Cycling is a great way to get around but it can be painful when a negligent driver, pedestrian, cyclist or other hazard causes an accident.
Once the adrenaline wears off you may be left with aches, pain or lingering injuries that require expensive rehabilitation or time off of work.
Doing what you can to stay safe is key – every time you ride there are precautionary steps you can take to protect yourself, preserve your legal rights and be prepared should the unexpected happen.
Even if you think you are fine, there may be unforeseen after-effects. Stay calm, be polite and gather as much information as possible, as soon as possible.
As you may not see the possible defendant again, if you are able to, remain at the scene and speak to anyone who may have information.
If the driver is being evasive or leaves the scene, or if you have concerns about your safety or the nature of your injuries, take down as much information as possible and call 9-1-1.
Takes notes on as many of the circumstances surrounding the accident as you can while they are fresh in your memory and in as much detail as possible.
If any of your clothing or your helmet is damaged, hold on to them because they could be evidence. If your helmet is cracked or dented from the accident, get a new one, but keep the old one just in case it is needed later.
If you have any injuries at all, make an appointment to see your family doctor or attend a walk in clinic and consider consulting a lawyer if you have questions about a potential claim.
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