What to Do If You Have an Accident While Riding
Even the safest cyclist can still have an accident at some point. The road is unpredictable and there are a lot of different elements that can cause trouble even to the most cautious cyclists. That’s why, when becoming a cyclist, the responsible thing to do is be prepared, and learn how to react when the worst happens.
Find a Safe Spot
If it was a minor crash and you can easily get up, get yourself somewhere safe. Your top priority at this time should be getting yourself out of harm’s way. You don’t want to be standing in the middle of the road where there’s still incoming traffic. If the scenario is much worse and you find yourself unable to move, you still have to do your best to get to safety. Try whistling to people close by, or make signals. This is when having a flashlight, a whistle, or access to your phone can come in handy as they let you catch people’s attention fast.
Assess the Situation
Once you’re safe, take the time to look for any injuries. Even if you don’t immediately feel anything is wrong, really make sure you can move your legs, arms, and check for blood. Sometimes when you’ve been in an accident, your body goes into shock and you don’t immediately realize how serious your injuries are. Another thing you have to figure out is what you’re dealing with. If the collision involved a driver, you might want to take down their details. Keep in mind that this is one of those rare times when you shouldn’t blindly trust others. A seemingly nice person can still give you bogus details, so it’s in your best interest to write down the plates along with the model and year of the car and make mental notes of what the person looks like.
Consider Contacting Authorities
If the accident is serious enough, don’t hesitate to contact the authorities. And while you wait, make sure the driver doesn’t move the vehicle. Some deceiving people try to change the car to a more uncompromising position while telling you they’re just trying to get out of the way to let others through. Don’t be afraid to take pictures, or gently ask witnesses to wait around until police arrive.
Visit Your Doctor
If you called the authorities, chances are they brought an ambulance along and you were checked right then and there. That doesn’t mean you are cleared and should forever forget about the accident. Injuries can appear days after an accident and you can still have a concussion. Make sure you schedule a doctor’s appointment. Accidents are terrifying even if you get out without a scratch. Make sure you don’t make things worse by staying as calm as you can and acting with common sense. And of course, always make your own safety your top priority!