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Old 01-05-12, 11:16 PM
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Bike Accident Report Cards for Your Wallet! Help Make it Come to Your State!

Great things are happening here in Boston; bike accident lawyer Josh Zisson created the awesome Bike Accident Report Card for us here in Massachusetts with reminders of our bike rights and a form to fill out "just in case."





(photos from a fastcompany article on them)


Anyone who wants some cards in Massachusetts to pass out, you can contact Josh here to pick some up.

For those of you in other states, he needs your help to print them. He's still working on designing cards for most states, but just recently just finished the California cards and according to him New York is soon to come. You can see his official response to the overwhelming demand so far here.

Fortunately, Iím not looking for very much. The printer that I deal with will print, fold, and ship 1000 cards on their best heavy stock for around $200. Itís not a one-way street, either: the front of each card will read ďprinted courtesy ofĒ the name or website of the business or organization that paid to have them made. I will also do a glowing write-up on my website for each new out-of-state distributor.

As of right now, Tim is working on the New York City card and the California version has been designed and is ready to print. In order for me to start work on other states, I need at least one person in each state to pledge to print a run of them. Iím not asking for any money (youíll deal directly with the printer for that), Iím just looking for your promise.
I'm particularly glad he decided to include six good-to-know bicyclist rights on the back, and that it fits in my wallet (the closest thing I'd seen before this was a massbike pamphlet with this info that did not fit in my wallet) I picked up a stack of cards to hand out to my friends, I hope some of you on here will do the same.

Edit: According to his twitter feed, he's currently working on a smartphone app so you'll be able to have this card on your phone soon
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Old 01-06-12, 08:51 AM
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Very cool idea. I needed to give the vehicle code number to avoid getting a ticket for FRAP when a pickup truck hit me. A few vehicle code numbers for door-ing and when you are allowed to move into the lane.
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Old 01-06-12, 09:38 AM
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So bicycle lawyer, Josh Zisson wants us to ante up and pay to print his advertising cards?
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Old 01-06-12, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
So bicycle lawyer, Josh Zisson wants us to ante up and pay to print his advertising cards?

Fortunately, I’m not looking for very much. The printer that I deal with will print, fold, and ship 1000 cards on their best heavy stock for around $200. It’s not a one-way street, either: the front of each card will read “printed courtesy of” the name or website of the business or organization that paid to have them made.
The way I read it, and I could be wrong, is that there would be a local sponsor who would pay to have the cards printed and their advertisement would be included, not Josh Zisson's.
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Old 01-06-12, 12:28 PM
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Sorry, I should have included an emoticon. That was tongue-in-cheek.
I'm guessing he can't practice law in other states, anyway.
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
Sorry, I should have included an emoticon. That was tongue-in-cheek.
I'm guessing he can't practice law in other states, anyway.
Yeah, part of the point is to have a list of reputable lawyers/contacts in the respective states that he can direct you to if you need legal counsel in a state he is not practicing in so you don't end up with a bad or non-bike friendly lawyer.

I did go to college with Josh(creator of the cards), from that and his other activities hes doing in the biking community/He also bike commutes feel full well endorsing him. I've been carrying the MA cards in my pannier for a month or two and am looking forward to get some CA cards.
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Old 01-06-12, 09:07 PM
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For DC, MD and VA please see:
https://waba.org/resources/crash_faq.php

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https://waba.org/resources/bicycle_crash_form.pdf
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
So bicycle lawyer, Josh Zisson wants us to ante up and pay to print his advertising cards?
Sorta. I pay to print the ones in MA, but since I can't practice in other states, it's hard to justify spending money on printing and distribution for non-MA cards.

I think that because of how much everyone likes my cards, local sponsors can really get their money's worth by printing and distributing cards with their website or business name on the front. Imagine if you own the first place in Portland that has my cards. Based on all the requests for a Portland card I've been getting over the cyclo-web, the first 1,000 will be gone in no time (I ran out of my first order of 1,000 MA cards in six days!). That's 1,000 people who are grateful to you for their free accident reports. Sounds like a good deal for $200.

I donno, maybe it won't work, we'll just have to see. I'll keep you posted!
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That's an amazing idea. It would be cool if he could make the source file available, it would be much easier anyone to edit it for their own state/province.

As it is, I'm going to make one from scratch and give them to my bike-friends. Did I mention I got doored on Friday? One of these would have been handy...
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Good for a first draft? I didn't think the AM PM option was necessary, something like that is hard to forget.

https://i845.photobucket.com/albums/a.../bikecard1.png

https://i845.photobucket.com/albums/a.../bikecard2.png

I'm going to start carrying one, and I'm giving them out to my friends too, with a small sharpie. Might change some of the text, maybe something like "for the love of God don't get yourself killed out there".
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Originally Posted by Antaresia View Post
Good for a first draft? I didn't think the AM PM option was necessary, something like that is hard to forget.

https://i845.photobucket.com/albums/a.../bikecard1.png

https://i845.photobucket.com/albums/a.../bikecard2.png

I'm going to start carrying one, and I'm giving them out to my friends too, with a small sharpie. Might change some of the text, maybe something like "for the love of God don't get yourself killed out there".
Awesome! I think Josh(BikeSafeBoston) hired a graphic artist to design these, so I could understand why they're trying to design the cards themselves rather than releasing an "open source" version right now.

With that said, your card looks good, did you design that to print to fold into wallet size as well? Nothing's stopping you from open-sourcing a design..

Perhaps we could design a card that also has a slit for a pen just small and slim enough to all fit in a wallet as well. That'd be pretty handy.
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Originally Posted by The Human Car View Post
The WABA form includes important information not included on the OP's, specifically the drivers DL number and insurance. Also the police information is very helpful in tracking down any police report. I'd go with the WABA form over the OPs.
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Also, each state has rules governing attorney advertising that may or may not apply to this, so be sure to check for compliance with such rules.
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Thanks!!
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The WABA form includes important information not included on the OP's, specifically the drivers DL number and insurance. Also the police information is very helpful in tracking down any police report. I'd go with the WABA form over the OPs.
Regardless of which one and overall effectiveness, it shows someone gives a hoot about cyclists. At least there is that to be overly positive about.
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Regardless of which one and overall effectiveness, it shows someone gives a hoot about cyclists. At least there is that to be overly positive about.
I always try to avoid being overly positive.

The only person I really care about "giving a hoot about me" is the person driving in the vehicle nearest to me at any given moment.
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I always try to avoid being overly positive.

The only person I really care about "giving a hoot about me" is the person driving in the vehicle nearest to me at any given moment.
In the immediate moment, that is definitely true.
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