If you are one of the first people on the scene where a cyclist has been injured in an accident with a motor vehicle, this is what you can do.
Co-operate fully with the police and the medics when they get there. Do not be aggressive or antagonistic toward the driver or anyone else at the scene. Instead, focus your attention on the accident.
Before the authorities arrive, you can assist by making sure the area around the injured person is secure and safe from other traffic. If you are in a car, and if it is safe to do so, put on your hazard lights on and position it in a way that may shield the accident scene and make other traffic aware that there is an emergency.
You won’t know the full extend of their injuries and moving them could make things far worse for the victim.
The motor vehicle and the driver
Any any scratch, scrape, and tyre marks on the road or Armco
Any debris lying around that may be related to the incident
The driver’s licence and the vehicle licence plate and licence disc
The damaged bicycle and injured rider
The scene of the accident, from all angles and the surrounding area
A description and the number plates of all vehicles involved in the incident
The drivers’ names and identity numbers, addresses and telephone numbers
The date, times and address of the collision
The names, identity numbers, addresses and phone numbers of all potential witnesses
Don’t be shy, ask out aloud! This is a key part of a building any criminal case if there has been negligence. If people do come forward, record their names and contact details (use the voice- or video-recording function on your phone).
Look around the area for security video cameras – these day’s there are security cameras everywhere. Take pictures that will show where the cameras are. Having access to footage on these cameras will naturally be very useful to both the police and any legal team the victim may employ in the future.
If you suspect the driver may be intoxicated, simply and respectfully point this out to the police officers at the scene. They will now know that you and other witnesses on the scene are aware of this. It will put pressure on the police to do alcohol testing. It does mean extra work for them and they may be resistant to doing so.
The police (unless the police made a report at the scene). Make sure that you get the case number from the police as well as the name of the officer to whom the accident is reported.
Western Cape authorities at http://safelyhome.westerncape.gov.za/reporter
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We cannot stress how important it is to ensure that all cycling accidents/incidents are reported to the police
Insurers will often require a report before they will pay out
Police statistics and action are also entirely dependent on accidents being reported
Subsequent prosecution is heavily reliant on police investigation
Failing to obey the 1m passing distance law
Driving at an excessive speed or in excess of the speed limit
Failing to keep a proper look-out Failing to keep the vehicle under proper control
Drinking and driving
Using their cell phones whilst driving
Cutting across your path of travel at an inopportune moment
Failing to stop at a stop sign or, when facing a red traffic light
Failing to yield to oncoming traffic
Colliding with you from behind
Opening a door of a stationary motor vehicle at an inopportune moment