November 8, 2019
As we look towards long warm summer nights here in Australia at Cycliq HQ, our friends in the Northern Hemisphere are about to hit winter. Fewer day time hours means decreased visibility making this the most dangerous time of the year to ride a bike in the U.S.
With approximately 65% of all crashes occurring in low light conditions, and the number of fatal crashes at a 30-year high, North American based advocacy group and federation of legal professionals Bike Law and Cycliq are excited to announce their official partnership. As two organizations at the forefront of bike safety, we come together to marshal resources, improve riding conditions, and ensure you’ll never ride alone.
Bike Law is committed to being North America’s comprehensive cycling resource. Bike Law’s mission-driven Legal Network of independent law firms and its non-profit Foundation are dedicated to the pursuit of cycling justice, and the cultivation of an inclusive, sustainable, and celebrated bike culture.
Cycliq is on a mission to make cycling safe and we are committed to supporting Bike Law and its constituents through North America. This partnership will give cyclists visibility on the roads and in the justice system.
Both organizations recognize the significant impact that the Distracted Driving epidemic has on the current crash crisis. The Cycliq Fly – a light and camera safety system used around the world (and by the Bike Law Network and its Foundation’s Ambassadors) -is proven to drastically improve the outcome of legal disputes for cyclists who suffer the indignities of a crash.
“Irrefutable video evidence is a game-changer in the frustrating and often times disadvantaged process when cyclists (and their attorneys) are confronted with the burden to prove what actually occurred after being brake-checked, coal-rolled, punishment-passed, or hit by reckless, negligent, and distracted motorists”
– Rachael Maney, Bike Law’s National Director and cycling advocate
“This exclusive partnership between Cycliq and Bike Law really brings to life our commitment to the safety of cyclists at every level – we’re pleased to be partnering to make the world a safer and more honest place to ride while capturing all the beauty of being on the bike”
– Paul Claessen, Director of Cycliq
#RecordYourRide #RideProud #RideSafe
About Bike Law
Bike Law is a network of independent bicycle crash lawyers who share a common approach to the law and to helping cyclists since 1998. Their bike attorneys have handled thousands of cases. As cyclists themselves, they take a different approach as they understand how important cycling is, and how devastating it can be to be hit on a bike and lose the ability or desire to ride.
Bike Law’s goal is to be social as well as legal advocates, and strive to help cyclists get back up riding as soon as possible.
What to Do After a Bicycle Crash – Top tips from Bike Law
If you have been in a bicycle crash, below is a list of things you need to know.
01 Ride with a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with.
02 Dial 911: call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help (of course, if you’re not in the USA, dial your local emergency service number).
03 Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official report. A police report provides documentation detailing the incident, including the identity of witnesses.
04 Get the business card of the officer.
05 Leave your bike in the same state it was after the crash, if possible. It is best if the police see the accident scene undisturbed.
06 Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
07 Immediately seek medical attention, either at the scene, the emergency room, hospital or doctor’s office. When in doubt go to the ER! Give all complaints to the doctor. Medical records are proof that you were injured and document the extent of your injuries.
08 Take photos of injuries and your bicycle.
09 Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault. Get the driver’s name and his or her insurance information, along with the names of any passengers.
10 Make no statement to insurance until you talk to a lawyer.