As you navigate Springfield’s city streets on your bicycle, you get the pleasure of fresh air and exercise on your journey.
Unfortunately, cycling also means dealing with automobiles. According to the Virginia Department of motor vehicles, 16 bicyclists died and 618 sustained injuries due to a collision in 2021. If a collision happens, you should take the following steps.
1. Stay put and call 911
Even if you feel like you have minimal to no injuries, stay where you are and call 911. Oftentimes, neck or brain injuries take time to show symptoms. By calling in help, you help ensure that you have proof of the incident if you need to seek restitution down the road.
2. Document the scene
Along with knotting the driver’s license plate number and getting insurance information, you should gather other information. This includes getting contact information from witnesses and taking mental notes of what led to the accident. Be sure to note any weather conditions, potential hazards and other vital details. If possible, take pictures of your damaged bike, the scene of the accident and any injuries.
3. Seek medical attention
If paramedics arrive on the scene, let them check you out. They have the expertise to determine if you face a hidden injury. After the dust settles, make an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible. This not only provides additional documentation for a potential case but also helps ensure you have a clear picture of your potential injuries.
While riding a bicycle has its benefits, it comes with the potential risk of an accident. If you sustain injuries, you have rights as a victim.