California strives to be a bicycle-friendly state by providing bike lanes in urban areas and bike trails throughout the state’s natural areas and coastline.
Whether you are biking to work or biking for exercise and recreation, you need to be aware of other vehicles on the road to avoid accidents. Some drivers in motor vehicles may have difficulty seeing you on the road or may be distracted by their electronic devices while driving. When this is the case, the risk for accidents increases greatly.
So, what should you do if you are hit by a car while on your bicycle?
At the time of the incident
- Make sure the driver stays until police arrive. If they refuse to stay or show you their ID, write down the vehicle’s license plate information and the make and model.
- Call 911 to ask for the police to come.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses. If they can, have them stay to give a statement to the police.
When police arrive on the scene
- Ask the police to take an incident report.
- Write down the reporting officer’s name and badge number.
- Ask the officer to take statements from witnesses.
- If you are injured, make sure to go to the hospital and get a doctor’s report.
In the following days after the crash
- Contact witnesses and ask them to email you their version of the events they witnessed.
- Take good photographs of your injuries and any damage done to your bicycle.
- Get an estimate from a bicycle repair shop.
- Request a copy of the incident report from the police.
Getting hit by a car while you are on your bicycle can be a jarring experience. However, if this happens to you, make sure to follow the steps outlined above.
Following these steps and seeking legal support will increase your chances of being justly compensated for your accident.