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, Cohen Law Partners phone: 323-937-7105 email:

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

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

Panish, Shea, & Boyle, LLP phone: 888-498-6487 email:

Max Draitser, Southern California Bicycle Attorneys phone: 310-357-3645 email:

Citywide Law Group phone: 424-248-2700 email:

Joshua W. Glotzer, APC phone: 213-309-3050 email:

Santa Cruz:

Hassell Law Group phone: 831-508-8819 email:

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

Orange County:

Nehora Law Firm, Orange County Personal Injury Lawyers phone: 949-629-4349

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys phone: 800-561-4887 email:

Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties: 

Estey & Bomberger, LLP phone: 619-295-0035 email:

SF Bay Area:

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

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

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

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

GJEL Associates toll-free phone: 1-866-218-3776 email: (SF location)

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

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

The Zinn Law Firm phone: 415 292-4100 email:

Hassell Law Group phone: 415-334-4111 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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