Bike Law has updated their guide on what to do in a bicycle crash.
Here is their list of 10 things to do in a crash:
- Before you start your ride, make sure you have a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with. (We carry a mini pencil in our seatbag)
- Dial 911: call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
- 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.
- Get the business card of the officer.
- 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.
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
- 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.
- Take photos of injuries and keep a diary of how you feel after the crash.
- Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault. Get photos of the car, license plate, driver’s license and insurance card, along with the names of any passengers.
- Give no written or recorded statements to anyone until you talk to an attorney.
Our friend Bruce Hagen from Bike Law Georgia makes an appearace in this informative new video. Definitely worth watching!