Things to remember if you do have a crash.
1. Be Prepared to Act
If you crash and are severely injured, you will have to rely on bystanders for help. Fortunately that is the exception. If you are still conscious and mobile after your crash be prepared to act.
2. Get Off the Road
After a crash you might be disorientated and either lie or stand on the roadway. The first priority is to get off the road and avoid the risk of further injury. Then think about getting your bike off the road if you can do it safely.
If anyone is injured on the scene call the Police.
3. See if You Can Move Okay
If in doubt, ask someone to take you to a doctor or call an ambulance. Don’t act tough. If you don’t feel right, get help.
4. Be Cool
Don’t get upset. Don’t start blaming anyone. Don’t admit anything to anyone at this stage.
5. Get Witnesses and Details
If you have been hit by a car, exchange details with the driver. Write down the registration number of the car and the driver’s name, address and telephone number. You may wish to see the driver’s licence. Write down the location and time. If there are witnesses, ask for their names, addresses and telephone numbers.
6. Get Checked Out
Even if you feel fine, go to a doctor straight away and have a check up. It can take hours or days before some effects of a crash, such as concussion or deep bruising, show up. If there is injury, you need to get treatment. You need to have evidence of the injury for later claims and compensation.
If someone has been injured or their property damaged tell the police. When you make a report ask for a copy of it.
7. Record Details
Date and Location of the crashBrief summary of what happenedAny other information that might be important
8. Contact CAN
Once you have reported the crash to the police, contact CAN where you can receive legal advice and support.
9. Return to the Scene:
When you are able, return to the scene of the crash.
Take a camera. Photograph locations, names of streets etc. these details are important if you intend to sue or make a claim.
10. Get Damage to your Bike Assessed.
Take a photo of your bike. Take your bike to a reputable bike shop for a quote (preferable two for confirmation) or replacement.
Courtesy of Bicycle Victoria