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    • CommentAuthorkyle
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2010
    I wanted to start a thread that addresses what to do when you're on a bike and involved in a collision. I know this topic has been addressed before, but I didn't have any luck finding information on it, and I thought it'd help to have one thread that addresses it directly. Several people I know have recently been hit by cars and had to deal with the aftermath. It'd be nice to know our rights, know what to do, who can help, etc. Please drop some knowledge here. I'll start...

    The SDCBC has some helpful information on their FAQ page.

    I've been in a bike crash - what should I do now?

    Thanks to Richard Duquette, local bike lawyer (, for this list of what to do:

    REQUEST A POLICE REPORT: Don't settle for "we don't take reports".

    DOCUMENT ALL WITNESSES: Get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses. This includes preserving all evidence, damaged car and cycle parts.
    SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION: This helps prove you were hit and what your damages are. Be very careful as to what you tell medical staff.

    TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS: ...of your bruises, cuts, property damage (car, bike, clothes), the scene/signs, markings, and skid marks. City Streets Change!
    AUTO INSURANCE COVERAGE: A special note for bicyclists: if you are hit while cycling, you may be able to recover personal injury damages from your own auto insurance policy under the motorist provision. Remember Proposition 213 limits your rights to collect uninsured only economic damages (lost wages, medical bills, car repair) if you are an uninsured or an excluded driver. So to maximize your recovery, maintain insurance coverage.

    INSURANCE ADJUSTERS: When an insurance adjuster calls you, tell him or her to contact your lawyer. Do Not Let Them Tape Record You!
    PROPERTY DAMAGE: Photographs and written estimates of your damages from a reputable auto repair company helps.
    MEDICAL BILLS AND RECORDS: The thing to remember here is to explain to the doctor your complaints, starting from head to toe, including past injuries to the same body parts that are presently injured.
    LOST WAGES: These may be dependent on your injury - medical documentation. In other words, the insurance adjuster may ask; "If you are not injured, why are you unable to work?" Have your doctor verify your non-ability to work in the form of temporary disability slip which will be your proof.
    LIFESTYLE CHANGE: Here, I learn how the injury has affected my client's life, family, job, and recreation and how it will do so in the future. Photographs of trophies or medal, if you are an athlete, or the family, people in off road vehicles, all help to prove general damages. Keep a diary of your athletic training and mileage before and after injury.

    I also have a card in my wallet with similar information. I printed it up off the SDCBC site, but I couldn't find it when I looked now.
    • CommentAuthorgavilan
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    Mark posted this a while ago on another thread:

    markphilips:I ordered Road I.D. last weekend for myself and my family. They sent me a discount coupon for my friends. So feel free to use the coupon below.

    Hey Everyone,

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    We got RoadIDs recently as a gift and have several "coupons" in case anyone is thinking about getting one:
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    I assume these are "first come first serve" and once one of them is used it can't be used again, but it's just a guess.
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    I always wear my Road ID (and argued with a certain non-kit wearing lawyer over their efficacy)
    I also made this one:

    Paul:I always wear my Road ID (and argued with a certain non-kit wearing lawyer over their efficacy)
    I also made this one:

    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2012
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2012
    I want one that says this:

    “I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime”

    ― Neil deGrasse Tyson