Some basic, good advice, just in case. Hope you never need it. Ride safe.
Did a CL search of the archives for this type of topic . . . I know I've read some advice somewhere here.
Source: Grist.org. Article by Greg Hanscom.
Put Bicycle Law's Lawyer Jim's phone number on your cell phone.
FREEMAN KEVENIDES LAW FIRM, LLC
120 SOUTH STATE STREET, SUITE 200
CHICAGO, IL 60603
I agree with Mike, if you are in an accident, reach out to a lawyer specializing in bike law as soon as possible. Good to keep those numbers on you. The Active Trans Hotline isn't available 24/7 or has run in to technical difficulties. The Chainlink always has banner ads for the lawyers that specialize on the site so you can easily access their information.
Also, if you ride to work every day, consider getting a camera e.g. Go-Pro for bike or helmet to capture what happens. If you do get in an accident, if you are able to - take lots of pictures of the bike, your car, the position in the street, etc.
Here is what Active Trans provides:
1. Seek medical attention
Never refuse paramedics’ help. You might not realize how injured you are
2. Call the police and file a report
3. Get all the information
See the full article:
All great tips.
Just wanted to add some clarification, if someone has called the Crash Support Hotline and not received a call back within 24hrs of leaving a message, that's a problem and they should please let me know personally at the contact info below.
But to be clear, at no time has the hotline program indicated that a live person will answer the line, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Unfortunately this level of service is simply not realistic given the nature of the program, frequency of calls and staffing requirements. The Active Transportation Alliance Hotline is staffed by rotating volunteer who keeps a dedicated cell phone in their possession for a two week shift and are instructed to answer calls as they come in whenever possible, however this is not always possible for many reasons.
Volunteers are instructed to return all calls resulting in a voicemail within 24 hrs. The outgoing message callers hear also provides basic recommendations and asks callers to leave their contact info. Many calls to the hotline do not leave a voicemail and operators are instructed not to return calls to numbers for which no voicemail was left.
If someone has called the hotline and left a message and not received a call back within 24hrs please have them contact me directly at the number or email below.
Education Specialist/Crash Support Programs Manager
Thanks for clarification Jason! We've had a number of comments where people thought it was available after hours and it created some confusion so this is super helpful.
Call me, I'm here to help. Here's my contact info:
Office: 312-239-6787 Cell: 312-208-7702
I've addressed this two different ways on IllinoisBicycleLaw.com. (You can see our banner ad to the right). Being in a bike crash is a scary event and there is a lot to process physically, mentally and emotionally. I understand that talking to some lawyer is one of the last things you want to do. That's why all of our consultations are absolutely free of charge and with no commitment. I can explain to you your options and what I think is your best path to recovery.
And here is an Infographic we did on The 5 Steps To Follow After A Bike Crash.