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..With Chuck Grzanka and the advantage. Make an informed decision and choose as your cycling lawyer a nationally recognized lawyer and firm that focuses on a winning strategy without losing sight of its client. It is the passion and commitment of fellow cyclist and triathlete Chuck Grzanka that distinguishes his firm’s exceptional personal service in the wide and expanding area of cycling bike crash accident litigation law.

Bike laws can be confusing to many people including law enforcement, insurance companies, bike accident attorneys and even courts. Chuck Grzanka and provide legal representation to individuals throughout the State of Michigan including Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Lansing, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Detroit, Saginaw, Traverse City, Gaylord, Mt. Pleasant and Jackson. Chuck Grzanka and also represent injured cyclists in many states besides Michigan including Washington, Hawaii, South Carolina, Florida, California, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio to name a few.

Chuck Grzanka, as an advocate for all bicyclists, represented and prevailed in a recent Wayne County, Michigan criminal matter where a Michigan bicyclist had been charged and ticketed for impeding traffic/reckless operation while merely riding his bicycle on a local Wayne County Parkway. The lack of a dash cam in the police car made the case more difficult but, at no cost to the Michigan bicyclist, Chuck argued for and received a full dismissal of all charges by the Wayne County Prosecutor. It is this advocacy for all cyclists and full knowledge of Michigan bike law which has made Chuck Grzanka a well known and highly recognized Michigan bike crash lawyer.

Mr. Grzanka has also achieved the highest AV Preeminent Rating in the distinctive national Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory as well as inclusion in the A.M. Best Directory of Preferred Lawyers.

Chuck Grzanka and offer informational seminars and cycling advocacy workshops on a national basis to ensure clients and the local and national cycling community are fully informed of current legislation and well-protected and advised in the case of any future cycling bike crash accident claims. lawyers understand cycling bike crash litigation because they are cyclists themselves. Years of experience as cyclists and racing enthusiasts has exposed them to nearly every possible bicycle cycling injury crash scenario including hit and run, wrongful death, road and sidewalk defect, animal or pet collision attacks, product liability and gross negligence in the promotion of cycling bicycle races.

Make an informed decision. Choose the bike law expert. Choose THE Cycling Lawyer who is prepared to be YOUR bike crash advocate.

Our Firm

Members of are skilled, intelligent professionals with a broad national knowledge of various areas of the law in states including Michigan, Washington, Hawaii, California, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina, Arizona, among others. We have extensive experience, and diverse areas of specialization including catastrophic cycling bicycle crash injuries as well as wrongful death matters. Each attorney is your cycling lawyer, and is fully prepared to respond to your cycling inquiries. You can depend on receiving expert legal counsel and cycling advocacy on today’s most challenging, diverse and complex bicycle/cycling/bike crash accident issues. As a client of Chuck Grzanka and, you will receive aggressive legal representation, and the personal service you expect. If Chuck Grzanka and are unable to assist you in your claim we will always provide an in depth free consultation regarding your rights and possible claims while also providing you the name of another cycling advocate close to the area of your bike crash. We are here to help! Contact us regardless of the location of your bike cycling crash. As always, no fees are ever charged to you unless a recovery is made on your behalf.

Chuck Grzanka, Founding Partner

Charles F. Grzanka

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Mr. Grzanka is an avid cyclist and triathlete. He is well known in the cycling community having raced at the national Masters level in criterium, road and mountain bike races. He has been regularly asked to speak in the Midwest and elsewhere in the country on cycling advocacy issues including safety and accident prevention. His passion for the sport of cycling, decades of knowledge and experience gained as a racer and cycling advocate are utilized to directly benefit his clients. It is this rare combination of cycling expertise, a prevalent reputation among the cycling community and his extensive legal experience that brings a uniquely beneficial perspective to each client’s claim.

Mr. Grzanka received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan before graduating from Wayne State Law School. He is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Michigan Self Insurers Association. He is past chairman of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, a member of the Michigan State Bar Association section of Negligence, a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Employer’s Liability, and a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Grzanka is the founder and president of the law firm of Grzanka Grit McDonald. He has practiced law for more than 39 years, representing both insurance companies and injured individuals throughout the entire state of Michigan and in numerous other states. Mr. Grzanka has bench and jury trial experience in a number of areas including cycling or bicycle crash litigation, personal injury, medical issues, handicap discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract, construction, commercial disputes, and product liability.

Mr. Grzanka is a past member of the International Society of Primerus Lawyers and has been regularly selected for admission by the A.M. Best Company for inclusion in its national Directory of Recommended Attorneys. He has also been featured in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers as having received the highest (AV) rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and having been designated as outstanding in his field. In addition to lectures and seminars throughout the United States, Mr. Grzanka has also lectured in Asia on issues of product liability and litigation.

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Bike Law

The following is a summary of the Michigan Compiled Law (MCL), Motor Vehicle Code (MVC) and Administrative Rules pertaining to bicyclists. Local ordinances may not supersede the MVC, MCL or Administrative Rules unless explicitly specified in statute. For more details concerning the following laws and penalties, please review the complete MVC at the Michigan State Legislature website. The following excerpts also appear in the Appendix of What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know. Thank you to our friends at League of Michigan Bicyclists for sharing Michigan bicycle law with us. They have been promoting, educating and advocating for cyclists's safety since 1981. This includes publishing and distributing more than 100,000 "What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know" booklets to children and adults. Learn more at:

1. What is the definition of a bicycle?

MVC 257.4 defines "bicycle" as:

"...a device propelled by human power upon which a person may ride, having either 2 or 3 wheels in a tandem or tricycle arrangement, all of which are over 14 inches in diameter."

2. Where do Michigan laws apply to bicyclists?

Section 257.656(3) of the MVC states:

"The regulations applicable to bicycles under sections 656 to 662 shall apply when a bicycle is operated upon a highway or upon a path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated in sections 656 to 662."

3. Is a bicycle considered a vehicle in Michigan?

No. MCL 257.79 defines a "vehicle" as:

"every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices exclusively moved by human power..."

4. Does a bicyclist have to obey the same traffic laws as a motorist?

Yes. Section 257.657 of the MVC states:

"Each person riding a bicycle...upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special regulations in this article and except as to the provisions of this chapter which by their nature do not have application." This includes speed limits, stop signs and stop lights.

5. Does a bicyclist have to signal their turns?

Yes. Section 257.648 of the MVC states:

(1) "The operator of a... bicycle upon a highway, before stopping or turning from a direct line, shall first determine that the stopping or turning can be made in safety and shall give a signal as required in this section." (4) When a person is operating a bicycle and signal is given by means of the hand and arm, the operator shall signal as follows: (a) "For a left turn... shall extend ... left hand and arm horizontally." (b) "For a right turn...shall extend ... left hand and arm upward or shall extend ... right hand and arm horizontally." (c) "To Stop or decrease speed... shall extend ... left hand and arm downward."

6. Does a bicyclist have to ride with the direction of traffic?

Yes. Section 257.634 (1) of the MVC states:

"Upon each roadway of sufficient width, the driver of a vehicle shall drive the vehicle upon the right half of the roadway..." Since a bicyclist has all the rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle according to Section 257.657 then they must ride in the right half of the roadway.

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