Maryland Bike Accident Lawyer on DC Area’s “Intersection of Doom”

Bike accident victim hit by car and then charged by the police!

Excellent article today in the Washington Post about Rosslyn’s “Intersection of Doom.”   It accurately portrays a Kafkaesque situation we deal with at Bike Law on a weekly basis: cyclist hit by a car, transported to the hospital, and presented with a traffic ticket by the police:

“Lindsey Kelley says she was biking through the crosswalk [ed: the correct place for her to be riding] at the intersection last Monday evening when she was hit by a gold sedan.  The 23-year-old never spoke to the woman that hit her, but a man in a black SUV [ed: you can’t make this stuff up, a black SUV!] stopped to reprimand her, she said, telling her that bikes should be on the sidewalk, that she came out of nowhere and that the crash was her fault.  A U.S. Park Police officer asked whether she was hurt and needed an ambulance; she said yes.

She saw the officer again when he came to her hospital room and gave her a $70 ticket for “disregarding traffic signs or road markings.”

“He said, “Don’t get your blood pressure raised; here’s your ID and here’s your ticket.  Now let me explain why I’m giving it to you,”” Kelley recalled.  He said a witness [ed: remember the black SUV?] had told him that she was not in the crosswalk when she was hit.  She protested, she said, and he told her that he had not been there to see the crash.”

Kelley is a trained and experienced bike commuter, having taken a safety class offered by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.  She had photographic evidence that her bike was lying in the crosswalk, but to no avail.  The police officer delivered to her, while she was in a hospital bed, a unfounded ticket.

We wish Lindsay the best in fighting this ticket in traffic court.  But the damage is already done and the ticket adds insult to literal injury.

As bicycle accident lawyers in Maryland and across the country, we at Bike Law deal with this exact problem all the time: an experienced cyclists is riding precisely where the law dictates, is hit by the negligence of a driver (and put in a bad spot because of horrible bike infrastructure), and then blamed and charged with a traffic crime by untrained and possibly biases law enforcement personnel.  How many times have our clients been charged by police officers who deliver a ticket to a hospital without conducting a thorough investigation and sometimes without even speaking to the injured cyclist directly?  Answer: all the damn time.

What can we do?  We train police officers to prevent the problem (an uphill struggle, to be sure) and we fight in traffic court to protect the rights of cyclists.  One day, we hope that cyclists will be treated with respect and not unfairly blamed by bad cops, but until then, we will continue to fight and win.

Let us know if we can help.  We are always available at 844-531-7530 and at info@bikelaw.com.


Greenville bicyclist and advocate Frank Mansbach, bicycle accident, bike crash, bicycle accident attorney, bicycle accident lawyer, South Carolina bicycle accident, South Carolina bicycle accident lawyer
Nov 25, 2015

A 2010 Bike Car Crash Turned Frank Mansbach into a Voice for Greenville Bicyclists Would you stop riding your bike if you were hit by a car? Not if you’re Frank Mansbach. Six years ago, a motorist struck Frank while he was on a morning bike ride. That crash transformed Frank into a powerful advocate […]

Read More
Nov 20, 2015

  At Bike Law, we’re big fans of cyclocross, and we sponsor a Bike Law CX Team. With the cyclocross season in full swing, we have riders heading to Hendersonville, North Carolina, for a November 28 event. The event, presented by Asheville Cyclocross, is being held at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch. The Bike Law […]

Read More
smartphone use, distracted biking, bicycle crashes, bicycle driving
Nov 19, 2015

Distracted biking was the subject of a recent news article, Cities and States Try to Crack Down on Distracted Bicycling. The article’s back-and-forth debate centered on this question: do we need special laws to block cyclists from riding with earbuds or using handheld smartphones? Several cities or states have already banned cyclists’ use of handheld […]

Read More
bicycle accident, bike crash, bicycle accident attorney, bicycle accident lawyer, North Carolina bicycle accident, North Carolina bicycle accident lawyer
Nov 17, 2015

Look at the above picture. There’s nothing special about it, really – aside from the obvious fact that every ride with your buddies is special. Now take another look. What you’re seeing is two abreast riding, a common practice in nearly every group ride. Currently, North Carolina’s law is silent on riding two abreast, and cyclists across […]

Read More
Nov 14, 2015

Earlier this year, our client David Spranger was riding his bike to work at 5:00 a.m. His bicycle was covered in lights and reflective gear, and he was wearing a bright yellow rain jacket. David was seriously injured when a driver in a minivan struck him from behind. David’s injuries included fractured bones and a […]

Read More
Nov 11, 2015

After deliberating for more than five and a half hours on Friday, a Cook County jury decided to compensate a male bicyclist injured in a 2011 collision with a SUV in Palos Heights.  Our firm represented the cyclist at the week long trial. The case was a tough one and the verdict of $37,000 reflects […]

Read More
Gas, gas tax, bicycle accident, bike crash, bicycle accident attorney, bicycle accident lawyer
Nov 09, 2015

We had just finished a short and pleasant ride to a local coffee shop and were returning home. As we crested a short hill, an impatient motorist passed us and forced an oncoming car to the shoulder. The motorist who had been forced from the road rolled down his window and motioned at us. “Bicycles […]

Read More
Bike Law Bullitt Cargo Bikes
Nov 03, 2015

If you followed the Bike Law National Tour, you probably noticed a number of cargo bikes in our pictures, like this shot from our Detroit scavenger hunt.  Here I am, at speed and with cargo. Simply stated, we are big fans of cargo bikes. A number of the Bike Law lawyers use them to commute, […]

Read More
Nov 02, 2015

The unthinkable has happened – during a short bike ride around town your buddy is injured in a bike-car collision. What’s your best course of action? I’ve seen plenty of lists on lawyer sites but rarely are they addressed specifically to cyclists. Bike Law attorney Ann Groninger has handled hundreds of bike accident cases, and […]

Read More
Nov 02, 2015

You’ve just received an e-mail from your local bicycling club: a new bill working its way through the State House could be bad news for bicyclists. Your cycling club has prepared a form letter and is urging you to fire it off to the lawmaker in your district. But are those form letters effective? Yes […]

Read More
Nov 02, 2015

The “Idaho stop” is not new but it’s in the news again and generating a fresh round of controversy.  What is the Idaho stop and yield? Under a law passed in 1982, Idaho bicyclists can treat a stop sign as a yield sign and a red light as a stop sign, assuming it’s safe to do so. Currently, only […]

Read More
Oct 22, 2015

A taxi driver who fled the scene after striking a Chicago bicyclist from behind in Wicker Park could not escape accountability.  The driver, Tilek Tulemyshev, and the cab company, Best Cab Corp, have paid $300,000 to the injured biker, a 33 year old airline attendant, following a lawsuit filed against them by FK Law. On September […]

Read More
Load More