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A 4-step guide to dealing with a bike crash

Sooner or later, you're bound to crash your bike, and you'll be wearing a helmet when you do. Preferably, you'll also follow this four-step guide to dealing with a bike crash.

These tips could save you from furthering your injuries or crashing your bike again, so take the following to heart:

1. Don't get up right away

Stay on the ground if you fell off your bike. You don't know how injured you are and your adrenaline is going to be pumping. You might also be in pain. Stay on the ground and figure out the extent of your injuries by determining what you can and can't move. When you're sure that you're not seriously hurt, only then can you get back up. If you are hurt, call 911.

2. Take pictures with your phone

If a vehicle struck you, take pictures of everything. Take pictures of your injuries, of where the car is, of the accident scene and take down the license plate number, contact number and other details for drivers and witnesses. If it's convenient, record all of this information and take notes about the incident in your phone.

3. Go to the doctor for medical care

The sooner you get medical attention, the less chance there will be that your injuries will worsen. Go to the doctor and get the medical care you need.

4. Don't be afraid to ride your bicycle again

It will be a little scary, and you may feel hesitant, but after you've recovered from your injuries, don't be shy to get back on your bike again. Don't let a bicycle crash take away your passion for riding bikes.

If you're suffering from serious and costly injuries after a bicycle crash caused by another party's negligence, you may also want to investigate your legal rights and options. Some bicycle crash victims may be able to take legal steps to toward justice and financial restitution.

Source: Bicycling, "Crash Course: How to Handle a Car-Bike Collision," AC Shilton, accessed Feb. 08, 2018

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