Washington, D.C. Bike Crash Attorney

Born and raised in DC, we are your Washington, D.C. bike crash attorneys.

Timmy grew up in DC and became a cyclist in DC. As a Washington, D.C. bike crash attorney, Timmy is here to help. If you have been in a crash please contact us immediately for a free consultation (202) 996-0609 or [email protected]. If you aren't ready to speak with us, learn more about what to do after a bike crash here.

DC Bike Laws


Cyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of drivers of vehicles.

Traffic Flow

Ride with the flow of traffic on the right half of the roadway.

Where to Ride

Operate a bicycle in a safe and non-hazardous manner, so as not to endanger himself or herself or any other person.

Cyclists Passing Cars

Allowed to pass on left or right, in the same lane of changing lanes, or pass off road.

Cars Passing Cyclists

A person driving a motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance, but in no case less than 3 feet, when overtaking and passing a bicycle.


No person shall open any door of a vehicle unless it is safe to do so without interfering with moving traffic.

Mandatory Bike Lane Use

Not Required.

Cycling on Sidewalks

Yield to pedestrians.

Prohibited in the central business district (bounded by Massachusetts Ave. NW, 2nd St NE-SE, D St SE/SW, 14th St NW, Constitution Ave and 23rd St NW). Allowed where posted in this area, and prohibited where posted outside this area.

Audible Warnings

Bell or other device required, sirens prohibited.


Required for any operator or passenger under 16 years of age.

Lights at Night

Front white light and rear red reflector (or rear red light) required when dark, may be attached to an operator (rider).

DC Bike Law Resources

Washington D.C. has seen amazing growth for cycling in sport and transportation over the last 10 years. We believe this is due to a trifecta of great advocacy on the part of WABA, a strong cycling community, and influencers in the public sector like Gabe Klein. Here are a few of our go-to DC Bike Law resources:

About our Bike Law DC Lawyer, Timmy Finch

Timmy Finch grew up in the DC area and his best job (before joining The Law Office of Peter Wilborn) was his stint as a full-time bike messenger.  He knows the city's streets.

Timmy is a 2009 graduate of the Charleston School of Law. For his first five years of practice, he was a prosecutor focusing on crimes against women.  He has extensive trial experience as a lead attorney and has handled thousands of complex cases of violent crime and sexual assault.

As a cyclist and lawyer, Timmy feels a responsibility to help injured bicyclists. His life long love affair with the bike and sense of justice are what brought him to Bike Law.

Timmy has raced on the road and track. Timmy still uses a track bike (and now cargo bike) to get around.  Riding is his passion and he rides every day.

Learn more about Timmy here.

If you have been in a crash please contact us immediately for a free consultation (202) 996-0609 or [email protected]

If you would like Bike Law to come speak to your club or at your shop, please contact us.

Washington, D.C. Bike Crash Attorney Blog Posts

Rick Bernardi Apr 16, 2019

From the beginning, the Bike Law Network has had a singular focus—helping cyclists who have been injured find justice. Well, what’s so special about that? Lots of lawyers take bicycle accident cases. But the Bike Law Network is different—the lawyers in the network are cyclists themselves, and they’re passionately committed to protecting the rights of […]

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Rachael Maney Sep 12, 2018

You may have already seen the video below. If you haven’t, please watch. On Tuesday, August 24th just before 7PM, Jeff McCord and approximately 20 other cyclists were stopped at the intersection of Karl Daly and Grants Mill Road in Irondale, Alabama, a town outside the city of Birmingham. As McCord waited for an ambulance […]

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Brendan Kevenides Jun 04, 2018

At sea a boat under power must give way to a more vulnerable craft.  The law requires that a power driven vessel give way to a sailing vessel.  A sail boat must give way to a craft engaged in fishing. These simple rules are consistent with the maxim that with greater power comes greater responsibility. […]

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