Last Tuesday a friend of mine called me around 6 PM to describe that he had just witnessed a cyclist get involved in a collision with an automobile at Canal Street and Kinzie Street. From my friend’s point of view (which was a couple hundred feet west of the intersection), the cyclist was turning left from westbound Kinzie Street (after exiting the bridge) onto southbound Canal Street. The driver was traveling east on Kinzie Street.
My friend approached the scene and asked the driver to pull over and exchange information with the cyclist. The driver moved her car to Canal Street. My friend then met with the fallen cyclist and talked him through all of the steps of things to do after a crash:
- Call police and file a crash report
- Keep calm (this is probably the hardest part and I have no doubt that my friend’s presence here served to reassure the cyclist that they were not alone in this crash). This includes not talking about who might be at fault.
- Get witness information
- Preserve evidence; get information from the other parties; take pictures (my friend photographed the driver involved)
- Take care of yourself, get medical attention (this cyclist didn’t want it when asked by the 911 operator)
From the way my friend told me the story, it seems that the cyclist who crashed wasn’t sure of what they should do after the collision. I’m glad my friend did. He and I have talked about it many times; we have it listed on Moving Design spoke cards on our bikes, and it’s on the back of the blue Get Lit flyer.