When you go for a bike ride, there is always the chance that you will get into an injurious crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that in the U.S. in 2018, 857 bicyclists died in traffic accidents.
Knowing what to do if you get into a biking accident can help you protect your interests. Here are a few steps you should take in the days and weeks following the collision.
Seek medical care
Even if you do not need emergency medical care at the scene of the bicycle crash, you should still visit your doctor shortly after the accident to assess your injuries. In some cases, injuries do not manifest themselves for a day or two after the initial trauma. Keep all receipts of medical costs you incur for ambulance transport, hospital care, medications and rehabilitation.
In addition to taking photographs of the scene of the crash, you should also hold onto certain pieces of evidence. For example, do not repair your bicycle, hold onto your damaged helmet and keep your bicycling clothes unwashed for those representing you to use to support your case.
Document your injuries
As you recover from the bicycle accident, diligently document your injuries and any medical care you receive. You should take note of any days you have to miss work as well as any family stress or debilitation you experience. You may also want to maintain a daily journal that describes your injuries and how the accident affects your routine activities.