When Riding a Bike, What to Do If You Get Hit by a Car

If you were hit by a car riding your bike and got in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be eligible for financial restitution. However, your safety should be your top priority. Read on for the best ways to protect yourself, your bike, and your rights if you are a rider who has been hit by a car or who is in danger of being hit by a vehicle and wants to be prepared for the emergency situation. 

  • Take Cover 

Despite your shock, fear, and disorientation, get to a safe location as soon as possible. If you go to the side of the road, you can prevent further collisions.

  • Check for more injuries. 

First responders will inquire as to whether or not you have been hurt and how. Taking stock of any physical damage as soon as possible is important to reduce the risk of further harm. When first responders inquire whether you have been hurt, you will have an answer ready. If you were riding your bike and were struck by a car, the adrenaline pumping through your veins after the collision may help you forget about the agony you are in. 

  • Call 911 

To get assistance cleaning up after an accident, dial 911. As mentioned above, physical pain may have been temporarily dulled by adrenaline, but as the effect wears off, you will want emergency services nearby to help you recover.

  • Document 

Document what transpired using your phone’s camera, the Notes function, or any other method at your disposal. Explain the who, what, where, when, and how you accomplished anything in detail. Get the license plate number of the automobile that hit you if it is nearby. If possible, get people’s names and phone numbers, too. 

  • Determine Who Saw It 

Make a mental note of exactly where you were when the accident occurred and if anyone saw what happened. Maybe there are some bystanders or a passerby who heard you get hit and came to help you. Ask them what they observed, obtain their names and contact info, and seek their permission to get in touch with them again in case you need to follow up with them for the police, a lawyer, or the insurance companies.

  • Hold still  

Try not to go riding off home on your bike. Sit back and relax; law enforcement and medical help are on the way, the accident has been documented, and eyewitnesses have been interviewed. When the police have gathered all of the necessary evidence, they will contact you.

  • Contact someone 

Do not ride your bike home if you can get a ride from a friend or family member. You should not risk aggravating your injuries or damaging your bike by attempting to ride it home.

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