If you are involved in a collision as a cyclist, you must seek medical attention afterward, even if you do not think that you have been injured. Even a slight bump to the head could cause a delayed-onset head injury. Therefore, you should not be complacent.
Before getting back onto your bike, it is important to fully check your bike for any nonobvious damage. This can ensure that you do not get onto a faulty bike, but it can also provide information about the cause and nature of the collision if you decide to make a personal injury claim for damages.
Checking the bars, levers and stem
You should start by inspecting the handlebars and making sure that they are still secure. Any bent or damaged levers should be replaced as soon as possible.
Checking the wheels and tires
Lift the bike and spin both wheels, making sure that the tires are still fully inflated and that the wheel still spins true.
Checking the brake
It’s essential to ensure that the brakes are functioning correctly before starting to ride the bike again. The cable adjusting barrel may be bent, which could compromise braking.
Checking your gear
Before setting off again on your bike, you should also check your gear. Never wear a helmet that has taken a previous impact, because it won’t be sufficient to protect you if you have another accident.
If you have been injured in a collision between a car and a bicycle, it is important to take action. Starting a personal injury claim could help you gain compensation for your injuries.