body. Seven hours later I was finally able to contact his riding club (Southern Cruisers Chapter 137) to let them know what had happened ... and to ask for help with arrangements. Little did I know the clock was ticking!

In the State of Louisiana embalming, burial, or cremation must take place withing 30 hours of death. If arrangements are not made within that time frame, the body is placed in an unmarked pauper's grave. Blood kin or a legal spouse must sign for cremation. Common law marriage conveys no legal spousal rights!

The First Officer of our chapter stepped up and paid for embalming to buy time for me to return, to find a burial site, and to make arrangements for services. The Fallen Riders Foundation will do the same for someone killed on a motorcycle in Central Louisiana when there is a delay contacting next of kin or their ability to make arrangements within the allotted time frame. We will also help fund transport of a dead or incapacitated Rider whose next of kin are out of our area. These are emergency services only, and we respectfully request that those with the ability to pay reimburse the Foundation so funds are available for the next Rider in need.

Banks may release funds from an individually held account to a funeral home for burial expenses. They require a copy of the death certificate and must be billed directly from the funeral home.

Estate Rights
A common perception is that if someone dies without a last will and testament that the spouse inherits and gains control of the estate of the deceased ... right? Wrong! Familiarize yourself with the Rights of Succession. You will be surprized to find that even a legal spouse has little right to individually held property. A common law spouse has as much right as a casual acquaintence!

A legal executor is required for many estate concerns from signing titles to closing accounts, and can only be named by you in a legal will. Who do you trust to handle your estate in the manner you would desire? Even if you are someone who feels you "don't have much" ... take the time to file a legal will to protect those you care about!

Other Considerations

What if you don't die? What if you are incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself? A health care proxy (POA) will allow you to designate who you want to make medical decisions for you. A power of attorney allows you to designate the administrator of your estate. Carry a Fallen Rider Information Card with you at all times with at least two emergency contacts, known allergies, and the location of these pertinent documents. Time is of the essence in the event they are needed!

Be Safe! Be Prepared! Ride Free!

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