Cycling is a great way to get around in Indiana, whether for recreation, fitness or commuting. However, despite your best efforts to stay safe on the road, you may find yourself in a situation where a car hits you.
It can be a scary and confusing moment, but knowing what steps to take afterward can help protect your rights and ensure your well-being.
Seek medical help
Your first priority should be your safety. If you can, move to a safe location. If you cannot move, call out to a bystander to alert them of the situation and request help. You should call 911 immediately to report the accident and to get medical help, even if your injuries appear minor. Adrenaline can often mask pain, and some injuries may not become evident until later.
Document the incident
If you can, take photographs of the scene, including your bicycle, the car that hit you, the surrounding area and any visible injuries you received. Gather information from the driver, including their name, contact information, driver’s license number and insurance details. Also, get contact information from any witnesses to the incident.
File a police report
When the police arrive, they will document the incident and gather statements from you, the driver and any witnesses. Be sure to give an accurate account of what happened. This report can be vital if you need to seek compensation for your injuries or damages to your bike.
Riding a bike comes with risks. However, knowing what to do if hit by a car can make the aftermath less stressful and confusing.