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Types of Accidents
There are two types of bike/car accidents that are more common than any others:
- The left-hand turn, where a vehicle turns left directly into the path of a cyclist going the opposite direction. In this situation, the motorist often never even sees the cyclist until it’s too late.
- The right hook, where a vehicle passes a cyclist who’s riding in the bike lane or right shoulder going the same direction, then immediately makes a right turn directly into the cyclist’s path.
Other situations pop up, such as vehicle doors opening into a cyclist’s path, or rear-ending situations. Whatever the case and however severe, they should be treated in a specific manner…
No matter how mild you think it might be call the police in the event of an accident. If a police report is filed based on information gathered at the scene, the story can’t change later on if you need to submit an insurance claim.
In addition, it’s important that you obtain the vehicle driver’s insurance information, address, phone number and license plate number. If there are witnesses on the scene, get their names and phone numbers, as well.
As with vehicle-on-vehicle accidents, don’t admit fault, and don’t minimize your injuries or your bike damage. There’s no reason to.
“The reason you exchange information is to protect yourself, always get the police involved.