In South Carolina, for example, we partnered up with South Carolina's bicycle advocacy group, the Palmetto Cycling Coalition. Relying on the PCC's advocacy experience, dynamic leadership, and network of clubs, and adding our view from the trenches and real world knowledge, the Project Team designed and produced a video PSA campaign, entitled Safe Streets Save Lives. Join the movement for better in cycling at Safe Streets Save Lives.
Not only are these videos a model of how to improve bicycle safety, the innovative partnership between the PCC and Bike Law is a model of how bike advocacy groups can work together to make cycling better and safer.
When roads improve for the safety of bicyclists, they become safer for all users.
Riding your bicycle is a safe, healthy and cherished way of life, but we have a long way to go to create a truly bicycle-friendly community. We hope that Bike Law can play a part in getting us there.
We don't call them "bicycle accidents" and neither should you. The word "accident" means that an occurrence was "accidental" or unavoidable. After representing thousands of injured bicyclists, we have learned that "bike accidents" are very rare. In the overwhelming number of our cases, a driver made the wrong choice, and is to blame. So we use the phrase "bicycle crash."
Meanwhile, if you ever find yourself in a bicycle crash, here's what you need to know.
Here's a great article by Laura Bliss on the Atlantic's City Lab site that explains why it all matters so much.
Ride with a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with.
Dial 911: call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official accident report. A police report provides documentation detailing the incident, including the identity of witnesses.
Get the business card of the officer.
Leave your bike in the same state it was after the accident, if possible. It is best if the police see the accident scene undisturbed.
Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
Immediately seek medical attention, either at the scene, the emergency room, hospital or doctor's office. When in doubt go to the ER! Give all complaints to the doctor. Medical records are proof that you were injured and document the extent of your injuries.
Take photos of injuries and keep a diary of how you feel after the accident.
Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault. Get the driver's name and his or her insurance information, along with the names of any passengers.
Give no written or recorded statements to anyone.
One of the most important lessons we have learned is that most bicycle collisions have simple causes. Never forget these basic rules.