Colorado, in our opinion, is one of the most beautiful states in the country. What way better to explore that beauty than on a bicycle, getting a workout while feeling that cool breeze on your face and seeing the mountains in the distance.
With cycling, however, comes risk, which can often lead to accidents. If you’re ever in a bike accident with a car, you may not know how to handle the situation. A recent article from Active.com gives details on the “do’s” and “don’ts” in this unfortunate but time-sensitive circumstance.
There are two main bike/car accidents that we often see occur more often than others.
First, the left-hand turn, where the car or truck turns into the path of the cyclist travelling in the opposite direction. In that instant, the driver often never sees the cyclist until a collision has already occurred.
The second most frequent bike/car collision is the right hook. This occurs when a vehicle passes a rider in who’s riding in the bicycle lane or right shoulder, traveling the same direction, then immediately makes a right turn—into the cyclist’s path.
There are often other accidents as well, such as rear-ending or a door opening in the cyclist’s path.
No matter how small you believe the accident to be, always call the police. If a police report is filed using information gathered at the scene, it is secure and the story can’t be changed later if you need to submit a claim to an insurance company.
Make sure you write down the driver’s name, insurance information, address, phone number, and license plate number. If there are any witnesses nearby, try to get their accounts recorded, as well as their name and contact information.
Whatever you do, do not admit fault to anyone at the scene; don’t try to minimize your injuries or downplay your pain; and, be sure to visit the emergency room if you feel you’ve been injured in the accident.
We hope you are safe when are cycling, but realize that sometimes accidents aren’t avoidable. If the driver of the car or truck is at fault, his or her auto liability insurance should help cover the damage to your bike. We can help you recover your losses. If you’re in a cycling accident with a motorist, contact an experienced personal injury attorney like those at Sears & Associates, P.C.