Cycling Safety And The Law: What To Do After A Bike Crash

Everyone who shares the road shares the same right to travel safely. In California, only 100 bicyclists have died, and over 10,000 are injured in road accidents or collisions. But sometimes, we might not understand what we need to do because of less knowledge.

This article will help you understand the essential points that can help you know the possible steps you can take.

Before knowing the essential points concerning bike crashes, you must know the fundamental law to prevent unnecessary accidents and fines.

Let’s dissect California’s cycling helmet regulation into its parts:

Minimum Age to Wear a Helmet

Riders who are eighteen years of age or older may choose not to wear a helmet. It is legally required for riders under eighteen to wear a bicycle helmet that has been certified and fits correctly.

Under-18s Are Required to Wear Helmets

The legislation applies to the rider and any passengers on a bicycle younger than eighteen. It works in a variety of environments, including roadways, public trails, and bike lanes.

Private Property Exemption

In California, bikers under eighteen years old riding on private land are exempted from the helmet law.

Helmets’ Effect on Safety

When worn correctly, bicycle helmets have been shown statistically to save lives and avoid injuries.

Adults’ Freedom of Choice

In California, those over 18 are free to choose whether or not to wear a helmet when cycling. The legislation of not wearing a helmet or freedom of choice is a critical point of discussion within the cycling community.  

Reasons for bicycle accidents

·  Hit and run

·  Dooring

·  Unsafe driving

·  Collision with e-bikes

·  Crash because of un-restrained animals

·  The condition of the road is not good

·  Collision with pedestrians

Essential steps after a bike accident

1. Safety should be a priority

First, prioritize your safety and the safety of the other parties involved in the accident. Clinical projects manager James McNulty-Ackroyd of St John Ambulance stresses quick thinking and says, “If you’re injured or have minor injuries, move to safety on the side of the road promptly.”

Nonetheless, keep the injured area covered with something to protect it from further risks. The exposed area quickly picks up debris and dirt from the air.  

2. Stay calm

You will not get the solution by hyping the situation. The first thing that needs to be done is to stay calm and understand the problem. Check the injuries and understand their severity.

It is essential to check your head for signs of injury, and if you start to feel concussion, headache, or anything, go to the doctor as soon as possible.

3. Get the details of the other parties

Try to note the other person’s details, including the vehicle’s contact number, model or registration number, insurance details, and witnesses. Take a photo and video of the scene. If the person hesitates to give the details, note down the time and location details and let the police do the work.

4. After collision steps

Some steps can be considered after the accident-

  • Reporting Obligation: You must notify the police immediately, but not later than 24 hours. There is a chance that you may lose your right to pursue compensation for damage or injuries.
  • Severity of Injuries and Reporting: Calling an ambulance and seeking medical attention is better. Sometimes, hidden injuries can lead to severe issues, so it will be beneficial to get yourself checked.
  • Reporting Non-Serious Injuries: Register the accident involving non-serious injuries online or by calling 101. If you’re unsure how severe your injury is, attending an ER or urgent care center is best.
  • Stopping Riding After an Accident: Even if the rider and the cycle appear undamaged, it is advised to cease riding immediately following the incident. Finding another way to get around is excellent, but before you start riding again, carefully check the cycle frame for damage, whether it’s in good condition or not.

Ending note

So, these are some basic things which you need to do or not. But remember, you need to take care of things after the accident and don’t even think about taking care of things alone. It is better to seek a medical checkup for effective recovery because you don’t know how much injury you have. Sometimes, internal injury can cause a long-term issue. You are responsible for riding your bike safely so that you do not become the reason for the collision.

For more details, contact Sunset West Legal Group.