Although Louisiana has become a bicycle-friendly state, accidents still happen as motorists and cyclists adjust to changes. Steps you can take as a cyclist to reduce the likelihood of a collision with a motor vehicle include wearing bright clothing, using lights and reflectors on the bike and avoiding riding at night.
However, there is only so much you can do on your part. Drivers can be distracted, rushed or careless and end up hurting you. Sometimes the weather is at fault. Whatever the cause, an accident is a real risk to prepare for. Become familiar now with what you should do after a bicycle accident in Louisiana for the best physical and financial recovery.
Assess your injuries
First, determine if you have sustained any visible injuries that require emergency medical attention. If you feel fine, resist the urge to jump back onto your bike. Slowly stand up and ensure you can move all body parts and maintain your balance.
Call the police
Just as with a car accident, you should notify the police of the incident. Having an official report on record is helpful for insurance and legal purposes.
Get the driver’s contact, insurance and vehicle information. If the driver fled, see if any other bystanders or motorists noticed identifiable details you can tell the police. You can also take photos of the damage to your bike and body, the location and the other vehicle.
Go to the doctor
If you do not appear injured, it is still best to avoid riding again if possible. See if a friend, lift service or public transportation is available to take you home. See your primary care physician as soon as possible to evaluate you, especially for traumatic brain injuries, as symptoms can sometimes take time to show. If you cannot see your doctor soon, then go to the ER or urgent care. It is best for your health and for your case to get an assessment and treatment right away.