Unfortunately, the day might come when you’re hit by a car while riding your bike.
Here’s some things to do if you’re in a bike accident:
1) Document everything while it is still fresh in your mind. Take photographs of bike, injuries, crash scene. Get witness accounts in writing. Write down everything you remember. Save clothes, helmet, bike parts – even if they are trashed.
2) Get a copy of the police report.
3) Do not admit to any fault – even if you’re unsure.
4) Do not settle with the driver’s insurance company. They will want to do so quickly. A case rep will call you and ask about your injuries, damages, etc. Do not offer information. They work for the driver, not you. You have 2 years to settle or file suit. There is no rush. You do not yet know the extent of your injuries and their long term effects. The insurance company will be calling you in the next 36 hours. DO NOT talk to them. Their entire job is to mitigate payment and close the case as quickly as possible. Just politely tell them you are still evaluating your options and that they will here from you or a representative of you in the future.
5) Contact an Attorney. A consultation is usually free. You generally will note have to pay anything out of pocket for an attorney in this type of incident.
- Steve Magas (Ohio Bike Lawyer) (513)444-2199
- Michael F Gehrig (513) 421-9010
- Bill Dunning in Lebanon. (513) 932-2871
6) Try to follow the traffic case as it progresses. If the guy just pays the ticket great. If it gets set for trial try to find and contact the prosecutor, and let him/her know that you are the victim, that you were injured, and that you suffered property loss. Traffic cases are often dismissed or pleaded down which could affect a future civil case.
7) Depending on your car insurance company, your car policy might cover any expenses that the defendant’s insurance doesn’t cover.
8) It can definitely take time for other injuries to appear. I (team member) had an accident a few years ago, where a dog off leash took me down. I didn’t file a claim. 4 months later I woke up with a very stiff neck. It took me about a month to connect it back to the cycling accident, because I felt fine after all the visible injuries healed. Turns out I had a whiplash injury, 3 herniated discs in my cervical spine and I ended up in traction and off the bike for 6 months. It was a slow recovery and 3 years later, I’m riding, feel competitive on the bike, but still have neck pain. Stay in tune with how you feel and don’t dismiss the pain if it shows up 6 months from now
Thanks to Hungry Riders: John Gatch, Eric Buchakjian, Tim Delgado and Team Members for help in creating this content!
SNI: From the standpoint of rehydration, is there an ideal percentage of carbohydrate that is needed when consuming fluids? Is there a combination of carbohydrates that is ideal?
Stacy: In my experience working with athletes, they are so focused on calories that they don’t pay attention to the fact that what they are drinking contributes to FUELING, not HYDRATION.
Let me explain.
In science speak: During prolonged exercise, fluid and salt losses through sweating reduce plasma volume which leads to heart rate drift in association with hyperthermia and reductions in performance. Oral rehydration with water reduces the loss of plasma volume and lessens heart rate drift and hyperthermia. Moreover, the inclusion of sodium in the rehydration solution to levels that double those in sweat (i.e., around 90 mmol/l Na+) restores plasma volume when ingested during exercise, and expands plasma volume if ingested pre-exercise.
Tim, James, and I were talking about knee pain last Friday night with Suchocki, and I thought I would cc everyone a follow-up. Sincere apologies for clogging up the team listserve in my first week with ‘self-help’ crap; it will be a rare occurrence, I promise!
After several years with my riding sidelined by chronic knee pain (patello-femoral pain syndrome), and seeing several ortho/sports med physicians in cincinnati (“strengthen your quads!” they all said), I was turned on to the importance of ‘strong butts’ (hip stabilizers) by a cyclist/coach in Chicago and a wonderful Physical therapist here in town (Opal Riddle). Eons ago, we moved our legs in all sorts of directions: we ran more like wide receivers full of ‘juke moves’ requiring strong pelvic stabilizers. Nowadays, the legs of runners and cyclists move only in the front and back direction, and most of us have very weak hip stabilizers. This can result in small imbalances, tight IT bands, and medial or lateral stress on the knee (causing me pain). Strengthening these up yielded relief of pain in about 3-4 weeks.
Tim, I also attached a couple of dorky journal articles about this as well in case you were interested. The role of the Gluteus Medius in hip stabilization and knee pain is relatively new in sports med.
Here’s to pain-free riding!
This first video is fun for its authentic Minnesota accents, and a nice demonstration:
This exercise is harder than it looks:
This one is harder to do when starting out, as you can end up using your paraspinal muscles in your low back too much, but once I got the hang of video #1, I could add this.
This video is just awesome: