Man Down – How to Help a Cyclist if they are in an Accident

Bicycle accident on street

Whether they’re taking a leisurely ride or on a morning commute to work, cyclists are a common feature around our suburbs. If you see an injured cyclist or witness an accident, here are some important things you can do to help.

1. Ensure your safety

Remember that your first priority is your own wellbeing; you won’t be much help to anyone if you also get injured. So before you try to be Superman, make sure the site of the accident is clear of any danger. Be sure that any oncoming traffic has come to a stop or slowed down before you approach an on-road accident

2. Ensure their safety

If you are able to safely move the cyclist, it’s important that they are placed in a safe space, preferably off the road. If moving them may cause greater injury, consider leaving them where they are until an ambulance arrives. If you suspect they could have a spinal injury the person should not be moved. Their helmet should also remain in place. You may need to block off the area around the injured cyclist until assistance arrives.

3. Call for assistance

If the cyclist has a significant injury that needs medical care, you should call 000 for an ambulance. If you suspect that a traffic offence has occurred, such as a collision between the cyclist and a vehicle, it is best to report the matter to police by dialling 000. You can also make a police report online here.

4. Take photographs

If an accident has taken place, remember to take photos of the scene and the vehicles involved. Only take these photos if it is safe to do so

5. Take details

It’s always a good idea to record the date, time and location of the accident so that you can provide the information to the cyclist.

In the event of an accident, the law requires that all parties exchange their details including:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Registration of all vehicles involved

6. Provide your details

If you happen to witness a cycling accident it’s always helpful to provide your contact details to the cyclist. Often police and insurance companies will want to speak with witnesses if there is an injury or property damage claim.