Here's information that we hope you'll never have to use. Bicycling and walking are generally very safe activities, but crashes sometimes happen. Remember to always carry identification (helpful if you're badly injured) and a credit card or some cash to make sure you can get home if your bike is damaged.
If you're a victim of, or a witness to a traffic collision, follow these steps (and keep a copy of this list in your wallet for reference!):
If you're hurt in a traffic collision, don't walk or ride away or shake off what seems like a minor injury. You might find later that it's worse than you thought.
Call the police. If needed, get medical help immediately.
Get the following information from every vehicle: driver name, address, phone number, driver's license number, license plate number, make of car, insurance company name and policy number.
Get the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
Get the police report number from police on the scene.
Be sure to file a crash report with the local police department, either at the scene or after (you can request forms and fill them out following a crash). This makes a valuable record of the incident and also provides useful information for local agencies to track pedestrian and bicycle safety "hot-spots." After all, you may not be the only person to bave been struck at this location.
- Write down how the crash happened while it's fresh in your memory.
- Keep (or photograph) any damaged clothes or equipment.
Also, if you're a victim:
Don't get mad at the scene. Keep a level head so you can ask questions and take notes.
If you're injured, don't move unless you're certain that you won't injure yourself more.
If involved in a hit-and-run, do your best to take down the license plate number and any identifying characteristics of the vehicle (make/model/color/custom features). Do not try to chase down the vehicle.