Bicycle Crashes

Jim knows cycling. And, cycling law.

Jim isn’t one of those attorneys who claim to know all about bicycles but in reality barely know one end of the bike from the other. He rides virtually every day and in every way imaginable—road, cross, mountain, tandem, fixie, you name it. He believes no vacation is complete unless his bike comes along on the trip. What’s more, he has raced since he was a teenager, commuted to work on his bike and devoted thousands of hours to cycling advocacy. He is the President and Legal Adviser to the NY Bicycling Coalition, which is the largest cycling advocacy group in New York. Jim also writes a blog devoted to bike collision cases that provides a wealth of information about bicycle law in New York and Pennsylvania. He has achieved multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of his clients and been selected as a “Best Lawyer in America”, a New York “SuperLawyer” and for membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Bike crash cases differ from other injury cases.

Bike cases are different than other types of personal injury cases. This is why an injured cyclist is best served by an attorney who knows cycling and the laws surrounding it. The sad truth is that bicycle collision cases have historically been settled for considerably less than what the injured cyclist deserved. Why? Most attorneys handling bike cases know next to nothing about bicycling. They treat them like any other accident case when in fact bike collision cases are extremely sensitive and present a unique set of challenges. There are a host of special rules and laws that pertain just to cycling.

In addition, virtually every driver out there is biased against cyclists. Motorists are frustrated and annoyed by the mere presence of a cyclist and may even be somewhat frightened. This bias often extends to the people involved in bike cases, including the police, insurance companies and, of course, negligent drivers. To combat this bias, it is important to fight as long and as hard as necessary. Jim will do whatever it takes to make sure you get the compensation you may be entitled to for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and other losses.

When motorists and cyclists collide, guess who gets hurt.

As you can imagine, when a car or truck weighing 2,000 pounds or more collides with a bicycle, the odds of avoiding serious injury are not exactly in the cyclist’s favor. Injuries often seen in bicycle collisions include head or spinal trauma, concussion, sever lacerations, broken bones, paralysis and many more. Injuries such as these often require expensive, ongoing medical treatment, the cost of which can be financially catastrophic for both the victim and the victim’s family. Jim has helped victims recover damages to cover medical treatments, medications, future medical care, and lost wages. He can make claims against the driver of the vehicle, the driver’s insurance company and, in some cases, third parties whose negligence may have caused or contributed to the accident. In cases where the cyclist has been killed, Jim will not hesitate to aggressively pursue a claim for wrongful death.

The top ten ways to get a successful outcome in your bicycle crash case.

  1. Whenever you ride, bring a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact information and something you can write with.
  2. Immediately call 911 to report the collision to the police. If you are unable to make the call yourself, ask someone to make it for you.
  3. Take photographs of your injuries, your bike and the scene of the collision.
  4. When the police arrive, make sure the officer files an official accident report. This report provides documentation about the incident and the identity of witnesses. Be sure to get the officer’s business card.
  5. Don’t try to make “quick fixes” to your bike. It should be left in the same condition it was in following the collision.
  6. Obtain contact information from witnesses.
  7. Seek medical attention immediately, either at the scene, the emergency room, a doctor’s office or a hospital. Describe all of your symptoms to medical personnel. Their records prove that you were injured and describe the extent of your injuries. Don’t assume you’re not badly hurt and will “feel just fine” tomorrow. Many serious injuries don’t show symptoms right away.
  8. Take photos of your injuries and keep a record of how you feel after the collision.
  9. Do not negotiate with the vehicle’s driver. Get his or her name, insurance company information and the names of any passengers.
  10. Do not provide recorded or written statements to anyone.

In addition, you should contact attorney Jim Reed as soon as possible for a free consultation. Even if you choose not to have Jim represent you, he will be happy to help you understand the many complex legal and insurance coverage issues that surround bike collision cases.

Stay safe and keep cycling!