What To Do In Case of A Collision

November 9, 2010 at 8:24 am | Posted in Resources | 5 Comments
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Make a report regardless of how minor the incident. It is important for LAPD to track all collisions involving cyclists and motorists.

1. Call 911. Remain calm, and don’t move if you’re hurt.
2. Don’t assume you’re not injured; you might have internal injuries.
3. Get the following information from all involved drivers: name, address, phone, license number, plate number, make of car, insurance company and policy number, and visual identification of driver.
4. Get names and phone numbers of all witnesses.
5. Get the police report from the officer at the scene.
6. Write down how the incident happened while it’s still fresh in your mind.
7. Keep or photograph any damaged clothing or equipment.
8. Know your rights under the California Vehicle Code and the local Municipal Code.

More useful information regarding bicycle safety can be found in the new and improved LACBC Resource Guide. Details on how to purchase a copy will be released soon.

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  1. THANK YOU for this invaluable guide

    • You’re welcome!

  2. […] LACBC wrote up a eight-step list of what to do if you get into a bike collision. I’m going to print this out and figure out a way to tape it into my […]

  3. So these are tips on what to do immediately after a collision. Bicycle attorneys can also be useful for legal matters after your collision. Here are a few local L.A. bicycle attorneys who can help you with your lawsuit:

    The Law Firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton, & Goldstein (GEKLAW)
    (213) 739-7000

    Law Offices of Gary Brustin
    (800) 841-2453

    Law Offices of Thomas F. Forsyth
    (626) 240-4633

  4. And if you don’t ride with pen/paper or a smart phone that allows you take notes, forget about it.

    As another cycling attorney, I advise you to carry something that allows you to write down all the pertinent information.

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