BIKE CRASHES HAPPEN. HERE’S A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO CHECK YOURSELF AND YOUR BIKE BEFORE RIDING ON.
As regular bike riders, we know that if you ride, at some point you’re going to have a bike crash or be witness to a bike crash. Knowing this, it’s best to be prepared.
The first thing you want to do after a crash is avoid scrambling to your feet. Before you get off the ground, take a quick self-inventory and make sure you don’t have any major injuries. Assuming all of your parts are where they should be, for instance, all of your limbs attached and intact move quickly to a safe spot off the road or out of the way of other riders and continue assessing.
Bicycling in Nebraska Crash Checklist
AT THE SCENE OF A CRASH
- Stay calm and call 911 immediately. ALWAYS file a Police/Sheriff/State Patrol report. Be aware that some officers are not current on bicycling laws.
- Don’t apologize and don’t assumer you’re “OK.” Adrenaline will have kicked in and you may not realize the extent of your injuries.
- Treat the crash scene like a crime scene. Leave your bike where it is and take photos: your pike in relation to landmarks like signs or intersections, road debris, skid marks, and witness location
- Photograph your visible injuries, and any damage to your bicycle, helmet, clothes, and other bicycle gear.
- Record license plates, business cards, witness contact information, insurance/registration paperwork, reporting office bades, etc.
- When giving a statement to reporting officer(s), stay focused on the facts. Accurate information and measurements of the scene are crucial.
IN DAYS FOLLOWING A CRASH
- Get examined by a medical professional. Remember, some injuries may not be apparent at the scene.
- Download and save any digital data from your bicycle computer or smart phone.
- DO NOT post about your collision on social media, as your social media will be monitored by insurance companies. Statements of photos posted can be used against you.
- Purchase a new helmet. Save the old one until your injury claim has concluded.
Bicycle crashes happen. If it happens to you in Nebraska, sticking to these guidelines will help protect your rights. If you have questions call Inserra | Kelley | Sewell and we’ll walk you through everything. In the end, the most important lessons we have learned is that most bicycle collisions have simple causes. Keep the rules of the road in mind.
- Ride in the direction of traffic.
- Stop at stop signs and obey traffic signals.
- Be aware of car and truck blind spots.
- Sidewalk riding often violates local law and can be unsafe.
- Use bike lanes where available.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Use lights on your bike when riding early in the morning or late at night.
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