Car vs. Bike Accident: What to do After the Crash
Now that summer is upon us, drivers must be aware of bicycle riders on the road. Car vs. bike accidents are usually the result of someones negligence, the drivers, the cyclist, or both. As a driver or cyclist, it is important to know what to do after an accident.
Assess InjuriesImmediately following an accident call 911 and do a full body assessment before making any sudden moves. Do not leave the scene before the police arrive. Next, seek medical treatment. In these types of accidents there are the obvious injuries such as road rash, and the not so obvious injuries, such as concussion or soft tissue injuries. Due to the "DOMS" effect, delayed onset muscle soreness, some cyclist don't realize they are injured for a day or two. Be as comprehensive as possible when describing injuries to the medical provider. It is not uncommon for a concussion to go undiagnosed because the cyclist thinks it is just a headache and does not mention it to the physician.
Collect InformationCollect information. Reports, medical records, witness statements, and pictures are all key pieces of information in an accident case. Pictures should be taken of injuries and property damage. Property damage showing which part of your bike was damaged may be useful in determining liability if there is a question. Pictures of torn clothing, marks or scratches on the bike helmet are also very helpful.