Bicycling Expert Legal Services
Dr. Baker has expertise in bicycle safety, training, racing, sport psychology, maintenance, and coaching.
He has expertise in bicycling fit and bicycling medicine.
In addition to offering expert opinion, Dr. Baker is skilled in educating attorneys and juries.
Dr. Baker can assist counsel in preparing bicycling-specific questions for fact and expert witnesses.
In many cases, a government entity has been a defendant.
For example, Dr. Baker has assisted plaintiff or defense attorneys involving the City of Newport, CA;
the City of Oakland, CA; the City of Orange, CA; the City of San Diego, CA;
the City of San Marcos, CA; the City of Tucson, AZ; and Caltrans.
Most cases have involved the typical practices, actions, and reactions of cyclists.
Most cases have involved bicycle safety issues.
● How should, do, or can cyclists react to a pothole or other road irregularity?
● How should, do, or can cyclists safely ride in groups?
● How should, do, or can cyclists descend a hill?
● How should, do, or can cyclists interact with motorized vehicles?
● How should, do, or can cyclists or bike shops maintain bicycles?
A cyclist swerves to avoid an opening car door,
loses control of his bicycle, and falls.
A cyclist traveling downhill moves left to avoid a
tree limb in the bike lane and loses control
A cyclist traveling downhill on a major artery
with a speed limit of 55 mph is riding at 40
A cyclist drafting (following closely) another
runs into him when the first rider experiences
A cyclist is injured by a motorist. As part of
damages, she claims Olympic-level fitness and
Dr. Baker is not
a reconstruction expert, traffic safety engineer, or mechanical engineer—
In many cases, a bicycling expert is the most effective expert.
Arnie has ridden between 350,000 to 600,000 miles on a bicycle.
He has roughly 25 years experience as a bicycling
coach of riders of all levels--beginning
He has led more than 5,000 group rides and training sessions.
A coaches' coach, he has taught and certified more
than 1,000 cycling coaches. He presented
He has owned and maintained more than 50 bicycles, building some
from their individual components,
He has raced as a top-level amateur competitor on
the road and on the track. He has extensive
He has been at the scene of more than 100
accidents, and has reviewed the circumstances of
He has coached thousands of riders and bicycling coaches on bicycling safety.
Dr. Baker has authored more than a dozen cycling books and hundreds of articles.
He has published bicycle-safety material for riders and bicycling coaches.
He has a medical, mathematics, biological, and physical-sciences academic background.
He is an internationally published authority on bicycling medicine.
He has extensive teaching and public speaking experience.
"The cost may be high to employ the expert, but
it may well be higher not to employ one. Indeed,
Dr. Baker generally is willing to listen to the
non-confidential aspects of a case and discuss a case,
Up to a day's work may be suggested to determine
whether Dr. Baker is a good fit as an expert to
To encourage communication, most e-mail and telephone conversations are generally not billed.
Authorization to designate Arnie Baker as an expert is not granted until retainer has been paid.
After the case is settled, a no-charge debriefing between the retaining attorney and expert is appreciated.
Attorney, not attorney's client, is responsible for payment.
Retaining attorney will assume responsibility for deposition fees if not promptly paid by deposing attorney.
travel or other expenses, additional.
Where a venue is required to settle any disagreements between retaining attorney and expert, San Diego, CA is to be used.
Budget estimates are made in good faith but not binding or guaranteed.
A case-opening fee of up to 2 hours may be charged.
First two hours of retainer is not refundable.
Retainer and augmentation of retainer for incurred and probable expenses must be up to date at least 1 week before appearances.
Deposition out of San Diego County is a three-hour minimum.
Cancellation, appearances in San Diego County, less than 1 week: 1 hour at case-review rate.
Cancellation, appearances in San Diego County, less than 72 hours: 2 hours at case-review rate.
Cancellation, appearances out of San Diego County, less than 2 weeks: 1 hour at deposition rate.
Cancellation, appearances out of San Diego County, less than 1 week: 2 hours at deposition rate.
Failure by retaining attorney to object to any of these terms, in writing, within 24 hours, constitutes implied consent.