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What should you do in the event of a bike accident injury?

As a cyclist, you know how much fun it can be to hit the road on your bike. You also know there are risks involved with doing so, such as being struck by a vehicle.

It is your responsibility to follow the rules of the road, as this will improve your chance of remaining safe at all times. Even then, there is no guarantee that a motor vehicle driver won't hit you for one reason or another.

If this happens, there are several things you should do without delay:

-- Call 911. Upon doing so, request that both the police and EMS visit the scene. Even if you don't feel that you have been injured, you should still get checked out. If you are unable to call for help yourself, attempt to get somebody else, such as a witness, to do so for you.

-- Collect witness contact information. In some cases, especially if you are seriously injured, this can be difficult. If you are able to collect this information, you should do so. It will come in handy in the future.

-- Request a copy of the accident report. If you seek compensation later on, this report will work in your favor.

If you suffer a bike accident injury due to the negligence of another party, such as the driver of a motor vehicle, you must know what to do.

Nobody wants to think about this, but you should be prepared for anything that could happen. This will help you avoid even more complications in the event of an accident.

Source: Velosurance, "Cyclists: what to do if you are hit by a car" accessed Mar. 03, 2015

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