Bicycle crashes are serious, which is why emergency medical technicians are usually called to the scene. Crashes can lead to traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, road rash and many other significant wounds. Emergency medical technicians see these crashes all the time, which is why some have put out information for cyclists reminding them about what they should do in a crash.

For example, you probably know that head injuries are among the major concerns after crashing. However, EMTs wanted to remind riders that a cracked helmet means you hit your head very hard. If you lose consciousness or have a headache, have vision changes or a crack in your helmet, it’s time to call 911 and get emergency help.

Another thing they suggest is to take a deep breath in if you can. By doing so, you can check to see if you have any broken ribs, a collapsed lung or other injuries in that region. If you can’t breathe well because of the pain, then it’s time to go to the emergency room. Cracked ribs could puncture a lung or other vital organs, leading to life-threatening injuries.

Another area that you should check after crashing is your abdomen. Look for visible bruising or bruises that are spreading quickly as signs of internal bleeding. If there is tenderness or distention, tell the 911 operator so that the EMTs can be prepared.

Of course, the spine is another area that you should check. If you cannot feel a part of your body or believe that you have a spinal injury, don’t move unless it’s absolutely necessary. Wait for the EMTs to arrive, so they can move you cautiously.

These and other injuries can be life-threatening, but with emergency care, you’ll have the best chance of recovering.