When you hit the road on your bike, you hope that your ride will go as planned from beginning to end. Unfortunately, many people are involved in bike accidents every year. Furthermore, some suffer a serious injury as a result.

If you are involved in a bike accident, it’s important that you know what to do. By taking the right steps, you may be able to avoid complications.

First things first, remove yourself from harm’s way. This means getting as far away from traffic as possible as you assess your situation. From there, it is time to determine if you have suffered any injuries and if so, what type. This is easier said than done, especially if you are in a lot of pain.

In the event that you are seriously injured, don’t try to move too far. Instead, call for medical help or prompt somebody else to do so on your behalf. If possible, attempt to collect contact and insurance information for others involved in the accident, such as the driver of a motor vehicle.

Your health should always be your first priority. It doesn’t matter what else is going on, you need to focus on your well-being above all else. This can difficult if you are wondering how you will pay medical bills or work with your injuries.

At some point in the future, after you are stabilized and recovering, you should learn more about the accident. Was somebody responsible for your injuries? You may soon find that you are able to file a claim in an attempt to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: Bicycling, “5 Things You Need to Do After a Bike Crash,” accessed July 20, 2016