Bicycle crashes can be among the worst depending on how the cyclist is hit. Bicyclists don’t have much protection against an impact, even when they’re wearing appropriate safety attire. That being said, there are some things that emergency medical technicians want people to know about biking crashes and what you can do to protect your own life and take care of your injuries while waiting for help to arrive.
Check these vital areas before help arrives
The first thing that EMTs want you to know is the importance of wearing a good helmet. They also want you to realize that a damaged helmet means it’s time to call 911. When a helmet cracks in a collision, it means that you or the person you’re with have hit their head very hard.
Another thing to remember is that you can take stock of your own injuries while talking to the 911 operator. Take in a deep breath to check for broken ribs, focus on your vision for a few seconds to see if you’re having any unusual changes. If you have any unusual symptoms or severe pain, let the operator know. This helps the EMTs prepare on their way to the scene.
One other area to check is your stomach. The handlebar on a bicycle could cause a significant injury to the abdomen if you come into contact with it during a crash. If you feel tender, it’s worth getting checked out at the hospital.
These are just a few ideas to help you if you’re in a crash. Remember, if you’re unsure of your injuries, it’s better to call for help. In addition, you may also be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options.