If you or a fellow rider crashes, is hit by a vehicle, or has a medical emergency while on a ride, do you know what to do? It can be hard to keep a cool head and take reasoned action when you’re in pain, but a little preparation can go a long way!
In a recent webinar we discussed what to think about BEFORE you head out; key items you should carry with you; and what to do during and after an incident in order to minimize the risk of a crash and increase the chances that if you crash you’ll have a better outcome.
We were inspired to put this together after sitting in hospital rooms and courtrooms with victims, friends, and family; and receiving many phone calls from folks AFTER an incident wondering what should do to gain legal & financial justice.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to view a recording of the session.
BEFORE YOU GO
- Consider first aid training
- Consider insurance
- Leave an itinerary/estimated return time
CARRY WITH YOU
- Cell phone
- Personal identification, insurance card
- Emergency contact info
- Something to write with/on
- First aid kit & “cheat sheet”
- Consider video cameras
- Negotiate or argue with the driver of the vehicle
- Talk to insurance until you talk to a lawyer
AFTER A CRASH
- Get somewhere safe
- Call 911 immediately
- Wait for police & file an official report
- Get medical attention
- Obtain information
- Driver: name & contact info, CDL, insurance info, license plate
- Law enforcement: contact info, jurisdiction
- Witnesses: name, contact info
- Preserve evidence
- Don’t move bike, etc. unless necessary for safety
- Take photos of injuries, your bicycle, skid marks
- Don’t repair bike
- Continue to document!
Download this info – including a first aid “cheat sheet” – in a handy format for carrying in your wallet or bag.
Take a first aid/CPR class (these instructors are all cyclists!)
- Rescue Ready, Ted Williams
- Mill Creek Safety, Eric Peterson
- Alison Zander CPR (707) 495-8674
- Purchase the Red Cross pocket first aid guide
Attorneys (business members of SCBC)