Hopefully this never happens to you...but if it does, we’d like to make sure you are as prepared as you can be. As a cyclist, we risk getting into an accident every time we get on the the saddle, and we try to ride as safe as we can but there are a number of factors beyond our control.
Speaking from experience, now having been in four accidents while riding my bike, I know what I should have done differently immediately after each accident. Of course there are a number of variables that go into a post accident procedure, but let’s start by going over the main ones when involving a third-party.
Where to start:
- Check to make sure you and the party involved are okay.
- Ensure you are clear of any oncoming traffic.
- Check for damage to either your bike or their vehicle. If there is, take photos to keep for insurance purposes.
- Remember, at this point it’s about the safety and general concern of the individual's health, not immediately about blaming who was at fault.
- Take note of the date, time, and location of the accident.
- Take a photo of the other person's driver's license, insurance card, and active phone number.
- If you are okay to keep riding, and there is not major damage to you, your bike, or the other person you can continue on with your ride. Sometimes you won’t feel the effects of an accident until the next day, but thankfully you have followed the above steps to reach back out to the other party.
- If you are seriously injured (we hope that’s not the case) please call 911 as soon as possible. From my personal experience, if you think you should go to the hospital, you should go to the hospital.
- TIP: We are strong believers in what the RoadID company is doing, where you always wear a bracelet with your medical info, contact names, numbers, and who to reach if you are non-responsive. As helpful as it is to have your health card or health insurance card on you, it’s important to reach the people in your life that need to be reached in this situation.
I know it seems like we are constantly talking about cycling safety, but the fact of the matter is, it’s a dangerous sport and being prepared for these situations is hyper critical.
If you have any tips or procedures to share with our cycling community, please feel free to leave a comment below.