Due to environmental concerns, health and safety reasons and fuel costs, more and more people are looking to cycling as their main mode of transport. Cycling is a cheap and efficient way to get around. Plus, it helps to keep you fit.
The downside of cycling is that you don’t have the same levels of physical protection that drivers enjoy. If you end up in an accident, then it is you who is more likely to come worse off.
Unfortunately, Los Angeles has had somewhat of an “anti-cycling” reputation in recent years and there have been a number of cyclists hurt in accidents. In a bicycle accident, it’s important to know what steps to take to protect both yourself and the other people around you. Outlined below are a few things to consider.
1. Get yourself to safety
During an accident, it’s possible that you’ve been thrown from your bike and it could have ended up in the middle of the road. Your bike might be your most cherished possession and it probably cost a considerable amount of money.
Despite this, it’s important that you put it to the back of your mind and get yourself away from the roadside if possible. Of course, you should only do this if you feel like you are able to move. At the end of the day, your bike can be replaced. The priority should be getting yourself to a safe spot where your injuries can be safely assessed.
2. Gather evidence
In an ideal world, the person who caused your accident would take responsibility. Unfortunately, things don’t always pan out this way. If you’re going to make a claim for your damages, then you are likely going to have to produce evidence for the court.
Ask around and see if any witnesses are willing to give statements. Take their details so they can be contacted at a later date. If it’s safe to do so, take some photographs of the damage caused to your bike, the crash scene and your injuries.
Your top priority after a cycling accident should be to seek medical attention, whether or not you feel injured. After that, you can start thinking about pursuing compensation by seeking some legal guidance.