On the national level, Bike Law is a legal partner with USA Cycling and we support the League of American Bicyclists and People for Bikes. On the state and local level, we support groups in over 25 states and many cities.
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.
If you have been in a bicycle crash, below is a list of things you need to know. Our first point is that we don't call them bike accidents and neither should you from the start. 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."
Read more about the distinction between "bicycle accidents" and "bicycle crashes," and why there is a difference and why it matters so much: here and here.
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 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 crash, 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 your bicycle.
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.
Make no statement to insurance until you talk to a lawyer.
One of the most important lessons we have learned is that most bicycle collisions have simple causes. Never forget these basic rules.