What To Do After A Car Hits You

Urban Velo published a succinct post today with 6 steps that you should take after being hit by a car.

1. If you are in pain, stay put. Don’t try to move. You could end up injuring yourself even more.
2. Call 9-1-1 or tell someone else to do it for you
3. Make sure to get the driver’s name, license plate, insurance info and contact info
4. Get a police report
5. Contact a lawyer
6. Contact your city councilperson and tell them your story and that you want safer cycling conditions in the city

After Nick Magruder was recently hit-and-run on Bonnie Brae on May 13th, he went through most of those steps.  I say most because to my knowledge he didn’t contact a council person and let them know what happened, but I definitely did.  In querying the Denton police department to obtain cyclist accident statistics, we learned that they were not keeping track of cyclist accidents, but they are now, since we asked.

On the topic of #3, I have previously failed to memorize license plates during traffic incidents, and now I regularly scan plates with my eyes just as practice.  It definitely hasn’t come naturally to me during the few unfortunate incidents I’ve had, like when a van on Hwy 77 stopped and the passenger threatened to get a gun and shoot me.  In situations like that, with adrenaline pumping, I simply never thought to memorize the license plate.  As a result, the (UNT) policeman was not inclined do anything.

Lesson learned: practice memorizing license plates, so you can do it when it counts.

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5 thoughts on “What To Do After A Car Hits You

  1. Chelsey Mulnix says:

    i got hit back in february on the corner of welch and oak and the cops were less than helpful. i got no help from the city, my bike was left totaled, and i was physically out of commission for about two weeks. thanks for posting this list; hopefully it will help others out in the future.

  2. Even a partial license plate # and description of the vehicle can help. When it happens, there’s enough thoughts and feelings running through your body that you don’t want to create a panic in trying to get the whole number memorized. But if you can get some of it and a description of the vehicle, there are folks within the various arms of law enforcement who can narrow it down from there.


  3. Scott says:

    Great advice. Also remember to follow all laws concerning riding a bike with automobile traffic and remember that if you give respect you will be more likely to get it.

    – Owns a bike and a car.

  4. James says:

    I know Howard is great at remembering plates after the nannering!

  5. […] We’re happy to note that David contacted the police, so the accident becomes a true statistic, which is incredibly valuable since so many bicycle accidents go unreported.  For reference, here’s a post that describes what to do after getting hit. […]

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