Bicycle Law

Rules of the Road

Do you know how to bike safely and legally in Denver? Our Bike Smart Rules of the Road provides the rules and responsibilities all people moving by bike in Denver should know. 

Crash Checklist

If you are involved in a crash, it’s important to know the steps to follow to ensure that you receive fair response from the police and collect information you may need for future legal issues. Even if you are not injured, follow this checklist as injuries can come up later.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER A CRASH

  • Tell the driver to stay until the police arrive. If they refuse to stay or don’t provide ID, get their and the car’s description, vehicle’s license plate # and state of issue.
  • Call (or ask someone to call) 911 and ask for the police to come to the scene.
  • Get name and contact info for any witnesses. Ask them to remain on the scene until police arrive, if possible.
  • Ask for the driver’s license and insurance card. Write down name, address, date of birth, and insurance information.

WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVE

  • Ask them to take an incident report 
  • Get reporting police officer’s name and badge number.
  • Ask the officers to speak to witnesses, if possible.
  • While a doctor’s report of your injury is important for insurance and/or legal action, you do not need to take an ambulance.

IN THE DAYS SOON AFTER A CRASH

  • Contact witnesses to ask them to email you their version of what happened while it’s fresh in their mind. Email yourself a description of what happened with relevant information and capture as much detail as you can.
  • Take good photos of your injuries and any bike damage. Get an estimate from a bike shop before making repairs.
  • Request a copy of the incident report from the police.
(Crash checklist provided courtesy of San Francisco Bike Coalition)

Bicycle-Friendly Lawyers

This list of bicycle-friendly lawyers in Denver is provided as a service to our members.  No endorsement is made by BikeDenver as to the qualifications of any particular attorney.