There is no denying that safety is, and always should be, a priority for bikers and pedestrians on the move. Taking on the responsibility of biking or walking on roadways and in public spaces sometimes demands a sense of strategy. Remaining vigilant while knowing and using precautionary measures (like these or these) can certainly help to eliminate the risks of being a pedestrian or biker in areas of traffic, but they are still no guarantee that an accident will not occur. Unfortunately, accidents–whether large or small– are a part of everyday life and can take place at any time. If an accident does result in property damage and/or injuries to parties involved, knowing what steps to take immediately afterwards could restore order more quickly while preventing suffering and loss of life. For this reason, familiarizing yourself with what to do after an accident occurs could be just as crucial as knowing ways to prevent one. Here are some valuable actions to take if you or someone you know has been involved in an accident as a pedestrian or a biker:
- Report the accident to local law enforcement and seek immediate medical attention.
- Obtain other driver’s name, address, phone number, and insurance information.
- Ask for names and contact information of any witnesses present at accident scene.
- Take pictures to document injuries and other damages as soon as possible.