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Law

Bicycle crashes are not bicycle accidents. We've learned the difference.

Our Mission

Bicycle crashes are not "accidents." Lawyers in the Bike Law Network have handled thousands of them, and we know the difference.

Bike Law is not a law firm, but a network of independent lawyers and law firms who share a common approach to the law and to helping cyclists.

Our methods and processes have been honed over the last fifteen years: we have handled every type of bicycle crash, and have learned (and will continue to learn) how to do it better.  Lawyers in the Bike Law Network share insight and experience to serve cyclists.  Our Network is growing, and as it does, each of us learns more.

As cyclists, we take a different approach because we understand how important cycling is, and how devastating it can be to be hit on a bike and lose the ability or desire to ride.  Our goal is to be social as well as legal advocates, and we strive to help clients get back up riding as soon as possible.

Once we get a case, we work with the police to get the facts and fault right, we guide you through medical treatment and billing, negotiate with insurance companies, and, when necessary, file suit and go to trial.

We also provide pro bono legal advice to cycling clubs and teams - about insurance, organizational structure, advocacy efforts, bicycle safety and more.  We regularly speak at bike club meetings, and are happy to come to yours.

Select Bicycle Crash Cases

These are a few of the hundreds of cases we have handled.

Case 01

A decorated veteran and Army doctor was on a group ride, when a driver came from behind and smashed into them.  The cyclist was killed, but the police initially gave the driver a minor ticket.  Working closely with the family, Bike Law helped persuade the police otherwise, and the driver was convicted of felony homicide and went to jail.

Case 02

A cycling commuter was riding on a clear summer morning and was run over and killed by the car behind him. Initially the cyclist was deemed at fault by the police. Providing legal and technical assistance, Bike Law cooperated with law enforcement, and the crash report was amended to show what really happened: the driver was to blame.

Case 03

A cyclist used a hand signal for a left-hand turn and had moved to the left lane. The driver of a car behind him sped up, and, trying to pass, collided with the cyclist, knocking him from the bike.  The cyclist suffered significant injuries. The motorist later said that he “didn’t know what an outstretched arm meant.”

Case 04

A well-known cyclist was hit and injured when a commercial van barreled past a stop sign without braking, causing the crash. The van was full of passengers (a work crew), and was driven by a man who didn’t have a driver’s license. The driver and passengers ran into the woods before the police arrived.

Case 05

A college student was hit by an inattentive driver, totaling his bike. The police reported to the scene, but when the cyclist said he felt OK, the police sent the driver on her way without getting her contact information or writing a ticket. The police officer gave the cyclist a ride home, but in the backseat he passed out in shock. The cyclist’s leg was badly broken.

Case 06

An experienced cyclist wearing high visibility clothing was on his morning recreational ride on a road designated as a state bicycle route. He signaled and moved into the turn lane. The driver of a truck attempted to pass the cyclist, and caused the crash. Drivers behind the at-fault motorist testified that they saw the cyclist signal clearly. And even though it’s illegal to pass in a turn lane, the officer reported that the cyclist had “darted” out in front of the truck.

Case 07

A man in his 70s was pedaling as part of the final leg of a personal cycling tour of the perimeter of the U.S. The cyclist was suddenly struck from the rear, leaving him with catastrophic injuries and a long hospital stay. A few years after his recovery, he completed his journey.

Case 08

A group of about 10 college-age students were bicycling to dinner together when the driver of a car suddenly veered toward an open parking space, causing one of the cyclists to crash and suffer a broken femur and other injuries. Police came to the scene, but failed to report the incident as an auto crash, so the driver’s identity was not recorded.  After months of research by Bike Law, we identified the at-fault driver.

Case 09

A 19-year old was pedaling in a bicycle lane when a drunk driver caused a collision. The cyclist died from his injuries, and Bike Law represented the cyclist’s mother at no charge.