How To Tackle A Cycling Accident

09
Sep
2022

Cycling is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time, but there is never a zero-per cent chance of being in an accident. It could be due to other road users like drivers, or it could be road conditions, and from time to time, it comes from a misjudgement. 

Accidents happen from time to time; sometimes, you are with others, others alone. There are some things that you should keep in mind when these things do happen. 

Tip: it is a good idea to have a first aid certificate for those times you cycle with a group; visit site to find out more. 

Photo by Martin Magnemyr on Unsplash

You first

Depending on the circumstances, you will need to treat an accident just like you would a plane crash. You need to get yourself out of harm’s way and to safety. Often in these circumstances, you may feel light-headed, which is normal. 

But it doesn’t help with smart decision making, and it can make heading to help someone, not the smartest move. If it is you that has been in the accident, remember that injuries can be worse than they feel at the time, sure to adrenalin. 

Others

After taking a moment to assess the situation, you can decide on the best course of action. Often calling the emergency services is the first thing, but you might be required to perform CPR in the interim. If you often cycle as a group, it is vital that more than one person has taken the qualification. 

Carrying a small first aid kit can be useful too. It can be risky to move someone who has been injured; where possible, set up a perimeter to prevent further incidents. 

Other parties

Cyclists aren’t usually the ones to cause the accident, which means in most cases, there will be a driver involved. For those cyclists who have a head camera, gathering details and information will be easier. For those without, make sure that you grab a mobile phone and record the conversation, and if possible, have the driver write down their details too. Take a photo of the scene. 

It’s not just cars that cause problems; it is also people’s animals, get details even if it is the latter. 

Witnesses

Unless the accident happened in a very secluded area, there are likely to be witnesses. Even if you don’t wish to take further action against the driver or other party, collect the details from the witnesses. For cases where the collision was very harmful and caused serious injury, they may go to court, and witnesses are important. 

Report

If the accident was caused by road conditions like potholes, uneven ground, or other issues, these should be reported to your local authority as they are a danger to others. Where the accident was caused by a driver or a person – this should be reported to the police. 

The idea of having an accident is something that puts many people off cycling, but in truth, whole countries thrive using cycling networks – so long as safety is the number one priority. If you do have an accident, here is how you can recover best: Handle A Cycling Injury The Right Way For A Great Recovery

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