If you get into a crash with a vehicle, you need to know what steps to take next. As a cyclist, you may have significant injuries, so make sure that your health comes first. Stay where you are unless it’s dangerous to do so, and try your best not to move. First responders will stabilize your spine and neck before moving you if there are signs of a head, neck, or back injury.
If you are able to get up and move around after getting hit, there are a few things to do. These include:
- Calling 911 to have the police and ambulance come to the scene
You need to document the collision and establish the names and contact information for witnesses, so the police need to come to the scene. The emergency team will also come, so they can assess you and others involved in the crash.
- Exchanging your information with the driver
After you call for help, exchange information with the driver if you can. Basic information, like their name, address, license plate number, and other information will be helpful when you make a claim.
- Taking photos or videos of the scene
The next thing to do is to take videos or photos of the scene. Over time, you may start to forget minor details about the collision, but videos and photos can help jog your memory.
- Avoiding making statements
Avoid making comments about who you think is at fault. Don’t try to negotiate with the driver or their insurance without knowing your legal rights.
- Always get medical attention as soon as possible
While doing all the above is important, nothing is more important than your health. If you’re injured in a collision, make sure you go to the hospital and have a full medical exam. Some injuries may take time to develop and could worsen as they swell or continue to bleed, so seek medical care as soon as you can.
These are five steps to take after getting into a bike crash. Know what to do, so you can protect yourself and your rights.