Born and Raised in DC, We Are Your Washington, D.C. Bike Crash Attorneys.
Peter grew up in Bethesda, and as a kid, started riding to Georgetown, down Rock Creek, then Hain’s Point, then all over the City. This was summer in the early 80s, when kids left home on their bikes in the morning and came home for dinner. Different times, in some ways better. But that was before there was a single bike lane in the City and before folks commuted to work by bike.
As a cyclist and lawyer, Peter feels a responsibility to help injured bicyclists. His life long love affair with the bike and sense of justice are what led him to create Bike Law.
Bicycle crash lawyer and Bike Law founder Peter Wilborn has raced, toured, commuted, and ridden his bike daily for fun. In 1998, Peter had a bike tragedy in his own family, realized firsthand the need for lawyers who understand cycling, and devoted his law practice to Bike Law. From the start, calls and referrals have come from friends in cycling clubs and bike shops and from advocates for better bicycling.
Since then, Peter has represented hundreds of cyclists in Maryland, DC, South Carolina, and most recently Florida as their bicycle crash attorney who have been injured by motorists, unsafe road conditions, or defective cycling products. He has personally trained police officers to better investigate bicycle crashes.
After many years of using the phrase “bicycle accident,” Peter and Bike Law officially “dropped the A word” and began using the term “bicycle crash.” After many years of handling bike cases, we realized that bicycle crashes are not bicycle accidents because they are not accidental.
Peter is a Life Member of the League of American Bicyclists and is a League Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor (#1864). For what it’s worth, he is rated as an AV Preeminent Attorney (4.9 out of 5) and has received awards for his pro bono work from the South Carolina and American bar associations.
Peter regularly speaks across the country to bicycle clubs, advocacy groups, and law enforcement personnel on bicycle safety, bicycle laws and as their South Carolina bicycle accident lawyer. He is especially interested in the etiquette and culture of cycling, and his article “The Lost Art of the Group Ride” has been downloaded over 275,000 times.
DC Bicycle Laws
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:
Cyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of drivers of vehicles.
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.
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.
If you would like Bike Law to come speak to your club or at your shop, please contact us.
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