A bicycle accident can catch you by surprise. It can also make it difficult to go back to work, perform normal daily routines and engage in activities you enjoy if you sustain serious injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that in 2018, 857 bicyclists died in bike crashes. If you get into an accident, there are steps you should take to protect your interests and enhance the recovery process.
1. Move away from traffic
Following the initial impact of the crash, move your bicycle away from the road. This will help you stay out of harm’s way and reduce the likelihood of sustaining any additional injuries.
2. Assess your injuries
If possible, assess the extent of the injuries from the crash. Seek medical attention right away if you need emergency assistance. If your injuries do not require emergency medical care, still see a doctor as soon as possible.
3. Gather evidence
Do not leave the scene of the bicycle accident. Wait for the police to arrive and for the law enforcement official to file an official report. You should also get the contact information of the driver involved and anyone who witnessed the accident.
Once you leave the scene of the crash, write down exactly what happened from your point of view. From that day forward, maintain a personal journal of your injuries that outlines your progress, setbacks and difficulties getting back to normal life. You should also continue to follow your physician’s recommendations for medications, therapies, and procedures.