What to Do if You are in a Bicycle Crash in Spartanburg, SC

What to Do if You are in a Bicycle Crash in Spartanburg, SC

By Deanna Power

With the costs of gasoline, the urge to improve health, and growing environmental concerns, more people are using bicycles as a form of transportation. The number of bicyclists throughout the Palmetto State have climbed in recent years.

Because of the increased number of bicyclists on the roads, South Carolina has been called a proactive state when it comes to taking action to protect the bicycling culture. A new law passed in 2008 supports cyclist and is believed to be the predecessor for similar laws passed around the country since then.

The new pro-bicyclist laws are designed to prevent harassment of bicyclists by motorists, allows bicyclists to use the road even when a path is provided, requires motorists to leave a “safe” passing distance when passing a cyclist on the road, and establishes civil fines for motorists causing “minor injuries” or “major injuries” to bicyclists.

As a bicyclist, however, you do have responsibilities to adhere to the laws of the road. Even the most careful cyclists can end up in a crash. Protect yourself by following the laws of South Carolina and the City of Spartanburg when it comes to operating a bicycle.

Here are some of the responsibilities of a cyclist in South Carolina according to the state’s bicycle laws:

  • No bicycle may carry more people than for which it is equipped.
  • Clinging to other vehicles while operating or riding on a bicycle is prohibited.
  • A bicycle operator cannot carry any package that prevents him or her from having one hand on the handlebars.
  • At nighttime, a bicycle must be equipped with a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet in front and red reflector in the rear that must be visible from all distances from 50 to 300 feet from the rear when directly in front of the lawful upper beams of motor vehicle head lamps.
  • A bicyclist shall indicate signals properly, including right turns, left turns, stopping, and decreasing speed when safe to do so.
  • Bicycles may be prohibited on controlled-access highways except for official duties or the performance of public works.

These are just a couple of the numerous ways you can prevent crashes by cycling safely. South Carolina is one of only 13 states that does not have any helmet law requiring bicyclists wear helmets at all.

The Unthinkable Has Happened: What to Do After a Bike Crash in Spartanburg, South Carolina

  • The first thing to do is take care of your health. Many times bicyclists are injured but they don’t realize it at first. Can you look in every direction without feeling pain? Can you move both arms in all directions? How are your legs? It is wise to seek medical treatment because you could have suffered internal injuries that you are not aware of at the moment.
  • Contact the authorities. Call the police and ask them to come complete a report. They will come to the scene of the accident to assess the situation. Be sure to give them your statement as well and make sure that it is properly recorded in the report.
  • Document everything! Use a smartphone to take photos of the crash scene. Take pictures of any vehicles involved. Take photos of the damage to your bike. Photograph any injuries, torn clothing, and damage to vehicles and your bike. If your bike was equipped with a GoPro or a similar camera, make sure you save the video content.
  • Trade information with everyone else involved in the crash. Ask for names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate information, and insurance policy information. Also, get the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses to the crash. Make the officer completing the report aware of any witnesses as well.

If you have been injured in a bike crash, there are several places to seek medical treatment around Spartanburg, SC. Local medical centers include:

  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center, 101 East Wood St.
  • Spartanburg Hospital, 389 Serpentine Dr.
  • Mary Black Health System, 1700 Skylyn Dr.
  • Upstate Carolina Medical Center, 1530 North Limestone St., Gaffney
  • Allen Bennett Hospital, 313 Memorial Dr., Greer

The first thing you need to worry about is recovering from your injuries. After you are well enough, make sure your bicycle is completely repaired before you attempt to ride it again.

 

*This article was provided by Personal Injury Help and was not written by an attorney. If you need any help after a bicycle crash, you should contact a licensed attorney in South Carolina.

 

Deanna Power

drp@personalinjury-law.org

857-366-7626