Just as with a motor vehicle, the operator of a bicycle has several responsibilities after an accident. Whether the accident included another party or not, your first priority is to see if you are okay! Once this is done, proceed to the steps summarized below by Martin G Schulz and Associates. Remember: this is only a guideline, verify all local laws and safety regulations before you set out on your bicycle.
STEP 1: Get to safety and report the accident
Bike accidents typically happen on shared roads or pathways, meaning your incident may be a hazard to others. To avoid this, remove yourself, your bike and any debris from the path of oncoming vehicles or pedestrians as soon as possible. Once this is accomplished, you and anyone else involved in the accident should take down each other’s information and contact the authorities (usually only necessary if the combined damage exceeds $2,000 or if someone involved is impaired).
STEP 2: Document the accident and preserve the evidence
At the time of the incident, make sure to look for witnesses and collect their information– it is difficult to do this afterward. You will also need the name, phone number and any necessary vehicle insurance or registration from anyone involved in the accident. Next: take pictures of the scene and any damage, without moving anything if it is safe to do so. If possible, you may want to avoid fixing your bicycle in order to present it as evidence later on. Always document your injuries and make note of any lost earnings or productivity.
STEP 3: Contact the professionals
If you are injured as a result of a bike accident, it is prudent to see a medical professional as soon as possible– even if you feel fine. Describe the accident in detail to the doctor and they will know how to check for injuries that do not present any symptoms. Medical records and expenses can also be useful if another party is found responsible. The same goes for your bicycle: have an experienced mechanic check it over thoroughly, even if there is no visible damage. A trained eye may catch a nearly invisible flaw that could mean your bike is unsafe to use. Finally, if you are pursuing legal action– contact or visit the experts here at Martin G Schulz & Associates!
Riding your bike can be a fun leisure activity or even an environmentally-friendly way to commute to work. Albertans are known for their passion for the outdoors all year round. Accidents can happen no matter how experienced you are or how much safety equipment you use. Stay safe and be prepared!