Crash help - California Bicycle Coalition

Crash help

Have you been involved in a crash with a car? Got a ticket? What resources do you have? Who can help? If you have been involved in a crash with a car or on your own, you have all the same rights as a motorist would.

What to do immediately after an accident:

  • Take a deep breath and regain your calm. You’ll be full of adrenaline, but  check yourself for injuries & seek medical help if you have any doubts.
  • Call 911 to get the police to come.
  • Tell the driver to stay. If they won’t, get a description of car and the license plate. Take pictures if you can.
  • Get the name and contact information of witnesses. Ask them to stay until the police come if they can.
  • Exercise your right against self-incrimination; don’t tell anyone the accident was your fault.
  • Remain at the scene until police arrive and request the officer files a report and request a copy.
  • Call an attorney – some are listed below.

 

Here are some bicycle-friendly lawyers who can help:

Los Angeles:

Joshua C. Cohen phone: 323-937-7105 email: josh[at]paulfcohenlaw.com

Jim Pocrass, Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP phone: 310-550-9050 email: info[at]pocrass.com

Ehline Law Firm, PC phone: 213-596-9642 email: issuethewrit[at]gmail.com

Steven M. Sweat, APC phone: 323-944-0993 email: ssweatlaw[at]hotmail.com

Gary Brustin toll-free phone:1-800-841-2453

Santa Cruz:

Wiles and Wiles, Attorneys at Law phone:831-426-3140 email: tyson[at]wilesinjurylaw.com

Orange County:

David Huntsman phone: 1-949-610-4262

SF Bay Area:

Michael Stephenson, Bay Area Bike Law phone: 1-866-Bicycle-Law email: info[at]BayAreaBicycleLaw.com

Dolan Law Firm phone: 888-545-9519 email: chris[at]cbdlaw.com

The Brandi Law Firm phone: 415-989-1800 email: cak[at]brandilaw.com

Sally Morin Law Firm phone: 415-413-0033 email: sally[at]sallymorinlaw.com

Claude Wyle and George Choulos, Bicycle attorneys phone: 415-474-7800. email: CWyle[at]ccwlawyers.com

The Appel Law Firm LLP phone: 925-938-2000

Law Office of Daniel H. Rose, Bay Area Bicycle Lawyers 1-415-946-8900. danrose[at]danroselaw.com

GJEL Associates toll-free phone: 1-866-218-3776 email: lawfirm[at]gjel.com

Gary Brustin toll-free phone:1-800-841-2453

Help the lawyers help you:

  • Take good photos of your injuries and of your bike.
  • Contact the witnesses and ask them to email you a description of what they saw while it’s fresh in their minds.
  • Email yourself a description of what happened while it’s fresh in your mind.

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