Always carry a cell phone, ID, listed emergency contact, and pen/pencil.
If you are involved in a bicycle crash with a motor vehicle, here are steps to help ensure your safety and assist with legal protections.
- Do not immediately move — you may be more injured than you think. However, if you are in a dangerous location or in the path of oncoming traffic, move to the nearest safe location.
- Dial 911. Request the police and EMS to your location. Do not leave until they arrive.
- Take photos. Leave your bike in the same state/position it was in after the crash. Take photos of the scene, bicycle, yourself, the motor vehicle, and license plate. If there are damages to the bike or vehicle, photograph those.
- Get the driver’s name, contact information, and insurance information. If there are any passengers in the vehicle, get their names and contact information as well. Never negotiate with the driver at the scene of a crash, no matter who may be at fault.
- Get contact information for witnesses. If there are any witnesses, get their name and phone number/email address.
- File an official report. Once the police arrive, be sure an official report is filed.
- Get information from the police officer. Get the officer’s business card, as well as the police report number. If available, get a copy of the police report.
- Seek medical attention. You can seek medical attention with the EMS who arrive on scene or get to an emergency room. When in doubt, go to the ER. Often, they can see/diagnose things you may not notice while your adrenaline is running.
- Do not speak with insurance companies until you’ve spoken with an attorney.
As an avid cyclist myself, I offer free legal consultations to those who’ve been injured while riding their bicycles. Call my office at (912) 999-8443 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your consultation.
This safety advice was a collaborative effort with Bike Walk Savannah. Portions of their Safe Cycling training program (including the portions discussed on this post), can be found by clicking: Safe Cycling training by Bike Walk Savannah.
I am not a medical professional. All information in this blog is based on my experience handling bicycle injury cases, as well as being an avid cyclist myself. For medical opinions, please seek the advice of a physician.