Each year, the U.S. has seen a growth in cycling accidents involving motor vehicles. If you live in a highly populated area your chance of getting into a cycling crash is very high.
If or when it does happen, are you prepared?
We’ve created a guide to help you figure out what steps to take after you’ve been in a bike crash.
On the Scene
You’re hit by a vehicle. What is the first thing you do?
Call the police.
Before doing anything else, the first thing you need to do after a road bicycle accident is to make sure police are on their way. Filing a report will help you with insurance coverage and legalities later on.
Having a report with a fresh account of what happened in your own words will keep you from having to piece it together days or weeks after the event.
Be sure to take photos at the scene of your bike, the vehicle involved and road conditions. Also get the driver’s insurance information, license plate number, and information from witnesses.
Seek Medical Attention
Once the scene is clear and you file a report– seek medical attention.
Common bike injuries after a crash like road rash, contusions, or fractures need to be treated as soon as possible.
You may not think you have an injury right after the crash but medical documentation and getting checked out will provide a more substantial claim for an insurance company or lawyer.
It also prevents long lasting or permanent damage you won’t be able to have covered in the future.
Keep the Evidence
Keep everything. Your bike, helmet, clothing, shoes, water bottle– should all be kept as they were at the time of the road bike accident.
Take your bike to a reputable shop to assess the damages. Getting a professional opinion on your losses will help your case in court.
Place your clothing, shoes and other items in plastic bags. This evidence could be used if you decide to go to court.
Speak with an Attorney
Many lawyers and attorneys will give you a free consultation before you decide if you want to go to court.
If you have the information and evidence above, you are more likely to have your medical bills and damages covered.
While in this process it is important not to post anything descriptive about your bike crash on social media. Any alteration of the story from your police report could be used against you in a court of law.
Getting support from friends should be done over the phone or in person.
Surviving a Cycling Crash
Knowing where to get continued medical help after a cycling crash will keep you in good health and save you from critical injuries later on.
When an emergency room isn’t necessary or you’re in need of urgent care contact Coastal Urgent Care of Houma! With online booking and open hours 7 days a week, we can help you when you need us.