Crash Help - California Bicycle Coalition

Crash Help & Legal Resources

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:

Jim Pocrass, Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP phone: 310-550-9050 email:

Ehline Law Firm, PC phone: 213-596-9642 email:

Steven M. Sweat, APC phone: 323-944-0993 email:

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

Panish, Shea, & Boyle, LLP phone: (877) 800-1700 email:

Santa Cruz:

Wiles and Wiles, Attorneys at Law phone:831-426-3140 email:

Orange County:

David Huntsman

Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties:

Matthew T. Poelstra, Bike Tiger Law  phone: 844-BIKE-TIGER (toll free) or 760-346-9310 email: or

Green, Bryant & French, LLP phone: 619-239-7900 (San Diego County), 760-346-9310 (Riverside County), 866-342-3529 (Toll-Free) 

SF Bay Area:

Michael Stephenson, Bay Area Bike Law phone: 1-866-Bicycle-Law email:

Dolan Law Firm, San Francisco Bay Area Bicycle Crash Attorneys phone: 888-545-9519 email:

Emison Hullverson, LLP phone: 415-434-2111 email:

The Brandi Law Firm phone: 415-989-1800 email:

Sally Morin Law Firm phone: 415-413-0033 email:

Claude Wyle and George Choulos, Bicycle attorneys phone: 415-474-7800 email:

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

Law Office of Daniel H. Rose, Bay Area Bicycle Lawyers 1-415-946-8900.

GJEL Associates toll-free phone: 1-866-218-3776 email:

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

Sterns & Walker phone: (510) 267-0500 email:


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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