A Handy Checklist For Bicyclists If Hit By A CarNovember 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Resources | 5 Comments
Tags: Collisions, If Hit By A Car
All too often I hear of cyclists not getting all the info they need from motorists after a collision.Getting all the required information at the scene of the collision is one of the most important things that you can do to best position the incident to have charges pressed and/or to get compensation for any physical injuries, lost wages, property damage (i.e., your bike, your helmet, contents of your bags, etc.), and to make sure the driver is held accountable.
I spoke with Ross Hirsch, the local attorney who represented Ed Magos in the monumental Hit-and-Run case. He explains that “often times the cyclist’s post-crash ‘weird state of mind’ is the culprit for the failure to get all of, and the right, information.” Cyclists are typically in a state of shock after a collision, no matter how serious, and it is quite normal for them to be confused–and thus they may not be thinking clearly. And motorists who will likely be looking out for their own interests and seeking to minimize any potential exposure, are typically reluctant to voluntarily offer all the information that the CVC requires to be exchanged in the event of a collision. Thus, play it safe and ask for all their information—demand it if you have to.
For that reason Hirsch has put together a convenient “cheat sheet” that he carries around in his bag in the event of a collision.
“I always ride with a pen and my ‘handy dandy cheat sheet’–with fill-in-the-blank spaces for all the info I might need after a collision. It’s very simple, but reminds me to get what I need.” On the back side of the cheat sheet, he has also included some relevant CVCs and LAMCs that pertain to bikes—just in case a motorist or an officer is ever unsure of what the bike laws are.
The cheat sheet outlines some of the basic and most relevant information you need in the event of a collision:
1. Call 9-1-1
2. Car license plate
3. Car make+model+color
4. Driver’s name+license #
5. Driver’s phone #
6. Driver’s address
7. Driver’s insurance policy #, co.
8. Car Owner? Who?
9. Witness(es) info
10. Confirm above from driver’s license (don’t take their word for it)
11. Get a police report!
12. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES (of driver, too)!
Download your copy here and be sure to carry it with you.
For more information you can contact Ross Hirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org